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7/25/16 3:11 A

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7/7/16 10:05 A

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Good Morning Leanne and welcome to the group!

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7/7/16 3:59 A

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Hello and welcome to the group!!!

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

Over 200 plus lbs lost with SparkPeople/ No Weight Loss Surgery or crazy diets, so have hope!

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To join my team, go to Team ~Indygirl www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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7/5/16 2:02 A

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Hello! My name is Leanne and I am new to the group though I've used spark people on and off for a long time. It looks to me like this is a very nice group and I am so excited to get to know everyone!

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6/29/16 9:32 A

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Thank you both.

Getting healthy one day at a time until I reach my healthiest size for me.


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6/29/16 7:10 A

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See..... I thought you looked very familiar! emoticon

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Year Long Weight Loss Challenge

Challenge Starting weight 325
July Goal = 289
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07/19
07/12 (297)
07/05 (297)
July Total Loss =


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Welcome Vicki! I remember you!

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

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6/28/16 6:27 P

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Well Vicki, your in a fantastic place.....
Welcome to the team!

Edited by: NEWSPARKDEBBIE at: 6/28/2016 (18:28)
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Challenge Starting weight 325
July Goal = 289
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07/19
07/12 (297)
07/05 (297)
July Total Loss =


 current weight: 294.0 
 
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6/28/16 6:13 P

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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 100 lbs. Once I manage that, I'll see if I feel the need to go lower.

Getting healthy one day at a time until I reach my healthiest size for me.


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6/28/16 4:32 P

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I understand. Thinking of you and your family, Janet.

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

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6/26/16 4:23 P

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I'll get back to you, Beth.

I am so overwhelmed!

"All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose."

Romans 8:28

~+~ Janet


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Hi, Janet!

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

Over 200 plus lbs lost with SparkPeople/ No Weight Loss Surgery or crazy diets, so have hope!

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To join my team, go to Team ~Indygirl www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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6/21/16 9:29 A

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I'm still here!

"All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose."

Romans 8:28

~+~ Janet


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6/21/16 7:59 A

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Fly by

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

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6/11/16 3:51 P

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Checking in

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

Over 200 plus lbs lost with SparkPeople/ No Weight Loss Surgery or crazy diets, so have hope!

bethd101@comcast.net

To join my team, go to Team ~Indygirl www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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5/29/16 5:07 P

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Hi Johnna and I am so happy that you introduced yourself and are posting in the team! emoticon

There are different areas you can become involved in. Several places you can become active and get cheered on as you cheer others as well. emoticon

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July Goal = 289
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5/27/16 11:22 P

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Welcome Johnna, we're glad you're here. Way to go on your walking.

"I can do all things through Christ Who Strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. Socrates


Do or do not. There is no try. Yoda

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5/27/16 5:38 P

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Hi my name is Johnna and I am 52 years old. I just joined SparkPeople 4 days ago and I'm so encouraged by the support and wealth of information that is here. I've been overweight for most of my life and also have clinical depression which doesn't help. Years ago I use to walk everywhere and I loved it but now because of all the weight I am carrying walking has been difficult. With the help of my niece and sister and the challenges on this site I have managed to walk for 10 mins the past 3 days and today I walked even longer. Though I have to admit I had to keep stopping, catch my breath and then walk on but I did it. Anyway I'm glad I found this team.

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. -Philippians 1:6


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5/19/16 10:00 A

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Way to go Louie! we have one of those mowers as well and have made the mistake of misplacing the charger..... ALOT! LOL
You might consider posting in the daily brag section so that everyone ca cheer you on and see how you are doing..... Just a thought of course emoticon

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Year Long Weight Loss Challenge

Challenge Starting weight 325
July Goal = 289
07/26
07/19
07/12 (297)
07/05 (297)
July Total Loss =


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good evening Well my terrible day is over with out much lingering problems praise the Lord My mower didn't charge because the breaker was off Mower charged and the grass mowed Computer is now working fine I lose 3 # of the 4# I gained last week Next week will be the real test to see if I get of the see saw I usually gain the next week working hard not to do that I will pay more attention to what I am doing
Janet I will pray for you and your family ONe of my favorite verses that I cling to when I am need of the Lord is Isiash 41:10
Karen I am on Thyroid medicine For me to eat healthier I make out a menu for the week It helps with shopping and I don't have to wonder what I am going to eat I can change it around if I want to but at least there is a base to work Hope this will help you

Have a great day tomorrow and keep sparking Lou emoticon

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Welcome, Seattle!

