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Update 2/2015
In the last several years I have been under a lot of stress over which I had little or no control. My healthy habits diminished and the weight started coming back on. I got very disappointed in myself. I can now say, thankfully, that by sticking with SparkPeople through it all, I am now back on track and doing all within my power to stay there. I am thankful to all of my friends here who have supported, encouraged and inspired me along the way.
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Update 2/2015
In the last several years I have been under a lot of stress over which I had little or no control. My healthy habits diminished and the weight started coming back on. I got very disappointed in myself. I can now say, thankfully, that by sticking with SparkPeople through it all, I am now back on track and doing all within my power to stay there. I am thankful to all of my friends here who have supported, encouraged and inspired me along the way.
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: 207,032

Fitness Minutes: 262,932

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
4/12/2015 10:25:31 AM

thanks for the note i am working on moving up the leader board since spring is starting to show up where I live . emoticon to you and your spot on the fitness board soon you will find your self at the #1 spot
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4/12/2015 9:09:20 AM

Sunday – got lots moved yesterday for Mom and dad to have some space. More to do today, so getting my steps in.

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MAESTRAPLANK12
4/10/2015 2:42:02 AM


I completed Steps Four and Five this week with my sponsor. I am a grateful recovering alcoholic.This has been a soul searching and incredibly empowering week for me. I just want to share something from my AA meeting today:

" Higher Power take my will and my life. Guide me in my recovery.
Show me how to live. "

One incredible new team member of Recovering Alcoholics reminded me how important it is to revisit Step One each and every day. I do this and also revisit daily Steps Two and Three also. The inspirational thought I have shared speaks to Step Three:

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of
God as we understood Him.

The serenity which floods my soul is indescribable, but I know you have experienced this and can share in the joy of living sober!

Blessings and a BIG emoticon



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SPARKED2BFIT
4/8/2015 8:15:35 AM

emoticon Aloha Ruthie!


"Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present... and *I* have the power to make it so!"

emoticon To a SUCCESS-FILLED day! emoticon


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SPARKFRAN514
4/6/2015 2:19:20 PM

4/6
Make one healthy choice and watch them add up
Doing your best means never giving up
Doing nothing is easy that is why so many people it
IF you are going to doubt something doubt your limits you can do it



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