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SUNSHINE_GAL is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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I'm DONE with the excuses!
I'm DONE with procrastination!
I'm DONE with feeling guilty!
I'm DONE with eating junk food!
I'm DONE with looking terrible in my clothes!
I'm DONE with feeling pain in my legs!
I'm DONE with shortness of breath!
I'm DONE with not taking control!

I'm DONE waiting for good health to come to me. I need to go after it!


My name is SUNSHINE_GAL and I’m 63 years old. I have 4 grandchildren; 3 who live in California and one who lives with me due to my daughter passing away. My hobbies are reading, sewing, crocheting and crafts. I also enjoy fishing and camping. I’m a music lover and have a large collection of various artists. We currently own two dogs, Sadie and Precious. We recently moved from California to northern Arizona.

When I first joined Sparkpeople, I was thrilled to see the weight reduction. However, I had some health problems enter the picture, which really interfered with my program. I have heart problems and my fear of exercise didn’t help me. I also have a bad hip and knee problem. As a result, my progress slowed way down. I managed to maintain my weight loss within a 5 pound variance. However, I gave in too quickly and lost my motivation. When you lose a child, your life changes drastically. You become empty inside. The stress, depression and worry consume your days. The joys of laughter are few and far between. I needed to pick up the pace. I needed to care about me and get healthy. My daughter would want this and I want it too. Therefore, I started again on June 27th, 2011 with new goals and determination. As a result, I've lost another 19 pounds. I thank all my very dear friends here at Sparkpeople for their compassion and ongoing support.

My weight tracker has been updated to reflect my total loss.


1.) 76.3 years old is my body’s age based on the Real Age web site due to health issues and being overweight. That’s 13.3 years older than I am. It’s time to turn the clock back.
2.) My granddaughter’s support during my journey to a better life. She really supports me and always gives me a big hug when I tell her I've lost another pound. She is so proud of me and tells me so every day.
3.) I want to be healthy!

Member Since: 11/29/2007

Fitness Minutes: 11,747

My Goals:
To lose 100 pounds by 12/1/2012.

Short-Term: 1st Goal
09/27/11 lose 25
Lost 28 by 10/17/11
2nd Goal
12/27/11 lose 50

Drink 8 glasses of water daily. Consume 5 veggies/fruits daily.

NO eating after 7 pm or while watching TV.



My Program:
1. Stay within my calorie range 1200 - 1500
2. Utilize food tracker
3. Focus on exercising
4. View my goals daily
5. Educate myself on nutrition and fitness via

Personal Information:
I enjoy reading. My favorite authors are Sandra Brown, Sidney Sheldon and Nicholas Sparks. I also enjoy biographies, true stories and daily devotionals. CSI and NCIS are my favorite shows.

Other Information:
Roses are my favorite flower.
Hawaii is my favorite state.
I'm glad to be retired.
I enjoy traveling.
I love walks along the beach and sunsets.

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  • v PATRICIA441
    Great hearing from you this morning!! Wishing you a wonderful day and a super great week! Send with a big hug. Pat
    2183 days ago
  • v PATRICIA441
    Hi Tanya, Stopping by to say hello and let you know I am thinking of you. Hope all is well with you and yours. Sending you loving hugs. Pat
    2717 days ago
    Hi Tanya,

    Thought I had your address but do not. So here is my wish to you that you begin to feel better. Sorry to hear that you are under the weather.

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    2824 days ago
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    Although these birthday wishes are late, they are still filled with warm thoughts,
    hoping you enjoyed your day and you have a wonderful year ahead! Happy Belated Birthday.
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    2975 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy BELATED Birthday, DONE GIRL

    The Gemini child is born to a father who is well respected in the community and she is often the "baby" in the family. She grows up fast as she is allowed to keep up with the bigger kids so she talks early and she continues to love to talk. She often has two of everything, and later in life can have two marriages. She loves variety and can change easily. She should never marry young, but take time to explore the world and learn about herself. She can have problems with her "nerves" and depression can be an issue for her. She thinks to much. (Marilyn Monroe was a Gemini woman. Her best friend said "No one knows the real Marilyn.) Gemini can be very different behind closed doors. She gets along with Libra, Aquarius, Aries, Leo, Sagittarius and Virgo. She should avoid controlling Scorpio who keeps secrets. She must have a person who is open & honest as she tells all. She loves to play games. She makes a good writer, reporter, or front-person as she loves to talk. She isn't meant to be obese, as she has to much energy, so she needs to have an outlet for exercise.

    In Gemini the Sun is active, restless and changeable. You like plenty of variety in your everyday activities, in your friends, and even in your diet. Your interests are many and diverse--almost anything will attract your attention if only for a brief time. Truly, this is the sign of the jack-of-all-trades. As the story goes, you may find that unless you can develop your powers of perseverance, you may be the master of none. Your varied interests can result in a tendency for you to spread yourself too thin, sometimes failing to follow through on projects you've begun.
    Being very curious, you want to know and experience as much as you can. Gemini is the sign of duality. You find it difficult to limit yourself to one job, to one relationship, or one hobby, as you constantly seek variety and mental adventure. You scatter your energies because you don't want to miss anything. You are a lifelong student, never tiring of learning new subjects. You collect facts and tidbits of data, but you may not always have the big picture.
    To the Gemini person, communication is of utmost importance. You flourish on ideas, with a mind that is ever so quick and curious. You are a person who enjoys talking and writing. All sorts of communication ideas appeal to nature. You are aware of all that is going on around you, and you want to understand and participate in it all. You are hard to pin down, and even harder to beat in a debate. Your abilities of combining quick comprehension , and the communication of this comprehension to others, are the hallmarks of your sign. You can talk yourself into and out of situations with ease. Often Mercury people (Gemini's ruling planet is Mercury) take mischievous delight in disconcerting slower minds with their fast paced mental antics. You like to be around people, and you never do well working alone or on any routine type job.
    Extremely friendly, you enjoy companionship, and really thrive on it. Just as you don't like to be without activity, you don't like to be alone. You are likely to have a very wide circle of friends with whom you enjoy many activities--movies, games, conversation, and such. You are naturally outgoing and possess a sparkling wit. You are apt to become quickly bored with conservative types that can't make a decision or agree with your need to impose change. Not being very introspective or reflective, often you don't understand your motivations or the motivations of others. So in many ways, relationships can be shallow and superficial. Your restless mercurial nature requires constant excitement and change, or you'll becomes very dispirited and morose.
    2977 days ago
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