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2016 did not turn out to be a good year for losing weight. In fact my weight went up! SO, I am going to double and triple my efforts to lose those nasty 10 to 15 lbs. I am thinking of joining Weight Watchers because you can eat some of everything. No restrictions. Like Oprah says, "I love bread."
The good thing is I am in a walking routine of 7,300 steps a day using my Spark Activity Tracker.
I started SparkPeople seriously in December of 2008 weighing the highest I ever weighed. I joined a few teams and set goals. I tracked my food faithfully each day, and the lbs. started coming off. I even overdid the eating a few times but still lost weight. I WAS SO EXCITED! I could not believe this was happening. I had a zillion diet books home, but they were too restricting and difficult to follow. In a few months I had lost 16 lbs. eating REGULAR food. I also made some wonderful friends on the teams I joined. My friends gave me motivation, enthusiasm, and pushed me on when I was stuck. I had not started exercising yet. But my team was not going to let me get away with that. One of the leaders kept trying to get me to walk. I resisted or only did it halfheartedly. Then I found the Leslie Sansone DVDs Walk Away The Pounds and I was hooked. I was down 20 lbs. My clothes looked great on me, I was able to get off of one of my blood pressure medications, and I had 8 lbs to go to goal!

Then I somehow lost my motivation and a few lbs. slowly crept back on. Then I purchased the SPAT and find myself walking 6,000 just about every day! I am thrilled because this has now become a habit. I still have 11 lbs. to lose to get to goal. I am BELIEVING that this will happen in the coming year.

Member Since: 12/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 111,799

My Goals:
My goals for 2016 are:

1.Continue to start out each day with a 15 minute prayer time with God, using my "Jesus Calling" Book.
2. Meet my goal of 7,300 steps a day on my SPAT
3. Eat less processed food.
4. Go to bed by 1:30AM at the latest or earlier and get up at 8:30 at the latest.
5. Weigh myself everyday.
6. Try to start some strength training.
7. Encourage team mates. Help others out when needed.

Some of these are the same goals I had for 2016...some accomplished and some not. This year I Hope I will accomplish them and reach my goal weight.

My Program:
Every day I will:
1. Log in to SparkPeople
2. Use the nutrition tracker.
3. Walk 7,300 steps a day.
4. Not get discouraged if I slip up on some things.

Personal Information:
I live in Sauquoit, New York in a 215 year old house on 4 acres of land. My husband, John, passed away on Dec. 7, 2009. I have 8 grown children and 22 grandchildren.
I love to read, write, and draw. I am Polish and love to dance and listen to Polkas.

Other Information:
I am the Author of the Erie Canal Cousins Series, and Town of Paris Twins Series historical fiction for children set in NY in 1840 and 1857.

My favorite quotes are:
"A goal is a dream with a deadline." ~Napoleon Hill
"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."~ C. S. Lewis
Favorite foods: pizza and golomki. (stuffed cabbage)
Favorite color: red
Favorite music: Polkas and Country
I collect: unusual rosaries, and Polish pottery.

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  • v SAISHA100CJ
    Thanks, Dottee. Your profile pic was still on my Page even before I added you back again... Yes, very strange, since you have been there for years, but, the good news is I think we are good to go again! LOL! Have a great day! emoticon
    134 days ago
  • v JOJO2348
    I will put that date on my calendar and w=see what happens - YAY! emoticon Jojo
    138 days ago
    Hi I saw you left a comment on a blog about accepting change.
    I don't like the change either.
    I had though the People Follow would be where I put my daily check in comment. I did that but it should up on New Posts. Later I checked friends feed and it had photo but no message.
    I looked for Friends Feed. It's on the right side of page , listed in section where others pages can be found. I went to page , clicked on my feed and left my message and usually a photo.
    Its so complicated. It seems it's designed to keep us on the site longer.
    I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or not, but muddling along .
    Hope you find friends feed.
    Take care
    Spark on.

    154 days ago
    My team for the Winter Season was The Rookies, because, well, we were all rookies - new to the 5% Challenge. Most of the team is sticking together, and we have renamed ourselves The Rowdy Rebels - lol. I encourage you to sign up for the Rookie Team - there will be a new one. That way you'll learn all of the ins and outs of the 5% Challenge, and after being a Rookie for one challenge, you have the option of staying with that team, or moving on to another if there is an opening. It's fun!!
    165 days ago
    I am enjoying the 5% Challenge. My team is very supportive, the focus is goal oriented. I've lost a bit of weight, which is good. I haven't been able to exercise as much as I would like to because of my neck issue, but the team understands that. I'm going to do the Spring Challenge too. I like the 5% better than the BLC.
    167 days ago
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