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Family trip to NYC summer of 2008. I was 49 and weighed about 228 lbs.

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Central Park, 1987. I was 28 and about 165 lbs.

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I was 15 years old in this picture and weighed about 155 lbs.


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    Valentine Smile

    On Valentine's Day we think of those
    Who make our lives worthwhile,
    Those gracious, friendly people who
    We think of with a smile.
    I am fortunate to know you,
    That's why I want to say,
    To a rare and special person:
    Happy Valentine's Day!

    By Joanna Fuchs

    3797 days ago
    Here comes that Sparkle Dust again…I am wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year and a New You. May all of your hopes and dreams come true for the New Year. We will help you get there. You can do this! We will all do this together! You are never alone on this quest to a new, improved healthier you.

    I love you guys! You have no idea how important you have become in my life. You have helped to give me my life back. Here is a big time HUG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3841 days ago
    What did the elf say was the first step in using a Christmas computer?
    "First, YULE LOGon"!

    Just dropping by to remind you that you are not alone in this quest. We will all do this together. If you need any of us we are just a click away on your mouse. Just make sure YULE LOGon (you log on) HUGS!

    Thinking of you in this season of hope and wishing you the peace and promise of a bright new year.

    Merry Christmas and Love, Health, and Happiness in the New Year!

    3854 days ago
    Stopping by to sprinkle some more Sparkle Dust, hey it is better than snow. LOL
    December is one of the most difficult months of the year whether it has to do with staying on one’s food plan with all of the goodies that abound, dealing with Holiday gatherings, for some this time of the year proves to be lonely and it is harder to deal with at this time of year, and the general economic climate out there right now and dealing with buying presents for our children, family, or friends.

    Please if any of the above or something else causes you to turn to food to self medicate please reach out to one of your Spark Buddies. We are only a click away on your computer and you do not have to face this alone. We are your Spark Family and we are here for you. We can all do this together. Make this Holiday Season one of your healthiest and happiest.

    3870 days ago
    Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. --Melody Beattie

    I wish my entire fellow Sparkers a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for each and every one of you. I am thankful to have you as part of my extended family as we say on our team. You have helped make me the person I am today. I am getting healthier and stronger everyday with your constant support and motivation.

    My advice for the Holiday, choose your battles carefully. Tread carefully here my friends. The consequence of your choices will all be on you. You have worked too hard and you look too good to blow it now. You joined SparkPeople to overcome these urges or learn how to plan for them so you can indulge in a comfort food here or there. Don’t forget all of the hard work you have put in and all you have learned. You have come so far! Learn how to celebrate the day without the emphasis on food. If you should indulge in that dessert please make sure that you and your family, we want them healthy too, take a long walk after dinner to digest and burn off some of the calories from dinner. Hitting the couch after a big Thanksgiving meal is now a thing of the past. Yup, no more.

    Happy Thanksgiving! If you are driving, travel safely!

    3880 days ago
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