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I can't believe I've been with SparkPeople for almost a year.
There were times things went very slowly,
and sometimes... results sped by.

This has been a learning experience:
I've learned that I can take the wheel of my life,
and steer myself into health, wholeness and control.

Like many others, I came into this program wondering if I could do it. The notion of eating healthily, regular exercise, and paying attention to myself seemed elusive.

But here I am! There were times it was a struggle, but now I
simply 'do it,' and I am all the better for it.
In fact, my daughter tells me I'm 'obsessed' with SparkPeople, and I laugh.

What I've learned?

1. Track my food!

2. Plan ahead for meals, shopping, snacks, and life!

3. Take my lunch and dinner if I'm going to be out, or working or
vacationing (yes, I took certain food when I went camping so I knew there would be healthy food that I could eat).

4. Drink the water! This was hard for me to learn because I'm always on the go, professionally, but now I take bottles with me.
Buying 16 ounce bottles of water was a brilliant idea: take a bottle when exercising, take a bottle in the car, take a botte to work, have a bottle in the evening while relaxing. All done for the day!

5. Move it! At first this was so difficult, but I've learned to get up early, and get going!

6. Get a good night's sleep.

7. when people ask, tell them to catch the 'Spark!'

8. When I overate, or made mistakes... I forgave myself,
and got right back in the swing. It's ok to eat pizza, or a hamburger, or even to go out for breakfast. Just track the foods, and adjust the rest of the day.

My life has been changed by SparkPeople, and I'm not done with my journey yet. I can't thank you all enough for your ideas, your support, your stories, your encouragement and your presence.
Spark People is a blessing.

Member Since: 7/28/2010

Fitness Minutes: 124,570

My Goals:
To feel good, and take care of my health!

To lower my cholesterol and blood pressure!

My Program:
1. I keep faithful to my meal tracker.

2. To keep faithful to walking every day.

3. To drink water.

4. To pay attention to my eating and drinking.

5. To give thanks for new opportunities.

Personal Information:
I'm a professional woman in Pennsylvania. I am married, I have a grown daughter who lives in California. I love to read, listen to music and laugh with friends. My email is:

Other Information:
Life is good...

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    Looking to stay focused through the upcoming Holiday Season? 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 December. 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 the Fall we had Cardio Hoedown, World Series and Sleepathon. I hope that you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Winter challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or 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 Chit Chat.

    390 days ago
    emoticon to the Small Goals and commitment team! ...
    So glad to have you here. The team is super-supportive, friendly, and
    we often share our goals/ plans on the team wall. Getting connected really
    helps affirm our goals .... Best wishes for success in reaching your goals!
    .........::::: 2bdynamic .....Co-Leader to Spark Guy

    831 days ago
  • v NOEL711
    Thank you Judith! Had a good day: walked 3 miles, worked in garden for 1 hour,
    then DH and I went to see "Dunkirk.." Pretty good day.

    Hope your day is good as well.
    849 days ago
  • v JUDITH316
    Afternoon Hello

    -----------(----)---Just Stepping by to say Hi
    ------------)--/---- And Cheer you on your Journey...
    ----oooO---- Also wishing **YOU** my Friend
    ----(---)---- a Great Day & Week Ahead!
    Let’s keep Sparking on Together! emoticon Co-Leader Spin Me A Yarn

    849 days ago
    Don't toss or replace your SPAT until you know all support is gone. You likely would not be happy with the "competitors". I certainly was not!
    1125 days ago
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