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I'm Tanya and currently live in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

55 yrs old, overweight all my life except ages 15-22 and I had to work hard at it to keep off the weight. I got so discouraged from trying that back in the 90's I talked to my doc about it. He run tests and found I have dyslipidemia, translates to I naturally have higher LDL triglycerides in my blood. I CAN lose, I have to work harder than a lot of people. Explains the heaviness in my family!! However, I am not letting it get to me. I worked my butt off in 2010-2011 to lose 50 lb with 54 to go. Got together with my now hubby who grew up with me as our parents were close friends. He is NOT on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon. Everytime he talks about it, the bandwagon runs him over after literally a day or two!
He himself is 6' and 280 lb. No support system so I look here to my SP friends.

I see some old SP friends on this team. Thanks for letting me join!

I was married to first hubby for 21 years. We split in 2006 and my new hubby and I got together in 2011 before marrying in 2017. I have one son (32), one daughter (31) who is a single mom of the light of my life 8 year old granddaughter. My daughter and i work opposite schedules so I can watch my granddaughter. Works for us as we work 12 hr shifts. I also have a stepdaughter (28), and stepson (24).

I work as a shift lead for gatehouse security at a distribution yard for a major grocery chain here in Canada. I will be there two years next month. Have been in the security field since 2006.

Live for my weekends off (3 day weekend every other weekend). I enjoy going into the hunting camp. It's 100 acres 2 miles back in the bush. No hydro, no modern conveniences, but it's my haven from this ratrace that I never liked. It's on a road where my dad grew up, my grandfather grew up...you get the idea. My parents moved from that area when I was a baby as Dad had found work elsewhere. But they say home is where the heart is, and that's "home". I am third generation to own the camp and I am looking forward to getting back in there soon!

I also enjoy reading, knitting, cross-stitch and quilting when I can.

We also have a 10 yr old collie/lab/shepherd mix 87 lb. four-legged canine baby. And an 11 yr old very spoiled tabby cat. She IS the queen of the household. lol

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My name is Debbie and I live in San Antonio, Texas. I'm 63 and I've been overweight since high school. I suffered a traumatic brain injury 3 years ago. I was a pedestrian in a crosswalk with the walk sign on. A van was making a left hand turn and apparently didn't see me and my life was changed forever. I still suffer from vertigo and will have balance problems for the rest of my life.

I'm married and have 3 grown kids (none married), 1stepdaughter, 2 step grandkids and a cat. I still work but l struggle every single day due to memory issues. I got my associates degree just 2 months before the accident and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Now I can't remember what I just did or said 2 minutes ago. I need some happiness in my life because I feel that my inner self is fighting against me right now.

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Hi I'm Danlin and I live in Savannah, GA. I have been trying to lose weight forever but now it is getting to the point where I really have to do something. MY legs are getting very weak and it is hard for me to walk around.. I use a cane but after only a few steps my legs and back hurt and I am looking for a place to sit down. My hubby & I just joined a senior center that have aerobics classes and toning classes so I hope that helps me. I would love to be part of your group and have your support.

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emoticon Jules. This is a good team to be with.
We all are here to support each other through the valleys and peaks and all in between.

I am Chris from Virginia.
I have been struggling since the death of my oldest son in 2014 from suicide and have gained a good bit of weight.

Many good friends, I have made on this team and they have been a lifeline.

This year, my goal is to stress less and move more.

We look forward to getting to know you and travel the healthy trail, together. emoticon


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Hi, I'm jules & I'm just returning to SP after many years. I'm happy to be here. I'm prone to negativity & depression and thought this place would be good for me in practicing thankfulness & self-care. Thanks for being here! emoticon

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emoticon insh8p ( it will take me a while to master that one)
We are here for each other through thick and thin and I have loved this team since my early days on SP.
True friends that I treasure.
Looking forward to getting to know you.
Chris

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I'm InSh8p, and I only use my SP name in the public posts... (sorry). I live in Canada, and I have a number of activities to keep me busy and out of trouble.
This group was recommended to me by a new member to the Team, and I am glad to have found you. I had a rocky start at SP some 12 years ago, and was discouraged about some groups. Then someone reminded me that: it takes all kinds to make a world. So I moved on, and I have a community that reminds me that it's OK to take the time to look after yourself.

