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My journey began at 200 lbs with a goal to lose a total of 70 lbs.

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Initially I lost about 40 lbs. In Jan 2017, I injured my shoulder and foot in an accident leading to steroid injections, surgery and physical therapy. Recovery was slow; I regained a lot of weight and developed other health issues that further impacted my progress. In 2018, a check-up revealed that my BP and cholesterol were also dangerously high.

Determined not to live on meds, I decided to focus on lifestyle and dietary changes. Join me on my journey to health!

August 2020 Update
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Returned to doctor for general exam & the results were fantastic!

Weight Loss: Down from 200 lbs to now 169 lbs
Blood Pressure: Down from 150/89 in 2019 to NOW at 132/70.
Previous Cholesterol was: Total 288 (HDL 48, LDL 197, TG 217)
Aug 2020 Cholesterol now: Total 232 (HDL 51, LDL 162, TG 96)

Member Since: 5/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 139,100

My Goals:
To go from 200 lbs to weigh 135 lbs. and wear size 10 again.
To avoid blood pressure and cholesterol medications.
To get strong, fit & healthy, and have more energy.

My Program:
Following old WW exchange-based diet/program. 1-2 liters water daily.
Exercise/activity 60-90 minutes/day. Strength training 3 x a week.
Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds programs
Also using SparkPeople Workout DVDs and others.

Personal Information:
My name is Karen. I love people, sharing life experiences, and learning about different cultures and foods. Favorite foods (so far) are Italian, Mexican, Chinese,Thai and Middle Eastern. Also I am Christian - I love God and I love the Word of God - Jesus is my Savior and Lord! Spiritual influences include: Joseph Prince, Creflo Dollar, Andrew Wommack, Keith Moore, & Kenneth & Gloria Copeland. I also love animals/nature, living in the country, walking/hiking and fitness, writing, history, art. Enjoy classic, sci-fi & mystery novels. Love Dr. Who (old and new series!) and old movies 40s-50s-60s (TCM) & action/drama films (eg. Bourne series). I am also an artist... see paintings in photo gallery.

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    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you
    didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines,
    sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.
    Explore, dream, discover."
    -~H. Jackson Brown~
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    May the week ahead be peaceful and beautiful...
    Inhale peace, exhale stress
    Inhale faith, exhale worry
    Inhale courage, exhale fear
    Inhale love, Exhale gratitude.
    Just be and breathe.
    Hope you have a great new Week Karen. Getting cold out here now emoticon
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    As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way. Mary Ann Radmacher
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    Worry is a total waste of time it does not change any thing
    It does steal your joy and keeps you busy doing nothing
    Unknown so wake up smile tell your self today is going to be
    A good Monday

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    a busy snow removal day and shaking the shrubs and hedge to get the snow off the best i could digging a space for Racey ...... and did half the drive way did come several times to warm up and rest. Racey came out a few time to see what i was doing. going down to 14 tonight glad i took the time to add a blanket to the bed and pull it away from the window .
    I can now play Christmas music. the house no Christmas music until the first snow or Dec 5 my birthday which ever happened first so i did play some music today.
    Hope you get your needed rain soon.
    Joy needs to shared find something in each day that gives you joy.
    For me its time with Racey he makes me smile and he love to snuggle when enjoy Hallmark movies
    I really need this one this week Laugh at myself on bad hair days can you?
    Lets remember to make the most of every season . and emoticon

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    “Do more than belong:
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    be kind.
    Do more than forgive:
    Do more than dream:
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    Go the extra mile it's never crowded.

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