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I started sparking with the DASH diet in August 2013 and I have made some significant progress. Lost 22 pounds and headed into holidays 2013 in better shape than in many years. January/February 2014 brought some tougher times and I struggled with emotional eating. For March I signed on for the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge and started walking. I completed that challenge successfully and it has helped me get moving again. I'm now working to continue exercising regularly, and to eat mindfully. I've lost some of the weight I regained, and have a little more to go before I can start to get my weight loss ticker moving in the right direction. Til then, I'm leaving it right where it is to remind me of my success, my goals, and as a motivator. I am trying to focus on using SP as a tool for health and less as a social outlet.

Catch ya later, I'm going for a walk!!!

Member Since: 8/19/2013

My Goals:
my goals are simple:

new goal, 4/13/14: to keep going getting fit and shedding pounds and wear my sweet Hawaiian shirt on our trip there this December! for motivation I've made it my background photo! Isn't it pretty?

DID IT! lost 10% body weight (total of 20 pounds) DONE 11-25-13

DID IT! bring my blood pressure down to readings that will make my CRNP smile (DONE 3-4-14)

DID IT! get my cholesterol readings into numbers that will make my CRNP smile some more (DONE 3-4-14)

YUP! DID THAT TOO! keep, or even improve, my annual A1-C (3-4-14)

ON MY WAY! keep going through my annual checkup (3-4-14) and beyond to achieve and maintain healthier lifestyle

My Program:
working to walk at least 20 minutes 5 or more times a week

eating fewer processed foods, lots of veggies and smart proteins

continue to drink at least 8 glasses of water / day

Personal Information:
Living, working and getting healthier in central Pennsylvania! in my spare time I crochet, bake, craft, garden and relax.... and do laundry :)

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Spark People make a difference in my life. I am grateful for this site- it has brought so many good and inspiring sparkfriends into my life! Even when I am walking all alone my sparkfriends are with me cheering me on, keeping me company and sharing the fight! I LOVE SP!

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    Thank you for the friend add, I added you as well. Thank you for your kind comments on my non sale victory blog!
    2769 days ago
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    emoticon to spark. My first year I focused mostly on quitting smoking now that I conquered it. My focus it becoming healthy and fit. Thank you for reading my blog yesterday. I added you to my friend list . emoticon

    2771 days ago
  • v -SHAWN-
    Hello and Welcome to SparkPeople!

    I started Sparking in June of 2007. By using Spark and some self discovery along the way, I'm down 50 pounds, and am holding steady at a healthy weight. Spark is a massive site, you'll be discovering new and exciting things for months to come!
    * Diet is a dirty word. Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate! emoticon emoticon
    2781 days ago
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    .´*.¸.•´♥ Thanks for the friend add and Welcome to Spark People!

    One thing I would suggest is: Keep collecting Spark Friends like candy!! It is calorie free and they always give you something to "chew on"!!

    You can just "friend" them...no need to ask. We are friendly and don't bite!

    You can find motivation and inspiration from everyone here, even those that are struggling (because you know how they feel!!) Welcome new people, Join teams, blog, join challenges, blog, be excited, blog. And did I mention: blog? The future fabulous you will want to look back at your journey and will want to encourage others!! When the excitement wanes (it WILL!!) put down your pom poms and lurk in the background, (but don't leave and don't do too much damage) and wait for the tide to turn...pick up your oars and keep rowing.

    You can do this!!

    “Change takes time. It takes time for the seeds to begin growing within, time to understand the process, time for the growth to mature, and time for the old self to die and fall away.” -Bryant McGill

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    .´*.¸.•´♥ We can do it one day at a time!!

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    `*♥☆ Keep Spreading the Spark!!!
    2788 days ago
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