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7/16/11 9:57 P

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emoticon Hi Victoria.

I'm Carleen. Named "Apple" by my oldest granddaughter (I have 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters) Also 1 husband and 1 shihtzu. I've lived in the 13-Woodward area since 1973. I'm retired (thank goodness). I LOOOOOVE Tai Chi and have been trying to do it for over 20 years.

I've fought the food battle all my life. in 2000 I managed to drop about 60 pounds only to have them creep back on. I found SparkPeople two years ago and lost about 17-18 pounds, but let them slip back on when I was attending my parents in their last years and my hubby's battle with esophageal cancer. I'm trying to get my head back into my struggle for a healthy lifestyle (and weight loss).

The RO Twigs did a couple of mall walks in the winter previously. I did meet with Squeegee personally. We really hit it off well and have met for coffee and a walk several times. It seems that almost everyone is busy trying to fit healthy living into a really busy life. (Also blogging seems to slow down in the summer when people are outside doing whatever they can.)

emoticon Cookies are one of my greatest downfalls. I can give up most sweets, but cookies......I doubt it. Find any ways to avoid those yummy treats??? Looking forward to chatting with you......... emoticon

Carleen I can DO this.".... "NO EXCUSES!"


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7/16/11 5:14 P

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Hello All:

I see there are over 70 members, but I don't see those members blogging...so I will just say hello here.

Well...as the page says, I am new here and am looking to help motivate others as well as find some motivation for myself. I am 54, married, 2 children, 2 grandchildren, a teacher, and looking to start with losing 30 pounds, but have much more to lose.

My weaknesses are nuts and cookies. I love to eat until I am full and then take one or two more bites...because my stomach will growl in an hour and a half anyway! I'm working on changing that too.

So, tell me about you!
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3/1/10 11:41 A

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emoticon GREAT!!!!! What time/day is best for you? Until we know the sidewalks are all in good condition, I suggest we meet for a "mall" walk. emoticon

Carleen I can DO this.".... "NO EXCUSES!"


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3/1/10 9:07 A

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I would love to meet and walk! :)

Kal - Maryland

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Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, favorite cocktail in one hand - strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming holy sh*t - WHAT A RIDE!


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2/28/10 6:12 P

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Nice to "meet" you. Hopefully we can find a time for some of us to meet and walk. Interested? When could you be available?

Good luck on your Spark journey!!!!

Carleen I can DO this.".... "NO EXCUSES!"


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2/27/10 7:12 P

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I'm new to "SparkPeople". I live in Ferndale also and I'm a mother of a 2year old. I need some one to help me get out and moving. I work part-time and I'm at home the rest of the time.

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2/7/10 5:28 P

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SoCalKal...welcome to southeast Michigan! I'm sure when the weather gets nicer we can guide you to some of the wonderful locales in our area. I hear we're due for a good snowstorm Tues-Wed so stock up on your daily necessities are be aware of crazy drivers!

Glad to have you in the team....all questions are welcome!
Carleen

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2/7/10 8:07 A

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Good Sunday. I am in Troy and I'm pretty sure that Royal Oak is A LOT closer than the Detroit team. I so need to get into a group and get moving. We moved here from SoCal in July and I can't spend our 3 years here in the house. Home is where the Marine Corps sends us. I am a 53 and need to get out and stop wallowing about this move. Hoping to meet some friends to teach me to love being a transplanted Michigander.

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1/24/10 1:09 P

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Welcome Sandy emoticon Congratulations on a great wt loss journey. Looking forward to chatting with you.

Do you still have family in the area? emoticon

Carleen I can DO this.".... "NO EXCUSES!"


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1/24/10 11:54 A

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Good morning, I don't live in Royal Oak anymore but I grew up there. My mom still lives in the house I grew up in near 11 mile and Campbell. I miss it verymuch and have been in San Antonio, Tx since 1982.
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1/20/10 12:54 P

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Welcome to the team!!!! It's great to have another Michigander in the group.

We're here to share the weight-loss/healthy eating efforts. Please ask any questions...SparkPeople is all about sharing and caring.

Good luck on the job hunting. My fingers are crossed too, Jenny. emoticon

Carleen I can DO this.".... "NO EXCUSES!"


