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MOMMA48's Photo Posts: 493,704
2/4/14 6:39 P

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2/3/14 6:18 P

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Hi - thank you for the welcome and the advice. I know this is going to be a challenge but it's vitally important that I quit putting off getting healthy. I have five grandchildren. The first four range in age from 4 to 17. They are all my oldest son's children and I thought that they were all I would have (I have three sons). Then, just over a year ago, my middle son and his wife surprised my husband and I with the news that they were going to have a baby! I never thought they would as they have been together for 15 years and seemed content to just have dogs. Duncan was born last June.

I've always said that I hoped to live long enough to see all my grandchildren grow up. Since Duncan came along, that means I have to live even longer, lol! Plus, my youngest son (28) may have children some day, too.

But it isn't just about living longer - it's also about quality of life. The way I see it is I have just over a year before I turn 60 and I want to enter into that decade feeling - and looking - the best I can.

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2/2/14 10:28 A

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2/2/14 1:49 A

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emoticonemoticonemoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticonemoticonemoticon
Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time.

A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

1. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.

2. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

3. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
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2/1/14 11:41 P

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emoticon &emoticon to Sparking, Kathy!! A healthy lifestyle is a process - more of a journey than a destination. SP with all its features and tools can help you along the way and with the support of its members, well, it's a recipe for success!! You CAN and WILL do this!!!



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2/1/14 9:04 P

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KATHY I came to this site in 2010 weighing 225 pounds. I must admit I never bothered about how I looked My DH and my kids adored me.
My WAKE UP CALL was type 2 Diabetes and that was when I looked for information in Barnes and Noble and there was THE SPARK, it was a best seller and I bought it. I was going to read it and take it back. Now it is in most libraries.
I had never used a computer I was given an old one from one of our sons.
I had diabetes, I was on medication. I had High blood pressure and high cholesterol. Those are all bad for the heart.
That was 4 years ago. Now I am 70 years old. I have always walked and always ate right except for ONE THING. I ate too much. If you can do some walking it strengthens and lubricates our joints. so that is good for us. EVEN more important I ate too large portions.
Now for 4 years I have tracked my food, everything and every day. It takes a bit of time but if you eat too much you gain weight. If you measure your foods you save money you eat less food you have it at another Meal . Now that is a win win situation
MY BOTTOM LINE IS. I am down 50 pounds and several sizes. BUT I do not need to take any medications for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This is NOT A DIET, This is a way of life. I feel great. I have no more indigestion. I sleep better and I look better.

YOU can do it. You and your DH are worth it to keep you healthy and happy, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2/1/14 7:18 P

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Hi - My name is Kathy. I am almost (gulp) 60 years old and I absolutely do not want to enter my 60's looking and feeling the way I do.

I haven't always struggled with my weight but once I hit my late 20's, I slowly started putting on a few pounds. It's been more years than I care to count since I was last at a healthy weight. For most of those years, however, I was only about 20-30lbs over my ideal weight. That all changed about seven years ago when I was under a lot of stress, I gained about 35lbs - putting me just under 200lbs!

I've been trying to get the weight off ever since. The most I have been able to lose is about 15lbs - then it seems like some new stress would come along and I would get off track and gain it all back.

Besides feeling so physically bad every day, the worse part of all this weight gain is that I have become withdrawn. I find I am just embarrassed by how I look and so I go out as little as possible - which is not good for my mental health.

I have hypothyroidism, so that doesn't help as well as chronic pain from old injuries and old joints. I also have high cholesterol. My doctor is bugging me to take statins - and I refuse to do so. I know that if I can just lose about 50 pounds (as well as break my sugar addiction), a lot of what "ails" me will either improve or go away completely.

Overall, I eat well - I cook all the meals my husband and I eat mostly from scratch. I don't eat any packaged, processed meals. My main downfall is I love sugar and fat and it doesn't matter if the treats are homemade or not - they are still loaded with calories.

I think I am finally at the point where I realize that I cannot keep putting my needs last. So, I am going to get started tomorrow following a plan that has been successful for me in the past. My goal is to lose 30 lbs by June - when I am taking my granddaughter on a trip (as a high school graduation gift).

Well, that's about it. I look forward to getting to know others here.

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