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

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Welcome, Janet!

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

Over 200 plus lbs lost with SparkPeople/ No Weight Loss Surgery or crazy diets, so have hope!

bethd101@comcast.net

To join my team, go to Team ~Indygirl www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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4/18/16 12:48 P

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4/18/16 12:05 P

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SEATTLE58ANEW ...... Welcome to the team! emoticon


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Year Long Weight Loss Challenge

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July Goal = 289
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Hi Karen! Yes, Beth (IndyGirl) is so inspiring AND so giving of herself and her knowledge.

LittleLouie -- Welcome. You have a few issues facing you. I think you need your doctor's help to get your thyroid medicine right.
For depression, do you know that 3 hours per week of exercise is equal to antidepressant medication? It can be hard to get motivated when you're depressed, but maybe knowing that it can help so much will be motivating? 30 minutes of walking 6 days a week, or 2 15 minute walks 6 days a week.

Janet (Smidgon) -- Welcome too! You, like me, do have a lot of stress. And stress can take a toll on your life and your health. Your faith & prayer can help a lot, as I'm sure you know.
I have found that meditation is the most powerful stress fighter.
You could sit or lie quietly, take a few deep breaths and relax and let go of tension, then picture yourself with Jesus, facing Him, or walking holding hands and talking with Him. Or repeat a phrase like "God loves me," "Jesus I trust in you," or "My peace I give you" over and over. Taking 5 to 20 minutes a day of quiet time like this can really calm your nervous system and actually change your brain for the better.

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Hi everybody! I'm Karen and new to the team, but not SP! I joined SP in 8/2011, went on to lose almost 70#,and have gained back most of it with getting more disabled with having to rely on Prednisone, with having chronic pain with Rheumatoid arthritis. I won't ever give up. I'm hoping that this will be the team that can click with me to eat more healthy and get on my recumbent bike more, because my feet are so crippled and painful to walk for exercise. I am familiar with Indygirl, and she's an awesome role model!!

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LITTLELOUIE71 ..... Welcome to the group and keep pushing through my friend!

SMIDGON ..... I'm so sorry to hear all the terrible issues you and your family are dealing with. I will add you to my prayer and remember to always hand this over to Him to be taken care of....
HUGS emoticon


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Year Long Weight Loss Challenge

Challenge Starting weight 325
July Goal = 289
07/26
07/19
07/12 (297)
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I am almost 76 yrs old with a 80yr, hubby. He is sick and his attitude goes up and down.

My eldest, now 54 had a terrible accident in 2002 which left her a paraglyic.

6 yrs ago (Christine) my middle one had b.c.. she is a survivor. PTL!

Last August John, my middle child was x with Colon cancer. They had to take some colon, some small intestine. Cancerous cells in abdominal cavity. Crushed right urtheal. All Stage 3.

Hubby on third page maker with differ at or (.???).
Now bowel issues.
My stress issues is showing back up.

I need help!!!


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Romans 8:28

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I am struggling today but I have not crash yer I am working out lots ofproblem with my computer and my budget my lawn mower and life in general I am going to keep going and trust that God will lead me thru it all

slow and steady wins the prize


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Welcome Lou!!!!

