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I have been overweight all my life, but in my later years have been more aware of the challenges that gives me. I have lost around 20 lbs and have just recently found this site. And what a site it is! I am positive that I will find friends, support and encouragement to "DO IT!" this time.
UPDATE: 6/23/10 I'm doin' it this time, as I said I would! SparkPeople works...if you let it! UPDATE: 9/25/10 170 by Valentine's Day 2011 UPDATE: 1/4/11 Unexpected and much needed total hip ...
I have been overweight all my life, but in my later years have been more aware of the challenges that gives me. I have lost around 20 lbs and have just recently found this site. And what a site it is! I am positive that I will find friends, support and encouragement to "DO IT!" this time.
UPDATE: 6/23/10 I'm doin' it this time, as I said I would! SparkPeople works...if you let it! UPDATE: 9/25/10 170 by Valentine's Day 2011 UPDATE: 1/4/11 Unexpected and much needed total hip replacements (R) on Dec 21st and (L) Apr 5th. changed my life and goals. UPDATE: 6/23/11 DD's wedding is 7/9 and altho 30 lbs from goal, I'm planning n lookin' pretty good for an old gal! NEW GOAL: 170 by my b-day mid Sept!!
Well, didn't make THAT goal. Going to TRY to get back to Sparking. New Year, Fresh start. Jan 1, 2013 I want goal by July. I want to have clothes that are comfortable ALL the time. I want to be fit enough to walk the beach in Aug when I go to FL w/son and fam. I want to be in CA a yr from today watching the Rose Parade in it's 125th year.
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Member Since: 9/3/2007

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My goals are to feel better, losen my stiff joints and maintain that, drop a few sizes in my clothing, get the weight off, once and for all and to MAINTAIN it! I haven't stayed below 200 pounds since I was in grammar school, so it's about time!!
The above was written when I joined. 5/20/2012: I have since had two hip replacements and lost 30#'s. I am still 45#'s from goal. Can't seem to focus but will never give up!

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1/10/11 UPDATE Below!
Since being told I am a good candidate for hip replacement 8/09, I don't do the pedometer so much. I am working this winter so have concentrated on eating healthy and staying positive. The lbs ARE coming off. UPDATE 5/10/10... Since Lent started this yr (2/24) I have stopped eating sweets and NO snacking between meals. I have decided that I am addicted to sweets. I feel so much better and have lost almost 30 lbs. I enjoyed LOTS of chocolate on Easter Sunday and decided that this felt too good, so I am now waiting til June 4th, for my next treat day. It's working, I am feeling better since I am getting more flexible, to start my day, the pedometer gets put on the belt of my robe in the morning again, I'm getting so many compliments and just have a much better outlook on life. This is the way I will live happily ever after.
Update Jan 2011 I got a right total hip replacement Dec21st. Doing terrific, 1/10/11. Limited moves for awhile. I will get

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I am a married mother of 4 with 3 wonderful grandkids, Mikayla, Kevin and Giana. And a new great grandson, Jaaron, as of 5/17/11. update..I've added a new ggrandaughter, Alissa and have 2 more greats on the way! I'm from south of Chicago, retired and now live in the beautiful Ozarks!

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A fav saying: Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once!! ;)I LOVE high school football, followed by college football...GO AUBURN! I'm also a die hard Cubs Fan...they did it! Clinched their division! Go Cubbies!!! A few yrs since that happened, but still love those Cubbies. I love plants and do gardening... mostly flowers...my veggie garden cooked this yr along with many others' down here. I truly enjoy watching and feeding the birds...right now I have a little hummer pruning it's wings outside my window.


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IAM_HIS
1/24/2015 12:49:49 PM

"The purpose of life is to matter, to count, to stand for something; to have it make some difference that we lived at all."--Leo Rosten

If the only way to make life worth living is to make every day count for something truly special, why do so many people allow so many days to slip slide away, inadvertently permitting the best of times to pass them by as well? Good question; yet the answers are never so easy.

More likely than not, they don't see themselves as a person who comes out on top; a winner who deserves to live life to its fullest. Yet that is precisely what our Creator made each and every one of us to be. A winner worthy of enjoying the greatest treasures life offers up daily. None of us, not even one of us, is incapable of coming out on top.

But we need to face the music here; the only way we're going to make our lives everything we have ever imagined they could be and should be is to stop counting those days as they pass us by and instead start making the days count right here and right now. We need them to count for something super extraordinary, something super sensational and something that words alone can never express.

Time after time, the only difference between living your life the way it was meant to be lived and living a life that consistently comes up short is whether or not you really made a difference. So why not make that big difference by making a difference in the way you utilize your days, starting right now?



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1/23/2015 12:38:34 PM

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IOWAGRAMMA
1/22/2015 5:14:39 PM

No, Mary...nothing new. Babs has been reluctant to call Scott again as we figured he probably had his hands pretty full with Jill's illness, his brothers, and of course, his own family. I'm sure she'll try to get in touch again soon. Will let you know when we hear something. Thanks so much! Hugs, Jeannie



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EBETH13
1/21/2015 10:37:53 PM

Yeehaw on the lost .5 lbs!!!! Whoop!!!



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IAM_HIS
1/20/2015 2:41:20 PM

Good afternoon on this wintry Tuesday....it is where I live. The typical Northern, winter weather--no sun, grey sky, everything covered with ice, and cold. Fortunately, it's not below zero and there isn't a blizzard.

I am thinking about getting a scale today. Noticed that my clothes are a little looser. So this is giving me an incentive to buy that scale. And to keep pushing me forward.

Today is the 10th day of 100 days to getting healthier. I have been continuously moving around a lot more. Because of the icy conditions here during the winter, I am doing the Leslie Sansome walking DVD's, as well as dancing. This is the kind of exercises I can stick with, as well as have fun doing them and sing. Plus I get to laugh at myself too.

Yesterday I was in a lot of pain! Oh, the three herniated discs in my back were sending shocks down my arms and legs. I could not sleep all night. Now I feel like a zombie. Oh, I would like to crawl back into bed. But I am making progress on deep cleaning my house, so I am going to keep cleaning/organizing just at a slower pace. If I walk away, it will not be touched.

I am working hard to eat more vegetables. I eat chicken and fish two-three days per week, and lots of vegetables everyday. My stomach is much better now that I have cut out the coffee. My morning beverage is green tea. Making home-made soups have helped me feel fuller. Plus, the soups have taken away much of my cravings for sweets.

Being busy around the house, deep cleaning and re-organizing has taken my mind off of food. It feels so good to not be nibbling on this and that, only to feel guilty of over eating, as well as seeing the scale go up another pound or two. Taking pictures of my house before and after have helped me feel very pleased with the house. And, it is so good not to hear from name being called because my husband or children cannot find something. Now they can--that sure makes me feel the rewards of organizing.

Wow, this is a long note....I will close now, "HAPPY TUESDAY".



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