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On a happy occasion I'm trying to hide in black. :-( I'm working to change this.

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This silhouette of me outlines the reason why I want to improve myself.

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Gorgeous Mexico- the land of our daughter's heart.

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So far, so good...
Nov. 9th, 2014- I'm so thankful for this helpful and incredible SparkPeople Program!!
Through this site I continue to grow and learn about how to take better care of myself. (I lost 5 lbs.)
How fortunate we are that it exists for all of us to use-for free!
And I'm equally grateful for all of you fellow Sparkers out there wherever you are for sharing your stories and even some lovely comments of encouragement.
We're all sailing on the same ship and it is because of you and this fantastic program that I am feeling encouraged and motivated to stay on course.
Your sharing allows me a glimpse of the positive possibilities that await as I continue working towards this weight loss goal. (I still have miles and miles to go-but am feeling like I'll do it this time.)

Being hopeful and optimistic feels amazing.

The above comments were made by a newer, more hopeful me.

The below comments were made by me being not so sure of myself at keeping new goals.

Today is July 24th, 2014 and it will be my third attempt to make a lifestyle change for good.
This is the beginning of an improved me. I do this for me and my family.

(Oh how sad- note to self of 7-24-14. I didn't follow through with those good intentions.)

Okay 4 times the charm?...today is Oct. 18, 2014.
Half of me doesn't want to try any longer. But, my other half is here, typing-and-thinking that I'm getting started again.
Both of my kids have seriously encouraged me to do something about my weight. My mom has encouraged me for years and even said she would do it for me if she could.
My husband has finally said I should work on it a bit.

And here I am, so discouraged right now because I'm growing out of my clothes, which means I'll have to move up a size and buy new clothes. :-(

I can't hide any more.

I'm getting older and much larger-oh my goodness-NOT a good combination is it?

A few years ago I managed to work off 12 pounds. It was such hard work and took a long awhile to finally see results. But it was worth it.

A part of me wants to be wildly successful and to reach my goal. But, the other side of me has unfortunately been the successor.

I've got to care, I must be strong and driven, and I must not be lazy nor give up when I fall down.

Member Since: 6/20/2012

Fitness Minutes: 2,222

My Goals:
Stick with it this time!

-Lose this weight!

-Become stronger

-Become toned

-Feel proud of myself

-Never Gain weight again!

My Program:
June 20th, 2012-
It seems so providential to have discovered this program today. I believe this will truly help me to succeed.

My new program encompasses:
-Calorie counting
-Drinking 6-8 glasses of water
-Learning nutrition to help me drop unwanted pounds
-Journaling/Blogging & Sharing
-Discovering others who are going after the same goals! :-)

Personal Information:
I live in a midwestern city located along the rolling and changeable waters of the Mississippi.

I am passionate about God, Family, Art (visual mostly, but love all other art forms, such as music, cinema, theatre, poetry...)

I have a darling, handsome, loving husband, along with one lovely step daughter and two adorable step-grandchildren, and two amazing kids; a son and a daughter, and now a new little grandson!! We are all artists, each working in different media with unique styles.

I also love food and love to cook!

(My downfall is tasting while I'm preparing food. And I am a stress eater.)

Other Information:
Looking forward to a transformation of this body/temple with God's love and help.

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    Hope you are sticking with your plan and feeling great! The holidays can be tricky, but we're gonna be smart!
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    2337 days ago
    emoticon for the Goodie and emoticon on putting those exercise bands to good use! Keep up the good work. We can do this! Together, we can do anything!
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    Holidays are coming! Here are some tips to help you “maintain” when temptation strikes:
    1. Eat something small and healthy before the “big meal”.
    2. Exercise every day – even the holiday. Take the family with you.
    3. It’s ok to have dessert, but only a SMALL one.
    4. Track what you eat. If you have to put it in writing and be accountable, you’ll be less tempted to overeat.
    5. Downsize your portions – especially of the high-calorie dishes.
    6. Save calories for food you love and don’t eat the things you don’t “LOVE” just because they’re there or because it’s tradition.
    7. Spend more time talking with your loved ones and friends instead of eating.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Don't Give Up!


    2345 days ago
    Thanks so much for my snowman! It was a crazy week at work and I couldn't answer until now. Let's make Saturday count too, okay? I'm going to Pilates and then I have to rake some leaves...
    2347 days ago
    Thanks for the "add"! I've added you, too and I look forward to marching along with our Spark Trackers all the way to goal!

    2349 days ago
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