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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: 276,974

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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    3973 days ago
    Thank you for adding me as a friend, you sound like me, I meant with your medical history and your going up and down in weight. I read your page.
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    3974 days ago
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    Find your inner warrior to win the battle! Sending ((skinny vibes))
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    3980 days ago
    Promise Yourself
    The Optimist Creed

    Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
    To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
    To make all your friends feel like there is something in them.
    To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
    To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best.
    To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
    To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the greater achievements of the future.
    To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living person you meet a smile.
    To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
    To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, and too strong for fear, and to happy to permit the presence of trouble.

    3982 days ago
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