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Down 15 pounds 11/16/07

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Down 15 pounds 11/16/07

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2/22/2017 - Still here and trying to get the weight off and feel healthy. I have had ups and downs over the past couple of years. I want to complete my journey this year.

9/21/2015 - Everyday is a new day for me to be healthy. The focus is on putting myself first and taking care of me.

12/31/2013 - Time to get this ball rolling again. Going to turn 40 in May and want to be fit by then.

So I have gained most of the weight back. I am weighing in now at 169 and I certainly dont want to go back to the 170s! So I am back at it again. Wish me luck!

Update - 5/2/2008
It took me 9 months but I was able to lose half the weight I wanted to take off. 20 pounds gone, I could have never done it without the support of sparkpeople! I have been at a standstill for about a month. (maybe a plateau, and I am sure the drinking and eating all I wanted in Mexico last week didn't help) I am finally back on track. My goals have been updated and I am ready to shave off the rest of this weight!

Update: After 6 1/2 months I am now down about 15 pounds. I put on a few pounds over the holidays but they are starting to come back off now that I have gotten back on track. I feel great and am back on my journey of knocking away some more of this weight by April. I only have 3 1/2 more months to go! I have cut back on the wine and I am also trying to cut out a lot of the processed and high sodium foods that I have been eating lately to hopefully speed up my progress.

Update: After 2 1/2 months I am now down 10 lbs and 2 pants sizes. This is the most progress I have made in years. Still hating the exercise but getting better. I am in my second week of the Spark 5k program and I can feel myself getting more fit.

Since July 2007 I have lost 18 pounds with Spark People. My starting weight was 175 and I am down to 157 now. Starting now January 2009 I am on a quest to lose another 20 pounds. I am hoping to be down to 135 by July 2009.

Weigh ins:
2/22 - 186.8

Member Since: 7/26/2007

Fitness Minutes: 51,146

My Goals:
Short term goals:
Track my food each day
5 Fruits/veggies each day
8 cups of water per day
10 minutes exercise per day

Longer term goals:
Lose 10 lbs by March 17th (St. Patty's day 5k)
Complete 5k training for St. Patty's day 5k

Final goal:
Get to goal weight by 10/31/2018

My Program:
Give an overview of what you are doing to meet your goals.

Keeping my calories in range
Strength Training

Personal Information:
My name is Karen.

Other Information:
I love to swim, garden and play basketball. I also enjoy boating and going to the beach.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Belated Birthday Done Girl! Hope it was fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2213 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy Birthday, DONE GIRL

    The Taurus girl is born to a mother she can never measure up to and thus she becomes really stubborn because she dislikes being pushed to do things she doesn't want to do. (Think about the child with the "stage" mother). She can turn to food as a way to control her life (you can't make me not eat this). Her health issues can be in her throat, especially her thyroid. She can be a good singer and enjoy music.
    As a Taurus, you are likely to be very patient, a hard worker, and one of those people who constantly puts forth much sustained effort. Your demeanor is slow and deliberate, and attempts by others to hurry you rarely succeed. You need time to adjust to new ideas and changes. You can be stubborn to the point of becoming rigid, but you are practical and constructive in nearly everything you do. You carefully consider options before starting any action or coming to any conclusion. You function best under conditions where there is predictability, and where you can exercise a degree of control.
    Good-natured and friendly, your placid demeanor rarely shows upset or anger. When you are aroused, as suggested by the symbol of the sign, your reactions are very much like those of the angered bull. This anger can be reckless, and often lingers.
    There is a certain reluctance in the Taurus nature to try anything new or different. You don't take many chances, and you believe in sticking with the familiar and comfortable. There is not much adventure in your soul, and it is probably fair to label you a conservative individual. The danger with Taurus is the tendency to become too narrow-minded, and to dismiss anything that can't be seen, touched, smelled or tasted.
    You are not usually the first to learn a lesson, but when it is mastered, you are not likely ever to forget. Retentive and steadfast, you don't scatter your energies. You may be lazy at times, perhaps not spending any energy at all for extended periods. Yet long term, you are very willing to assume responsibility and shoulder more than your fair share of the load.
    You may be materialistic, often showing interests in money, security, and comforts in life. To those you love, you often show your feelings in a material way, and you appreciate the same in return. The Taurus personality is sometimes too concerned with money and possessions. Perhaps a little indulgent and luxury-loving, you relish creature comforts and appreciate beautiful possessions. Because of these interests, you have good taste in clothing and furnishings. You also may have a talent for landscaping and working with plants and flowers to make your surrounding more pleasant and appealing.
    You may excel as a cook, but even if you don't have the inclination to prepare it, you certainly enjoy food; perhaps too much. Because of this, you may have a battle with your weight. A slow metabolism and lack of interest in exercise often compound this problem.
    A natural interest in art and music often leads to careers or hobby pursuits in some form of art. Taurus is the sign that rules the throat, so you may have a fine singing and speaking voice.
    Love relationships are very important to you. Since you don't like being alone, you may settle for a partnership that is less than ideal, instead of accepting loneliness. Once settled in a relationship, you are very steadfast and dependable. You are exceedingly loyal, and make a very faithful friend. The most appealing aspect of Taurus, that sweet and loving temperament, is the often present when the Sun appears in Taurus.
    2221 days ago
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    2221 days ago
    I hope you had a great birthday to start off a fit and healthy year Done Girl.
    2221 days ago
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