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Me on a cruise in 05 to Alaska and tipping the scale at 235 pounds

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Welcome to my Sparks page..

My name is Ivy, I'm 49 years old and a housewife to a very sweet man.. We've been married for 13 years this pass April 09. I live in Michigan in the Oakland County area.. City Commerce Twp. I have four adult children the youngest is 21 and the oldest is 28 and one grandson who will be 2 this October. I love life and enjoy singing and spreading joy. I have some health issues Fybromyalgia and type 2 diabetes.. So that's what really motivated me in getting my act together in eating more healthy and exercising.. It's not just a fix but a life time change for me.

I started a Spark Team for exercising called "Let's Get Physical". Because truthfully, I hate exercising and by having a team it motivates me to do better not just for myself but for those on the team. Plus, it helps take the boredom out of it by having others who have the same goals instead of just doing it on your own.. So come join me on the team and let's motivate each other.

We challenge ourselves to keep a streak going even if it's only for 10 mins. a day. All the health experts say, and tell you that you should do it everyday or minimum of 3 times a week. Or you take the chances of regaining your weight back.

For a life time commitment it's good to incorporate both, eating healthy and exercising. Doing just one and not the other just doesn't work in a long term range and my goal is to have the weight off for good and not have it come back.

We can always find excuses to not exercise, but instead we should look for reasons why we should be. Positive thinking is the way to overcome challenges we face daily.

Got you interested in joining me and others yet? If so then just scroll down to my team favorites (below) and look for "Let's Get Physical" title with the sunset picture. And click on the link to join us there. Come step on the welcome mat and get started. It's a small group/team so it will be easy to make friends and getting to know others who will be happy to help keep you motivated daily. No getting lost in a crowd here. The more you commit and stay active the closer you get in reaching your goals!

I'm Looking forward in meeting new people/sparkies all the time and I won't put a limit on who can join if we ever get to where were a big team...

Thank you for visiting my Sparkspage and I hope that I will have the chance to get to know you. And that you'll want to take this journey of weight lost with me and my team mates. Later, Ivy =)

Member Since: 12/31/2005

Fitness Minutes: 80

My Goals:
My long term goal is to get into a size 5/7 at 135/145 pounds, more or less. I'm 5'5" so I want to be the weight that looks good and healthy.

My goal is to work hard at getting thin or I should say healthy again, so my husband and I can plan another honeymoon to Tahiti and stay at a nice luxury hotel.. But I won't plan for it till I reach my goal weight. However, I'll plan the weight lost and dream of a thinner/healthier me on the beach, sipping on a cool drink.

My Program:
My program right now is eating a low glycemic diabetic diet plan.

My menu plan is low in fat/ no sugar/ and high in fiber/And lots of fruits and vegetables.

Drink half of my body weight in oz. daily.

Exercise daily even if it's only for 10 mins a day. Work and rest different muscle groups a day.

I like hiking, walking, and work-out video's. For entertainment I like to go out to the movies. Of course I'll sneak in my own healthy snacks and not eat that high calorie ones they offer.

Personal Information:
I love to bowl, sing, act, and horseback ride, traveling, and I'm a professional Photographer. I just do it as a hobby, not for career reasons.

My birthday is on March 7th. Turning 21 every year.. LOL. I hear that exercise is the secret to the fountain of youth. Now that's a great motivator for me. At least I would like to put the breaks on getting old. So my goal is to incorporate exercise daily or no less then 3 x's a week.

Other Information:
I love animals and treat them like my children more then as pets. I have one old white cat, and one dog a Papillon and two parakeets, plus one cockatiel. My mother always thought I end up being a veterinarian but instead I chose to be a mother and homemaker.

My health, I wish was better. I suffer with Fibromyalgia (FMS) or (CPS) and also have adult type 2 diabetes and suffer with a mild case of asthma.

I try not to fuss over my aches and pains and work through them. My hope is by changing my life style and taking better care of myself by eating more healthy and exercising I'll feel and look better.

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  • v KAREN8241
    Hi Ivy! Thanks for adding me as a friend emoticon
    Well, my goals are becoming more modest--or should I say, "realistic"?--now that I'm older. I'm hoping to lose about 11 more pounds and get down to 140. I feel good in the low 140s, but when my weight goes up over 150 I really start to feel yucky. I don't know if it's possible for me to get down to the 130s any longer, but who knows? We'll see how it goes! I think if I can also firm up and lose inches, my clothes will fit better and I'll be pretty happy at 140.
    When I was in my early 20s I lost a lot of weight with Weight Watchers and got down below 120--I don't think that's going to happen again!
    I have struggled with these stupid 10-20 lbs my whole life and would like to finally figure out a way to lose it for good and maintain the loss. I think SP may be the answer!
    We live in upstate NY, so in this area the major sights are the Finger Lakes (wine country!) and, of course, Niagara Falls. New York City is about 6 1/2 hours away from me (by car). We do get down there fairly often, though, since my parents live near there, and my older son and I love to go to the theater.
    Take care!
    4765 days ago
  • v KAREN8241
    Thanks for visiting my page!! New York is great, and fortunately the 100" of snow didn't fall all at once emoticon It's actually the continual grayness during the winter that gets to me more than the snow. I'm so glad it's spring!!
    I have never been to Michigan but would love to get there some day.
    Your grandson is absolutely adorable and Lacey is a sweetheart, too!
    It seems that we are quite similar in our ages and goals. I too often have to think twice when someone asks my age. Can I really be 48?! How did that happen?
    Good luck with all of your SP goals!
    4766 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/21/2008 8:27:47 AM
    Hi Ivy. My name is Luanne and I would like to thank you for your support of my recent blog about 'tired'. I did find out what the matter was, I was fighting a bout of the stomach virus.

    I see where you have done very well. Keep up the good work!

    4780 days ago
    CUTEST BABY AWARD!!!! love that little angel! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I was reading your Spark Page and you talked about exercise... it's funny because I just started working out this week for the first time in my adult life. I have worked out every day for 5 days so far but at my weigh in today, my consultant told me to slow down to only 2 days a week. She says I will hit a plateau too fast and not have anywhere to go. Is she crazy? I don't know what to do... Help!
    4783 days ago
    Hi Ivy

    Of course it's okay that you added me as a friend :)

    Have a great trip and we'll see you when you return!

    Coach Jen
    4805 days ago
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