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Below I wrote about my beginnings of trying to lose weight. I have been successful in losing but more successful in gaining it all back. I was doing well two years ago until my husband had surgery. Twelve surgeries later and stress eating along with losing my younger brother and mom recently....the weight is back and physically I feeling very bad. Joints ache, tired all the time, hard to live like I'm living now. So I have to do something about it. I've have two date deadlines that I want to meet. March 2015 and March 2016 (birthday). I'm not that optimistic anymore but, lets see what happens. Official started over again: June 23, 2014.

I started Sparks in May of 2008. I was doing fine and had lost twenty pounds until I ended up in the hospital. I had to have my appendix taken out. It was down hill after that. So, this is my new beginning. Trying to get healthy again. I want to start feeling better again. I tired of feeling sick and physically tired all the time.

I started Weight Watchers on September 2nd 2009 for assistance in losing the weight. I thought if I had to weigh-in in public that I would be more accountable. I was successful at the beginning. I'm no longer a member and I've gained the weight back.

Started Weight Watchers again October 15, 2011. Lost some weight but stopped going.

Below is a Spark Healthy Reflection:

Persevering through failure

Of course try, try again, but when you don't succeed at something it's best not to beat yourself up or hold yourself to an unrealistic standard of achievement. Feeling as if you're a failure, simply for not reaching a goal, is not who you truly are. Do you think you're the only one who fails? Of course not! Most problems involve steps to their solution, and solving each step along the way IS an accomplishment. If you become discouraged during your weight loss journey or find your financial aspirations out of reach, keep trying! Some of life's most rewarding experiences make you sweat and persevere through hard times, only to emerge on the other side victorious and wiser for having worked so hard.

Foods to make you live longer:

1-Salmon (high in omega 3 fatty acids)
2-Green Tea (good for mental alertness and weight loss)
3-Spinach (high in magnesium, calcium; good for muscle and cardiovascular systems; 1 cup of spinach has as much calcium as a cup of milk!)
4-Tomatoes (even better if cooked as in tomato sauce or ketchup; good source of lycopene)
5-Dark Chocolate (high in flavinoids for a healthy heart; also high in fat so eat in moderation)
6-Oatmeal (high in soluble fiber to help control LDL, the bad cholesterol)
7-Blueberries (very high in antioxidants)
8-Yogurt ("good bacteria")
9-Sweet Potatoes (high in potassium, fiber, vitamin A for sight and good for blood pressure)


5-10 lbs weight loss for month/loose 1-2 lbs week
Do cardio 3x week
Do weights 3x week
Restrict restaurant food to only salads
Cook complete meals at home more
Log onto Spark people 5 out of 7 days
Spark book: one chapter per week or more
Drink 8 glasses of water (one glass tea per day)

Member Since: 5/23/2008

Fitness Minutes: 10,686

My Goals:
1. be able to walk with out hurting (getting there)
2. be able to look in the mirror without being ashamed (not there yet)
3. to lower my blood pressure and my cholesterol
4. not to eat when I stress out (stressing out eating healty food only)
5. to feel happy again (not there yet)
6. Be thinner than my older sister (I think I'm there, but not where I want to be)
7. and most of all...be able to watch my boys grow up (still hoping for that)

My Program:
To exercise for 30 minutes 5-7 days a week.

To eat heathier.

June 23, 2014 216
June 30 - 213 ok
July 31 - 210 ok
Aug 31 207
Sept 30 204
Oct 31 201
Nov 30 198
Dec 31 195
Jan 31 192
Feb 31 189
March 31 186
April 30 183
May 31 180
June 30 177

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    Hi Jackie! It is good to see you back in the Town Square!

    I'm dropping to bring you a little motivation for this MOCHA weekend challenge... here's one of my favorite quotes to ponder for success:

    "For your weight loss goals to succeed, your main motivation should grip your attention like a new love. Your main motivation is the best reason you can think of for getting up, getting active and getting healthy. Do you know what yours is?" -- Mike Kramer, SparkPeople

    All the best! Camille

    2602 days ago
    ROUND 1 ~ WEEK 1 (JANUARY 20 - 26)

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    emoticon You are the #1 biggest loser for Week 1!!!! emoticon
    With a loss of 6.0 pounds, you lost 3.23% of your previous weight!!

    WEEKLY RESULTS are placed in the RESULTS thread found in the Challenges Section of our SparkNashville Home Page.

    WAY TO GO!!!

    Camille & Dawn & Jenna
    Spark Nashville Team Leaders

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    2973 days ago
    A belated thanks for the motivational Spark Goodie!

    I finished and delivered the Georgia Wild Flower paintings... did you see them posted on my blogs? Then I met my mom in Las Vegas for Mother's Day so I haven't been active on Spark since December.

    It's still a little crazy here with my schedule but I'm trying to get back on the healthy track. My mother-in-law is visiting and always brings a great depression with her... within 30 minutes she sat down and said, "I have nothing to live for..." and it's gone down hill from there. My husband and I are hoping to take her home this Friday.

    Again, thanks, dear friend! I've missed you!

    Hugs, Camille


    “Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal -- a commitment to excellence -- that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” -- Mario Andretti


    3237 days ago
    Hey Jackie!!!

    Just a quick check-in to let you know I posted my latest oil-on-linen painting in a quick blog (click on link below): "To Kill a Mockingbird," 20-inches tall by 16-inches wide. An attorney in Austin, TX commissioned this painting.


    Sorry I'm not around until April but I miss everyone terribly!

    (You can subscribe to my blogs if you want to see my newest paintings... I will be posting them as each is completed.)
    3315 days ago
    I don't think I've told you today how simply WONDERFUL you are!!!

    I am just completely blessed by your friendship. I am so excited we are on this journey together, it makes it a little easier!!!

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    I see that the *eye candy* is no longer in the forefront of your Goodies... have you stopped blushing?
    The only difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is extraordinary determination.

    3520 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/3/2008 2:35:35 AM
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