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My name is Karen, I'm 66 years old, and I'm DONE being the fat girl! I started my Spark journey in Oct. 2010 at 230 lbs and have lost 80 lbs down to 150. My ultimate goal is 135-140.

Starting Jun 25th, I am participating in the Summer 2016 5% Challenge as a member of the Casual Travelers team! My goal is to lose 7 lbs over the 8 weeks.

Dieting doesn't work, but eating healthy foods and moving a little more does, so that is my plan. I am so thankful for SP and those here who share this journey to health and fitness! Welcome to my page - please leave a note to let me know you were here.

Member Since: 10/21/2010

Fitness Minutes: 72,514

My Goals:
Lose 3 or 4 lbs per month till I reach my ideal weight.

A permanent lifestyle change with more fruits and veggies, more activity, less junk food. Moderation NOT deprivation!

My Program:
1000 to 1300 calories a day, walk outdoors or on the treadmill at least 5 days a week.

I'm a FitBit user. It motivates me to keep moving and reach my step goal of 7,000 steps a day.
August 23rd, 2014 - I'm so thrilled to be today's SP Featured Motivator! Thanks, SP!!
June 3, 2012 - Wow! I've been named a SparkPeople Motivator!! What a thrill!
June, 2012 - I was honored as the Done Girl Page of the Month - Thank you, Done Girls, you are the best and I love you all!

On 12/17/10, I was DGOTD!! WooHoo!

Personal Information:
I live in western NY, near Buffalo with my husband, our adult disabled son, and a 2-year-old domestic shorthair housecat named St. Pat. :) I'm blessed with a husband of 47 years who loves me no matter what. Our daughter lives nearby with her husband and 12-year-old daughter.

I am a born-again believer in Jesus Christ.

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A favorite pastime is crocheting. It's relaxing and helps me to keep my mind off food. Love to do grown-up dot-to-dot books.

I enjoy country music, especially the older music, and also southern gospel music.

I love to read, and am addicted to my Kindle Fire. My reading interests include a variety of fiction genres depending on my mood, non-fiction historical books, and inspirational. I belong to a local book club that meets monthly at our town library.

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  • v PUGLOVER1999
    PS: Just thought: it's not fair for me to want to see pictures of others and not share pictures of myself.

    Will do some soul-searching / reconsidering.

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    9 days ago
  • v PUGLOVER1999
    Hello, Karen! I think about you often and of the things I'm going to write / ask, but I find it very hard to take the time I would like to spend here. Last night I logged in at 5 minutes til midnight on my phone because it was quicker than coming to the computer. I do try to log in every day, even if that's all I do, because you recommended that to me a long time ago! You have always been a faithful, encouraging friend, and I'm glad you are MY Spark Friend! (Of course, I know you meant to do more than JUST login, and usually I try to at least read an article, log some food, etc. But, some days, ALL I do is login and count my water!)

    You asked how I am doing ... I am doing better than I expected with walking, but my weight is not moving! I simply cannot walk every day, but I am making a genuine effort to walk as often as I can and have been proud of myself for walking a minimum of 10K steps more than I ever dreamed I would be able to do! I am still trying with the eating, but cooking for company / family birthdays, etc. is a great challenge to me. I made a chocolate pie recently and have only tasted it and did the same with a lemon meringue pie. It makes me FEEL like I am being more disciplined, but the weight lets me know I am deceiving myself. Thursday is my next appointment with the doctor. I am hopeful that the walking has had more effect than the eating! Will let you know.

    I just reread your note to me and was reminded that we are having the same problems with getting in the exercise, but still eating too much! emoticon Are you doing better since you wrote that?

    You mentioned your being on meds for bp and cholesterol, too, and your potassium dropping. It amazes me that God created us with needs for trace amounts of so many things and how our body balances them! We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made! When things get out of balance, problems occur! I have been in the ER twice because of low potassium and my husband has been in the ER once because of high potassium (and our problems were caused by meds we are on). All the meds we take play havoc with so many things. I thank God for their effectiveness and life-saving qualities, but I really do want to be able to lower my doses due to the side effects.

    My doctor said the same thing that yours said about the cholesterol's being due to heredity! I'm still hoping to get mine down low enough that she will be convinced mine is not; however, since my brother has the same problem, I'm afraid she may be right. emoticon

    You make me at least think about posting a picture, but just like you, I am uncomfortable with posting pictures in cyberspace. One of the things I love about SP is the anonymity we can have. I trust YOU, but I am not one who trusts others easily. Are you on Facebook by any chance? I don't get on it very often (would rather spend my computer time here) but I do have a page. If you are on it, I will mail you privately so we can be fb friends, too. emoticon

    Yes, we will keep plugging away at it! I still love the quotation about the river and the rocks:



    9 days ago
  • v PAUL831
    Why thank you Karen for that info, much appreciated
    9 days ago
    Thank you for stopping by my page. I really appreciate it. Congrats on 80 lbs gone! emoticon
    11 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon Spark Friends,

    If you or anyone you know are having trouble tracking or are stuck in a plateau, then please read this or share it with your spark friends.

    Remember attaining weight loss is possible and permanent weight loss is absolutely doable. If you are will to start changing your life and lifestyle one habit at a time. After all that is how we learned how to talk, walk, dress, bathe and eat. Was one step at a time. Our Mothers and fathers were very good at teaching us what they knew.

    But, most of them did not know what healthy eating was. Not really. Nothing like a dietician would know. So remember when starting out you want to set up small attainable goals. Even if you are having trouble anywhere in your weight loss journey, you may just want to take a step back and look at where you are actually at.

    Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

    1) Are you where you want to be?
    2) Are you losing weight?
    3) Are you really tracking everything that you eat?
    4) Are you being completely honest with yourself?
    5) Are you setting realistic goals?
    6) Are you drinking your daily water?
    7) Are you eating at least 2 fruits daily?
    8) Are you eating at least 3 vegetables daily?
    9) Are you getting at least 10+ minutes of exercise daily?
    10) Are you getting any me time? This is the most important one.......

    Drinking 8 cups of water.....every day is very important to stay hydrated.
    • Eating at least 2 fruits and at least 3 vegetables every day will help keep you full longer and ensure that you are getting enough fiber
    • Not eating in front of the do not want to be distracted, enjoy your meal and put down your fork or spoon between every bite, while sipping water. It takes at least 20 minutes to ensure the brain starts to signal the stomach that you are getting full.
    • No soda or sweet will want to cut out as much refined sugar as possible, lowering your risk of diabetes.
    • Eat breakfast every morning: This is the most important meal of the day, you need at least 300 - 400 calories to start your day and get your metabolism reeved up for the day.
    • No candy, cake, potato chips or other high carb junk food, instead try a piece of fresh fruit, granola, veggie slices or nuts. Sometimes even a glass of water can keep hunger at bay. Try it infused with slices of fruit or veggies.

    And if you are stuck in a plateau, try mixing up your exercise routine. A strength training program, with some cardio and walking the pounds away may be just what the doctor ordered. Talk it out with a trainer, a dietician, your doctor or weight loss buddy may also be an answer too.

    Just do what it takes for you..... what works for one, may not work for you.

    I love all of you and want each one of you to be successful in your journies! KEEP ON SPARKIN'
    Jill emoticon
    15 days ago
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