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June 29, 2013: LOVING being active and hiking at Niagara!





And this is me at a bigger weight about a year or so ago, March 2009. I think that right now, I'm within about 5 pounds of this picture, but I can't remember if it's heavier or lighter. Either way, I want to get back to the lighter me!!! HERE I COME!!





2007, Thin, but unhealthy me. I am working back towards this weight but in a healthy way!



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Slowly but surely..........

Update: February 15, 2014:
SO overdue for an update. :-) I am finding SUCCESS with my OMAT plan!! OMAT = One Month At a Time. Each month I pick my own challenge and as I accomplish each challenge, I am forming awesome new habits. I am SO happy to have finally found my recipe for success. I am so grateful for my SP friends who have been there over the years and keep nudging me along. It might take a while, but you CAN find what works for you and you CAN find true success. NEVER give up! ...
Update: February 15, 2014:
SO overdue for an update. :-) I am finding SUCCESS with my OMAT plan!! OMAT = One Month At a Time. Each month I pick my own challenge and as I accomplish each challenge, I am forming awesome new habits. I am SO happy to have finally found my recipe for success. I am so grateful for my SP friends who have been there over the years and keep nudging me along. It might take a while, but you CAN find what works for you and you CAN find true success. NEVER give up!

Update: December 6, 2012:
I'm using Spark Coach and I LOVE IT!!! It is really working for me and helping me stay on track. I know, now, that I will get there. I'm doing it the right way....slowly, but surely. :-)

Update: August 28, 2012:
WOOOHOOOOOOO!!! I'm budging the scale! I recently signed up for Spark Coach and am making progress. I really love the structure and feel like I have a tool that will really help me keep moving forward.
Also, as of June 1, 2012, I am gluten free and doing GREAT!! Turns out that I am gluten intolerant (non-Celiac). Well, that sure explains a LOT and so very many of my chronic health problems are GONE including the neuro problems, brain crashes, stomach problems, super sensitive muscles and fascia, fatigue, severe mood swings, and aches and pains. Yup. I feel good and I'm moving forward, inching ever closer to my goals. :-D

Update: December 16, 2011:
MAN, can't believe it's been SO long since I updated things. I haven't made much weight loss progress but I have made some progress in changing my habits. I eat less at each sitting now and I eat much healthier. It's been five months since I broke my foot in four places and tore all the ligaments I could find. It's been a long haul. I gained two pounds during that time. THAT is awesome that I did not gain more!!! YAY ME!!! :-) Now, I'm starting to be able to work out again and I'm SO happy about it. I still have pain, I'm still going to PT 3x a week, I still limp, and I'm still healing, BUT......I'm TRYING! I am making changes but not seeing results like I wish. I'm tired of being overweight and I am looking forward to continuing to make changes and slowly, but surely, LOSE WEIGHT!


Update: January 15, 2011:
Well, I'm learning - A LOT!! Most importantly, I'm learning that fabulous Spark People is here and stays with me even when I'm not present with Spark People. I am so grateful for that.

I am back on track after a very busy fall semester. I have learned that I need to reserve brain space for my goals. When I am low on brain space, my goals slip away from me. I need to make those reservations for brain space and then keep first things first. My eating and exercise habits directly and immediately affect my health, attitude and wellness. I must keep my healthy priorities first and stick with it. I must be vigilant and NOT give up so easily!!

I'm back..........and trying to stay on Spark track. :-)


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Original intro....July, 2010
I now know that I have FINALLY found a site that will keep me motivated. I finally realized that the reason I have not been able to stick to any calorie counting program or weight loss program is because it's just not FUN. So, I dug around AGAIN and found SparkPeople. I hope I hope I hope that I have finally found the right place!!

I am 45 years old, married to an awesome guy, have 2 girls of my own plus three step-kids; I work full-time and am working on my masters degree. Life can get a little busy sometimes....

I'm sick and tired of being overweight and ready to work a program that works. So, HERE WE GO!!!
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original:
1. To NOT jiggle!!!
update: 2-24-14
Well, other than my healing right hip and leg, I am doing GREAT on this!!! YAY ME!
update: 12-6-12
HUGE progress on this!! I am really get fit and much less jiggling!

2. To start: lose 15 pounds, will get new reminder bracelet then
update: 2-24-14 DOWN 12.5 pounds!! Getting close!
update: 12-6-12
My real goal is to lose an average of 1/2 to 1 pound per week until I reach my goal.

3. Keep losing by eating less and moving more.
update: 2-24-14
I LOVE MY OMAT!!
update: 12-6-12
I am definitely eating less and moving MUCH more. AND I am slowly losing!!

My Program:
I figured out an OMAT approach that is working SO great for me!! Check out my blog on it from February of 2014. :-)

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I live on the corner of two dirt roads in rural Michigan and I LOVE IT!!!

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Motivation and staying on track seem to be my biggest problem, especially when things get extra busy or extra stressed. I'm doing way better with this, though, now that I figured out my OMAT approach!!

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MARBEALL
7/30/2014 9:00:25 AM

Thank you for the fun walk!!! emoticon Looking forward to our next walk!!!



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JANET552
7/30/2014 7:31:48 AM

My wrist problem is just the way I'm made. The doctor says my left arm is probably exactly the same but, because I'm a rightie, it has become a problem first -- or maybe only. My surgery is scheduled for August 22. He'll have me wear a short cast for about the first three weeks and I will have weight restrictions. Other than that, once the pain from surgery is done, I should be able to do easy tasks. So, I think I won't be hunting and pecking with just my left hand on the keyboard for too long.

Time to get out for a walk. We're traveling to a nearby town to have lunch with one of my cousins and her DH today. My DH loves the restaurant because they cater to his gluten free needs. The owner/cook used to work at a nursing home so she is very knowledgeable about what it takes.

Have an awesome day!!

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7/29/2014 7:58:14 PM

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JANET552
7/29/2014 5:38:23 PM

Thanks for thinking of me!! I wish I could say I followed your directions but I spent the morning in orthopedics and am all signed up for surgery on August 22. It seems that terrible wrist pain can be fixed by reducing the length of my ulna. I'm glad it can be fixed. I was hoping more for a fix by pill or shot. Oh well. It won't even come close to being as bad as when I had the tendons in my foot done even though it is my right hand. I'll still be able to walk and I have lots and lots to read around here. I suppose I should clean my house before the surgery.

I hope your day WAS incredibly fun!!

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