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CHANGING FOCUS/CHANGING TICKER.....Have decided to shift the focus of my journey and just get over what I've accomplished so far!!! Need to get on with it and concentrate on where I'm going!!! Think the approriate word is "complacent"....realize I'm way too comfortable where I am, but know that I am not where I need to be!!! Am staying with 225 for goal weight - that may or may not change when I get there!!! New ticker as of today!!!!! Will blog later on becoming "re-sparked".....

UPDATE 11/09 - Am now 51 and haven't quite made it to my goal weight but that's o.k....know it's just a matter of time. Of course, I'm still not sure exactly what number that is......have a real problem with those "charts"!?!! Am sure that if I weighed what they say I "should" weigh, it would not be that's why I'm taking it 10 at a time and shooting for 30 or 40 more!!

These days, maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle is the only way I know and, I believe, the only way to go!! If you're new here, then Welcome to Spark People!!! This could be the start of an amazing journey for you, but it is entirely up to you where that journey will take you and how it will end. Food choices, activity choices, LIFE choices are yours and yours alone. You have found a neverending, information filled, motivation filled, potentially life changing site....take what you need and leave the rest! You're bound to meet some incredible people along the way, too!!!

If you're already a "sparker", then thank you for checking in on me.....I appreciate it!!! One of my hopes is to do something with the "new" me. I want to encourage others to decide they are worth it, to find the internal strength to set aside their fears, to educate themselves so they can take charge of their choices, and ultimately developing their own healthy lifestyle......I highly recommend it!!!!! It's a journey worth starting!!!

Have a healthy life!!

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Celebrated my 50th birthday on 12/1/08, have lost over 100 pounds and feel like a new person!! So far, this has been an unbelieveable, totally awesome, and incredible journey!! Probably 50 more pounds to go to my "goal weight" but will decide by clothing size - 4 pants sizes so far and think I want to lose another 3 -- maybe 4?? Figure I'll know when I get there!!! Just know that I AM NOT DONE YET!!

Still working on getting fit, but have come so far, have so much more stamina and feel so good when I'm being "active", it's a wonderful feeling and I like it!! The choices that I make every day about food, activity and "sharing the spark" are MY choices. Over the last 18 months or so, I have developed a lifestyle that works for ME....YOU can do the same thing for YOU!!

In today's world, there is so much information available about losing weight -- so many "diets" and "plans" -- usually a new one every week!!! I know I cannot DIET --all I do is think about what I CAN'T have. I want to focus on what I CAN have!! My journey has been a lifestyle change - a total overhaul physically and mentally - based on choices and changes that work for me!!

I believe the key to weight loss is making a commitment to one's self based on the right reasons. I believe each one's journey will be unique because we all have different tastes in food, different physical abilities and different financial resources. I believe each one of us has to make changes based on our own choices - this is, afterall, our own journey. And, I believe we have to make changes that WILL last a lifetime - our healthier and perhaps happier and probably longer lifetime!

YOU have to make the choice to change your life and Spark People is an awesome site to support that choice!!! Here you'll find nutrition and exercise info, motivation and support, and new friends that are in the same boat as you! You'll find everything you need to develop and maintain a new healthy lifestyle, all the support you could possibly want and everything you need to help you along your journey! Why don't you commit today to making it a journey to last a lifetime?

Have a great and healthy day!


Member Since: 2/22/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,891

My Goals:
03/10 Get RE-SPARKED!!Refocus on my ultimate goal - to live a healthy life for the rest of my life!!! Commit to a regular exercise schedule & start planning weekly meals again.

11/09 Work on the next 10 pounds of the last 30 or 40.....all summer I've maintained new, unwavering healthy lifestyle by making healthy food choices and increased activity. Now that winter is coming, it's time to buckle down to "real" workouts and actually tracking food!! Will take it 10 at a time from here on out!!!

12/08 Keep doing what I'm doing. Keep increasing "running" time on treadmill. Keep buying smaller size jeans. Find ways to share the spark!!

02/08 Stay motivated to get to goal weight and stay there. Own a pair of blue jeans that fit loose. Feel comfortable on a bicycle. Get off blood pressure medicine.

My Program:
03/10 Continue living this new healthy permanent lifestyle - but get myself totally "back in the game" EVERYDAY!!!

12/08 Make healthy food choices and move something everyday!!
Lots of small changes add up to BIG results. Still eat breakfast everyday and smaller meals throughout the day. Bring "bag-o-food" to work every day. Be active (work up a sweat!) at least 30 minutes everyday - treadmill, walking, DVD's, including Jillian's 30 day shred (ouch!!), resistance bands, some yoga. AND, disco dancing IS exercise.

02/08 Make healthy food choices. Breakfast and lots of water daily. Use the treadmill bought a few years ago and alternate two cardio dvd's. My ongoing motivation is I'VE BEEN FAT FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS; I WANT TO BE FIT FOR THE NEXT 50!

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Live in Michigan's Thumb --- Spring may be coming!!!!!!!

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  • v TWEETYKC00
    How are you doing? Are you putting in some good time with your new exercise bike yet? Get up and get going, that is the key.

    3555 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    Happy weekend, Spark friend! Just dropping by from Rootin' for Ruby to encourage you to keep doing your best, one day at a time! Come by the team and be active. There is always plenty of support and friendship to be found there!
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    "Allow yourself to dream and fantasize about your ideal life;
    what it would look like, and what it would feel like.
    Then do something every day to make it a reality!"
    -Brian Tracy
    3602 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "How do you build up your bank account? By putting something in it everyday.
    Your health account is no different. What I do today, I am wearing tomorrow.
    If I put inferior foods in my body today, I'm going to be inferior tomorrow, it's that simple."
    -Jack Lalanne

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    Just stopping by from Rootin' for Ruby to say hello and to encourage you to have a Fit and Fantastic February!

    3837 days ago
    I want to see you Sparking in the New Year Sue!

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    Have a Happy and Healthy 2011!

    3868 days ago
    "Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."
    =Walter Elliot


    Happy Wednesday, Sparkfriend! Just cruising by from Rootin' for Ruby to check in on some team mates I haven't heard from in a while. I hope you are doing well and staying motivated! I'm here if you need support!

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    What I learned from a snowman (Unknown author)

    It's okay if you're a little bottom heavy.
    Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.
    Wearing white is always appropriate.
    Winter is the best of the four seasons.
    It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection.
    There's nothing better than a foul weather friend.
    The key to life is to be a jolly, happy soul.
    It's not the size of the carrot, but the placement that counts.
    We're all made up of mostly water.
    You know you've made it when they write a song about you.
    Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!
    Avoid yellow snow.
    Don't get too much sun.
    It's embarrassing when you can't look down and see your feet.
    It's fun to hang out in your front yard.
    Always put your best foot forward.
    There's no stopping you once you're on a roll.

    3892 days ago
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