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Hello my spark friend, my name is Karen and thank you for looking at my page. I hope you are having a fantastic day!
Spark People is wonderful and I happened to find it back in August of 2011. Since then I have made many good friends who battle the same issues as I do every day.
My weight has had it's ups and downs and I'm trying to get a better handle on that since being over weight has taken it's toll on my body. I am an Emotional Eater (EE) and I have many chronic pain and other health issues.
I do love to laugh and I am a firm believer that laughter is good medicine, so I keep fun friends, watch funny movies, read funny books and have 3 crazy cats. My husband and our two kids/young adults have good humor too.
My husband and I are both from the New England area. We lived in middle Tennessee for about 25 years and now have lived in NW Florida for 10 years. I like living here, but it does get too hot for me to have fun out doors, walking or riding my bike most of the summer days. So, my plan is to exercise indoors or in the pool at those times.
I hope we can help each other out and get healthier in the process. Happy Sparking my friend!

Member Since: 8/11/2011

My Goals:
To change myself to the size God wants me to be.
To attain my short term goals, then mid term and then my long term goals.
*Also: to log on several times a day and connect with all of you.
*and to make my self a better person inside and out.
*and to honor God with my thoughts and actions

My Program:
My program is this although I've not been good about sticking to it is
Nutrition- Stage 4
Short term Fitness-
strength train all muscle groups 2 days a week for 15 min,
Cardio 3 days a week for 15 min.
Achieving this by exercising in home with DVDs, and in the pool and when weather permits walking or cycling around our neighborhood

Personal Information:
I am a Christian, married 26 years, children ages 22 and 19 at home, plus 3 cats.
Live in the panhandle of FL.
Originally from MA + NY states.
I like to read, play a couple games on the computer and catch up with my spark, facebook and essential oil friends.

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I do love to laugh-
funny movies, jokes, even laughing at my self.
I have been using essential oils to help with my health issues over the past many months and it really seems to be helping me with my pain, thyroid and sleep issues, just not my weight so much.
I am an active member of WOW= Women of the Word (at my church).

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    I would like to invite you to join me on the Biggest Loser Winter Challenge.

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    Hugs, Linn
    211 days ago
    What a neat thing. I soldier whose hubby is in my town has parents in your town. It was one of those holiday greetings from overseas military to their family back in the states. emoticon
    550 days ago
    Where are these days flying off to? It's getting harder to keep up with the calendar!

    878 days ago
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    Stopping by to say Hi. I hope you have a great week
    879 days ago
    hope you are safe, warm and dry. What weather!

    We are finally out of our storm system. Saturday we got it all - hail, snow, sleet, rain, sunshine, warmth & cold. I think I just might finally be able to get some seed into the ground - it's calm and warm today!

    praying you have a peaceful day. emoticon
    1154 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/20/2015 2:16:08 PM
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