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I am not new to the world of diet or Spark. My first Spark Trophies date back to 2009. I have had weight issues for as long as I can remember and I have tried many different diet plans that didn't last. My yo-yo dieting has left me discouraged, frustrated, and feeling hopeless at times.

I went through approx. a 10 year period where my overall attitude was one of apathy and stubbornness. I wanted to eat and drink what I wanted and when I wanted it and be skinny too! No I do not ...
I am not new to the world of diet or Spark. My first Spark Trophies date back to 2009. I have had weight issues for as long as I can remember and I have tried many different diet plans that didn't last. My yo-yo dieting has left me discouraged, frustrated, and feeling hopeless at times.

I went through approx. a 10 year period where my overall attitude was one of apathy and stubbornness. I wanted to eat and drink what I wanted and when I wanted it and be skinny too! No I do not using hallucinogenics - LOL.

This time will be different. I know that the journey may get tough at times, but I also know that I must embrace a healthy lifestyle. I am now retired with a very supportive husband so I am hoping for success this time around.

4/22/13 I can't believe month 1 is done and gone. I cannot report that I have lost any weight during the past month, but my motivation has remained high. One of the most important things that I have accomplished during this past month is to not be angry; angry that I am overweight; angry that it is so hard to get the weight off; angry that I cannot eat & drink whatever I want. No, I am not angry about these things like I would have been in the past. I am happy that I am eating better most of the time, I have been able to exercise more in the past month than I have in the past 4 years, and that I am positively looking forward to the next month of this journey.

5/22 Another month without a weight loss worth reporting. On a positive note I have gone through many vacation days without gaining any weight either! I still don't feel that I am embracing a healthy eating life style. Left to my own devices and faced with all kinds of temptations I seem to revert back to my old self in the blink of an eye. I will have to figure out how to deal with this.

6/15 From SP: If you’re thinking that there’s something fundamentally wrong with you, tell yourself the problem is in the situation—not in you—and look for ways to change the situation.

7/15 As you can see from my ticker I have lost 15# since starting back with SP. Although I have a ways to go mentally and physically to achieve a healthy life style, I have accomplished quite a bit in the past 4 mos despite 2 major vacations. I have lost weight, I have completed my first 5K, I have completed my first 5% Team Challenge, I remain happy & motivated. On the down side, I seem to be a very slow learner, but I will keep plugging away at this life changing challenge.

1/16/14 I had a Left Total Hip replacement done on 12/23 and so it is back to square one for me as far as fitness minutes go. Right now I am working on putting one foot in front of the other and exercises prescribed by my therapist to strengthen the muscles in my left leg. I have "hip precautions" x 3 months that will severely limit the kind of exercising I can do. I am looking forward to putting this all behind me and feeling "normal" again by this May. My weight is down due to a poor appetite caused by pain medications, but this loss has given me a jump start for success in my 5% Challenge.
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Member Since: 4/14/2009

My Goals:
I will visit the Spark People and/or Spark Coach site daily.

NUTRITION:
I will eat mindfully at each meal.

FITNESS:
I will do some kind of exercise x 30 minutes 3 times per week.

WEIGHT LOSS:
I will loose 10# by May 1, 2014.

OTHER:
I will develop a WIN TODAY Daily Routine Goals by the end of 2014 - here is my start:

1. Start my day with God
2. Check in with SP - articles, blogs, e-mails, friends, Spark Coach.
3. Not spend any more then 2 hrs. on my computer in the morning.
4. Eat a healthy breakfast.
5. Do exercise or rest day as scheduled.
6. Eat a healthy lunch.




My Program:
Officially started Spark Coach 3/18/13.

Exercise Schedule:
Day 1 - Curves
Day 2 - TBD
Day 3 - Walk
Day 4 - TBD
Day 5 - Curves
Day 6 - Walk
Day 7 - Rest

Eat within SP calorie range.


Personal Information:
I am 62 yrs. old. 5'9" and about 20# over weight. I have a DH that has spoiled me for 40 yrs. We have 1 DD who is married to a great guy and they have given us 2 grandkids that we adore. My DH and I are retired and we are making the most of these years while we are able.

Other Information:
Sometimes I think I can make fun out of a rock ! That is how I picked my handle "funloven". I love to have fun :) My hobbies include my Motorcycle, Reading, Gardening, Cooking, Scrapbooking, and Socializing. I frequently tell people I retired from work because it interfered with my social life. LIVE LIFE TO IT'S FULLEST is my motto.

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MYLOVELYCURVES
10/30/2013 2:21:37 PM

Thank you for the kind comment on my vlog! :) I know what you mean, I have also studied a few other languages (French, German, Spanish, Swedish) but I never use them or hear them so I've forgotten most of it. Even though I rarely speak English I use it every day and I hear it everywhere (TV etc), and that helps a lot. It's funny because sometimes I even dream and think in English even though I use Finnish in my day-to-day life 90 % of the time.

Anyway, thanks for the comment! :) Hope you're having a great day!



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STEVIEBEE569
10/24/2013 10:09:37 AM

Yep, my real name is Stephanie! LOL!



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XRSIZE18
10/11/2013 3:25:21 PM

It's Becca! :)



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10/5/2013 2:22:17 PM

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Welcome to the 12 Weeks Walking Team. It's a very diverse group from all over the world! Some can't walk 100 steps and some are doing 5 and 10K Walks. Introduce yourself and look over the options. Please stop by and introduce yourself.

I'll give you a brief rundown. Sassy aka JACKSGRAN and MADMIRANDA are from London. I should get a world map so I can put pins where everyone lives! Jackie lives in Italy. Judy aka HARROWJET lives in Nova Scotia. Eliz aka NOWYOUDIDIT lives in Minnesota. Her personal blog is at the bottom of her spark page and she's a saint! Stacy aka MADEIT3 is a great inspiration and motivator and she is from rural Kansas. Rita lives in Billings and Linda lives in Havre, and Samantha is over near Flathead Lake so you have some teammates from Montana.
We want to hear all about what you see and hear where you walk in your part of the world. We're waiting for autumn leave updates and first snowflake updates. Now we have members from Australia and New Zealand so they will be entering Spring and Summer and maybe can help spread some warmth and sunshine into our winter weary lives in a few months. Hope you'll join in the geography lesson!
Please let us know if there is anything at all that we can do for you! We hope you'll be active in posting and blogging. Glad to have you along on this journey!





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BILLB000
10/5/2013 10:51:03 AM

I like your views and perspectives on aging and the whole perceived notion of what growing old actually is. My mother was such a wonderful role model for me. She died at 92 and she still had friends, was social, had neighbors over for coffee. we used to joke with her about needing to make an appointment to come visit her. My father was the opposite. He did not age with acceptance and was very stressed with his declining health. I think about them both when I plan my own old age (which is not here yet!)

Always appreciate your comments Funloven....
Bill



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