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

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bethd101@comcast.net

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4/13/16 10:52 P

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I am fining this team for support and from reading the post I think it will be great I'm a 75 year woman who is retired and I love it MY friends call me a social butterfly I love to be with people and enjoy their company I have a little over 100pounds to lose I am doing and up and down wt lose I am not sure why that is one week lose next week gain it is like I am trying not to lose wt I want to lose to feel better to be able to do more with friends and family I have 2 grown children i have 4 grand children and 10 great grandchildren I work at the day care at church 3 days a week I love being around children I need to get over my dislike for exercise and stop gaining every other week I want to lose 10% of my wt my June when I go to see my dr again I have copd with a cpap high blood pressure hypothyroid depression and those things that seem to prevalent now days I want none of them I want to be healthy and happy with lots of energy looking forward to getting to know all of you Lou emoticon

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Welcome Everyone!

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

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Welcome T! Hope that with the support of the great folks on this board we can battle our inner voices and find the motivation to accomplish our goals one baby step at a time.

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Hi Everyone, I'm thrilled to join this group! My name is Teresa or T, I'm 54 years old, married, and we have 2 adult boys. My starting weight was 305 (currently 298) with goal of around 140. Have a great day! T


Plan it
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Evaluate it
Fix it
Celebrate it
Repeat it
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Welcome B.E.B. We can do this together because you have found people who are facing or have faced many of the same issues and challenges. You are not alone in your journey. We are going to have successes and slips. But we will celebrate the positives and learn a lot as we go.
You have already taken two huge steps ---- acknowledging that changes are needed and come here for support. We are worth the effort and we WILL do this! emoticon

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Hey all, I'm restarting my journey at highest I've ever been. (341 lbs) I've struggled to lose due to constant pain but my knees r starting to hurt so I have to do something. So here I am, hoping to stick it out & see results.

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Thank you Beth for being so willing to help so many. And if I can ever do anything got you, just reach out. Pattij26@hotmail.com. emoticon

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Hi all! In my work , I help a lot of age 50+ ( my age group) clients get healthier again, so I know for absolute certain that if I can do it and they can do it, you can do it! So have hope and just start taking those steps in the right direction. I don't always check my Sparkmail, so if any of you need anything, write me at bethd101@comcast.net

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

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To join my team, go to Team ~Indygirl www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Hi Dianne!
Down 20 lbs is a great accomplishment. From a fellow turtle, Keep up the good work! Sounds like you have a plan in place that works. emoticon

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Hi, Just joined this team today but I've read ~INDYGIRL blogs for awhile now. I'm Dianne from the Carolina's, 69 yrs old, retired. I have 2 grown kids (boy & Girl) and 2 20 something grandsons and 1 mixed up dog who tries to keep me in line. I'm a former member of the "clean your plate club" and an emotional eater. I have a lot of health issues. One of my doctors wants me to lose 50 pounds but I eventually want to make that 100. I've been back on SP for almost a year this time and have only lost 20 pounds (just call me a turtle). I have trouble exercising because of my lung disease but I DO exercise. I also have problems with consistency, again sometimes because of my breathing and honestly sometimes because I don't make myself do it. My food is pretty good most days but I have times when I go over my calories or have something that is not as good for me but I'm practising moderation not eliminating any food as long as I have it planned into my day/calories. I just hope I can get better at doing what I need to do to get healthy. Thanks for listening.

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He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. Socrates


Do or do not. There is no try. Yoda

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Hi, I'm new to this team, but not to SparkPeople. I often tell people about this team so they can join and thought it was time I joined myself. I'm 61 and my health is worsening. I'm hoping for some extra inspiration.

"Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life."
- Golda Meir

"Let me not miss all that I am by punishing myself for what I am not."
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My name is Miller :)


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My name is Patti and I am a 57 in calendar years but in my mind, age is only a number.

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After several years of trying and failing to drop the excess weight, I am dusting off my SparkPage and recommitting myself to reclaiming my health and my life. In the past year and a half I have been diagnosed with a rare form of hives, torn my meniscus and spent part of the winter on crutches, been diagnosed as hypothyroidism, and Hashimotos with thyriod nodules
I work in a stressful environment putting in long hours and coming home with nothing left energy wise.
The tools like Fitbit are fabulous and pulling SP on my phone or tablet is so much easier than trying to boot up my ancient laptop. But the real draw of SparkPeople and specifically this team is the fab support that members express to each other. Can't wait to help each other and finally get on track to lower my weight and reclaim my health.

