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It's Time

It's time to lose.
It's time to feel better.
It's time to look better.
It's time to sleep better.
It's time for the kids.
It's time for my wife.
It's time for me.
It's time to lose.
It's time to feel better.
It's time to look better.
It's time to sleep better.
It's time for the kids.
It's time for my wife.
It's time for me.




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Member Since: 2/27/2009

SparkPoints: 2,251

Fitness Minutes: 1,998

My Goals:
My Goal is to get under 200 pounds the healthy way. Lose the weight gradually and keep fit and active. My goal is to stop taking medication for high blood pressure.

My Program:
Watch calories and fat intake by eating more healthy foods and smaller portions. High intake of water. Cardio 6x per week. strength training 6x per week. This will be done through treadmill, elliptical, kickboxercise, and martial arts training.

Personal Information:
I am from western New York. Between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. I am 43 years old and have a great Marriage. My 4 kids are the best. 3 boys and 1 girl ages 16-24. I love my family. This is my main motivation.

Other Information:
I work alot. But I work with my wife and my sone Patrick. My son Sean Jr.has Downs syndrome. He is 20 years old and awsome. He does very well for his disability. I am a martial artist with a 2nd degree black belt in Bushido Kai. I train 3-4 times a week. I love red wine but wish the calories were less. I enjoy and occassional cigar with some fine bourbon. I love to golf, but don't do it very often due to lack of time.

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Member Comments:
LYNDALOVES2HIKE
2/6/2011 10:26:53 PM

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - some of the teams you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!

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If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.

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If you haven't already discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.

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Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS
2/6/2011 7:51:12 PM

I'm sorry, I don't like going to websites I don't know.

Welcome to SparkPeople!

Start with your Start Page! Here is a video to help you unlock the power of Your Start Page:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
ion_articles.asp?id=1124

Here's the video for the Nutrition Tracker - the best tool online!
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on_articles.asp?id=1154

I was 54 when I joined SparkPeople and 56 when I came back and started my Spark Program, starting with Stage One. This is a one day at a time program, but if you do the SparkPeople Program Steps, it really does work. I am terribly average, it's the SP program that is extraordinary.

I found logging my foods in the Nutrition Tracker helped me to lose 90 lbs in 16 months! I started at 210 and went to 120.

I hung clothing that was too small on my closet door and every time I would get discouraged I would try them on. Week by week they started fitting! That kept me motivated.

Welcome aboard, we really are all in the same boat! Sometimes we can sail right along but sometimes we have to be rowing like crazy!

You can make it happen! SparkPeople really does work!

Linda




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HEALTHYBEAR24
3/11/2009 6:29:20 PM

Hello I'm Esther. I want to welcome you to Martial Artists. I'm pleased to meet you and your family.



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PHOEBEJANE
3/8/2009 6:59:35 PM

Saw on the huddle that you need support. I'm here for you and know that you can do this. Sometimes it seems that everything is going great, the weight's coming off and you feel great. Then something happens and every thing seems to come to a standstill and it seems easier to quit than to push through the slow, unproductive, difficult time. But don't stop, don't quit. You only fail when you quit trying. I know it's hard. But I also know if I stop trying, I'll gain back all the weight I've lost plus more. I'm not going back there. I'm worth all the struggle and I believe you are as well. So be patient, forgive yourself the "slip ups" that come along, and tell yourself, "I can do this," because you can. I'm here for you. I'm cheering you on. You can do this. Marilyn



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