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Surfing the net one day for weight loss plans, I found SparkPeople early in 2009. On May 30, I signed up and never looked back. It was truly an epiphany. Divine intervention if you will. There was no indecision or struggle and a new passion began. Becoming accountable for my food intake put me on the road to a healthier, more fulfilling life. I love exercise and healthy food and now and am confident this is my new lifestyle. This is a miracle that I thank God for every day!

My husband has joined me on this journey and has already lost 50 lbs. since November, 2009.

***UPDATE: First goal met on September 26, 2009!
***UPDATE: Second goal met on November 19, 2009!
***UPDATE: Third goal met on April 21, 2010!

Member Since: 5/30/2009

Fitness Minutes: 10,431

My Goals:
1. Get the eating/nutrition under control. I'm there!

2. Incorporate more movement into my everyday life.

3. Keep my eyes on the prize: to weigh the same as the day I got married.

1st goal: 225 by 11/15/09

** Achieved on 9/26/2009 - 7 weeks early! **

2nd goal: 215 by 12/20/09

** Achieved on 11/19/2009 - 4 weeks early! **

The following goal has been pushed back a couple of times because the weight loss has slowed. The Christmas/New Year's festivities didn't help either!

3rd goal: 200 by 5/01/10

** Met on 04/21/2010 **

4th goal: 180 by 9/01/11

My Program:
1. Peruse Spark People and use the Nutrition Tracker daily without fail.

2. Pay close attention to fat, sodium, calcium, cholesterol, protein, and potassium.

3. Eat whole foods as much as possible and processed foods as little as possible.

4. Eat lean beef, pork, chicken, Pacific fish, whole grain breads and pastas. Cage-free organic eggs occasionally.

5. Eat at least 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

6. Aim for 25-35 grams of quality fiber daily with fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

7. No fast food except a Chipotle burrito bol (no tortilla or sour cream) or a Taco Bell bean burrito on occasion.

8. Burn a minimum of 2,000 calories per week with walking, resistance bands or stationary cycling.

9. Read articles about proper nutrition and fitness.

10. Drink 8-12 glasses of water daily.

Personal Information:
Cleveland, Ohio

Wife of a very funny guy.

Mother of son with autism.

Conservative, pragmatic but also creative.

Other Information:
Conservatives trust individual people, liberals believe in relinquishing their individual liberty to oppressive government.

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    Way to go on the 10 points! emoticon
    3833 days ago
    Aw, thanks for the teddy bear goodie! Now if only I could get the baby to sleep... emoticon
    3834 days ago
    You're welcome! I don't think there's a dog or cat that I couldn't love (Ok, I did deal with a couple pretty nasty ones when I worked at a vet clinic, but they may have just been scared to be there). I'm one of those people who often says I like animals better than a lot of humans! emoticon
    3835 days ago
    I am so touched by your response. I didn't expect one. I know how difficult it is when you lose a furry friend. They really are part of your family. I think is a good idea that you still have the comforter. I still have the collars that belonged to our 2 previous kitties (they belonged to my kids but when the kids left home, they became my buddies for 18 years). I also strongly believe we will see them again. Sending big hugs your way.

    Mary Anne

    Some how I managed to type this under the award for the 60 lbs that you've lost. Not sure how I did that. Sorry.
    3836 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/14/2010 9:18:35 AM
    congrats on those 25 login points!!!! i pray everyday i'll get more than 2 HAHAHA

    thanks for the comment too... i hope you have a fantabulous weekend as well!

    3865 days ago
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