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Day by Day

My current secret to success is to take this new adventure one day at a time. I didn't get this big overnight and the weight isn't going to disappear overnight either.

A young friend spoke a prophetic word to me on 12/24/16, and that day will forever be considered a turning point in my lif...

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Believe to Succeed

If there is one thing I have learned on this healthier lifestyle journey, it is that you must believe in yourself if you are going to succeed. When I had my bypass surgery 5 years ago, I thought I "got it!" What I got was the fairy tale version. The weight melted away for a full year and I lost 1...

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I do not need to be perfect to be successful!

So many times when I would start a plan to get healthier, my perfectionism would tear me down right away before I got very far or even got started.

I would make a plan, start out okay, and maybe even make a little progress. But, every time that I would make the smallest mistake as far as ea...

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It is a Journey

Even if I slip and make a choice that is not optimal, I remember that this is a life long journey of better health, a better weight, and a better lifestyle.

None of us got to our current position (need for better changes) overnight, and the correction of those previous mistakes and poor choic...

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Get inspired every day.

I listen to sermons from my favorite pastor and listen to uplifting Christian Pop/Rock music most of the day.
My faith gives me strength and I know that God is guiding me to the next step on my road to better health.
I know I can achieve anything I set my mind to because I am a child of the m...

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Never give up

Even when everything seems in the toilet, something good can happen. Look for the the things that lift you - a smile you give that is returned, a thanks for holding a door, all the little things that people do for strangers.

You can be your own "lift". Perhaps you give yourself permission to ...

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Keep on sparkling!

I have been a member of sparkpeople.com since the end of January 2017. Right now. I am still discovering all the elements of this wonderful website.

My weight loss has stopped but my motivation is intact. The balance between food, exercise and enjoying life is a fine tuning art. This site is...

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The Restaurant Terror

With everything that's been going on with my ongoing stomach issues, the last thing I needed was 3 low-life idiots insulting my family left and right in a restaurant full of people who had overheard what was being said.

First let me say that exercising is still at a minimal because of my stom...

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NO TO DIET!

I realized a long time ago that when I focus on what "I can't have," it backfires on me. So when I do Spark People, I am most successful when I think in terms of what "am I getting," instead. I'm getting the body I want. I'm getting to feel better on a daily basis from paying attention to what I...

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SPARK everyday and NEVER give up!!

I have to give a lot of credit to SPARK. My journey began June 2015. My husband started Sparking (not sure how he discovered it.) and he got me involved. Let me tell you...it was a REAL eye opener to see how many carbs & calories & fat were in some of my usual food choices. Let's just say, I dro...

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