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I recently was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. At that time I didn't understand what that truly meant. But because I am a mother I couldn't let that stop me from fulfilling my motherly duties so I just ignored my symptoms. Now that I fully understand the side effects and most importantly I except that you only get one life, there is no rewind button or eraser. This time around I'm going to complete my weight loss goal. This time around I promise to be the mom biking, running, parasailing, and ...
I recently was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. At that time I didn't understand what that truly meant. But because I am a mother I couldn't let that stop me from fulfilling my motherly duties so I just ignored my symptoms. Now that I fully understand the side effects and most importantly I except that you only get one life, there is no rewind button or eraser. This time around I'm going to complete my weight loss goal. This time around I promise to be the mom biking, running, parasailing, and running up the art musuem steps without passing out and hopefully run 5k with my family. These are my goals and I will accomplish them.
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Member Since: 6/2/2011

SparkPoints: 4,536

Fitness Minutes: 3,019

My Goals:
MY WEIGHT LOSS GOAL IS TO LOSE 70 POUNDS BY AUGUST 19TH 2014

GOAL ONE: lose 30pounds by Dec 30 2013

GOAL TWO
lose 20pounds by APRIL 20 2014

GOAL THREE
lose 20pounds by AUG 19 2014

My overall goal is to lose 70 pounds. I'm through with dieting(which is only meant to last for a short period of time) I want to start living.


My Program:
I started eating smaller portions at meals, cut out junk food completely, and increased excerise to a daily rountine. I learned that just because I may eat something that isn't healthy doesn't mean I failed. It means I'm human and at times life is meant to be indulged.

Personal Information:
I'm a Philly girl that loves the water. So every chance I get I'm at the shore soaking up the sun.

Other Information:
I surround myself with positive people so that I will remain positive.

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HOPEFULCHANGE
9/6/2011 12:31:17 PM

it's up :)



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HOPEFULCHANGE
9/6/2011 10:33:26 AM

Hey hey! Well, you're not the only one asking how I stay(ed) motivated sooooooooooooooooooooo I've decided to make a blog on just that! ;) I will try to have it up tonight and will let ya know as soon as it's posted! Thank again for asking! It's good for me to remind myself as well :)



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HOPEFULCHANGE
9/4/2011 1:18:09 PM

Hey girl! Thanks for the add! I added you as well and look forward to watching your journey!! Thanks for the photo comment too! As for the question you asked I will try to send you a message Tuesday! I'm really short on time today and will be gone all tomorrow! Rock it out!



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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
6/20/2011 9:02:15 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. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here!

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Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

Some of the teams I like and think 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!!

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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 including gaining weight or saving money - 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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Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!

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If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it 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 have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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MOPPYGRIFFIN
6/20/2011 4:03:10 PM

WELCOME TO SPARK PEOPLE!!! I feel like I need as much encouragement as I can get, and want to try to give just as much in return. Good luck; you're moving in the right direction!!
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