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3/10/16 4:31 P

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Hey Everyone...once again I am returning to SP. Is it weird to be "gitty" about joining Indygirl team again. I have joined again in hopes that I find within myself and through others the support I need to conquer my issues. I am a food addict that is out of control at the moment. I don't have a trigger food, food is my trigger. I am an emotional eater, a boredom eater, oh and I am awake eater. I am 10 months post op from having vertical sleeve weight lose surgery. I have reached the surgeons goal but I would like to loss another 25 pounds. I have been on a stall for 10 weeks now and it is getting the best of me. I would love to have a solid 5 pound weight lose by the end of March. I would love to be back on track and I would love to be able to block the stinkin' thinkin' I have been showering myself with the past few weeks. I would love to have my back pain free and I would love to be loving life. Here's to goals, to challenges and future victories.



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Good Morning Donna and what a great way to introduce yourself!


Co-Leader of Team Indygirl & NewSparkDebbie'
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Year Long Weight Loss Challenge

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Hello, my name is Donna. I have been on Spark People for years. I try, then lose my motivation. This time I am really wanting to get healthy. I know my weight is affecting my back and knees, not to mention my overall health. I had an ischemic (Blood clot) stroke in July 2012. Have had issues with hypothyroidism and depression/anxiety. I found this group via an inspirational blog I found from Indygirl. I look forward to meeting others and helping one another out.

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Welcome to the team Marge! What a beautiful thing to say! And emoticon

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Year Long Weight Loss Challenge

Challenge Starting weight 325
July Goal = 289
07/26
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07/12 (297)
07/05 (297)
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Hi. My name is Marge and I grew up in Chicago suburbs, but have lived in Wisconsin for over 30 years now. You gals are such an inspiration. Every time I read one of your blogs it fills me with motivation and inspiration. Thank you.
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Only I can make it happen
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Hi Shortcake and welcome!

Co-Leader of Team Indygirl & NewSparkDebbie'
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ndividual.asp?gid=50783


Year Long Weight Loss Challenge

Challenge Starting weight 325
July Goal = 289
07/26
07/19
07/12 (297)
07/05 (297)
July Total Loss =


 current weight: 294.0 
 
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3/1/16 1:28 P

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Hi All

I have been on Sparkpeople for a while but am new to this group. Have read several of Beth's blogs and she is so inspiring. I had lost 58 pounds and have gained 31 back and am really struggling. Today is a new day and a new month. I am tracking and taking it one meal at a time.

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HI ALL!

Hey Newstart, I'm originally from up North too! Hobart to be exact.

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

Over 200 plus lbs lost with SparkPeople/ No Weight Loss Surgery or crazy diets, so have hope!

bethd101@comcast.net

To join my team, go to Team ~Indygirl www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Hi NEWSTARTGIRL ..... D, welcome to the team! emoticon

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ndividual.asp?gid=50783


Year Long Weight Loss Challenge

Challenge Starting weight 325
July Goal = 289
07/26
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07/12 (297)
07/05 (297)
July Total Loss =


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Hi everyone. I joined this team yesterday on a whim. Have been on Spark for a few years now and have, of course, read many of Indygirl's comments and always found her inspirational. I am also from Indiana but up north, not in Indy. I use many of the tools found on SP and especially enjoy the challenges which keep me motivated on the short term and help me to meet new friends.I am not as good with posting or blogging as I should be but do enjoy reading what others have to say. Feel free to stop by my page and get to know me!

Cheers,
D


D from Indiana


Each new day is an opportunity...

Life is short - LIVE IT!
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2015 Fall 5% Challenge - Firecrackers
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BABYBLUEEYE ..... Hi tammy, I can totally relate to being in the 300's and sleep apnea as well :)

I would love to say a load WELCOME to everyone and so glad to see so many faces!

