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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I saw THE SPARK online at Amazon and bought it on impulse. I read the whole book cover to cover and here I am. I finally decided to get busy and begin my own Spark program. I was a the Doctor and her scale diagnosed me at as a hefty 192 pounds and I am 5' 3". I knew I had become extremely inactive, and I felt guilty about that. I needed a change, so I came here. That was several years ago, and I have been coming and going ever since. Now I am more determined than ever to make a go of things.

Member Since: 10/7/2012

Fitness Minutes: 1,083

My Goals:
--Consume a healthy, balanced, healthy diet, low in fat and tasty without refined flour or sugar.
--Make at least 10,000 steps a day (just starting out at this point) on my fitbit. Doing this by walking, biking and doing aerobic exercise.
--Come to Spark to commune with others with similar goals for fellowship and friendship.

My Program:
Since beginning in January of 2016, I started at 202 pounds, now I am at 166 pounds as of 9-4-16. I eat no white foods: Flour, sugar or potatoes. I eat lots of fruit and vegetables, no cheese, 3 cups of skim milk a day, a moderate amount of lean protein, and as little fat as possible. I use a fitbit, and have just begun exercising--walking, biking and dancing aerobically daily. I target for at least 10 K steps per day.s

Personal Information:
I'm from Bolingbrook, Illinois, I was raised in the area, and have lived here my whole life. I'm not married, never have been. I have no children, but I have a niece and a nephew, who are my pride and joy. I also have a kitty: my big boomer, Brego Yoder.

Other Information:
I have several challenges to overcome. I have bipolar disorder. I am in recovery from alcohol addiction, sober since 10-21-2006. I have tumors in my abdominal cavity which are inoperable which cause chronic pain, which is being managed medically. I do my best to accept these conditions as best I can: Life on life's terms. One day at a time is the only way to go.

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  • v -WISPY-
    Hi there Ayla,

    Pleased to hear that your parents now have the help they need and that you are taking care of you. This is a number one priority for me also.

    Maintaining sobriety one day at a time through happy and extremely difficult situations is such a wonderful gift from our Higher Power.

    We are just one big loving family in Recovery.

    Sending warm greetings. emoticon

    1075 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/13/2017 2:40:20 PM
    Welcome back to the Bipolar team. =)
    1236 days ago
    emoticon Actions we take today affect how we live tomorrow. If we know what we want...if we listen to our heart's desire, write down our goals, and keep them in mind with every action we take...we create our dreams. We turn our wishes into goals and our goals into reality. We visualize the life we want and create it for ourselves.

    Blessings today and always!


    1497 days ago
    emoticon Aylamay, blessings today and always! I just want to share some thoughts about life.\ from Mother Teresa who has truly inspired me and continues to motivate me to become a better person.

    Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
    Life is a beauty, admire it.
    Life is a dream, realize it.
    Life is a challenge, meet it.
    Life is a duty, complete it.
    Life is a game, play it.
    Life is a promise, fulfill it. '
    Life is sorrow, overcome it.
    Life is a song, sing it.
    Life is a struggle, accept it.
    Life is a tragedy, confront it.
    Life is an adventure, dare it.
    Life is luck, make it.
    Life is life, fight for it.

    I will continue living each day with an attitude of gratitude. So many opportunities await us if we only choose to become involved by truly living life fully one day at a time.

    emoticon So blessed and happy to be your friend
    1519 days ago
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    During my morning mediation and prayer time, I realized something very important......ATTITUDE. Do I truly have an Attitude of Gratitude? It's time for me to realize that my ATTITUDE toward the life I'm living and the people in it can have a tangible,. measurable and profound effect on what happens to me day by day. If I expect good, then surely good will come to me. If I try to each day to base my attitude and point of view on a spiritual foundation, I know it will change all the circumstances of my life for the better. Through daily communion with God my spirituality will be maintained.

    During this month of November which celebrates THANKSGIVING may you and I remember to have an Attitude of Gratitude.......and may we continue to have it 365 days a year!

    I am so thankful you are my emoticon emoticon
    1529 days ago
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