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Visit from my Mom from AZ. first time she had seen me since I started my weight loss journey!

Me with my Mom and Step Father . . . Good Bye,until we visit again !


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I finally decided it is time to be healthy for me!

update: 2018
This month marks 5 years with Sparkpeople!
5 years later, I still continue on my journey for a healthy lifestyle for ME. I am becoming healthier for ME not because society, health professionals and scales tell me I need to.

This lifestyle change to become a happier, healthier, slimmer ME, has been an adventure. The adventure has become a journey. My weight loss Journey has had ups, downs, twists, turns, and outright roadblocks. One thing I have learned is never give up!

I continue to live a healthy lifestyle! A modified exercise program
of core strengthening and walking along with healthy food choices has helped manage my chronic pain and Fibromyalgia.

This past week I graduated from a lengthy 4 month therapy program that helped me learn exercises and techniques to manage/ maintain my Balance and mobility.
Research and education has taught me new ideas and recipes to keep free from food allergies.

My sparkpeople journey has been a wonderful adventure full of education, inspiration, motivation and some great people along the way.

I am 70 pounds lighter and Thanks to sparkspeople have maintained my weight for the past 5 years.
This year, 2018, I see the finish line of my ultimate weight loss goal. step by step the end is near, first comes 1derland than the finish line a total loss of 100 pounds!!

Member Since: 3/22/2013

Fitness Minutes: 137,851

My Goals:
I have daily goals in my weight - loss journey.
1. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day!
2. Drink 8 or more glasses of water a day.
3. Move my body every day!
4. Finding, and celebrating a victory everyday!

My Program:
Even if I have a day when I have an off day with my plan, I track my food intake every day.
Right now, I am trying to be a mindful eater.

Personal Information:
I've been fighting medical challenges for as long as I can remember.
now, I'm exploring and trying different ways to get fit and be healthy.

Other Information:
I love to laugh!!!!

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    48 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/30/2018 12:01:23 PM
    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Summer? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early June. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Spring we had Gardening Time, Help Fill Peter Rabbit’s Basket and Bingo. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Summer challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the Blue Biggest Loser Icon, copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Frosted Fitness Fun Chit Chat.

    48 days ago
    emoticon TO .....Coffee Tea and "Me" Team

    You will LOVE THIS TEAM! It's amazingly positive and supportive. The members here are always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. They have done it for me and they will do the same for you!! We are here to support and encourage you on your journey to success. We would love to have you join us on the Forums for some fun and challenges.

    235 days ago
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    Congratulations for being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week!!! You are an inspiration!

    Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller
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    Believe in yourself!!! I believe in YOU!!!

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    322 days ago
    Congratulations on 4 years of Sparkling. You are doing great.
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