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2/21/17 12:02 A
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Hello All,

I am a new member. I have about 45 pounds to lose and just started Spark last week.
The trackers are proving to be very helpful tools and incentive to stay on the program I have set for myself.

Joy

There will come a day you can no longer do this. Today is not that day!


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2/20/17 6:33 P

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Hi, I'm Jana. My long term goal is to lose 40 pounds. This week my goal is to exercise for 15 minutes every day.

"He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights." Ps 18:33

Slow and steady, to win the race.


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2/15/17 7:42 P

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Hi I'm Colleen from Wisconsin!

Long term Goals:
Lose 40 pounds by New Years 2018 for daughter's wedding (and to look better, get fit, avoid diabetes and hypertension).
Run a 5k race by 8/31/2017 (recovering from knee surgery)

Short term Goals:
Walk 10,000 steps 5 days/week minimum
Stay within calorie range daily by the end of February
Take my supplements daily

I think that's it - never thought I would be here - but I'm ready to change!

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1/24/17 2:31 P

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Like others, health, and to look better and feel better. My husband and I have been married nine years and as we approach a place where we may be able to slow our work life down some, I want to be healthy enough to enjoy this time in my life. If I continue on the path I was going on, that isn't going to happen.

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1/22/17 1:50 P

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Back on SparkPeople to lose weight again. I know it works if you work it. I am sick of feeling fat and feeling like a stuffed sausage in my jeans. I need support.!!!! emoticon Can't wait!!!!

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1/22/17 7:31 A

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You are already 10 pounds into this. Go You!! I just started week #1. Tomorrow is my first weigh in. Peeks at scale have not been encouraging but I have walked every day and am modifying my eating. Baby steps right? emoticon

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1/11/17 6:33 A

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Hello, I started back with Spark to try and lose weight once again, to improve several health issues. Look and feel better about myself. I need to lose a lot more than 50 lbs. and this is going to be a big challenge to do for myself. Wishing us all Good Luck! emoticon emoticon

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1/1/17 12:48 P

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Hi I'm Marion.
My present goal is to lose 50 pounds dropping me from my current weight to 170-175 over the course of the next 6 months at 2 pounds a week.

Like everyone else here I absolutely need to lose this weight for my health and longevity sake.
I have a herniated disk which causes my sciatica to act up every so often along with Asthma so losing the weight will relief these things for me.

I have chosen the Nutritarian lifestyle (Dr Joel Furhman's eat To Live)

Anything more you would like to know; my story and a few more personal tidbits you will find here.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp

THE EMPOWERED LIFE. EXPECT IT . BELIEVE IT. RECEIVE IT.
The human will is the most incredible thing. It's keeps us going, when everyone else expects us to quit.

THIS MEANS WAR AGAINST FAT:
I'm to positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.
I WILL Fight for it. I will NOT give up.
I WILL reach my goal and ABSOLUETLY NOTHING will stop me!

Marion


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1/1/17 8:20 A

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Hi! My name is Melissa and I motivated to be a healthier version of myself. In addition to my desire to be healthy, last year we bought a camp on a little lake and I want to be able to enjoy my time here to the fullest.

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12/29/16 10:56 A

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Hi, my name is Ann and I'm a repeat user of SP. My reasons for weight loss this time around are the same as always...to feel comfortable and at peace with my body. I'm tired of being at "war" with my body when it's the only one I've got. However, I also have the extra motivation of my daughter's wedding in July. She is getting married in Italy and it is my first time going over to Europe and I want to be the best me I can be so that I can truly enjoy and relish this experience.
My goal is to lose 40 pounds in the next 7 months.

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12/19/16 8:47 A

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Hello, this is my second time joining SparkPeople. I really didn't utilize the website the first time, so my plan is to use the tools, particularly the food and exercise trackers. My goal is to lose 35 to 40 pounds in a year.

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~Wishing Everyone all the best and much Success~



Edited by: --DEBY-- at: 12/17/2016 (11:35)
~*~ LOVE ~&~ BLESSings ~*~ ALLways ~*~Deby~*~

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12/7/16 2:03 P

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My goal is to lose 30 lbs. and gain strength in my upper and lower body. I'm trying to cure my GERD and also to strengthen my legs and knees especially, but my arms too. I got stuck on the ground the other day while gardening and could hardly get back up. My arms are so weak that I have a hard time lifting my bike up to put it on the rack on the bus, and it's not a heavy bike.

I've just gotten very lazy and need to be more active and eat better.

All you small/tiny house or apartment dwellers, join me at my Small Space Living group.
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11/12/16 9:41 A

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As I get older I realize this isn't going to get easier. I am going to do this in 10 pound increments. That way it doesn't seem like such a challenge. I will gradually work up to at least 30 minutes of exercise 6 days a week as well.

