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I have been married 40 years. I have three children and one grandchild. WHen i found out I have severe sleep apnea in 2008, I decided it was time to do something about my weight. I began seeing a nutritionist because I am a vegetarian who eats seafood and dairy, I needed to make sure I was eating the right combinations of foods in the right amounts. I told the nutritionist from the onset that I did not want a diet, but a lifestyle of eating the foods I already eat. She has been great in ...
I have been married 40 years. I have three children and one grandchild. WHen i found out I have severe sleep apnea in 2008, I decided it was time to do something about my weight. I began seeing a nutritionist because I am a vegetarian who eats seafood and dairy, I needed to make sure I was eating the right combinations of foods in the right amounts. I told the nutritionist from the onset that I did not want a diet, but a lifestyle of eating the foods I already eat. She has been great in helping me to do that.
I love crossword puzzles, sudoku, Jane Austen, mysteries, many types of music, teddy bears, photography and lots more.
Knowing that there are others who are traveling on this same weight loss journey is a big help and encouragement. If I can help anyone or encourage anyone, I want to do it, because some days I am the one who needs it.
I can do this one day at a time, one step at a time. Some days when I look at how far I have to go, it gets discouraging, so I try to focus on each small step I accomplish instead.
It has been six months since I began and I have lost 53 pounds. I know I have a long way to go, but at least I am doing well along the way.
Update: I am now down 55 pounds and two clothes sizes. I am also able to be more active than I have in a long, long time without so much pain. I am very thankful.
Happy New Year - 64 pounds gone!
I began the I Lost It at PEAC (my gym) program at the end of January. As of Feb. 17th, I have lost 8.8 pounds for a total of 72 pounds gone!!!!
March 27, 2009 - 85 pounds down!!!
What a difference a year makes! I went from being 180 pounds overweight and not being able to breathe easily or exercise at all to today - 86 pounds down, breathing better and working out at the gym every day! Thank you SP friends for believing in me and to SP for giving me the tools to continue to succeed!
We can do this together because we are worth it!
August 21, 2009 : I made it to the first milestone - 100 pounds gone forever! My reward is getting new glasses!
My next short term goal is to get to 225, what I weighed 26 years ago when I had my second child.
I have been stuck for two years. No matter what I change up, I have gained instead of lost. But I am determined 2012 is going to be my year to get losing again. I am not giving up!
Oct, 2012 It has been a stressful two years. I have gained some weight, but I am not out yet! I am determined to continue on. I eat healthy and exercise daily. The weight is coming off slowly - but like the tortoise, slow and steady will win!!!
November, 2013 - I am still stuck, but even more determined than ever to keep going. Life is full of stressful situations. I am learning the hard way that food is not the answer.
Blessings to all of you.
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Member Since: 8/9/2008

SparkPoints: 197,857

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My Goals:
To learn to eat the right foods in the right combinations in the right amounts.
To regain my health.
To work through my back pain.
To get off of some of my medications.


My Program:
I plan on my meals on the nutrition tracker BEFORE i go into the kitchen.
I work out at the gym 5 days per week doing cardio and strength training as I am allowed with my back issues.
I train with a personal trainer twice a week.
Getting healthy is my priority.


Personal Information:
I am from Titusville, NJ on the beautiful Delaware River (right at the spot where George Washington crossed it).

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SPARKFRAN514
1/26/2015 10:59:30 PM

“Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands.” ~Zig Ziglar
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“Success is a staircase, not a doorway.” ~Dottie Walters
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SPARKFRAN514
1/26/2015 4:14:45 PM

Don't be a worry wart, your not a toad!!!!!
L The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday!

Lets remember that the power to reach our goals is within us right now unknown
Thank for the nice note and goodie I have quotes posted around the house they are a huge help to me to stay on track. Glad you enjoy them and find them helpful.



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PHILLIPS661
1/26/2015 8:46:53 AM

Love your pics of cardinals..hoping you are well..thanks for the nice words you left on my page..you are loved..Rico emoticon emoticon emoticon



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
1/25/2015 9:57:37 PM

"You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny.
The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand."
-- Irene C. Kassorla
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So glad we are Sparkfriends, Ruthie! Thank you for the great post on my page. Have a blessed week!
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MSLZZY
1/25/2015 12:20:51 PM

Love the "Believe" comments. Great motivation. Keep on Sparking, dear friend!



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