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emoticon Kathleen!
I am Chris from Virginia and I have 25 pounds that I am aiming to make a dent in, this year.

I love Pennsylvania and just got back, yesterday, from Longwood Gardens.

My Father is from Littlestown, in Adams County and the countryside is just beautiful.

I have been losing and gaining the same eight pounds, this year and am working on keeping the momentum towards the down side going.

We have some great walkers in the group and it is one of the healthiest things, for sure. emoticon

Glad to have you aboard. emoticon

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Hello. I am Kathleen. I'm married and retired. We live in Pennsylvania near the Delaware River.
I have been on SparlPeople since 2012. I happened to be looking for a new group and found your "Happy Healthy"

My goal for this year is to lose 25 pounds. I love to walk for exercise and try to walk 10,000 steps daily ( I wear a tracker) I am fortunate that I am healthy and I try to keep active. But I am always fighting that weight battle. Hopefully I will find support and motivation here in this group.

It's late, so good night



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Hi Cathe
Lovely to have you join us.

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Hi All! Nice to met you, I am Cathe! I was a Sparks member years ago. Now returning to create a new me. For I have gained a lot of weight and slipped back into some bad habits. But that is the past, now it's time to move forward. I am excited to be on my Health and Wellness Journey! Looking forward to, support, motivation and meeting some new friends!


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I too am a Cali gal, here in Sacramento, emoticon looking forward to getting to know you




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Hi Melanie.
Glad you joined the group we are a friendly little group.. i line in Spokane and enjoy walking too don't have the great sites you do though.
I have started calling junk food silly eating. because i trying to learn to wisely..
glad the fog burned off .


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Hi Melanie.
Welcome to the team!
I'm Chris from Virginia and know the call of the junk food all to well recently.
Looking forward to getting a grip on things together. emoticon

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Hi Mel, welcome to the team. We're a really friendly, helpful group, supportive too. You'll like it here with us! Come on the chat thread to tell us about you and get to know us too!

Good to see you!
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Hello all, I'm Melanie from northern California. I came back to SP today to join a walking challenge as I have recently gained nearly ten pounds just munching too much junk food!

I know at least two members of the team, Marsha and Gloria, from an old team we were part of together. So I thought I would feel comfortable joining this team for support and friendship.

I am 76 years old and live with my husband, Joe. We have a large family here and numerous great grandkids who are a big part of our lives. Also two dogs, one oldie named Juno and a three yr old named Rokki who are also a big part of our lives.

Hope to get to know everybody as the days and weeks go by,

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Welcome Tamara, jump right in and make yourself at home. I live in Florida, and thank goodness we are getting some showers. So dry down this way.

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emoticon Tamara!.
You aren't too far away as I live in Virginia.
Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders. How about if we both buckle down for the Spring and get that scale going down.
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Hi everyone,

I'm Tamara and I live in Maryland and work at Goddard Space Flight Center with the herds of nerds. I work in IT not in Astrophysics. I've been a member of Sparkpeople for going on 4 years and while I've improved my health I haven't made much progress on losing weight. I'm trying to change that starting this spring.

I'm married to my college sweetheart and we have 2 daughters 1 in college and 1 in high school. I get to go on a round of college visits in 2018.

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Hi Christi, welcome to our team. I'm so glad that Mary Ann kind of pointed out this team to you. emoticon We're a very friendly, supportive and caring group and I look forward to seeing you on the chat thread. We're like a family here, we share our days, ups & downs.

And YES, we are a positive active team and welcome you warmly.
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Hi Everyone. My name's Christi and I live in a small farm town in Midwestern Illinois. I'm 56 years old and retired from Corrections. I've been on Spark for 7 years and have been up and down with the weight all that time. Right now I'm doing fairly well. Close to my lowest weight and moving in the right direction.

