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This has been a year that has awakened me to improving my fitness and health. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Christmas Eve 2009. I had double breast cancer surgery in February 2010 followed by 3 months of radiation therapy. Fortunately the test results say I have low chance of recurrence, but I am determined to make my health a priority. The rest of my life is pretty normal. I have four kids, two boys and two girls ranging in age from 16 to 25. We have all the normal joys and headaches. ...
This has been a year that has awakened me to improving my fitness and health. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Christmas Eve 2009. I had double breast cancer surgery in February 2010 followed by 3 months of radiation therapy. Fortunately the test results say I have low chance of recurrence, but I am determined to make my health a priority. The rest of my life is pretty normal. I have four kids, two boys and two girls ranging in age from 16 to 25. We have all the normal joys and headaches. We live in western Michigan. It is beautiful here, but oh so cold in the winter, and makes exercise a challenge from November to April. I have a wonderful husband who works very hard and shares everything in my life. I love being part of the Sparkpeople community.
Update: It's been 3 1/2 years since my surgery. I have partially met my goals having lost almost 30 pounds. I still need to lose at least another 30 pounds, but the progress I have made has already made me feel better and gives me hope for eventually attaining my goal! My kids are now age 18 to 28. The youngest is in college and one daughter is married. They are all still important parts of my life but my husband and I are also adding new activities as we no longer have kids at home on a daily basis. Looking forward to the new possibilities plus continuing to strive for my weight loss and fitness goals!
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Member Since: 2/23/2008

SparkPoints: 41,617

Fitness Minutes: 41,638

My Goals:
Lose 50 pounds by December 31, 2013 Revised Stage 2 Below
Step1:
5 pounds by Sept 30 2012
Step 2:
10 pounds by November 30, 2012 Done
Step 3:
5 pounds by January 31, 2013 Done
Step 4:
5 pounds by March 31, 2013 Done
Step 5:
5 pounds by June 30, 2013 Done

Stage 2
Lose 30 additional pounds by December 31, 2014
Step 1
Lose 5 pounds by November 15, 2013

Step 2
Lose 5 pounds by December 31, 2014

Step 3
Lose 5 pounds by March 15, 2014

Step 4
Lose 5 pounds by June 15, 2014

Step 5
Lose 5 pounds by August 31, 2014

Step 6
Lose last 5 pouds by December 31, 2014


My Program:
30 minutes cardio per day.
Strength training 3 times per week.
ABS Diet PowerFoods
Increase protein.
5% Challenge and BLC to help keep me on track.
Track my food.
Drink 8 cups water per day.
Post team challenge daily.
Log in daily.

Personal Information:
I live in Western Michigan near Grand Rapids. Near the Grand River and about a half hour from beautiful Lake Michigan. Born in Pittsburgh, raised in Michigan. Lived in Chicago area for 13 years before making our way back to Michigan.

Other Information:
Hobbies: Love to read expecially mysteries and historical fiction. Like to travel and see new places, and have been to most states in the U.S. including Alaska and to more than half of Canadian provinces. and most major Canadian cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Halifax and especially love Ottawa and Quebec. Outside of North America I have been to London and spent 2 weeks in Ireland when my husband was doing a major systems install in Limerick at Tellabs in the 90's. Someday, i would like to travel to see more of Great Britain including Scotland and other parts of England. We shall see where life takes us!

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MADMANSMAMA87
9/16/2014 1:43:30 AM

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"It ALWAYS seems IMPOSSIBLE
until it's DONE."
- - Nelson Mandela - -

"Even if you fall flat on your face
you're still moving FORWARD!!!!"
- - Victor Kiam - -

"Go for it NOW!
The future is promised to no one."
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Here's to a Terrific Tuesday, Patty!!!
Stay Positive, Keep Focused & Make Today Marvelous!!
You're Worth It!!! :D :D :D :D
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Jes

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PEPPERMINT125
9/14/2014 12:47:18 AM

Thanks Anita. I hope to be able to participate in the challenge. This week will be busy though, probably moving him to rehab sometime this week.



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JAWATKINS
9/13/2014 8:14:13 PM

Patty, focus on your husband & keeping yourself as stress free as possible! The Clover Leaf team will be here whenever you get back! Please know that we love & support you! Take all the time you need!!
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9/12/2014 11:19:08 AM

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Surround yourself with people who have dreams, desires & ambition;
They'll help you to reach for & realize your own:) :) :)
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"If we would only choose to see that ALL of our limitations
are self imposed & chosen out of fear,
We would leap at once."
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Here's to a Fabulous Friday, Clover!! I Hope You Stay Positive Today & Choose to See ALL the Beauty & Light that Life has to Offer!! Dig Deep, Stay Focused On Your Goals, & Give This Day ALL You've Got - - YOU are Worth It:) :) :)

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Jes

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9/12/2014 10:24:29 AM

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"Here's to US. Here's to ordering a salad when you really wanted a burger. Here's to making an ass out of yourself in combat cardio class. Here's to drinking more water than you thought was humanly possible. Here's to 5 more minutes on the elliptical. Here's to working out twice as much as your skinny friend. Here's to saying goodbye to the old you & falling in love with the new, improved, healthier you, the YOU that you really are, the YOU that you are becoming. Here's to looking in the mirror or jumping on the scale & seeing no changes BUT putting on your Nike's & hitting the gym anyways. Here's to carrots & shin splints & sweatshirts & perseverance & sore muscles & stinky socks & 7am Yoga classes & falling down & getting back up - - -And here's to doing it all over again tomorrow."
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Patty,

Never stop pushing for those BIG dreams, Clover!!
Better health & happiness is within your reach!
Never give up on YOU!! You're worth the fight!!!

Stay Positive, Change IS Coming,

Jes

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