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I have been part of SP for three months as of April 12, and it's GREAT!

I'm developing better habits, which is the most important thing. The weight is coming off slowly, but that's OK. I have lost lots of weight and gained it all back (and then some) too many times in the past.

Looking back, my most successful weight losses were when I developed better habits. Those habits are what allowed me to maintain a lower weight for a longer time.

So back in December, I decided to start working on improving my habits again. I had let them get away, and I had expanded to 325 (my highest ever). I was walking slower, not able to carry on a decent conversation or sing or whistle continuously while walking. Out of frustration, I was eating more, as if it would cheer me up somehow! (Yeah, I know: Frustrated about being overweight? I'll think about it over this chocolate bar,,, and this double-cheeseburger... and...) I knew it was counterproductive, but it was almost instinctive. So it was time for a change!

I was looking for motivational assistance, and read some books, and them I picked up the Spark book.

It really inspired me to start doing more. I started to work my way through, but I still needed something. That's when I checked out SparkPeople. I will admit that I was skeptical at first. I can do this myself, I thought. I have done it before. (Of course if I was that great at doing it, why do I need to do it AGAIN!)

So I cautiously looked into it... and I'm hooked! The support from everyone is AWESOME. Total strangers sharing a common path and supporting each other. It's inspiring me to reach out to support OTHER people, because I realize how good I feel when other people encourage ME here in SP.

So THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!

It has been great, and I'm looking to many, many more months ahead!


Member Since: 1/12/2011

Fitness Minutes: 3,015

My Goals:
Get Fit (and lose weight in the process)

Reduce Stress


My Program:
Set long-term goals, then take them a day at a time.



Personal Information:
Husband & father. Grew up a South Sider (Chicago), still a South Sider at heart, though I no longer live within the city.

Large as a child, I was often asked "So, you gonna grow up to be the next Ditka?" So now I am!


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    I'm taking time to count my Blessings.....
    During Thanksgiving I count my Blessings & You
    bring such joy & love in my life. I am so grateful
    to call you friend. You'll always be in my heart!
    I sure do love y'all.
    Hugs, Teresa
    .•*”˜❤˜”*•. ˜”❤”˜.•*”˜❤˜”*•.
    ❤Thanksgiving Friends❤
    Thanksgiving is a time
    To say thank you to those we treasure,
    Those people we hold close to our hearts,
    Who give us so much pleasure.

    Without you my dearest friend,
    I cannot comprehend;
    You have always been there for me,
    May our friendship never end.
    .•*”˜❤˜”*•. ˜”❤”˜ .•*”˜❤˜”*•.
    ❤Happy❤Thanksgiving❤
    ;

    3233 days ago
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    °°*o.o*°°*o Thank You, Friend o*°°*o.o*°°
    ♥ Thank you, friend, for all the things
    ✲ That mean so much to me--
    ♥ For concern and understanding
    ✲ You give abundantly.

    ♥ Thanks for listening with your heart;
    ✲ For cheering me when I'm blue;
    ♥ For bringing out the best in me;
    ✲ And just for being you.

    ♥ Thanks for in-depth conversation
    ✲ That stimulates my brain;
    ♥ For silly times we laugh out loud;
    ✲ For things I can't explain.

    ♥ For looking past my flaws and faults;
    ✲For all the time you spend;
    ♥ For all the kind things that you do,
    ✲Thank you; thank you, friend.
    .o*°°✲ ~~Joanna Fuchs~~ ✲°°*o.
    ✲*°°*oo*°°♥°°*oo*°°*✲
    Thank you for being my friend.
    ¸¸.•´¸.•*¨) ♥¸.•*¨) Hugs, Teresa
    (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•´¨`* ♥..•´¨`* ♥

    3314 days ago
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    *:·.·:*✰*:·.·:*
    ✰*✰ One ✰*✰
    One minute makes a difference
    When running for the train.
    One car will change your day
    If you're in a crowded lane.

    One sentence works a wonder,
    If it's needed to be heard.
    One deed brings a person light,
    As does one kindly word.

    One meal is often missed,
    One crime means doing time,
    One shoe is always searched for,
    As is, at times, one dime.

    But the greatest One of all,
    Be it parent, teacher, friend,
    Is the one with you when you're down;
    Beside you to the end.
    ~Author Unknown~
    *:·.·:*✰*:·.·:*
    I'm so glad you're the...
    "One beside Me!"
    *:·.·:*✰*:·.·:*
    ✰ Love, Teresa ✰
    3329 days ago
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    ✫.¸.-'''-.,.-'''-.¸.✫
    What Is A Friend?
    ✫.¸.-'''-.¸.✫
    A friend is somebody
    Who knows you and likes you
    Exactly the way that you are.

    Someone who's special
    And so close in thought
    That no distance can ever seem far.

    A friend understands you
    Without any words,
    Stands by you
    When nothing goes right.

    And willingly talks
    Over problems with you
    Till they somehow
    Just vanish from sight.

    And whether you're neighbors
    Or live miles apart,
    A word from a friend gives a lift
    To your heart and spirit.

    That shows you once more
    Why friendship is life's dearest gift!
    ✫.¸.-'''-.,.-'''-.¸.✫
    Have a Wonderful Weekend!
    ´✫.¸¸.**.¸¸.✫´
    Hugs, Teresa

    3343 days ago
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    `·.¸✫`·.¸
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    A Friend Is...
    A friend is someone we turn to
    When our spirits need a lift,
    A friend is someone we treasure
    For our friendship is a gift,
    A friend is someone who fills our lives
    With Beauty, Joy, and Grace
    And makes the world we live in
    A Better and Happier Place.
    ¸.·´✫¸.·´✫
    `·.¸✫I'm honored to call you my friend!
    ¸.·´✫¸.·´ Hugs, Teresa
    3364 days ago
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