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My journey began at 200 lbs with a goal to lose a total of 70 lbs.

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Initially I lost about 40 lbs. In Jan 2017, I injured my shoulder and foot in an accident leading to steroid injections, surgery and physical therapy. Recovery was slow; I regained a lot of weight and developed other health issues that further impacted my progress. In 2018, a check-up revealed that my BP and cholesterol were also dangerously high.

Determined not to live on meds, I decided to focus on lifestyle and dietary changes. Join me on my journey to health!

August 2020 Update
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Returned to doctor for general exam & the results were fantastic!

Weight Loss: Down from 200 lbs to now 169 lbs
Blood Pressure: Down from 150/89 in 2019 to NOW at 132/70.
Previous Cholesterol was: Total 288 (HDL 48, LDL 197, TG 217)
Aug 2020 Cholesterol now: Total 232 (HDL 51, LDL 162, TG 96)

Member Since: 5/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 144,612

My Goals:
To go from 200 lbs to weigh 135 lbs. and wear size 10 again.
To avoid blood pressure and cholesterol medications.
To get strong, fit & healthy, and have more energy.

My Program:
Following old WW exchange-based diet/program. 1-2 liters water daily.
Exercise/activity 60-90 minutes/day. Strength training 3 x a week.
Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds programs
Also using SparkPeople Workout DVDs and others.

Personal Information:
My name is Karen. I love people, sharing life experiences, and learning about different cultures and foods. Favorite foods (so far) are Italian, Mexican, Chinese,Thai and Middle Eastern. Also I am Christian - I love God and I love the Word of God - Jesus is my Savior and Lord! Spiritual influences include: Joseph Prince, Creflo Dollar, Andrew Wommack, Keith Moore, & Kenneth & Gloria Copeland. I also love animals/nature, living in the country, walking/hiking and fitness, writing, history, art. Enjoy classic, sci-fi & mystery novels. Love Dr. Who (old and new series!) and old movies 40s-50s-60s (TCM) & action/drama films (eg. Bourne series). I am also an artist... see paintings in photo gallery.

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    Even on a cloudy day you can rise tall like a sunflower,
    brightening up a cloudy sky with its radiant and positive energy.
    Remember that positive thoughts will keep you
    standing tall during the darker days.
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    Today, this day it is a once in a lifetime day....
    Let's live it, beautifully, gratefully and passionately.
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    Hi Karen, I am on late today decided to get out early because of the head and now hubby want me to go someplace with him!! I will be back later today. Have a nice day Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Thank you Karen, I am enjoying my coffee right now emoticon and extra cup for you. I got a nice walk and early because it will be a hot one today. I need to water and endless house duties for today. Riley and Penny thank you for the doggy emoticon
    Be safe Karen and I hope it is not too hot our your way emoticon emoticon
    1 day ago
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    “It’s Monday… time to motivate and make dreams and goals happen. Let’s go!” – Heather Stillufsen

    “When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day.” – Ella Woodword

    Enjoyed your note glad you had such a great week end we had a quiet one here i was in he 90's by the afternoon started out cool and cloudy. going to be in the high 90's the next couple of day tied going to watch Stop the wedding emoticon more tomorrow

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    went to church this morning home and found my note going to work on spark lunch it s 1 here now emoticon
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    To those who choose to stay young at heart,
    the world will always show its beauty💖
    Young at heart, slightly older in other places.
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    I had a fun time out with my daughter, we got lots of nice presents for Glen even some funny Snoopy tshirts. Glad you had a fun time yesterday. Glen and I are going out to breakfast later and for a nice relaxing drive. Have a nice day Karen emoticon emoticon
    2 days ago
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