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2012 - That elusive Sparkle... I know its in there.

2008 - I was just thinking that the other day on the way to work... What happened to my "sparkle" that joy in my approach to each day, that dash of wonder at each experience, that energy that kept me happy, healthy... I remember saying to myself in that moment... "I need to find my Sparkle"

Three days later, I found this website. I am a single mum with limited resources, debt up my yin yang, and way to many pounds on this poor body of mine... I quit smoking (yeah!!!) about four years ago and compounded with some health issues that slowed me down I very quickly put on over 80 pounds!!

I am so glad to be here and to meet you all... If I can support you in any way in your journey, or you in mine, lets take these steps together... Thanks for taking the time to read... :)

I want to be able to cut my toe nails again...
I want to be able to wrap a single towel around me again.. and actually cover everything!!
I want to feel comfortable with myself
I want to be active and to move easily
I want to have fun with my kids
I want to wear regular socks again and not cut off my circulation!
I want to wear pretty clothes again.
I want to feel good about myself and proud of my appearance.
I want to add more to this list as i think of it...
[edited Aug 7 2008]
~Drink at least 5 x 8oz of water/day
~Stay within Calorie Range
~700 Calorie difference between consumed & burned
~Exercise at least 30 minutes most days
~Log My Calories and Fitness
~Eat at least 5 fruits and Veggies
~Take my Multi-Vitamin
~Watch my Vitamin and Mineral Intake
~Get 7 Hours of Rest Each Night
~Participate on SparkPeople website Daily
Goal Weight Loss 18+ lbs
Starting Challenge Weigh-in = 236

Wk 1: July 22 - 28 Weigh-in = 236
Wk 2: July 29 - Aug. 4 Weigh-in =
Wk 3: Aug. 5 - 11 Weigh-in =
Wk 4: Aug. 12 - 18 Weigh-in =
Wk 5: Aug. 19 - 25 Weigh-in =
Wk 6: Aug. 26 - Sept 1 Weigh-in =
Wk 7: Sept 02 - 08 Weigh-in =
Wk 8: Sept 16 - 22 Weigh-in =
Wk 9: Sept 23 - 29 Weigh-in =
Wk 10: Sept 30 - Oct. 06 Weigh-in =
Wk 11: Oct. 14 - 20 Weigh-in =
Wk 12: Oct. 21 - 27 Weigh-in =
________ Oct. 27- FINAL WEIGH-IN =

Goal is to be 218 by Challenge end! I CAN Do this!
~12 WEEK CHALLENGE GOAL (218 by Oct/27/2008)
~2nd goal Medium Range (180)
~3rd goal Medium Range - Pre-EE (150)
~Long-Term realistic goal (135)~
~Dream goal - 123
Current Weight: 231 lb
Goal Weight: 123 lb
Weight Loss: 108 lb
DailyCalorie Deficit: 700
Time to Reach Goal Weight: 18 months

Member Since: 7/21/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,295

My Goals:
I want to be here to enjoy my family and be here for their families. I want to feel good about myself and proud of my accomplishment. I am seeking to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, body size and BMI

My Program:
Eat to Live 6-Week Plan

From the book Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
UNLIMITED (eat as much as you want):

all raw vegetables, including raw carrots (goal: 1 lb. daily)
cooked green vegetables (goal 1 lb. daily)
beans, legumes, bean sprouts, or *tofu (minimum 1 cup daily in total of these)
fresh fruit (at least 4 daily).
eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, onions, tomato and other non-starchy vegetables, cooked and raw (unlimited)

*Beans should be eaten daily; tofu should be eaten less frequently.
LIMITED (not more than one serving):

cooked starchy vegetables OR whole grains–Maximum 1 cup per day (butternut or acorn squash, corn, sweet potato, brown rice, cooked carrots, whole grain breads*, whole grain cereals*)
raw nuts and seeds (1 oz. or 28.5 grams a day) or 2 ounces avocado
ground flaxseed (1 tablespoon a day)

Personal Information:
I live in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. I am 48 years old, single mum, with two fantastic boys now aged 14 and 20. We have two black cats and our Peke-a-poo Clan: Murphy, Tara Belle & Eilidh!

Other Information:
"Food is the most widely abuse anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent yet underutilized anti-depressant."-Bill Phillips

~ËœThink in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night~ William Blake

~When my will power is failing at least I have my CONSISTENCY to rely upon~

~We teach best what we most need to truly know~

~Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another~

~Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence~
Calvin Coolidge

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    HI! I am just popping in to say what's up. :-)
    How has it been going?
    Looking forward to Fall? I know I am! I love Autumn! The cool crisp breezes!The yummy veggies! The gorgeous Fall leaves! If you get a sec, come and visit my Spark page. I love visits!! I gave it a new Fall look and updated my intro.
    Have a great day! Don't hesitate to Sparkmail me anytime you need anything! As a co-captain of calling all Goonies I will do my best to answer any questions or concerns you may have.(((Hugs)) :-)
    3549 days ago
    Thank you... yes, things are ticking along ok... I am moving in a couple of weeks so its getting a little crazy around here. I am excited at the new house, but also thinking about all those calories I am going to burn moving boxes... painting... clearning.... emoticon I may be offline for a few weeks, but I can still check in at work.

    Thank you so much for your support and concern :) ... Ill be back!!
    3567 days ago
    Hello - stopping by to check on you! Everything going ok?

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    3568 days ago
    Hello! Sending some love your way! emoticon
    Hope you are having a good week!
    3575 days ago
    Stopping by to say hi and see how you are doing. Appears you have had some challenges this week! We are all here for you!
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    3582 days ago
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