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There's a LOT of information on this page, some dating back to 2008. Eleven years on Spark? Really? Guess so!

So you could say I'm back again, armed with more knowledge and more weight. grrrr

These days I'm back to low carb with a little help from a friend called Keto//OS. Open, pour, shake, drink, go! Ketones also help with better mood, better sleep which makes for better mornings, provides sustained energy (no more crashes). I HAVE to do the work, There's no "get out of jail free card". Prüvit Ketones help my quest to continue on low carb diet with out having to worry about having an occasional dinner roll or a little bit of pasta with out ruining my progress and taking 2-3 days to get back into ketosis.


Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Do not numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.

~Swami Sivananda (1887-1963)


Living in Hawaii is fabulous, but I fell into the eternal vacation mode: have fun, eat lots & worry about it tomorrow. Tomorrow has come, gone and passed several times over. In the 11+ years I've lived here, I gained over 65 pounds (that's one big bag of rice) on top of the 30lbs (or so) already hanging around. These days getting in the ocean is no longer fun.......because trying to haul my big okole OUT of the ocean is getting more and more difficult! No kidding. It makes no sense to let the extra poundage stop me from living a long, healthy, happy and active life in these beautiful surroundings.

SParked my way down to 212 and then totally lost sight of the prize at the end if the rainbow. Yes, in 2010 I had a major relationship end, numerous injuries and several illnesses which took time to recover from (not to mention the dreaded onset of menopause - yikes and horrible!) 2011 was a blur. 2012 was a mixed bag BUT discovered BLC!!
Now it's January 2013! Where in the world has the time gone? Sure, I can moan, whine and complain about my body; however, in the end, I'm the one who made the choices and the one who is now in charge of making the better more healthy decisions. I've known for years what it takes to be healthy and it's way past time to COMMIT AND STICK TO IT!!!

At nearly 6 feet tall, I'll never be a small petite flower and that is not even what I'm shooting for! I love the idea of being curvalicious (as opposed to lumpy, bumpy & frumpy). Somewhere around a size 16 is a real and reachable goal which can also be maintained. Not sure what the actual number for goal weight is, however as I dive into one-derland and see how things are going, I'll figure it out...170 is an educated guess at best!

Things that Work for me:
**Low Carb, moderate protein.
**Count those carbs!
**Measure and weigh everything (especially The Cheese)
**Go veggie once a week! Eat tofu! Save a chicken!
**Have bottle of water on the desk next to the computer. Drink and blog, drink and log. Drink and drive (water! you know what I mean).
**Veggies are very portable...and the original fast food!
**Pack dinner lefties after dinner for lunch the next day.
**Plan meals ahead! Thaw meats the day BEORE, use the dry erase board to list lefties, 2B cooked & thawing food.
**Routinely clean out the pantry and fridge, donate. Stuff mysteriously makes it into the house. Wah? How does that happen?

292 - Heaviest 4/01/08 (though, probably more)
278 - Joined SP 5/28/08
261 - Jun 16, 2008
247 - August 08 , 2008
234 - October 15, 2008

222 - September 09, 2009

222 - January 10, 2010
213 - April 28, 2010
222 - August 11, 2010

247 - January 1st, 2011
236 - February 18, 2011 (Started new meds mid March).
250 - April 21, 2011
245 - May 20, 2011
245 - July 1, 2011
241 - September 21, 2011
239 - December 11, 2011

239 - January 1, 2012
236 - February 1, 2012
238 - March 17, 2012
238 - June 6, 2012
236 - July 27, 2012
233 - October 3, 2012 (Major medication change end of Oct.)
245 - December 31, 2012

246 - January 1, 2013
220 - September 25, 2013
204 - November 6, 2013
196 - December 31, 2013

203 - March 5, 2014
198 - December 3, 2014

Member Since: 5/28/2008

My Goals:

Weight loss of about 50 pounds or a size 18 would be fabulous!


Weight loss of over 100 pounds...wow, how did I get here?

This is such an overwhelming number to comprehend! I will not focus on the big number. Shooting for small 3% - 4% goals at a time.

Ultimately, it's about leading a healthier, more active lifestyle ...and I also want to be happy.

My Program:
Interval walking and Aqua Fit classes.

Low Carb, eating as few processed foods possible, plenty veggies, more nutritionally sound meals.

Also concentrating on improving the mental and emotional parts of who I am : ) :
It's not all about food and exercise!

Keep it simple!

A simple random act of kindness each day...goes a long way.

Personal Information:
I moved back to Houston in March 2015. A lot of things happened and I ate my way through all of the changes. It has been a really rough two years and I need to focus on myself and not everyone else.


I have lived on Kauai since July 23, 2003 and can not imagine living anywhere else on earth!

Kauai is beautiful, stunning, breath taking, awesome...and expensive, so I'd better get back to work! ASAP!

Small business owner, vacation rental industry.

Other Information:
Ketones make things better!

Freggies: the original fast food!

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    Saw on the huddle to stop by your page so here I am... You have make great progress so far. Your plan to make you healthy lifestyle looks like a doable one. It looks like you know what you need to do and now you CAN do it. Always believe in yourself and NEVER give up!!
    4275 days ago
    Aloha CarolAnn
    Thanks for the sunshine! I'm on Oahu, but love lots of the same things you do. The ocean, the flowers, the fragrances, the ever beautiful sights of Hawaii. Not to mention the food. I also quit smoking pretty recently(March 21, 2007), so understand the post-quit weight gain. I've just gotten serious about losing it. The weight, that is. I'd love to buddy up with you. Having a support group was one of the keys to my quit and I was just thinking how I'd like that too for this journey. let me know what I can do to help you, 'kay?
    4275 days ago
  • v BONLOR
    Just saw your huddle comment on Sparkaholics and stopped by to offer support. This journey is a transition to a healthier lifestyle and will take time, try not to get discouraged or let little things get in your way (easier said then done sometimes.) Take one day at a time. If you want to talk, stop by my page or spark mail me and I will be there.

    4277 days ago
    Checking in to see how you are doing. The page and the weight ticker look awesome. Let me know how you are doing. Have a fantastic week!!
    4277 days ago
  • v JOANIE.H
    Just remember you didn't gain it over night so your not going to lose it over night. SP has alot of tools to help you on your journey utilize them and you WILL see results. Remember Don't Give Up! You can do it. emoticon
    4277 days ago
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