WILDASTER   32,307
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My son and new daughter with my mom at the reception

The wedding party, and my neice the photographer, she is GREAT.

November 2013 at 170 lbs.

I have 29 pics in my gallery


Blossoming strong and beautiful

May 2014
My goal of losing a large amount of weight before the wedding is not going to happen, the pressure is off because of stress and health. I was sick most of January-March with asthma problems and upper resperator illness. February my son who is getting married had a gall bladder attack, they removed his gall bladder. Mother's day weekend they found he had a gall stone that was left behind and was blocking the bile duct, more surgery. I have maintained through this time, but a loss ...
May 2014
My goal of losing a large amount of weight before the wedding is not going to happen, the pressure is off because of stress and health. I was sick most of January-March with asthma problems and upper resperator illness. February my son who is getting married had a gall bladder attack, they removed his gall bladder. Mother's day weekend they found he had a gall stone that was left behind and was blocking the bile duct, more surgery. I have maintained through this time, but a loss is what I really wanted. Now it is finally nice out, my DH and I are walking after dinner each night, I walk in the mornings. And I am not setting a goal, I just want to do well. I have not purchased my dress for the wedding, maybe I will make one instead. Looking for healing for my lungs, breathing exercises and antibiotics again.

January 2014
My oldest son is getting married on August 15th so I would like to lose weight before that day. My goal is to lose 30 lbs before that date, I started that journey on January 18th and hope to lose 1 pound a week. So far I am on track! I am following the DASH diet, not always as tightly as I should but I am doing well.

I am going to change the title of my page. When I started this journey I was 200 lbs, not taking care of myself and had no energy. When I would take my then almost 2 yr old out with me I would be asked if she was my grandchild. That doesn't happen anymore! Now my little girl will be turning 5 and I have been told by perfect strangers that I can't have a son who is 25! I like that change.

September 2013
In the spring I so wanted to lose the weight and find spring clothing in smaller sizes, I didn't. Then I had great hopes for the summer and joined a challenge, I had a very small loss and no size change. Here I am 4 months later and no real loss of weight, I have gained and lost the same 5 pounds a few times. Our summer was filled with worry for family members who had accidents, cancer, heart problems and emotional issues. I found myself eating too much and not tracking, but I at least kept on with my exercise. My dear husband has lost 35 pounds since January and he is looking great, soon he will weigh less than I do. What am I going to do now, wander through my days with no plan and no goals, or turn the corner and use the self knowledge I have gained to work on my weight problem. I like the latter solution.

May 2013
We have a new scale, an Aria from Fitbit, and it says I weigh 14 lbs more than our old scale! So my ticker should probably say I started at 204 but I am content. I have been at the same weight now for too long and I am ready to fight on to the end. I have joined the 5% challenge for Spring. I have promised myself to track my food daily, do my miles and strength training and in general keep myself motivated and upbeat. My goal is to lose 9-10 pounds in the 8 weeks. In my heart I secretly hope for more.

Jan 2013
Still trying to lose weight here, At one point I was about 230 lbs, and a size 24W, after having my 5th child.

Now as mom of 8 I am 174 size 16 ladies and working on another 50-60 pounds to lose. It's not easy, but I am working on it for me, and my family. They need me and I want to be able to take care of them and not miss out on all the fun.

Jan 2012
Setting new goals is always a little scary, but in 2011 I had the goal to do something, anything to make myself more healthy. Sparkpeople helped me make that goal a reality. My weight went down by 20 lbs but that is only a part of the story. I found I can actually enjoy exercise and I have gained muscle and confidence. I can now call myself a runner too! My BMI when I started was 37.2, and now it is 32.9 still obese. ( I hate that word!)