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1/15/10 9:36 P

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I'm not sure how often this team is around but I thought I'd join. I'm new to SparkPeople, 3 weeks, 2 weeks active. I'm the mother of 3 year old twin boys, I live in Huntington Woods, I'm currently unemployed and I want to get healthy to play with my kids and manage my excessive amount of stress. My husband is a stay-at-home dad so me being unemployed is really hurting us. So far we're managing and I hope 2010 will bring me a job. And REALLY crossing my fingers that it will bring me a job that's in Michigan or at least a state I want to move to. emoticon

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11/8/09 8:21 P

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howdy!!!!

sorry I haven't been around much to enourage anyone--too many issues that I've been trying to fight. Hope you're doing well. Please keep up the good work! Spark friends are the best! emoticon

Carleen I can DO this.".... "NO EXCUSES!"


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10/25/09 1:48 A

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Hi KMARTI555,

I am also out of work mom of 3 beautiful boys. If you ever want to get together to work out, please let me know.

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10/25/09 1:46 A

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Hello, all. I am in Ferndale a skip hop and a jump from Royal oak. I need all the motivation I can get. I have been out of the loop for a while but I am ready to go for it again!

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9/22/09 6:04 P

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Hey Kerry, we're glad you're here!

I've been in a hole myself but I've decided that I'm gonna work on getting out too. I take Tai Chi classes thru RO parks & rec and I go to Curves, but I'm hoping to get back to walking. Keep on posting and asking questions. SparkPeople working together creates success so we've gotta get going.

What kind of dogs do you have? I have a ShihTzu puppy who's trying to learn how to walk on a leash without having to be carried home. We're working on making our walks a little longer....hopefully someday Bunny and I can keep up with others.

Carleen

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9/20/09 2:57 P

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Hey all,
This is not my first go-round with SP, but it has been quite a while since I've been here. I moved back to Michigan right before X-mas of 2008 from Colorado and I dug myself a little hole. I'm ready to claw myself out now, but I decided that I needed some help.
I'm currently an out-of-work mom whose daughter is back in school, so I have lots of time and some energy to burn as well. I like to play tennis, hike, bike, walk the dogs, swim, and eat. So in order for this to work, I NEED TO EXERCISE!
If any of you ever have time, let me know and I'll try to do the same for you!
Thanks,
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Hi all....sorry it has taken me so long to get back on the computer...we have a new puppy and I'm trying to get her housebroken.

Tammy...I'm "Apple" to my granddaughter "Boo" who named me. Actually my daughters, sons-in-law, and granddaughters all call me Apple...it's easier on everyone. Looking forward to seeing you in person.

Wilma....I miss you. We'll have to get the puppies together sometime. Right now, my little shih tzu doesn't walk very far. We're trying to get her used to a harness and leash. BTW--the picture of you is FANTASTIC!!!!!! I'm soooooo jealous!

I'm afraid I can't do a cruise get-together. My youngest granddaughter usually ends up having her birthday celebrations on Dream Cruise Saturday. My biggest problem is that they're in Ypsilanti and getting home back across Woodward has been impossible some years. We've actually had to leave the car on the West side of Woodward, walk home to East of Woodward, and after the cruise is over walk back across to retrieve the car. emoticon

Carleen I can DO this.".... "NO EXCUSES!"


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I'll be Cruisin' with the family this weekend. My FIL drives his '50 Buick in the Berkley Cruise Friday night and then we hang out at SIL's Saturday and visit the Cruise. She lives @ 13 and Greenfield. Good times! But, I'll catch up with y'all soon!

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8/9/09 11:37 P

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Hi Tammy, You want to live in RO? We got a lot of houses for sale. emoticon I crack me up.

I do hope we can get together some time. We could all meet in downtown and just walk it. That's good for a lot of steps. If we park on Woodward, that would give a bit of a walk after we met, just walking back to the car. Come to think of it, I'll just walk from my house. We could all do that.

That's the plan. We meet at my house. Maybe after the heatwave. Or Saturday, for the Cruise.

Apple, are you up for it?? Let's meet at your house and do the Cruise.

