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2007, Thin, but unhealthy me. I am working back towards this weight but in a healthy way!



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Update: February 15, 2014:
SO overdue for an update. :-) I am finding SUCCESS with my OMAT plan!! OMAT = One Month At a Time. Each month I pick my own challenge and as I accomplish each challenge, I am forming awesome new habits. I am SO happy to have finally found my recipe for success. I am so grateful for my SP friends who have been there over the years and keep nudging me along. It might take a while, but you CAN find what works for you and you CAN find true success. NEVER give up! ...
Update: February 15, 2014:
SO overdue for an update. :-) I am finding SUCCESS with my OMAT plan!! OMAT = One Month At a Time. Each month I pick my own challenge and as I accomplish each challenge, I am forming awesome new habits. I am SO happy to have finally found my recipe for success. I am so grateful for my SP friends who have been there over the years and keep nudging me along. It might take a while, but you CAN find what works for you and you CAN find true success. NEVER give up!

Update: December 6, 2012:
I'm using Spark Coach and I LOVE IT!!! It is really working for me and helping me stay on track. I know, now, that I will get there. I'm doing it the right way....slowly, but surely. :-)

Update: August 28, 2012:
WOOOHOOOOOOO!!! I'm budging the scale! I recently signed up for Spark Coach and am making progress. I really love the structure and feel like I have a tool that will really help me keep moving forward.
Also, as of June 1, 2012, I am gluten free and doing GREAT!! Turns out that I am gluten intolerant (non-Celiac). Well, that sure explains a LOT and so very many of my chronic health problems are GONE including the neuro problems, brain crashes, stomach problems, super sensitive muscles and fascia, fatigue, severe mood swings, and aches and pains. Yup. I feel good and I'm moving forward, inching ever closer to my goals. :-D

Update: December 16, 2011:
MAN, can't believe it's been SO long since I updated things. I haven't made much weight loss progress but I have made some progress in changing my habits. I eat less at each sitting now and I eat much healthier. It's been five months since I broke my foot in four places and tore all the ligaments I could find. It's been a long haul. I gained two pounds during that time. THAT is awesome that I did not gain more!!! YAY ME!!! :-) Now, I'm starting to be able to work out again and I'm SO happy about it. I still have pain, I'm still going to PT 3x a week, I still limp, and I'm still healing, BUT......I'm TRYING! I am making changes but not seeing results like I wish. I'm tired of being overweight and I am looking forward to continuing to make changes and slowly, but surely, LOSE WEIGHT!


Update: January 15, 2011:
Well, I'm learning - A LOT!! Most importantly, I'm learning that fabulous Spark People is here and stays with me even when I'm not present with Spark People. I am so grateful for that.

I am back on track after a very busy fall semester. I have learned that I need to reserve brain space for my goals. When I am low on brain space, my goals slip away from me. I need to make those reservations for brain space and then keep first things first. My eating and exercise habits directly and immediately affect my health, attitude and wellness. I must keep my healthy priorities first and stick with it. I must be vigilant and NOT give up so easily!!

I'm back..........and trying to stay on Spark track. :-)


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Original intro....July, 2010
I now know that I have FINALLY found a site that will keep me motivated. I finally realized that the reason I have not been able to stick to any calorie counting program or weight loss program is because it's just not FUN. So, I dug around AGAIN and found SparkPeople. I hope I hope I hope that I have finally found the right place!!

I am 45 years old, married to an awesome guy, have 2 girls of my own plus three step-kids; I work full-time and am working on my masters degree. Life can get a little busy sometimes....

I'm sick and tired of being overweight and ready to work a program that works. So, HERE WE GO!!!
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original:
1. To NOT jiggle!!!
update: 2-24-14
Well, other than my healing right hip and leg, I am doing GREAT on this!!! YAY ME!
update: 12-6-12
HUGE progress on this!! I am really get fit and much less jiggling!

2. To start: lose 15 pounds, will get new reminder bracelet then
update: 2-24-14 DOWN 12.5 pounds!! Getting close!
update: 12-6-12
My real goal is to lose an average of 1/2 to 1 pound per week until I reach my goal.

3. Keep losing by eating less and moving more.
update: 2-24-14
I LOVE MY OMAT!!
update: 12-6-12
I am definitely eating less and moving MUCH more. AND I am slowly losing!!

My Program:
I figured out an OMAT approach that is working SO great for me!! Check out my blog on it from February of 2014. :-)

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I live on the corner of two dirt roads in rural Michigan and I LOVE IT!!!

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Motivation and staying on track seem to be my biggest problem, especially when things get extra busy or extra stressed. I'm doing way better with this, though, now that I figured out my OMAT approach!!

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BARBIEE52
6/27/2015 9:40:02 PM

NEVER....
Speak without listening.
Give up before you're ready.
Forget to breathe.
Settle for less than you deserve.
Dim your sparkle.
Complicate what you can simplify.
Make promises you can't keep.
Believe it's too late to begin.
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6/23/2015 10:35:16 AM

Thanks for the friend add and for the welcome to OMAT. I am enjoying getting acquainted with people there and look forward to knowing you! BLESSings, Darlene



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6/19/2015 12:22:04 AM

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If animals could talk, the world would lose its best listeners.
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"Silent" and "listen" are spelled with the same letters.
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God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can hear twice as much as we say.
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We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
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Home is where you can say anything you like cause nobody listens to you anyway.
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