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IAMVICKIBISHOP's Photo IAMVICKIBISHOP SparkPoints: (28,805)
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10/17/16 12:50 P

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Rejoined, new user name:

I'm Vicki and I've been a member of sparkpeople off and on for the last 7-8 years. In that time I've managed to yo-yo myself up about 130 lbs. I'll lose some weight then get compliant and gain it back plus more. But now I'm starting to have health issues that wouldn't be as bad if I were at a smaller size.
I'm currently working to lose 45 lbs. Once I manage that, I'll see if I feel the need to go lower.


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10/15/16 8:36 P

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Hi. I'm Catrina. I have been a lot heavier and a lot smaller. I'm ready to get to my healthy weight and stay right there. I'll be 57 later this month. I want to feel good. I want to be eating healthy. I want to enjoy life. I'm working on giving myself those wonderful gifts!

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Hi Everyone. My name is Christi. I'm 56 years young and retired last year from my job as a correctional counselor in a medium security prison. For about a year I worked a part-time job, and now I have completely retired. I've been with Spark for a few years, but can't seem to get past a certain weight. Lately I've gotten way off track on my food. It's amazing what a diet soda and a candy bar can do to a person - weeks of cravings, headaches, fuzzy thinking, lack of sleep, achy joints and laziness. I've got to stop it while I'm still coherent enough to make that decision! Doc says I'm on the verge of becoming diabetic. My mom has suffered with diabetes for over 25 years - I want no part of that! I have to really take control of myself and lead a healthier lifestyle. I'm also struggling with the fact that my body can't do what it used to. It's a little depressing to realize I don't have the same stamina and flexibility. I find myself moving slower and resting more. Hopefully this has more to do with poor nutrition choices than age. I'm ready to make some changes!

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9/25/16 5:40 P

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Hi all! I have had difficulties with weight since my teens. I have been on diets losing and gaining back numerous times. I have been and still have the capacity to be a compulsive over eater. Over the years, I had many triggers for emotional eating: work, stress, divorce, etc. I have developed Type 2 diabetes, obesity, celiac disease, high blood pressure and other ailments. For 50 years I have been losing and regaining. Now is my time, while I still have some left, to take care of myself, eat mindfully and maybe alleviate some of my conditions. I am so willing!

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I'm 59 today and next year I'll enter in my life's sixtieth decade.I need to lose 35 pounds but my first goal is to lose 15. I started Spark 6 days ago and this coming Monday I'll have my first weigh-in. It will be nice if my scale give me good news as a present! I heard there are many "girls" my age here! Hope to find some of you shortly to share experiences and advices through this journey of ours

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9/19/16 7:22 A

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I am 56 and have been struggling to lose weight since having my 4th child at 40. It feels like I've tried EVERYTHING under the sun with no results. I am a stress eater and have had more than my share of stress over the last 10 years. I have been declared a borderline diabetic with borderline high blood pressure and don't want it to go any further. Doctors have recommended the DASH Diet so I bought the book and have been studying it for a while. Now I am committed to changing my lifestyle so that I can have a better, healthier life down the road.

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9/16/16 10:10 P

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You're doing great! You're here!

In it to win it!


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Decided it was time to leave the under 25 pounds to lose group and join this one. I have lost 26 pounds in my first 6 months with Spark People. I do not know how much weight I eventually want to lose as I am setting goals for a 5 to 8 pound loss intervals and will determine the following goal after I reach the current one.

I am a 63 year old woman, married over 41 years with 2 grown sons and live east of Cincinnati, Ohio. I've had lifelong issues with weight. I am diabetic and have heart disease. Last December, I had a double bypass. I joined SparkPeople initially to help me count calories. Little by little, I have explored everything SparkPeopke had to offer. My current goals are to change my lifestyle by eating better foods, exercising regularly, and reducing my chances of another heart attack. I am still learning to measure and control portions and to make better choices when eating away from home.

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Ready to make this work again! I have been away from Sparkpeople for 3 years and remember my success...I need this.

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8/27/16 1:17 A

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Hello, I see that I am not the only person who has been on sparks for a while. Years for me. Initially lost weight and then it stopped. Or I stopped. But at least I have been able to maintain.

But yesterday I found new resolve again, so i reset my goals and got added to this team. :-)

I am 63, live in Canada, and work full time in a library. I also was diagnosed with a serious heart condition - cardiomyopathy - 4 years ago. It is not a lifestyle heart issue. It is either genetic or was caused by a virus. There is no cure for it, but medications do help. I am lucky - so far I have very few symptoms caused by this. However the future is uncertain. And although weight does not cause it, I know that if I weighed less it would be less work for my heart to do. So I am newly determined.