My plan is to lose another 15 lbs so I can have a BMI of 29.9 and be in the overweight instead of obese range.
From that weight I would need to lose another 26 lbs to be in the healthy range.
I have had some questions about my site name, I'm not really very "wild" and the name really refers to the plant. It is a hardy plant that grows here in Minnesota and even though it looks delicate it is quite strong. I am a small person, only 4' 11" tall and I am looking to be stronger. I guess like the wild Aster I am looking for a good growing environment and I need the gentle rains and warm sun of support and friendship to help me grow into the lady God has created me to be. Thank you to all my Spark friends for helping on my jouney!
March 2011
I am a homeschooling mother of 8, I have been married for 25 years. I come from a large family where I am the youngest of 7 children. I am interested in many things like sewing, quilting, crafting, knitting, crocheting, gardening and music. I have done the lose and gain routine for most of my life and I am ready to make the change to keep it off for good. I want to look and feel young so I can be out with my Little Bella and strangers will know I am her mom, not her grandma!
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Member Since: 3/20/2011

SparkPoints: 32,307

Fitness Minutes: 62,142

My Goals:
Ride a bike in 2014

Reduce my BMI to 29.9
(153 lbs)

Reduce BMI to 24.9
(127 lbs)
Lose 10% of my body weight-18 lbs

Walk/Run 3 miles. Done 9/10/11 (50 minutes)

Wear a size 18w- done

Wear a size 16W- done

Wear a size 16- done

Wear a size 14

Wear a size 12

Wear a size 10

Wear a size 8

Get off my med for High blood pressure.

Get off my thyroid med, may not be possible but I would like it to happen.

Have the most beautiful flower garden.

My Program:
Complete the rookie to 5K training. Done 8/20/2011

Run a 5K, in public! DONE 9/24/2011

Drink 8 glasses of water daily.

Track meals based on the suggested amounts of protein, carb, fat, dairy.

Nutrition Plan:
Be within my calorie range everyday (1200-1500)
Cardio Plan:
90 min a week(3, 30 minute sessions)
Strength Training: P90 3 days a week

Make a connection with someone who can exercise with me. Done, I bought a Fitbbit for my wonderful husband and now we exercise more together! And 3 of my daughters also have them, great motivation.

Personal Information:
I am a Roman Catholic and I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I am 49 and I have been married for 27 years. I want to look good! For the remainder of my life I want to be a healthy weight.

Other Information:
I love to sew, craft, quilt, make cards, cook, garden, listen to beautiful music, and read clean, Victorian and Regency books.

But those are just pastimes, my greatest joy of all is my Dear Lord and my great family.

Look how far you have come, don't give up now!

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Member Comments:
10/18/2014 11:06:09 PM

Just hello. Hope all is well with you and yours :)

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9/28/2014 8:12:15 AM

Just stopping by to say I am thinking of you and hoping you are having a great Sunday! emoticon

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9/27/2014 10:14:45 PM

Hi Annette,
From the pictures your son's wedding was beautiful! I hope you enjoyed it and I hope the bride and groom are enjoying the beginnings of a wonderful life together. Congratulations to him and to your whole family!

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9/3/2014 3:05:57 AM

Thanks for the lovely blog comment, the weather's cooler still today, hope that little summer does arrive.
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8/18/2014 1:10:40 AM

Hello again,
The table is the Quilter's Vision by Tailor Made. I may not have spelled it right, Tailormade might be one word. Hmmn, now I'm not sure but I bet you can find it if you google it. I ran across it at almost 50% off at a store in Portland, Or. If it hadn't been so great and on such a good sale it would never have happened. I can't wait to have a table where my machine will lower into it! And it has drawers and a hinged table in the back and plenty of space for a big quilt on the left so I won't have to pull out like 3 tables to surround my little one that holds my machine. I feel so blessed to have such a sweet hubby to buy this for me. It's funny how serious we quilters can get about our hobbies huh? I laugh at that because at one time I would have thought this was craziness, and now it makes perfect sense.

Thanks for the pattern # for the shorts. I'll have to put that on my list. I'll check it out. Did you use a knit or what kind of fabric?

I might wait until next summer is on it's way since this summer is winding down and it will start getting cooler in the next few weeks. I can't believe school will be starting back up soon. I have another week off and then it's back at it for me. We already had our 2 day inservice training which means summer break is pretty much over :(

Ok I'll try to post a pic of my tumbler and I'll wait to see your pics of the wedding.

Take care & I'll check in again soon.

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