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I started Spark a couple years ago and lost about 40 pounds. I was quite happy with the tools on this free site. During Nursing school, I fell into my bad habits and gained the weight back and a few more.

I am proud of my success in my Nursing career, I passed my Boards and am now a Psychiatric Nurse, as of July 2010. I work second shift and realize that this is an opportunity to get into better habits. My daughter is also interested in a healthier lifestyle, so we are a Mother Daughter Spark team.

I find the hardest thing for me is late at night, after a stressful evening at work, I wind down and tend to eat late. When I come home, I have been jumping onto Spark to input my food intake and it seems to motivate me and keep me away from snacking. I also have been making sure that I am snacking before I leave work, otherwise it has been 6 - 7 hours since I ate dinner. So I am naturally hungry.

The key for me to losing weight is planning. Other habits I am aware of that don't work:
- eating in front of the TV
- lack of fiber
- lack of water
- sweet tooth
- motivation to move and have an exercise program - which is probably the biggest factor and is also tied into planning.
-Hx of Yo-Yo dieting

Positives for me
- I do not drink sweet carbonated beverages
- I have a good knowledge of nutrition
- I am in good health - knees and all
- I am making more money to afford better foods
- family support
- success in the past

Member Since: 5/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,128

My Goals:
Lose 25 pounds by summer
Keep it OFF!
Then reassess and set a new goal.

My Program:
Exercise as a habit
Portion control
Quality calories

Personal Information:
Upstate NY!

Other Information:
Music, songwriting, Guitar jams, softball, golf, tennis, beaches, walking my pup!, camping, hiking, swimming, community service.

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  • v KDA1981
    Hey! I thought I'd drop by to say hi, and see how you are doing. Are you getting excited about school? I certainly am, but then I never want my summer to end either!
    I just looked at your parmesan onion bake. It sounds delicious, but you put it as 1 serving in the sparkpeople data base, so it is showing 1 serving as 977.2 calories! I saw that you put 12 servings in your text for the recipe, but if you go back and edit the recipe (go to my recipe box, then click edit next to the recipe), you can change the amount of servings for the nutrition count, so that people can see how much it is for one serving. It sounds awesome though! I will have to try it sometime. I'm going to save it to my recipes. I have found so many good recipes on spark!
    4566 days ago
    Welcome to Pagan Place
    4569 days ago
    Hey . . . You joined on my birthday! I guess you are a gift in my life! Welcome to SparkPeople! I love the profile design!
    4570 days ago
    Hello and Welcome to the Pagan Place team! Congrats on your progress so far, and best of luck to your continued success!
    4570 days ago
    Merry meet and welcome to the Pagan Place team. You find lots support and help from SP and the teams. Blessings on your life's journey to a better and healthier you. Warm hugs from California. ~ Lin

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