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8/24/16 12:04 P

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Hi. I have been on Spark before but am starting fresh. I use a FitBit One and try to do 10,000 steps, but it is hard to get that high most days. I am a stay at home mom in a ranch house and I don't need to walk far for things, so I have to be purposeful about moving.
Cycling is my preferred choice of exercise during the summer.
I am almost 52 and losing weight has been a true struggle as I've gotten older. I am planning on reaching my goal weight by my 53rd birthday (October 2017). I saw a video of my husband and I dancing and it seems that is what I needed to get me going again---I was not impressed with how I looked!
A few years ago I was 40 pounds lighter but had personal struggles with keeping it off....I believe my head is in the game again and am focused and determined.

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8/22/16 12:44 P

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Hi, I am Debra and I set a goal in January (New Year's resolution) to lose 35 lbs with no date of accomplishment set. I am 65 and started out at 160 lbs. I am not at 136 lbs. and really have not tried to put any pressure on myself. If I want cake, I eat cake. I know myself well enough to be happy with each lb. gone and not try to look to far in the future. It is just easier for me.

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Hi I am Char, I work nights in home care. have been a nurse for almost 40 years. I became a grandmother in December.
I have type 2 diabetes, and I struggle with my carbs. I like my snacks at work. I am trying to control my BS and my A1C. These have been going up slightly, so there has been a change in my meds.

I have lost weight in the past, so I know I can do it, but I got too comfortable with what I thought was correct portions and foods, and have slowly gained it back. Now is the time to buckle down and do it again.

Thank you for the invitation to come and be more active. I look forward to meeting all of you.

~~Char~~


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Hi, I am Janette and I am 56 yrs old, I live in Escondido, CA. I joined SP and this team in 2013 at 170, I lost 30 lbs fast with strictly watching what I was eating and with lots of exercise, including training to run my first and only 5 K.

Unfortunately I kept getting more and more health issues popping up before and after running my 5 K. I found high impact stuff was causing a lot of issues for me so I had to stop running and doing a lot of other things I was doing before too.

I don't have a lot of support at home with this, my bf and his son love their sodas, candy, fast foods, chips and other junk food. Then don't want to eat health or to exercise. I was laid off for several yrs too, so money was tight for me before to buy myself healthy foods that the guys didn't want to buy or eat.

I started working several part time jobs and just slowly but surely let old eating habits creep back in. Now I am only working one part time job, but my lax ways have already let me put all the weight that I lost in 2013 back on. I had a Wii that I was using to weigh myself as we didn't own a scale anymore, and it decided to break this Monday, so I haven't weighed myself since then. At that point I was already back up to 170 again.

One of my health issues is that I was diagnosed with gallstones previous to starting SP. With losing the 30 lbs and all the exercise I did, I had it under control and got my liver and kidneys working good again. But now with putting that 30 lbs back I am getting a lot of indigestion and heart burn again. So I know I have to get strict with my eating again at least. I still do a lot of walking, and yoga like PT stretches, but I have got lax about other types of exercise, so I need to get back to that again.

Nice to meet you all, some of you I know from before or from other teams. All my best to you all always.

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8/11/16 12:03 P

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I am back on Spark after a 2 year absence because bad habits have crept back into my lifestyle. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis 18 months ago, and have used that as an excuse to gain 20 pounds. I haven't done any exercise in about 2 months, and feel completely miserable. The best success I've had has been through this sight and the team support, so I'm back to stay this time!!

I live with my husband on a farm in central MN, and have two college age sons. They are both going back to school in two weeks, and I'm just a bit overwhelmed. One will leave for a year in Scotland to get a graduates degree and the other will be playing hockey and going to school in Chicago!!

My goal is to lose the 20 pounds I've gain and re-establish a regular workout schedule.

Edited by: FARMGIRL2012 at: 8/11/2016 (12:35)
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

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8/10/16 6:09 P

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Two things to change in your life. You will feel so much better without smoking.. The rewards will be a healthier happier you. Best of luck to you.When you lose the weight you will know you are a strong person and it will give you such a great feeling. Believe in yourself and make it happen.
I am also new and a bit confused about teams and where I should post. I will get better at it, I hope. I want to lose 33lbs. I lost 105lbs ten years ago and kept most of it off until recently I am 72 and some health problems have slowed me down and caused depression, but I won't give up or give in. I will lose the 25 I gained back plus 8 more. It may take a bit longer , I am in no hurry. If I lose one lb per week , that would be great.

If Not Now, When!


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Best of luck to you. Bless all the teachers who really care. The stress of the job alone might make it hard to stay on track when school starts. You can do it. Believe in yourself and don't ever give up.

If Not Now, When!


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welcome back, good luck

Do your best and the rest will fall into place~ God has a plan


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I'm back after a long hiatus.
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My starting weight was 189. My goal is to get down to 150. I am now at 175. Summer is always easier. I am a teacher, and I am going back to school this week. My goal is to continue at least a 1 lb/week weight loss. Wish me luck!

