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June 29, 2013: LOVING being active and hiking at Niagara!





And this is me at a bigger weight about a year or so ago, March 2009. I think that right now, I'm within about 5 pounds of this picture, but I can't remember if it's heavier or lighter. Either way, I want to get back to the lighter me!!! HERE I COME!!





This is what I looked like three years ago after I lost a lot of weight (from being sick and not being able to eat). This is the weight I want to return to, so here it is as a reminder to me! :-)



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Slowly but surely..........

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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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 seems 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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TURBO-GIRL
4/23/2014 5:34:51 PM

Thanks for the "welcome back"! :) I'm getting married in 27 days and I suddenly realized how much I missed working out every day and being healthy. I want to start this thing off on the right foot! So I'm back for the long haul!



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JANET552
4/20/2014 8:12:14 AM

A quiet and healthy day for us here. I'm feeling better again today. Last night I managed a little time in my preferred sleep position before my shoulder started to hurt a little. I still have a bit of pain when I raise my arm a certain way.

I hope you have a great day. Way to go on sticking to your OMAT even through the family get-togethers!!



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JANET552
4/19/2014 10:42:44 AM

The sun is shining but our walk this morning was a bit cold -- in the 30s. It was the wind that made it tough but we enjoyed it anyways!!

Everyday my arm is a bit better. I think if I went to the doctor, he'd say get an x-ray but I don't have numbness and I can do more every day so I think I just need time. I though I might get a bruise but there isn't any bruising at all.

I've put on 4 pounds in four days. I'm not really sure what my problem is though I notice my sodium and carbs are both up. I'm going out for Chinese today which won't help. I'll have to be careful!!

I hope you have a great day with sunshine and warm temps (at least 40) LOL.



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JANET552
4/18/2014 12:05:12 PM

Thanks for the massage goodie. It probably is what the doctor would order if I was willing to go to the doctor. I am better every day after my fall but raising my arm is still tough. I guess I won't be raising my hand to volunteer anything.

We are having a beautiful sunny day -- warm too but my idea of warm is not very high. I hope you are having a great day too.



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