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***May 12, 2016***
It's been over six years since I was introduced to Spark People. I have met some pretty awesome (cyber) friends whose support is remarkable. I'm just not at all where I want to be with my weight. I lost 20 pounds the first year but since then, I have yo-yo'd up and down gaining all that back plus another 20. I've tried multiple ways to make a plan and stick to it but I seem to keep falling back into my old habits.

I was a skinny child....too skinny. I think this may have been due to the fact that we were very poor and food was not always available. I 'm not making excuses...just trying to pin-point where I went wrong. I have battled with my weight my entire adult life. I slowly started gaining when I was a senior in high school. When I saw myself in a picture wearing a bathing suit, I vowed to do something about the 40 pounds I had gained in the 4 years following high school. I found success by joining a gym with a friend; drinking plenty of water and a diet consisting mostly of Lean Cuisine frozen meals.

I can hardly stomach pre-packaged frozen meals any longer. My grandmother was my rock and savior during my horrible childhood. In the last few years of her life, she pretty much lived on frozen meals and ended up contracting stomach cancer. I believe that it was mostly due to those Banquet Dinners that she ate because they were cheap. She was blessed to have lived 97 years, 4 months and 10 days on this Earth spreading her wisdom and love onto others and I do miss her dearly.

Overall, I am healthy except for my weight. I have had my share of trauma from childhood through adulthood but I believe that I am stronger by learning to survive through all of the turmoils. I think my mother taught me at a very young age to turn to food for comfort. I was taught to clean my plate because you never know when you'll get a chance to eat again. My mother was extremely obese and that was the ultimate cause of her death at the age of 67. My biggest struggle has been to overcome this. I know that food is plentiful and wasting food on my waistline is so much worse that throwing it away.,,,it's just hard to change.

I love to exercise but find the older you get, the harder it is. I have tried to become a runner but my feet will not allow. I do as much walking as I can and try to make every effort to do at least 30 minutes of cardio/strength training on weekdays. My biggest struggle is food. I eat too much and make too many bad choices. My plan is to eat healthy by trying to stick to a clean diet.

I am happily married for over 30 years. We are blessed with two wonderful daughters who have graduated college and are working hard in their "big girl" jobs. I thank God everyday for my blessings and pray for strength and guidance to make this world a better place for all.




Member Since: 7/27/2009

Fitness Minutes: 32,113

My Goals:
I really need to put more focus on myself and getting into shape. I have to feel better about myself and be able to look at myself in pictures without wanting to cry.

Goal 1 - lose 10 lbs
Take it one baby step at a time adding a goal after each is met

Ultimate Goal: feel comfortable in my own skin.


My Program:
Incorporate exercise in everyday activities as much as possible
Eat 6 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day
Limit sweets - and eat clean
Drink at least 10 glasses of water each day
Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night



Personal Information:
My name is April and I have been married to my loving husband for over 30 years. We have two beautiful daughters. We live in the country on a few acres of land with our dogs who love to run and explore.


Other Information:
I love exercise and feel great when I've accomplished a challenge.
My biggest challenge is eating. I'm not a binge eater but I have a hard time staying on track. It's too easy for me to eat out with friends or family and fall back into the same routine that got me into this shape. I'm trying very hard to limit portions and make healthy choices.




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    I hope your week's going well and your summer filled with the colors of the rainbow.
    Blessings of love, light, peace and joy.♡
    7 days ago
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    Life is composed of ups and downs. Learning to get through the downs
    is key to being successful. Without obstacles, difficulties, struggles, and
    challenges; life wouldn't make much sense. You become stronger, more
    compassionate, and more grateful when you strongly believe in your
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    accomplished and know that the best is yet to come... keep going!
    Blessings of love, light, peace and joy. Have a beautiful day.ღ

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    Thanks for the message on my Spark page! It was great to hear from you! My summer is going great......just too fast!!!!

    11 days ago
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    Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time.
    Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. In each waking
    day, you'll find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change.
    Don't let this day be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite
    future.~ Steve Maraboli

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    (¸.•´ ღ.•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.Blessings of love, light, peace and joy.♡

    We're about a week into the second half of 2018 (that was quick). If you're on
    track... awesome! But if you need to re-think your plan, make changes, or get
    back in the driver's seat, now's a good time. Have a great day and weekend!

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    11 days ago
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    Protect your enthusiasm from the negativity and fear of others. Never
    decide to do nothing just because you can only do little. Do what you
    can. You would be surprised at what "little" acts have done for our world.
    ~ Steve Maraboli

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    (¸.•´ 💜.•´¸¸.•¨¯`•. Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest
    endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another.~ Kenny Ausubel
    Blessings of love, light, peace and joy, and have an amazing day. ♡

    You're welcome and thank You, April. I hope you're doing well.
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