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Dorothy Stacy


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My goal for 2016 is to view losing weight as a mental challenge by trying to train my will and motivation to naturally eat healthier and less. Also to find some new recipes and cook more instead of just throwing something together to eat.

The good thing is that I have made a habit of walking 7,100 steps a day using my Spark Activity Tracker. This year, healthy eating is my biggest focus.


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: 99,603

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 7,100 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 2015...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 7,100 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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    Thank you so much for the wonderful Spa visit goodie! I really appreciate it. It will be wonderful. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Have a beautiful Mother's Day! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • v SAISHA100CJ
    Thank you so much for the team goodie. emoticon
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    265 days ago
    Hi Dottee,
    Glad you had a nice birthday and you do look 57.... emoticon for sure...(-: How great that your one daughter visited for a week. That is wonderful. Not easy to stay on track with meals when lots of partying going on, I do know. emoticon
    Good you are walking and getting in all your steps. I walk on the track at my gym twice a week and also attend classes 5x a week so I am doing my best to keep fit. With my birthday we had 3 parties and lots of extra food too, so that was hard to keep watching I know. I did gain 2# but lost it within a week when it happened, so I was so grateful for that. Well, keep up your good work and stay motivated.
    I have been sick for 9 days with a sinus infection, so it put a crimp in my workout this past week. I do hope to get back to normal tomorrow if I am able to. Take care and God bless.
    hugs, dear friend, Irish Ei emoticon
    295 days ago
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    Hope your day was special - and I see you had a birthday I missed - emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Sending you heart felt blessings - Always - Jojo
    296 days ago
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