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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: 140,278

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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    A little more persistence,
    a little more effort, and
    what seemed hopeless failure
    may turn to glorious success.
    - Elbert Hubbard
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    True courage is taking another small step each day
    toward achieving your vision.
    - Jonathan Lockwood Huie
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    Have a terrific Tuesday Karen emoticon
    6 hours ago
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    The secret to getting ahead is getting started. emoticon

    Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow. emoticon

    Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t. emoticon

    Racey and I were able to get out for thee walks today ! we don't walk as long as you be we had a good time and enjoyed see some of his human friends

    Happy Tuesday sending hugs and Racey sends wet kisses and snuggles
    6 hours ago
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    " Find your passion.
    Figure out who YOU want to be, what you want to do,
    what inspires you and gets you up in the morning eager to start the day.
    And then figure out how you can get there, what it would take to be that person.
    And then do it.”
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    Stand strong
    believe in yourself
    Chase those dreams.
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    "Dream beautiful dreams, and then work to make those dreams come true."
    ~John C Maxwell~
    Hi Karen, they say will lose our power today because of the winds, but so far it is calm, so far so good, colder here today. Have a great new week emoticon
    21 hours ago
    Know that deep inside, you are resilient brave and so much stronger and more powerful that your fears. Gail Lynne Goodwin
    21 hours ago
  • v SPARKFRAN514
    The body achieves what the mind believes.

    Change your body by changing your thoughts.

    Don’t stop now. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

    Have a emoticon Monday
    1 day ago
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