TY to all that sent prayers out for me and my family!



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Co-Leader of Team Indygirl & NewSparkDebbie'
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ndividual.asp?gid=50783


Year Long Weight Loss Challenge

Challenge Starting weight 325
July Goal = 289
07/26
07/19
07/12 (297)
07/05 (297)
July Total Loss =


 current weight: 294.0 
 
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Hi everyone! I'm so inspired by reading Indygirl's SP page so I joined her team. Currently I still have over 100 pounds to lose but my focus has been to develop permanent healthy habits that sustain health and wellbeing. I'm taking it slower so that I can focus all of my energy on creating something new and maintaining the ones that I've changed.

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Hello, my name is Tammy. I'm from Delaware and I weigh 338 . I have many health problems including sleep apnea. I want and need to lose this weight that I have been carrying around for most of my life. I will admit that I eat when I am emotional and bored. I just need to learn to stay out of the kitchen. I also would like to have a buddy for motivation.

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Helen, welcome. It sounds like you have a lot "on your plate" and a tremendous amount of stress. It's great that you are here to find good ways to take care of yourself and your health going forward.

I had strep that resulted in my having my tonsils removed when I was in my 30's, so I know how extremely painful that is. You have recovered from it now, but I wanted to say that I get that.
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Hi there! I'm Hellen. I'm back for round 2 on SP. I am at the biggest I have ever been. When I started this program last week I weighed in at 294. Wow, that's the first time I've said that in public. I have a 2 year old daughter and I am heavier now than even when I was pregnant.

I know how I got here. I'm an emotional eater. My daughter was born in December of 2013. My husband left in September of 2014. Our nasty divorce was finalized in June 2015. I was working for a doctors office and with the stress of the divorce and becoming a single parent (he doesn't want anything to do with our daughter and doesn't pay his support) I ended up with Influenza twice and strep throat 3 times in a 6 month period. I had surgery to have my tonsils taken out in April, 2015. It all seems so petty, compared to the health issues I have seen others posting about on here.

I know it's going to be a slow process, but I'm so thankful I found this site again and the amazing people on here to help push me along!

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Hi Everyone
Joined SP quite a few years ago. Lost some weight then using as much of the spark-people tools that I could manage. Since then I have regained weight about 3 times and lost it again. Have not returned to my heaviest weight but am not happy with my current weight due to its threat to my health and wellness - (blood pressure, diabetes threat etc). Weight loss for health and lifestyle change is better motivation than vanity reasons.
Anyway I am attracted to this team as it is active and positive. Quite a few of the teams I joined some years ago and now inactive.
I think I finally accept that tracking my food, keeping active and being mindful is a design for living that suits me. I used to think it was a temporary hardship until weight is lost.

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Do what you can, but never forget that letting go is very different from giving up. Of all the things you can make in life, remember you make all the difference in your life.



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Hi Everyone
Joined SP quite a few years ago. Lost some weight then using as much of the spark-people tools that I could manage. Since then I have regained weight about 3 times and lost it again. Have not returned to my heaviest weight but am not happy with my current weight due to its threat to my health and wellness - (blood pressure, diabetes threat etc). Weight loss for health and lifestyle change is better motivation than vanity reasons.
Anyway I am attracted to this team as it is active and positive. Quite a few of the teams I joined some years ago and now inactive.
I think I finally accept that tracking my food, keeping active and being mindful is a design for living that suits me. I used to think it was a temporary hardship until weight is lost.

Make a Difference
Do what you can, but never forget that letting go is very different from giving up. Of all the things you can make in life, remember you make all the difference in your life.



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Hello and welcome Everyone!!!

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

Over 200 plus lbs lost with SparkPeople/ No Weight Loss Surgery or crazy diets, so have hope!

bethd101@comcast.net

To join my team, go to Team ~Indygirl www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Hi, I'm Deb. I have been on (and off!) Sparkpeople since 2010. I obviously need to stay, since my weight has gone to places it has never gone before. I have come to the conclusion that I need to track my food, at least for the forseeable future. I am tired of being a yoyo. I've already been told there is a complete knee replacement in my future, so I'd like to be in a better place health-wise before that becomes a necessity. Looking forward to joint Spark-ventures!

