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My name is Karen. I am a mother to four wonderful sons, all grown and married, so I also have four daughters now. They have given me nine grandchildren with number ten coming in January! I was divorced Aug. 2015. After a 32 year marriage. Now I am single and with the kids grown, I am mapping out the next chapters in my life. I have decided I can afford to be selfish and spend some time on myself this chapter. I have started a ton of times on Sparkpeople, although I kept coming back. Failing to stick with anything during any of my diet attempts. Looking for friends to help me motivate my way to a healthy lifestyle instead of a new diet fail. I've never been skinny. I don't know what to imagine. Being healthy and able to have some energy for my grandchildren would be nice. To be happy with myself would be amazing too!


Member Since: 8/15/2015

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I know for me, small goals are going to be key! I need to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I will start with 10- pound losses! I will need to add excercise. Even walking is going to be tough with my foot pain, but not impossible. I will get a pedometer and work on counting steps. I want to do the 5 fruits and veggies a day, to begin eating healthy. Logging in to Sparkpeople everyday and tracking my meals and snacks, to be honest to myself, and keep myself motivated. All these small steps will help get me there.


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“What you eat in private will show up in public.” ~Unknown
“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.” ~English Proverb
“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” ~Michael Pollan




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  • v BARBIEE52
    (I ran across this the other day...I know it's long, but worth reading)

    ~~~***~~~***~~~***~~~I Wish You Enough~~~***~~~***~~~***~~~

    Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their
    last moments together at the airport.
    They had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate,
    they hugged and the mother said, "I love you and I wish you enough".
    The daughter replied, "Mom, our life together has been more than enough.
    Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom".

    They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window
    where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry.
    I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking,
    "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever? ".
    "Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking,
    but why is this a forever good-bye?".
    "I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is -
    the next trip back will be for my funeral,"she said.

    "When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough'.
    May I ask what that means?".
    She began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down
    from other generations.
    My parents used to say it to everyone".
    She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember
    it in detail and she smiled even more.
    "When we said, I wish you enough', we were wanting the other person
    to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them".

    Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.
    I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright,
    I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
    I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
    I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
    I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
    I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
    I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

    She then began to cry and walked away.
    They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them,
    a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.
    Take time to live...…
    "To all my friends and loved ones, I wish you enough.'
    emoticon emoticon Have a 'Sparkling' Saturday emoticon emoticon
    9 hours ago
  • v BARBIEE52
    What do I do when I see someone EXTREMELY GORGEOUS?
    I STARE, I SMILE, AND WHEN I GET TIRED...I PUT THE MIRROR DOWN

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    3 days ago
  • v BARBIEE52
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    Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
    ~ Will Rogers~

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    6 days ago
  • v TNCOUNTRYLIFE
    It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.
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    Slow and steady that's the way to get it done!
    The tortoise wins the race!
    7 days ago
  • v TNCOUNTRYLIFE
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    “I asked of the limitless sunshine
    How to shine with the dawn's glowing light;
    No answer came back from the sunshine,
    But my soul heard a whisper, "Burn bright!”
    ― K. Balmont

    Let your light shine bright! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Have a great weekend!
    8 days ago
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