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120 lbs gone!! IT'S ALL ABOUT MAINTENANCE...GETTING THERE AND STAYING THERE!! :)

Hello everybody..My name is Carol and welcome to my Sparkpage! What a journey it has been!! On March 2, 2010 I weighed 240+ lbs. I found myself at 55 years of age lying in CCU in a hospital. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, & was stressed to the max. Luckily my heart was okay, but my cardiologist questioned where I would be in 10 years if I didn't drastically change my life!! Upon my release, I decided it was time to take control of my life. I immediately started on a journey ...
Hello everybody..My name is Carol and welcome to my Sparkpage! What a journey it has been!! On March 2, 2010 I weighed 240+ lbs. I found myself at 55 years of age lying in CCU in a hospital. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, & was stressed to the max. Luckily my heart was okay, but my cardiologist questioned where I would be in 10 years if I didn't drastically change my life!! Upon my release, I decided it was time to take control of my life. I immediately started on a journey to develop a healthy lifestyle, & I was determined nothing was going to stop me from reaching my goal!! I started walking for exercise, & watching what I ate by counting calories and trying to eat a healthy, balanced diet. All went well & by August 2010, I had lost a total of 35 lbs....but something seemed to be missing! While I had the support of family & friends, for the most part I felt that I was alone on my journey. That is until my doctor recommended I check out the website called Sparkpeople.com!! It changed my life!! Never before had I experienced the support & resources that I have found here. 10 months after joining Sparks, in April of 2011, I met my ultimate goal. . I have reached my goal weight and now have a normal BMI. My blood pressure is normal, and cholesterol has been lowered! I continued into the maintenance phase of my journey with my feet firmly planted in Sparkpeople, & with all my wonderful Sparkfriends at my side!! I have successfully maintained my weight loss for over 2 years!! For me this is probably the most important and difficult part of my journey! I now must break the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting that I have dealt with most of my adult life! This time, with the help of Sparkpeople, I will win the battle! 120 lbs later.... GOODBYE YO-YO DIETER....you are OUTTA HERE!! Thank you sparkpeople for giving me my life back!!
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Member Since: 8/22/2010

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I'm a 59+ year old female from America's heartland--Kansas. I have been employed in the aircraft industry for the past 23 years. Always an animal lover I am the proud mama to a Chug, 2 Japanese Chins, and a rescue kitty Lucky. I am married to my loving partner who I have been with for the
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This is how I Ifound Spark people. I woke up in a hospital bed in CCU in March of 2010, hospitilized for chest pains. I weighed 230+lbs, had high cholesteral & high blood pressure. Luckily my heart was okay & I was diagnosed with stress which caused the chest pains. My doctors advised me to lose weight & get active. Being in CCU was the most humiliating experience of my life.. You don't put a 240 lb person on a bed pan with good results!! I was determined to do whatever it took to prevent ending up in that place again. Upon being released from the hospital I immediately started walking for exercise & watching my calories, sodium, & fat intake. At a doctors appointment in August 2010 I had lost 40 lbs, but it was hard sustaining the enthusiasm & determination I had upon my initial release from the hospital. My Dr. told me about the web site for Spark people & here I am. I look forward to a long wonderful relationship with Spark people!!

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2/9/2016 5:30:09 AM

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2/3/2016 8:14:53 PM

Thanks for accepting the friend add.



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JANETANNMN
1/8/2016 4:38:06 PM

thanks Carol, i really appreciate the help and support! emoticon



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1/8/2016 1:48:49 PM

I hope that you are having a great day!



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SLIM242
1/1/2016 10:42:57 AM

Happy new year Carol!
Wishing you the best in 2016!

I must admit you have motivated me throughout the years. Every time someone tells me I'm losing too much weight, I look at your journey and results. I know I have not reached my goal to be in optimum health; however, when friends see your body changing for some reason they want you to stay in the unhealthy state. I am committed to getting my BMI in the healthy range in 2016. You did it and I believe I can do it too.
Thanks for keeping me motivated!
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