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Hi There! I checked out the website for the first time 2/21/2011. Something clicked in me that SparkPeople will work for me (and I hope you too).... went to the doctor 2/22/2011 and I decided I want to get back in shape. It's been almost 3 months since I joined and SparkPeople works... losing weight gradually and consistently by keeping track of food and exercise and reading and writing blogs..... Good luck, you can do it! Six month update: well, I've maintained my 20 lb. loss and I am very happy with that. I try to take it a day at a time. I've made the connection between food intake and weight. I realize that managing my weight is done on a daily basis, with awareness and as an act of self-love. I thank all my SparkFriends for your support, encouragement and example. You make all the difference. Because of you, I realize we're all in the same boat and we are leaving the river, "De Nile!" I used to be in denial about the long-term, negative effects of my weight and inactivity on my body and longevity. You've got to want it, and when you decide to, you will! It's all about the messages we tell ourselves, because if you believe it, it is true! One Year Sparkiversary Update: 2/22/2012: So, I gradually lost 20 lbs after joining SP, kept it off for 6 months, then gradually regained 14 lbs... BUT, I am still down 6 lbs. and will remain dedicated to SP. My motto has been one day at a time, in my own way... an intuitive style of listening to my body and trying to honor its needs. I am more aware of what, when and how much I eat, trying to stay close to eating when hungry and only until satisfied. I am exercising more consistently...mostly, trying to love myself daily. This is not a diet but a long-term approach to a healthier lifestyle. This year, I have also been attempting to get a better handle on dealing with my clutter... I am making progress in that area too. So Thank You SparkFriends for sharing your journey. I get strength and inspiration from your blogs. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I am still here because of you--practicing mindfulness and compassion.

Member Since: 2/23/2011

Fitness Minutes: 6,281

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Declutter my body and home

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Being aware of what I eat, how i am feeling and listening to my body, but knowing that it all starts in the mind.

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    Thanks for cheering me on, Riva...you're next !
    2017 days ago
    Thanks so much for your kind comment on the goodie and my page!! Meant alot! I'm glad we're SPF's too!!!
    Thanks for verifying about the mockingbird! Usually it is so noisy, you can tell, but I think the storms rolling in was spooking it. Yes, It is our state bird. I don't like them myself-mean bird, chases all other birds away and they are so noisy and we had them by our last house all the time!
    Keep your eye on the possible storm, which is the remnants of Isaac over by Mississippi! Isn't that something that it made a full circle and is now back where it made landfall?!!! It may be headed our way they say if it forms-30% chance of it! The poor people up in New Orleans area -Wow-such flood devastation!
    Stay strong! Have a nice weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2018 days ago
    Hi Riva, Thanks so much for the angel wings goodie. Now all I need is a magic wand to put everything in order. My grandson is a little better today. Towards the end of the day his fever finally left his body and he was a little playful.. By tomorrow I hope he will be back to being him...healthy and happy.
    Thanks for the kind words concerning my mom. I love her and will always miss her from being here with us.
    Hope your weight loss journey is going better. emoticon
    2019 days ago
  • v CHUBRUB3
    Thanks so much for reading my blog of my summer activities. It would of been a blast if you were really there in person! I think I would love having you as a friend in the real world as your great in the cyber.
    You are doing wonderfully. Hope your enjoying your summer and now Fall.
    2019 days ago
  • v TNANCE3
    Hello Rivaderchi! I just wanted to let you know that I am alive. Not doing great, but I'm still alive. Hope all is well with you. Blessings emoticon
    2019 days ago
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