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My journey began at 200 lbs with a goal to lose a total of 70 lbs.

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Initially I lost about 40 lbs. In Jan 2017, I injured my shoulder and foot in an accident leading to steroid injections, surgery and physical therapy. Recovery was slow; I regained a lot of weight and developed other health issues that further impacted my progress. In 2018, a check-up revealed that my BP and cholesterol were also dangerously high.

Determined not to live on meds, I decided to focus on lifestyle and dietary changes. Join me on my journey to health!

August 2020 Update
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Returned to doctor for general exam & the results were fantastic!

Weight Loss: Down from 200 lbs to now 169 lbs
Blood Pressure: Down from 150/89 in 2019 to NOW at 132/70.
Previous Cholesterol was: Total 288 (HDL 48, LDL 197, TG 217)
Aug 2020 Cholesterol now: Total 232 (HDL 51, LDL 162, TG 96)

Member Since: 5/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 144,419

My Goals:
To go from 200 lbs to weigh 135 lbs. and wear size 10 again.
To avoid blood pressure and cholesterol medications.
To get strong, fit & healthy, and have more energy.

My Program:
Following old WW exchange-based diet/program. 1-2 liters water daily.
Exercise/activity 60-90 minutes/day. Strength training 3 x a week.
Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds programs
Also using SparkPeople Workout DVDs and others.

Personal Information:
My name is Karen. I love people, sharing life experiences, and learning about different cultures and foods. Favorite foods (so far) are Italian, Mexican, Chinese,Thai and Middle Eastern. Also I am Christian - I love God and I love the Word of God - Jesus is my Savior and Lord! Spiritual influences include: Joseph Prince, Creflo Dollar, Andrew Wommack, Keith Moore, & Kenneth & Gloria Copeland. I also love animals/nature, living in the country, walking/hiking and fitness, writing, history, art. Enjoy classic, sci-fi & mystery novels. Love Dr. Who (old and new series!) and old movies 40s-50s-60s (TCM) & action/drama films (eg. Bourne series). I am also an artist... see paintings in photo gallery.

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    A Mother Is Like A Flower Each One Beautiful & Unique

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    Have a happy day Karen. How are the Robyns doing? Any babies yet. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    "Hearts Like Wildflowers
    I hope you are blessed
    with a heart like a wildflower.
    Strong enough to rise again
    after being trampled upon,
    tough enough to weather
    the worst of the summer storms,
    and able to grow and flourish
    even in the most broken places."
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    Always keep that happy attitude.
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    Hope you had a great day Karen and a beautiful weekend, enjoyed your blog thanks for the pictures. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    “The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.” Sarah Brown

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    Great Blog we both thought the dogie sign was fun and yes we take a bag and bring it home with us to get ride of emoticon emoticon
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    “There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them!”
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    "Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room."
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    Thanks Karen, just saw your blog, was a beautiful hike. Foggy here this morning, but I will walk around the yard and see how everything is doing, have a few errands Have a happy Friday Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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