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I discovered Sparkpeople in February, 2008. I think it is a great website with wonderful helps for people losing weight and developing healthy lifestyles. I was impressed with the creator's purpose for the website of giving back and helping others!

My goal is to lose 80 pounds and overcome emotional, binge type eating behaviors. I have developed these unhealthy behaviors over a lifetime but now its time to turn them around.

I'm excited to be on this journey with a group of like minded people; so thank you all for any encouragement and help you can give me a long the way! And hopefully I will be able to encourage you as well! I very excited today because I just earned an trophy. It is 6/17/10....I want to see how quickly I can earn the next trophy. It will take around 2500 points. So that will take some time and growth (hopefully)....and most definitely some weight loss. After being here for 2 years, I'm finally getting involved and eating more wisely. Learning to practice restraint and less late night eating and binging. So I'm feeling very positive about my life.

Yesterday for awhile I was really not happy with myself feeling as if I can't or don't ever achieve any goals Then I was reminded that is not true....I CAN! So my attitude changed to one of strength instead of defeat. Then today I learned I need to set some specific, measurable goals! And I see that I'm writing a blog instead of an introduction text. So I will start that now, a blog.

"I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me." Phil. 4:13
"Greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world."
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!
Faith without works is dead...

Let's encourage one another; together we can achieve our goals!

It's September, 2017, and I'm still here! Looking for change that only I can bring for myself; but I have seen many of you change and adopt healthy lifestyles. That has been encouraging to me. Since the picture was taken of my grandsons and myself, they have all become men. Two are married and one has served in the military and is now going to college and is serving in the National Guard. I am blessed. My progress is slow but I am most thankful that I no longer indulge in binge eating for days or a week at a time. After my husband passed in 2003, I developed a habit of eating a sandwich and reading when I went to bed at night. That is another habit I have overcome since joining Sparkpeople. 6/15/18---Time for an update, I've been here for 10 years, I have lost some weight but not nearly as much as I should have. I have developed better better eating habits; however I'm not consistent about making the best and healthiest choices. I will continue to work on this habit and also I need to exercise...move more! Sparkpeople is the best help for me!!

Member Since: 2/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,156

My Goals:
Develop a healthy and more active lifestyle
Lose 5% of my weight

My Program:
Eat sensibly
Practice restraint
No binging
Limit my calories
1200 per day
Exercise 10 minutes a day

Personal Information:
I live in the beautiful state of Oregon, on the south coast of Oregon. I have been a
member of Sparkpeople since 2008. I am a mom to one son and grandma to 3 precious grandsons; who all have grown into fine men.

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    emoticon May 2018 hold blessing-upon-blessing from the hand of Creator God for you & your loved ones!
    1154 days ago
  • v MARTHA324
    Thanks for your comment on my reflections blog and Yes! emoticon
    It really never is too late to take charge of our lives and our health. There are many here that are older and have made a real positive difference in their life.

    1205 days ago
    Thanks so much for the update on my sparkpage...always good to hear from you again.
    Yes we have heard about all the tragic situations going on in the US...we are praying,
    We're doing OK here...coping with some health issues but PTL He is our Helper.
    You take care and emoticon
    Hugs Janet
    1278 days ago
  • v BLUEJAY1969
    Thanks so much for your comments on my "August 9th 2017" blog! I am very pleased that things have worked out so wonderfully for my DD and her family! The Lord just seems to do that if you get out of His way and let Him work! Congratulations on consistently renewing your commitment to your healthy lifestyle! I also believe it's a decision we must make on a daily basis! I appreciate your support in my life!
    1297 days ago
  • v PHOXYM
    Thank you sooo much for the comment on my page!! That's why I love it here everyone is very encouraging and motivating 😍
    1306 days ago
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