"If you smile at me, I will understand, 'cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language..." from CSN Wooden Ships


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Hello - I'm glad to find an active group to join. I was with Sparkpeople for many years, then left to try something else, it didn't work.
So a new move, a new lifestyle and now on my way to a new (strong & healthy) body..



Keep Looking Up! to the CREATOR


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I am thankful to have found this group!!! I found it through MARILYNS67's SparkPage.
My name is Debra and I started out SP almost one year ago.

A little history:
~ I was injured while doing my job in the western North Dakota oil fields, in September 2013, I weighted around 230 lbs at that time.
~ I was taken out of work in July 2014 and finally had surgery in September 2014.
~ After surgery, my weight gain blew up to 257 lbs
~ In January 10, 2015, I decided I needed to get back down, at least to my pre-injury weight while healing was still a very slow process.

WooHoo, I am proud to announce that on January 8, 2015 (just 2 days shy of one year) I had lost exactly 20 lbs. Today, I am at 234.4, so I have 4 more to go to hit my first big milestone weight of 230 lbs. For the last 5 weeks, I have actually done the best, because I am now doing a Biggest Loser Challenge as part of the Tangerine Team, thus my profile picture. We have 5 more weeks to go, it was a 10 week challenge.

I know I can do it!!!!! I am totally thankful for my friends on SP who have stuck with me and encouraged me when I really wanted to give up and quit.

Thanks you for creating this wonderful team!!!

No Longer A Doormat To Be Stomped On, But A Stepping Stone To The Corner Stone (Jesus Christ).


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Welcome!!!

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

Over 200 plus lbs lost with SparkPeople/ No Weight Loss Surgery or crazy diets, so have hope!

bethd101@comcast.net

To join my team, go to Team ~Indygirl www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Name: Marilyn
Age 67 = hence the username (will be changing it in February)
Married since Dec 1983
3 daughters 1 son (youngest daughter just turned 27 and lives at home as she has Down Syndrom
2 granddaughters 4 grandsons
2 very spoiled small dogs

Would love to have you come and visit me on my sparkpage

Marilyn

Team leader of

Calling Christian Women -the official SP team

Taking it one month at a time


Unless the Lord had given me help I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, 'My foot is slipping' your love O Lord supported me. When anxiety was great within me your consulation brought joy to my soul (Psalm 94:17-19)


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Hi, I'm Vera haven't been on SP in long while. I'm joining to be accountable and need all the support I can get!

Vera


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I recommend YOU ON A DIET as far as a book- a life changer. And my first thing I changed was drinking organic milk instead of regular milk and lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks! I'm a huge milk drinker though and apparently VERY SENSITIVE to the growth hormones they give the cows.

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

Over 200 plus lbs lost with SparkPeople/ No Weight Loss Surgery or crazy diets, so have hope!

bethd101@comcast.net

To join my team, go to Team ~Indygirl www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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I do not have a facebook account. But I will be on the team as-much-as possible via Sparkpeople.

May I ask what type of lifestyle change did the trick for you at first? Do you recommend any books?

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https://www.facebook.com/indygirl4spark
My Facebook for friending

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

Over 200 plus lbs lost with SparkPeople/ No Weight Loss Surgery or crazy diets, so have hope!

bethd101@comcast.net

To join my team, go to Team ~Indygirl www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Welcome! I think we all feel like yo yos lol!

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.

Beth Donovan

Over 200 plus lbs lost with SparkPeople/ No Weight Loss Surgery or crazy diets, so have hope!

bethd101@comcast.net

To join my team, go to Team ~Indygirl www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Hello! I need to lose 50 pounds and feel like a total yo-yo. I lose 5 gain 5 lose 5 gain 5... I have joined as I look up to you. Thank you for having me on your team!

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