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Hello everybody.... welcome to my Sparkpage! What a journey it has been!! On March 2, 2010 I weighed 250+ lbs. I found myself at 55 years of age lying in CCU in a hospital. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, & was stressed to the max. Luckily my heart was okay, but my cardiologist questioned where I would be in 10 years if I didn't drastically change my life!! Upon my release, I decided it was time to take control of my life. I immediately started on a journey to develop a healthy lifestyle, & I was determined nothing was going to stop me from reaching my goal!! I started walking for exercise, & watching what I ate by counting calories and trying to eat a healthy, balanced diet. All went well & by August 2010, I had lost a total of 35 lbs....but something seemed to be missing! While I had the support of family & friends, for the most part I felt that I was alone on my journey. That is until my doctor recommended I check out the website called!! It changed my life!! Never before had I experienced the support & resources that I have found here. 10 months after joining Sparks, in April of 2011, I met my goal. Almost 6 years later while gaining back a few lbs I am very happy to be weighing in at 135 lbs. So the journey continues....maintaining!!

Member Since: 8/22/2010

Fitness Minutes: 276,767

My Goals:
Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Maintain my weight

Stay active in Sparkpeople

Help motivate others

My Program:
Exercise 4-5 days a week

Monitor calories & sodium

Eat balanced nutritional meals

8 glasses water minimum per day

Strength training 3 days per week

Track Fitness

Stay active in Spark people and de-stress!!

Personal Information:
I'm a 63 year old female from America's heartland--Kansas. I have been employed in the aircraft industry for the past 26 years. Always an animal lover I am the proud mama to a Chug, 2 Japanese Chins, and a rescue kitty Lucky. I am married to love of my life who I have been with for the past 33 years.

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This is how I Ifound Spark people. I woke up in a hospital bed in CCU in March of 2010, hospitilized for chest pains. I weighed 230+lbs, had high cholesteral & high blood pressure. Luckily my heart was okay & I was diagnosed with stress which caused the chest pains. My doctors advised me to lose weight & get active. Being in CCU was the most humiliating experience of my life.. You don't put a 240 lb person on a bed pan with good results!! I was determined to do whatever it took to prevent ending up in that place again. Upon being released from the hospital I immediately started walking for exercise & watching my calories, sodium, & fat intake. At a doctors appointment in August 2010 I had lost 40 lbs, but it was hard sustaining the enthusiasm & determination I had upon my initial release from the hospital. My Dr. told me about the web site for Spark people & here I am. I look forward to a long wonderful relationship with Spark people!!

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  • v LINZEE118
    Hello Carol, Just checking in to see how you are doing? I have been MIA for a while but back on track. Are you still sparking? A lot of people use facebook, instagram, etc. Please take care and keep in touch.
    78 days ago
    Hi and thank you We got 7ish inches of snow emoticon (I love snow) emoticon but am glad I can be in and watch it The troubles are the temps -20 I can take the cold, but this is way past cold! I hope you are having a good week and weekend to come! Hugs emoticon and emoticon Prayers
    161 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon emoticon You Spark Friend, AJDOVER1 is The Motivator of the Day. What an honor. emoticon
    225 days ago
  • v LINZEE118
    Hi Carol, Just stopping by to say hello. I've been off and on SP but mostly off. With all that is going on in the world and in our country everything was going downhill for me. I'm a stress eater so need I say more! I hope all is well with you. I hope to get my act together and start sparking again. This should hold me accountable. Please take care. Linda
    362 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/31/2020 8:53:21 PM
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    emoticon for the message on my Spark page!!!

    Be patient with yourself.
    You are growing
    stronger every day.
    The weight of the
    world will
    become lighter...
    and you will begin to
    shine brighter.
    Don't give up.

    ~~~** Robert Tew **~~~

    emoticon and taking it one pound at a time! emoticon

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    726 days ago
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