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I have been overweight all my life, but in my later years have been more aware of the challenges that gives me. I have lost around 20 lbs and have just recently found this site. And what a site it is! I am positive that I will find friends, support and encouragement to "DO IT!" this time.
UPDATE: 6/23/10 I'm doin' it this time, as I said I would! SparkPeople works...if you let it! UPDATE: 9/25/10 170 by Valentine's Day 2011 UPDATE: 1/4/11 Unexpected and much needed total hip ...
I have been overweight all my life, but in my later years have been more aware of the challenges that gives me. I have lost around 20 lbs and have just recently found this site. And what a site it is! I am positive that I will find friends, support and encouragement to "DO IT!" this time.
UPDATE: 6/23/10 I'm doin' it this time, as I said I would! SparkPeople works...if you let it! UPDATE: 9/25/10 170 by Valentine's Day 2011 UPDATE: 1/4/11 Unexpected and much needed total hip replacements (R) on Dec 21st and (L) Apr 5th. changed my life and goals. UPDATE: 6/23/11 DD's wedding is 7/9 and altho 30 lbs from goal, I'm planning n lookin' pretty good for an old gal! NEW GOAL: 170 by my b-day mid Sept!!
Well, didn't make THAT goal. Going to TRY to get back to Sparking. New Year, Fresh start. Jan 1, 2013 I want goal by July. I want to have clothes that are comfortable ALL the time. I want to be fit enough to walk the beach in Aug when I go to FL w/son and fam. I want to be in CA a yr from today watching the Rose Parade in it's 125th year.
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Member Since: 9/3/2007

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My Goals:
My goals are to feel better, losen my stiff joints and maintain that, drop a few sizes in my clothing, get the weight off, once and for all and to MAINTAIN it! I haven't stayed below 200 pounds since I was in grammar school, so it's about time!!
The above was written when I joined. 5/20/2012: I have since had two hip replacements and lost 30#'s. I am still 45#'s from goal. Can't seem to focus but will never give up!

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1/10/11 UPDATE Below!
Since being told I am a good candidate for hip replacement 8/09, I don't do the pedometer so much. I am working this winter so have concentrated on eating healthy and staying positive. The lbs ARE coming off. UPDATE 5/10/10... Since Lent started this yr (2/24) I have stopped eating sweets and NO snacking between meals. I have decided that I am addicted to sweets. I feel so much better and have lost almost 30 lbs. I enjoyed LOTS of chocolate on Easter Sunday and decided that this felt too good, so I am now waiting til June 4th, for my next treat day. It's working, I am feeling better since I am getting more flexible, to start my day, the pedometer gets put on the belt of my robe in the morning again, I'm getting so many compliments and just have a much better outlook on life. This is the way I will live happily ever after.
Update Jan 2011 I got a right total hip replacement Dec21st. Doing terrific, 1/10/11. Limited moves for awhile. I will get

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I am a married mother of 4 with 3 wonderful grandkids, Mikayla, Kevin and Giana. And a new great grandson, Jaaron, as of 5/17/11. update..I've added a new ggrandaughter, Alissa and have 2 more greats on the way! I'm from south of Chicago, retired and now live in the beautiful Ozarks!

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A fav saying: Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once!! ;)I LOVE high school football, followed by college football...GO AUBURN! I'm also a die hard Cubs Fan...they did it! Clinched their division! Go Cubbies!!! A few yrs since that happened, but still love those Cubbies. I love plants and do gardening... mostly flowers...my veggie garden cooked this yr along with many others' down here. I truly enjoy watching and feeding the birds...right now I have a little hummer pruning it's wings outside my window.


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Gardening has taught me a lot. One thing for sure is, that I need to be patient and gentle caring for all living things. And, if I neglect caring for them, I will lose them. So today I pray that I will scatter patience and gentle love on all living things around me.

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4/16/2014 5:46:36 PM

Being around children as often as I am has been a true learning experience. I may not be a young woman, however, I am finding out many things from this beautiful little people.

Life is not boring to me, it is not mundane. It is full of wonder, pleasing smells, awesome colors, beautiful creatures, and breathtaking moments. Children know how to enjoy and appreciate life.

This is what I have learn from children: I think there is a secret to enjoying life more that most people overlook. A hidden way to feel so much more full every single day and it hides in its deceptive simplicity. Itís this: Love every single living thing you find and see them all through wondering eyes. Appreciate the details, notice the colors and textures and imagine you are seeing it for the very first time. See things as new.

What wonderful beauty is all around us.



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4/15/2014 9:30:36 AM

Wow, it's a brand new day. One that has miracles for us, joy for us, new adventure, knowledge for our taking, and numerous messages and proof of how much we are loved. I hope that you can embrace and discover all that this day has in store just for you.

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