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Hello, I've join this community in order to live a better life. I'm tired of shopping in the women's section, not being able to see my feet when I stand up, huffing and puffing after putting in a load of laundry, and being too tired to do things I would normally do, and the things I
dream of doing. Wish me luck!
1/15/2013: 181.8 Gained some weight since OCT.2012, but I'm determined to lose 50ls by end of the year!! 131 is Goal weight by 1/2014.
10/13/12: Walked a 5K with my sister and husband.
10/2/2012: current weight 174.6. I made it through the summer and still lost some weight. "It does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop" - Confucius. I consistently do some type of exercise at least 3x per week, eat only a serving size of the food I eat, try to counter poor choices with good choices and never criticize myself for eating poorly. I start each day with renewed faith in myself.
3/5/2012: current weight 198 lbs. starting again. Goal is to lose 5 lbs per month, eat within WW points, exercise 1 hour per day, and enjoy living!
10/21/2011: walked a 5k.
7/22/11: current 197lbs. starting again.

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
~Robert Collier
"Hope is not a plan."
-Oprah Winfrey

11/21/09:It does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop" - Confucius

10/23/09: Don't let yesterday take up too much of today - Will Rogers

10/4/09: Fear is a learned response. With fear, you decide without trying that your failure is predetermined, and you no longer give yourself the opportunity to succeed. "

~~ Jeremy Likness at

9/13/09: Maintained my weight over the summer but I need to start taking better care of myself and getting my weight down. PS: i didnt' get to wear the clothes I bought at the beginning of summer or walk the 5K, too chicken!! Next spring I'll be able to wear them!!

This is where you will win the battle — in the playhouse of your mind." –Maxwell Maltz

To become an extraordinary person, you cannot sit back and hope and dream and wish and desire. You must become an active participant in your life. You must step up to the challenge! You must agree to do your work! You must face the obstacles! You must search for the opportunities. Never once did an extraordinary person loose sight of his or her goal.

Procrastination is a type of behavior which is characterized by deferment of actions or tasks to a later time. Psychologists often cite procrastination as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.

The Awakening~There comes a time in your life when you finally GET IT...When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out - ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on. This is your Awakening!!
St. Fransis of Assisi (excerpt)

Don't Quit

When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down,
And you feel like the biggest failure in town.

When you want to give up just because you gave in,
and forget all about being healthy and thin.

So What! You went over your points a bit,
It's your next move that counts...So don't you quit!

It's a moment of truth, it's an attitude change.
It's learning the skills to get back in your range.

It's telling yourself, "You've done great up till now.
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow."

It's part of your journey toward reaching your goal.
You're still gonna make it, just stay in control.

To stumble and fall is not a disgrace,
if you summon the will to get back in the race.

But, often the struggler's, when loosing their grip,
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip.

And learn too late when the damage is done,
that the race wasn't over...they still could have won.

Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow,
but facing each challenge will help you grow.

Success is failure turned inside out,
the silver tint in a cloud of doubt.

When you're pushing to the brink, just refuse to submit,
If you bite it, you write it....But don't you quit!

- Author Unknown

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

A fragment of a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson is telling:

"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."

11/2009 210lbs( the cold hard truth!!)

1/9/09:206 start weight with Spark People
4/9/09: 197
5/9/09: 193(start weekly weigh-in w/monthly goals)
5/16/09; 194.2(OOPS)
*6/9/09: 188 goal(NOT MET) 193

*7/9/09: 183 goal(not met) 193

*8/9/09; 178 goal(not met) 192

*9/9/09; 173 goal(not met) 193 OK summer's almost over...get serious about what I eat. Probably maintained my weight loss so far because I have been walking several days a week for 1 hour. will reset goals for upcoming months.

*10/9/09; 190 goal( not met but close 191 ) Joined YMCA 10/22/09 for 8 wk weight loss challenge.

*11/9/09; 185 goal( not met still 191 lb)I started walking/runnning on YMCA treadmill this month. 60 MINUTES PER DAY.

7/22/11: 197lbs starting again.

Member Since: 1/8/2009

Fitness Minutes: 6,159

My Goals:
Start weight: 210lbs
210: 11/08
200: 3/09
190: 11/09
180: 10/12

Build my strength for a better golf game.

My Program:
1200-1500 cals p/day
1. Eat fruit or veggie at each meal with protien
2. cardio at least 60 minutes per day. 20 min. resistance band video 3 days. Started 5/09 Restarted 10/9/09
Restart ST 12/09, walking 60 min p/day
Restart 2/12- some type of exercise 5x per week, strength training. Joined WW 2/17/12.
3. Log onto SP each day and look at the
meal planner.
4. Track food and weight loss with SP
5. Put $5 a jar for each Lb. lost. ($100)
6. Eat anything I want just count the calories and use portion control.
7. Limited breads, pastas, sweets etc.
8. Try to make healthier food choices.
9, Have 10lb loss goals and reward myself.
10, Be patient with myself and NEVER give up!!

Personal Information:
I'm from Northern region of Kentucky.
I've been married for 30 years. We have 2 kids, 21rs and 29yrs and a beautiful grandson, 4 yrs . I"m a retired state worker.

Other Information:
I'm interested in cooking new recipes found on the internet. I like trying different spices that I don't typically use each day. I want to learn how to paint with watercolors.

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  • v MELODY1966
    hi been a long time since i spoke to you hope is all well and going good.
    2948 days ago
  • v CRISSA1669
    Hi there!! LOL thanks so much for commenting on my "kicking my son's butt in running" picture!! Everytime I look at it, it completely cracks me up!! Of course it was SO staged...they really had no problem doing 2.2 miles....but guess what...NOW Mama can run 4+ miles nonstop and NOW they for sure are sucking wind!!! So that photo actually came true!! hahaha! GO MOM!!!

    BTW wanted to say congratulations on being married for 30 years!!! WHoo Hoo, I'm on 21. It is a blessing to me to see people married for their whole lives!!
    3139 days ago
  • v TRACY31502
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  • v EMMABE1
    Thank you for taking the time to read and leave a message on my blog. I found it a hard blog to write as it rather laid me bare!! However I felt that, indeed I hoped that my honesty might help to rekindle the Spark in some and give hope to others!!
    Again, thank you for spending the time to read it.

    3574 days ago
  • v RUTHIP
    Thanks for the good wishes -- my knee is feeling much better today! I went to yoga last night and (very carefully) spent a lot of time stretching -- and it actually made a difference! WooHoo, it's great to be walking instead of hopping around!
    3952 days ago
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