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March 2010 - Sarah's Children's Home Chiang Mai, Thailand

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April 2007 - 187 - Falling in love with Africa

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2006 - 175 How can a person look so much older in just two years???

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Just turned 49! Wow how time flies. Well, I have lost 20 pounds in the last two years and kept it off. My goal is to lose 20 more this year.

Pictures: (I am 5'7")
1. Digging Disney World - 2006 Weight 175 age 45
2. In Africa - 2007 Weight 187 age 46
3. April 5 - 2008 Weight 196 age47 *need to figure out how to put this one back on my page??
4. Curren pic - March 2010 Weight 182 age 48

The most important note of introduction though is that other than my life long battle with all things sweet and my body's unflattering way of storing them, I have an amazing life, an AWESOME husband, and a God who shows me He loves me everyday!!

Any change to my status quo, no matter how small, takes mental alertness.
If my new goals and new habits aren’t kept top of mind, I can sink back into those old routines without even realizing it.
Some days in my dieting future, it’ll be tough.
I will search desperately for a single reason to close the fridge, a good excuse to lace up those gym shoes. Just something – anything – to get me through the day with my diet and confidence intact.

If I could just bottle up that “first two weeks” freshness, enthusiasm and momentum, and take a swig from that magical bottle whenever I wanted, the temptation to give in or forget wouldn’t be a problem.
To stay consistent long enough to become a creature of healthy habits:
I will surround myself with visual, written and well-placed reminders that steady the course and help me refocus.
I will use positive images and words.

Every day is a chance to build momentum or to slack. Every day, I have to decide to make the right choices. Keeping my goals and motivators close by helps me make that decision and feel good about it. This is a positive experience! I am doing something good for myself, my loved ones and my future. I won't waste any opportunity to remind myself of that fact and congratulate myself on progress.
Never tell myself “I’m not motivated.”
Unless I really don’t want to lose weight or live a healthy lifestyle! As long as I do want these things, I have all the motivation I need.

Member Since: 4/16/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,133

My Goals:
To keep track of my calorie intake every day.
To exercise consistently.
Keep a journal of my progress.

My Program:
Entering my calorie intake on my blackberry.

Personal Information:
I started my weight loss journey on March 21st at 204 lbs. I achieved a huge goal by being under 200 lbs before my Birthday on April 2nd. Finding Sparkpeople on April 16th has been just what I needed to help me be more aware of my eating and exersize habits and to help me set and achieve goal to be further successful in my healthier lifestyle.

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    Just checking in to see how you are doing? I lost 1.5 lbs. last week & was thrilled. I had been plateaued for a month or so and it turns out I wasn't eating enough. When I upped my calories I started losing again. Not much-- but losing 2 lbs. was sure better than nothing!! Hope that you have a wonderful week. Bless you!
    4134 days ago
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    Thank you! I really needed that! It also appears that you are movin' along as well! Congrats to you, too! If you need a buddy, I'm always here! Good luck on your progress! emoticon
    4141 days ago
    There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.
    The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all.

    He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

    The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

    The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. But it won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound will still be there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Remember that friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us."
    4141 days ago
    Thank you for your warm welcome! Nice to be acknowledged! I have added you to my friends list........hope that is o.k. -Holly
    4143 days ago
    thanks so much for your comment!! i've NEVER been so positive after a breakup-- and i'm totally attributing it to my improved health and fitness level!! every early AM run and every healthy nutrition choice makes it worth it.

    congrats on your progress!!!! looking forward to watching your future progress!!!
    4148 days ago
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