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In May of 2008, I embarked on this adventure of changing my lifestyle and taking better care of my health.

I started out at 300 (which stunned the heck out of me, but explained why my knees and feet hurt so much!!), but am currently (11/13/11) at 187.

SparkPeople has offered advice, information, and fun which has helped me stay on target. The best part, though, has been the like-minded travelers whose journeys offer ME the best advice, information, and damn! if they ain't FUN to boot!

The most difficult thing for me is being more consistently active. As much as I like having DONE exercise & do feel better--no doubt about it!--I fight with myself every day to do SOMETHING. It is getting easier, but only in small ways. Guess I'll have to keep building on those....

I write science fiction, poetry, stage & screenplays, and am currently working on a SF novel for YA. I am currently running a poetry workshop, and am also a freelance editor.

I am the Events Manager for The Plant City Community Choir which in its 3 years has grown from 12 voices to 40! We have been invited back for the 3rd time to EPCOT to sing in the 300-voice Massed Choir for Christmas. This year we had to turn down invitations to sing at local venues due to being too busy!!!

Member Since: 7/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 6,816

My Goals:
Eat healthy.

Lose the weight.

Succeed on My 10% Plan.

Be more active.

Control the Negative Fairy on my shoulder.

Choose a positive attitude each & every day.

My Program:
Keep an honest food journal.


Work MY 10% PLAN.

Get off my gluetous maximus and do other things besides feed my face.

Personal Information:
Lark from Plant City, FL.

A smart blonde going dark & gray, & wishing I would just jump to white!

I sing alto in a community choir & am an ESOL Literacy tutor.

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I lost Dad 8/9/10 & Mom 5/20/11.
I am mourning them and the loss of their company and love, but I have been able to not use the grief as an excuse to stuff my face.

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    WOW!!!! 95 lbs lost. That is fantastic. Way to go girl.
    I've been away for a while, but I was elated to see you are doing so well. You are truly an inspiration--keep up the good work. I'll bet you look wonderful. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    3070 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/30/2009 3:04:18 AM
    Hey Girl!

    How are you doing????? We are here, but I haven't seen you yet. I was just reading that you are at 95 pounds lost. That is awesome!

    I hope to see ya soon!

    3100 days ago
    Hi Lark!

    How's thing down Florida way? Well be coming back down on November 5th, and I'm certainly looking forward to it. It has turned into fall with a vengeance here.....40's and rain.

    How are you doing with your journey? I've done good. I've taken off a few more pounds since I got home, but generally I do better when I'm in Florida. I had a little slump back in August, but I have worked that out, and am back on track.

    See ya soon!
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    3152 days ago
    Just wanted to drop by and ask "how ya doin'? Haven't heard from you lately and I've missed you.

    Hoping this note finds you well.

    3231 days ago
  • v LARK7474
    Thanks for reading my blog and all the encouragement - I haven't been writing at all for awhile but getting your feedback has been the crucial tipping point to getting me going again - thank you!!!
    3248 days ago
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