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8/17/2010 @ 194 lbs (down 36 lbs)

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Original Message 2010: Here I go . . . follow my progress if you'd like. My overall goal to get to 180 lbs may seem a bit wimpy, but I've not been below 175 since high school, and not below 190 since having children. I'm going to break that 190 this time and I'll be EXCITED to readjust the goal at that time. For now, I'm feeling realistic is best and we'll just take this one day at a time.

UPDATE 2012: I originally found Spark People in 2009, joined half heartedly just to see what this was about. When I got serious in 2010 after watching my weight yo-yo, I committed to consecutive days of exercise and tracked my calories in and out fairly religiously. I was successful and lost 35+ pounds and then stalled out between 190-195, but was happy there. It feels good, I'm a comfortable size 12 at that weight (which surprised me). I believe I fit in the 12 so well then because of the exercise. I maintained that into the summer of 2011 when life struck me with tragedy. In July, my 15 year old son Austin died due to a brain aneurysm. After that happened I didn't really have energy or motivation to exercise, watch what I ate, I really just didn't care about any of it. So during this first year after losing Austin, my weight has yet again crept back up to near 230. I don't feel well, my clothes don't fit, my back gets sore, my joints are stiff. I just do not like being or looking like this. So I've made myself some small streaks to SPARK this again. It's time!!! Time to take care of me and be the best me I can be while I'm on this earth for all of my family, here on earth and in heaven.

UPDATE 2014: So, the 2012 attempt was not long standing. I'm back again and have made a 50 day pact with a friend. That is probably just what I needed to SPARK this time!

Member Since: 3/24/2009

Fitness Minutes: 21,328

My Goals:
2013 GOALS:
7 Consecutive Days:

50 Consecutive Days:

Lose 25 lbs:

100 Consecutive Days:

Lose 30 lbs:

Start C25K:
Finish C25K:

2012 GOALS:
7 Consecutive Days of Fitness: DONE 6-8-12

14 Consecutive Days of Fitness: DONE 6-15-12

2011 GOALS:
Complete 28 Day Bootcamp
GOAL MET 3/20/2011

2010 GOALS:
Lose 30 pounds by 7/4/10 - COMP 5/5/2010

300 Consecutive days
of fitness (starting 1/26/10) - GOAL MET 11/22/2010!

225,000 Steps in June -
GOAL MET 6/30/10 226k

My Program:
Watching portion size, total calories 1300-1700, and continuing a consistent exercise program - - at least 10 minutes every day.

Personal Information:
I'm in Illinois. Have 4 children (Ages 19-22. One eternally 15 - love you Austin!) and a wonderful supportive husband. We added a grandbaby in Jan 2014.

Other Information:
"Don’t let one night of gluttony, one weekend of debauchery, a vacation of unwholesome habits, consume your thoughts and defeat you. Reinstate your healthy lifestyle ASAP. All is not lost. "

Stay positive because the battle is really in the mind. Win there and you will be a success.

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    Thanks so much for praying Roberta! The baby has made a turn for the better and the docs feel much more confident that she will survive. The mom was able to touch her yesterday for the first time and the baby did ok with that. She fusses with any type of stimulus so they have earmuffs on her ears to block sound. The fact that she handled touch is a good sign. Her kidneys are beginning to function on their own as well. They think she'll be in NICU for 3-4 weeks. It's unclear how her developemental functioning will be at this point, but the fact that she is out of the really bad danger zone is a blessing. That's the latest that I know right now. It seems that there is a least some progress every single day, thank God!

    I hope Emily is feeling better really soon and never has to experience such a thing again. I was thinking about her yesterday hoping she was doing ok while at school. Big hugs, girlfriend!
    3687 days ago
    Have a great time with the grandparents! Getting out of the house is a good thing. It's interesting that you find entering the exercise helps you enter the food. I'm just the opposite. I've found it really easy to enter the exercise in-- especially on my iphone (I don't even have to get on the computer) but the food seems like such a pain. Too many little things to enter. I thought if I tracked the exercise and not the food, it would still motivate me. But WOW! When I don't take the time to enter my food, it's amazing how many more calories I consume. I've also noticed that if I enter what I plan to eat before I eat it, and realize how quickly I'm hitting my limits, then I'm much more likely to stay in range than if I eat and then enter.
    Anyway, thanks for being so supportive and have a great weekend!
    3728 days ago
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    3730 days ago
    Just stopping by to say and hi and to wish you success on your goals
    3731 days ago
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    Hi Friend!! Stopping by to WELCOME you to Your Quickfire Challenge Team and to Congratulate you for adding One more tool to your belt.. Check in daily on your Quickfire Challenge Of The Day! Or sign up for "New Team Postings" to keep up with your daily QuickFire! Also, join in the Individual/Team Goal to track your QuickFire & SparkPoint standings.

    We suggest you read over "Your QuickFire Map" & other Sticky Notes; Check out the Tabs at the Top (Announcements, Photos & Links) for additional Information, Tools & Motivation to help You achieve Your Goals!

    Have a GREAT journey... and remember to eliminate excuses that keep you from attaining your goals and you WILL get there, One QuickFire Challenge At A Time!

    If you have any question, please fee free to contact us!...
    Thank-You for QuickFiring Your Life! Rosie, Mic, Lynn, Karen & Wendy

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    "Someone who is busier than you is running right now."
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    Make change happen.....QUICK FIRE Your LIFE!!!
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    3731 days ago
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