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Take Back The Control In Your Life!

Set yourself up for success and take back the control in your life. We control food; it doesn't control us. I say this to myself constantly. Sometimes I slip up too. Old habits are hard to break. It is reassuring to read the blogs of successful Spark members and see that they had slip ups too and were still able to reach their goals. Mistakes and bumps in the road are all part of the journey. I read several blogs by INDYGIRL, SLENDERELLA61 and RUTHIEBEAR and found that they all ...
Set yourself up for success and take back the control in your life. We control food; it doesn't control us. I say this to myself constantly. Sometimes I slip up too. Old habits are hard to break. It is reassuring to read the blogs of successful Spark members and see that they had slip ups too and were still able to reach their goals. Mistakes and bumps in the road are all part of the journey. I read several blogs by INDYGIRL, SLENDERELLA61 and RUTHIEBEAR and found that they all experienced slip ups and plateaus. Since all three lost 80 pounds or more, this gives me hope for being successful on my own journey and you can be successful too!

Taking back the control in your life can be scary, especially if it has been a long time since you've had control over it. The question, "What if I Fail?" is a valid one but you can't let your fears rule you. Okay, you may fail sometimes but getting right back with your program is the only way to achieve any level of success. What works for me is making one or two small changes per week so that I don't get overwhelmed or burned out. I've belonged to Spark People for 6 years now. When I look back and see how far I've come, I have to say, "You've come a long way baby!"
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Member Since: 8/4/2008

SparkPoints: 192,658

Fitness Minutes: 163,639

My Goals:
Learn to eat for nutrition instead of medicating myself with food

Log food daily

Learn to pay attention to my body's pain signals

Lose 5% of my body weight by December 1, 2012 Achieved on Nov. 30,2012

Lose a total of 25 pounds
Achieved March 7,2013

Achieve the addional 10% loss Goal by 4/15/13
Achieved April 5, 2013

Lose a total of 30 pounds by June 4 Achieved June 25,2013.

Lose a total of 35 pounds by September 30, 2014.

Lose a total of 40 pounds by November 15, 2014.

Lose a total of 45 pounds by December 30, 2014.

Lose a total of 50 pounds by February 10, 2015


Earn 100,000 Fitness Minutes. Achieved 4/3/2012

Earn 100,000 Spark Points
Achieved 2012

2012 yearly goal of 18,000 fitness minutes
Met on 7/9/2012

2013 yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes
Met in August 2013

Earn 200,000 Fitness Minutes.

Earn 200,000 Spark

My Program:
I will use food to nurish instead of using it to medicate myself.

I will drink 8 + cups water daily.

I will eat 5+ fruits/veggies daily.

I will choose foods by their nutritional content.

I will add anti-inflammatory foods to my eating plan .

I will do some sort of cardio for 10+ minutes 7 days a week .

I will keep a food diary daily either written or online.

I will stay away from processed foods.

I will get 7+ hours of sleep per day.

I will pace my activities daily.

I will pay attention to pain levels daily.

I will rest and use pain reduction techniques instead of medicating myself with food.

I will be kind to myself if I slip up and will get right back on my program.

Personal Information:
I'm a retired teacher who still loves to learn new things.

I am an optimist and refuse to dwell on the past. It is better to learn from it and move on.

I love animals. Their love is unconditional!

Doing creative activities always lifts my mood and I'm already a happy person to begin with!

Other Information:
I enjoy:
Reading, photography, crafts, helping other people, music, creative healthy cooking, exercising in water, using my brain, being creative, acting silly/laughing, and learning new things.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR
8/23/2014 9:00:09 AM

thank you for the goodies!!



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GAYLEHOUSE
8/18/2014 8:21:12 PM

I just read your success story and found it very motivational and inspiring. I myself strugging with medicating pain (emotional and physical) with food. It's an autoimmune disease that is based in the inflammatory process and joint issues. I have more inflammation with my soft tissues such as tendons. It is very similar to Rheumatoid Arthrits. Because of your story and page I gathered a list of anti-inflammatory foods and am going to make them a staple of my diet. Thanks for your hard work and keep on keeping on! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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ROSEMARY107
8/17/2014 7:22:36 AM

Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. In visiting your page, I see that we have a lot in common. I have made you a "friend" and hope to be able to offer you my support and encouragement along your journey. You have come a long way already! emoticon



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JKPONYGIRL
8/16/2014 7:20:21 AM

Trader Joe's is about 25 minutes from me and WF is about 25 minutes in the opposite direction! I do TJ about 1x a month and WF 2-3 times in the winter and less in summer. There is plenty of fresh local freggies around here this time of year!



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FLEMIDG
8/16/2014 12:59:25 AM

Thanks for reading my blog. I can always use a hug. Thanks again.



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