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I have never been so excited to start a Life Style change! Today is February 25th, and I did not have the motivation to start eating healthier for my New Years Resoluton. Last week, was the beginning of Lent, and I really did not feel at that time I had the motivation to eat healthy for 40 days. Now, I feel like I can do it for the rest of my life!

I have been a yo yo dieter since I have been in my teens. Lately, my Yo has been much more up than down. I have joined Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and Medical Weight Loss over the past 25 years. I have had success on WW three times, only to gain it back again. Seven years ago, I lost 50 pounds, only to re-gain 60 back. I have watched the Dr. Oz show last week, where he introduced the "Dash" diet. This basically eliminates all processed food from your diet. I started on this plan 5 days ago, and already feel perkier. I used to have terrible indigestion at night, and I have not had that since starting this plan. I did not realize that Spark People has it's own diet plan (I have so much to learn). My cholesteral is borderline high, and I would really like to get that down to an acceptable level.

My husband could lose about 130 pounds. He loves Fast Food and insists that I make a fatty dinner filled with "comfort" foods including dessert every night. I am hoping that after seeing results with me, he will make the commitment to change his eating habits. I love to cook and bake, and eventually will try to make our old favorites healthy. We have two teens, who have grown up learning an unhealthy lifestyle, I hope, they too can start eating more healthy.

My second biggest problem is excercise! I have some weights, and a Dance DVD that I plan to start using soon. When the weather is warmer, I plan to walk every day.

I am amazed at all of the resources available to me through Spark People. I think the food tracker is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. I love how it computes calories and breaks it down into total fats and carbs combined. I have always disliked jornaling my food manually at WW. But most of all, I think the support of others who have traveled this road before me, will be able to help me reach my goal. I hope to have my own success story, and in turn encourage others with their dreams.

Member Since: 2/24/2013

My Goals:
1) To lose 30 pounds by my 50th Birthday. in May

Lose 50# by my husband's 50th birthday in August.

2) To continue to lose at least 2-3 pounds a week, until I reach my 100# weight loss goal.

3) To start exercising! Dust off that old Dance DVD. And when the weather breaks, start walking.

My Program:
To start:

Eliminating all processed food from my diet. Increasing drastically the amount of fresh fruits and veggies to my diet, along with lean protein

Once I lose 50#, learn to make meals more interesting by learning how to make old favorites healthy.

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    "Many things are simply not going to happen with just one, or three, or even a dozen attempts. Yet anything becomes possible with enough persistence.
    Keep going, and allow your efforts to build upon one another. Keep going, and transform the disappointments into achievements.
    You have what it takes to keep going, because all it ever takes is just one more step forward.
    Keep going, and work your way steadily to the richest rewards you can imagine."
    -- Ralph Marston
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    Hope your week is going great, Spark friend! Keep taking those steps towards your goals. Never give up! As long as you keep going, you will succeed. You are always worth your best effort!
    1551 days ago
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    Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year!

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    1573 days ago
    "Sometimes victory seems so far away because we measure it only by the goal. And end goals can seem overwhelmingly huge, daunting, and just plain hard to reach. But if we start measuring our victories by the smaller choices we make each day, victory won't seem so impossible.....
    It's amazing the chain reaction that can start in your life with just one good choice.
    Big things are built one brick at a time.
    Victories are achieved one choice at a time.
    A life well lived is chosen one day at a time.
    Oh sweet friend, you are closer than you think to victory!"
    -Lysa TerKeurst
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    Be your own hero, one choice and one step at a time! You might not see visible signs of progress right away, but as long as you keep doing your best, you will make progress and you will be victorious! I'm rooting for you! Remember, you're worth your best effort!
    1653 days ago
    "Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born."
    - Dale E. Turner
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    Hi Daria, good to hear from you....so glad you are back on Sparks. Congratulations on the 16 lbs you have lost! That is great!
    Motivation comes and goes...I've lost my motivation many times, but we just have to keep pushing even when we don't feel like it. We can't give up on ourselves! So keep up the good work, and have a successful October!
    1658 days ago
    "Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long.
    Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals.
    No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders.
    How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come."
    -Og Mandino
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    Just stopping by to wish you a healthy week, Spark friend! If you fall down, get back up and keep pushing forward. I hope you know that you're always worth your best effort...because you really are!
    1792 days ago
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