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2/17/17 1:27 A

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I'm back at it after life "intervened" for me, too! This team is celebrating 9 years on SP! I've strayed for months at a time, but I keep coming back.

My current goal is to log my food again! I do so much better when I do that!

-Audra (Northern California)
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Wisdom from an Ivory Soap wrapper: "Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin. -Ivan Turgenev

Dream big and then work to make those dreams come true! We're all stronger than we think we are! -Me!

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11/24/15 1:35 P

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I was also a member back in 2008. I like the way you stated, "life intervened"; a very apt description.

I came back Sunday, 11/22, after an honest heart to heart with my doctor last week, and realizing that my body is in dire need of some serious attention. SparkPeople motivated me and made me successful back then (2008) and I plan on using the nutritional and motivational tools to help me in my journey again.

My goal is to eventually get completely off all my blood pressure medication. I know that's not inconceivable and it is my greatest desire. I feel like a a full blown pharmacy every morning and evening when I take all the prescribed medications; SparkPeople is free, medication is not!

I would love to stay in touch with you.

I am conqueror, hear me ROAR!!!

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11/23/15 5:29 P

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Back in 2008, when I first joined, I embraced the SparkPeople way and lost quite a bit of weight. I felt great and was pretty happy with how I looked. I maintained for about a couple of years - and then something happened - life intervened. First, I started having female problems, and lost the energy to exercise or eat correctly. That alone is bad news.

Then I lost both my parents within two months of each other. Mom passed a week after she was diagnosed with colon cancer. 1 day shy of two months later, just 5 days after his birthday, Dad just stopped. With that, my life was put on hold. I suddenly found myself to be the matriarch of the family and had the task of cleaning out and selling the farm house and ALL the buildings - their home of 57 years, the same farm that my great-great grandfather homesteaded. I think you will understand when I say that I didn't pay much attention to how or what I ate.

That same summer, my son got married (I did all the decorations and the flowers in between cleaning trips to the farm). To top off the year, my brother (a paraplegic) was told to find a new home as his landlord wanted to convert the duplex into a single family dwelling. I became his POA after Mom passed away, so I was in the midst of trying to find him appropriate housing.

Then last year, I started taking college courses. As I have been out of school for a considerable number of years, this took a lot of my energy.

So, the farm has been sold, the female problems are under control, the son is married (now with two gorgeous sons), little brother has a new house and school is under control. It is time once again to focus on my weight/health. I haven't gained "everything" back, but did gain a substantial amount.

I would love to hear from others who have started over. What did you find was the best way to stay motivated and not fall away from the SparkPeople family? Let me know!

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible."
Arthur C Clarke

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