Let us know. Wilma emoticon

PS Like my new pic?? I sure do.

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8/6/09 7:28 A

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Thanks for the welcome Apple! Or do you prefer Boo? I love your username!
I'm sure you are right about the great outdoors thing! It has been lovely! I look forward to meeting the Twigs! Maybe we can go apple picking in the fall!

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8/5/09 9:53 P

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Hey Tammy....welcome to the gang!

We haven't been doing much lately. I think the warm weather has most poeple outside and doing while we can. Hoepfully we can get the Twigs together before the snow flies and have a fun rally and meet each other and share stories and ideas.

Welcome and good luck on your journey!
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8/2/09 4:14 P

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Hi everyone! Just found this team somehow today. I may have crossed some of your paths in the Detroit team? Anywho, while I don't live in Royal Oak, I find myself there quite often. I love the area! Wish I lived there. I actually live in Farmington Hills, bordering Southfield. 12 Mile/Middlebelt area.
This looks like a fun group of folks and I'd love to join in the fun. A healthy lifestyle is much easier to attain when the process is fun!

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3/17/09 10:38 P

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Glad you've joined us. I'm around Woodward-13 Mile. We'd love to have you join us. Hopefully we can plan an outdoor walk soon....I'm looking forward to that!!!! emoticon

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Hi Everyone!

I live in Fabulous Ferndale! So far, I've lost 25 lbs. with the help of SP and Overeater's Anonymous. I'm 31 and I live with my BF off of 9 Mile. I enjoy gardening and acting. I've recently started walking for exercise and that isn't so bad! I'm looking forward to possibly meeting other people in my area.

Have a Great Day and a Happy St. Patty's Day!
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3/1/09 9:43 A

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Hey Mary Ann, welcome to the group!!!!

emoticon Looking forward to walking & talking with you!

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Hi everyone- I've lived in Ferndale for 25 years and have two daughters who have flown the coop for better places- one's in med school in Ann Arbor and the other's starting law school in the fall in Boston. I've decided it's time to get rid of the divorce/menopaus weight I've carried around for the last 10 years. I do most of my exercise either walking outside or on my treadmill.

Look forward to moving forward with you all.

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2/15/09 11:36 A

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Hi Mari. Welcome to the Twigs. I hope we have lots of chances to talk and maybe walk! emoticon

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2/13/09 11:17 P

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Hi All, I'm Mari from Sterling Heights...(this group was the nearest geographically). I'd like to make friendships with positive people that will encourage, support...and keep tabs on me! ha ha I hope to give support and motivation to others as well.

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Wow Laurel. That's quite a lifestyle change. emoticon

I'm Carleen. 61 going on Social Security this year! I have two daughters, two grand-daughters and one DH who's been with me for over 41 years. I've been a Royal Oaker for 35+ years.

I was a chunky girl growing up in Detroit. I added and lost and added more over the years. I had lost 60 pounds in 99-2000 and gradually put that weight back on.

My folks were average sized people who overate. My Dad had numerous health issues, mainly cardiac. He had 2 triple bypasses and an abdominal aortic aneurysm over 20 years. His last heart attack put him into a hospice for 14 months before his passing. I saw him suffer and I vowed that I would live healthier! I'm determined!

Carleen I can DO this.".... "NO EXCUSES!"


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I figured we should have an introduction post. :)

I am Laurel, 36 (I'll be 37 on February 3), mom to a pack of beautiful girls through birth and adoption. My family is full of colors and sizes. :)
I live in Royal Oak, near Royal Oak High, which will forever be Kimball to me. lol

I started my weight loss journey in March of 2007. I have been "plump" for a lot of my life. After I witnessed the death of my best friend in September of 2006, I put even more weight on my 5'4 frame.

After I decided I needed a change, I started out and first thing I did was give up pop and chips... then slowly, I changed my entire diet. After four months of dieting, I weighed 349... my scale could finally register my weight. I don't know how much I lost in the four months, but I am figuring I started out at nearly 400 pounds. My highest recorded weight was at the doctor's and was 357.

Since then, I feel healthier than I ever have. I have tons of energy and even my skin looks better.

Here's to getting healthier together. :)

Laurel

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