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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: 41,342

Fitness Minutes: 40,858

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
6/22/2014 6:42:25 PM

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Patty,

I hope you're starting off this 5% Challenge off with a bang, Clover! Keep pushing, remain positive & keep on logging those fitness & water points so we can land this plane in due time! You are worth the time, worth the effort & worth all the hard work it takes to get to a healthier place! I'm always here if you need anything & look forward to watching you progress in your journey towards better health! Together we will accomplish our goals & better our lives!!!

Hugs,

Jes

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JAWATKINS
6/20/2014 7:31:39 AM

Just want to remind you to post your weigh in info for the 5% Summer Challenge by tomorrow. Have a great weekend!



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LYNMEINDERS
5/26/2014 6:45:30 AM

Thankyou so much for stopping by my blog and thankyou for your prayers....
I am hoping this job works for my boy....and also hoping he will start paying some rent for our house that he's in...it would be really nice....

Trust you have an awesome day...
Blessings



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SNUZSUZ
5/25/2014 11:59:40 PM

emoticon I need to get motivated again too! I have been slacking for a long time now:)
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AGAPEJOY
5/24/2014 8:55:14 AM

emoticon Patty for you comments.

It was so relaxing. I really felt the Holy Spirt speaking to me saying, "stop, sit down and enjoy this moment", and I did. I've walked that park hundreds of time, but that was the first time I've done that.

Have Blessed Memorial Day Weekend!

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