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My goal is to lose 25 pounds. I am experiencing a lot of pain due to arthritis in my knees which is keeping me from being as active as I would like. I'm hoping relief is in sight and I can start hittin' the gym!

Edited by: BEANIESA at: 7/27/2016 (12:13)
"The difference between try and triumph is a little umph."


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thank you, prayer you get to your goal soon too

Do your best and the rest will fall into place~ God has a plan


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My goal is to enjoy a healthy and happy life in a smaller body!

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results." ~Jack Dixon


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You can do this. I read an inspirational quote that says something like this: No matter which way you choose it's hard"". I choose to lose! Have a Awesome day!

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I want to walk without feeling like my lungs will pop, my clothes to fit right. Dress in 5 mins instead of 30~ cause nothing fits.

and not hear OMG you got big from family I have not seen in a while.

just feel good about me

Do your best and the rest will fall into place~ God has a plan


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KMF- I know you will reach your goals!= )

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My ultimate goal is to get down to 160. However, I'm not looking at that now, as it's a bit too overwheming to think about. I'm being short-sighted and am aiming at losing one pound per week. That sounds do-able to me. I'm all about baby steps this time (yes, I've been here before...) My motivation is different this time around: Before I just always wanted to look better and fit into my clothes in a better way. But now, I'm over 60 and I'm feeing more joint pain in my knees and know getting rid of excess weight would do wonders there. Plus these last several months, I've developed all the classic symptoms of GERD - and know again that this excess weight is a big contributor to that. So I'm ready to embrace Day 3 of this new (and I know it's not going to be easy) journey.

Edited by: KMF2017 at: 7/18/2016 (11:31)
Kathy from southwestern PA

"Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I know God goes with me each step of the way. With Him, nothing is impossible."


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Hello ! I am new to this team. My goal is to go from 194 to 170 , And No Smoking Cigarettes- I'm on day two of the second goal: )

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Congrats KC!

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I am back again. I've gained a bit,although I've held within 5 lbs for 2 years. My doctor told me yesterday if I can lose the remaining 40 lbs I should be off all meds, except for the glaucoma drops. Now that is serious motivation for me. My goal for several years has been to get under 150. Now is the time.

Even if you are on the right track, you�ll get run over if you just sit there.

Will Rogers

If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.

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Congrats on the weight loss! Keep up the work!

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I hear you.

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Aloha. My name is Laurie and I am from Hawaii. My goal is to lose 25 pounds and get myself stronger both physically and spiritually. I am a single of mother of 2 beautiful young adult children. I will turn 52 this year. My weight has always been a barrier for me with things. Over the past 7 years I have gone from 243 all the way down to 145. I am currently at 177 and would like to get back down between 145-150. I have down it before on Sparkspeople. I figured this is where I need to be to make this weight loss journey work. So here I am ready and wanting!

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7/14/16 4:02 A

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My goal is to be healthy! And have peace with food, and with myself.

I am 51 and I have arthritis and plantar fasciitis. I hope these complaints will go away, or become less, if I weigh less. I also want to end my troubled relationship with food and have a consistent stable eating pattern.

The steps:
- stick to food plan
- be in bed on time
- exercise daily for at least 40 minutes
- meditate twice a day
- physio exercises 3-4 times per week


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7/2/16 10:39 A

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Great for you, keep up the great work. emoticon I sometimes look like I'm pregnant too. I'm hoping to accomplish the same. thanks for sharing.

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7/2/16 10:35 A

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Hi I'm Brenda, I'm 55 years old. I think I weigh 170, well that's what it was the last time I got weighed at the doctors. I couldn't believe it. Cause I'm 4'11". I am short. I used to go to curves and I really loved it and I rode my bike to work everyday. Then I stopped going to curves, it was Halloween and ate so much candy. I was at 150 lbs. then. And I gained all of it back and more. I feel that I know I can do this again, but I don't want to pay it at some gym. I have my xbox dance music and I use Sparkpeople excercises and I think that will do it. I am hoping that it works. It's not that I want to loose all the weight, I want to be able to jump and pick something up without a problem. I have to bend down slowly when I want to pick up something. Anyhow I did great yesterday. I ate healthy and today I'm cleaning out all my clutter, that will be my workout for today. It's a lot of work so that will count. thanks for listening.

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7/1/16 4:13 P

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I'm Heather, 55 and I'd like to wear my engagement & wedding rings again without being terrified I won't be able to get them back off!
Lol!

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6/25/16 10:17 P

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I'm Lora and I am from Tulsa and my goal is to at least lose 25 if more that's OK to. I want to lose it so I can be healthier and still enjoy the things I did when I was 30.

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6/25/16 1:28 A

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I want to become healthier and just get rid of possibly 50 lbs.


Everyday is a new day with no mistakes.

Today is another day to do it all over,
because today is another chance to get it right.



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