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Hi, my name is Loretta, and I am taking back my life!

I love this quote:"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." --C.S. Lewis

I want to get my health energy art career back... my LIFE back. And this time, I just won't take no for an answer!

I am 65, live in beautiful Oregon, and married to a great guy, Jim. No kids, but 3 lovable furbabies, Joey, Butterfly and Vevie (2 kitties and Joey, our girl Mini-Schnauzer).

I started my journey to wellness following Dr Phil's plan, and my plan has evolved or time to find that which works for me. Am currently studying the work of Dr Jason Fung, at
Bottomline, now it's LCHF with occasional IF. That's low carb, hi health fats, with occasional intermittent fasting. This is the first time in my life the crazy physical food cravings are gone, and I've mostly kept of the 141 lbs lost so far. More to go... now learning to recovery from food addictive behaviors/emotional eating.

Looking for active support, and hope to find like-minded positive folks who are determined to reach their goals, too.
SparkPeople is a great place! I am so thankful to have found it. :-) I hope to be able to offer encouragement and hope to others with a lot to lose, as a way of re-paying the kindnesses I have received along the way.

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Member Since: 6/23/2006

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My Program:
I put the details of my program into the blog entry dated 12/19/06.

In a nutshell, I started with the Dr Phil plan, tailored to fit ME.

In March 2009, I stopped eating sugar and flour. Now, in 2011, I basically follow a controlled carb plan: High fat, medium protein, low carb.

"The battle is won or lost between the ears!"

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Favorite Quotes:

You'll never achieve extraordinary results by taking average measures.--Skwigg

"When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people."--Abraham Joshua Heschel

"If you really want to do this, you will find a way...if not, you will find an excuse."

"I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else."--Winston Churchill

"The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives."--Louise Hay

"Sometime in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey you have ever taken. It is the journey to find yourself." -Katherine Sharp

"Today is not the day you quit. Nor is it the day you cry. Today you know that you have all the passion and wisdom to find that quiet center of solace, serenity and strength necessary to create and sustain an authentic life." -Sarah Ban Breathnach

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    wow look at the progress you have made!! hope you are well, I kind of disappeared for a while with the start of school. Come November I'm working on a new plan to get myself motivated and back on the scale to reach my goal!! take care!
    4881 days ago
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    Just stopping by to say hi and send big wishes that everything is going good with you.

    You are on your way!!! Remember if you need anything at all, I'm here.

    Have an enjoyable day!!!

    4965 days ago
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    Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!!!! So glad to have you as part of "Have FUN & get RID of 200+." Hopefully we can all support each other in our journey and enjoy ourselves along the way.

    If you need anything at all, don't hesitate to ask. Also I am very open to any ideas, suggestions or whatever you'd like about the team.

    Looking forward to becoming a "Loser" with ya. - Heather

    4971 days ago
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    Hey, Welcome to Have Fun & Get Rid of 200+ We are an active team having fun and getting to know each other while we get rid of excess weight. Come join the fun, quizzes, challenges, and just chit chat. We are here to encourage you and support you as you will for us when we need it. Holler if you need anything, Mary
    4972 days ago
    Hi Loretta,

    It is so nice to see your doing so well. I remember you from the Dr. Phil group I belonged too and you were always an inspiration. Just wanted to drop in and say Hello.
    4973 days ago
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