I have one sister who's a librarian at a medical college, and one married brother who works for a gaming company. He's 53 and suffered a massive stroke about 6 months ago. He regained mobility and there is no paralysis, but his mind is not functioning properly. So far, he is still able to work. My dad died a couple of years ago from Alzheimer's. I lived across the street from my parents was their caretaker for many years. It was the most rewarding and painful thing I've ever experienced. I really learned about love. My mom is in assisted living now in a nearby town. We talk on the phone every day and I visit her a couple of times a week and take her to her doctor visits and to church.

I saw this team on Mary Ann's page and came to check you out. I'm always looking for a positive, active team and this team seems to be just that. And very supportive and welcoming.

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Welcome emoticon . Funny how Sparkers tend to end up on the same teams as their other Spark friends. "Birds of a Feather" emoticon

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Tim,

I live 2 hours away from Manila in Laguna, Calamba. Still, the pollution is thick at times. It mostly is from the Tricycles. They are old even if they are kept meticulously clean. I do love the character of the traffic, though. Everyone cooperates with each other. Miami has hateful traffic. I am very glad to be away from the Miami traffic.

Bye now

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My name is Elona. I live in the Philippines.
Love life! Never, never give up! Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never give in nothing, great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense-Winston Churchill. When you have a lemon, make lemonade!


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Welcome Carol. I am from Dallas, TX. I was stationed at Pearl Harbor for 2 years. Sure wish I could retire to in Hawaii! Texas was nice, but I loved Hawaii. I did not get to be youngest here for long... emoticon

Welcome Elona. I am living in Iloilo (Western Visayas) and we don't have near the traffic as Manila - but I still have to wear a mask a lot. The air gets so thick, doesn't it?

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Hi!

Thanks for the friendly welcome emoticon

Oh! How nice there is a fellow expat here! Thanks for the tip about Tim :). I wonder if he is the same member that messaged me the other day. I got a random message from a member who said he was from the Philippines and to touch base with him if I needed any information or help about the Philippines. I thought it was very nice of him to do that.

The Philippines has a lot of foreigners that have settled there. My son is one of them. He had an online relationship with a Filipino woman. They found each other in a chat room, became fast friends. Several months went bye and they fell in love. My son knew he had met the woman of his dreams. Five years went by. Last year in November he moved to the Philippines to be with her. They will marry in the Spring. I am so happy for my son and his fiancee. They get along very well and love each other very much. I'ts not every day you can say you have met the woman or man of your dreams. He calls the Philippines paradise. I wonder why. emoticon

Bye now

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My name is Elona. I live in the Philippines.
Love life! Never, never give up! Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never give in nothing, great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense-Winston Churchill. When you have a lemon, make lemonade!


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emoticon to our team Elona, so good to see you chose to join us. I'm Gloria and I'm one of the 'most senior' ones on the team, lol. Older in age but still young at heart and mind, that's a great way to be. I empathize with you about having that pain for a few years ... I had a back & leg pain for two years that caused me to not walk much and boy, the weight piles on quickly. Now the pain is being managed and I'm really struggling to get the extra weight off.

What breed of dogs are Apollo and Pluto? I love dogs and mainly had Chihuahuas, tiny and easy to carry, lol. Dogs that love to walk would be great!

We're a positive minded team, we have our ups and downs but we like to think positive about life. You're in the right place, do come on our talk thread and chat with us, get to know us. We're friendly and supportive.

See you on the team!
Gloria

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Ontario, Canada

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emoticon to the team, Elona! Another of our newer members, Tim, lives in the Philippines , as well.

We are here to support each other through thick and thin and the ups and downs of life, that come to us, all.

I'm Chris from Richmond Virginia. A horticulturalist, by trade and love what I do.
It is a bit of a juggling act, work, home ad helping to care for my 92 year old mother.

I gained over 30 pounds when my oldest son passed away in 2014 and have lost 16 of the grief, weight this year.
My other two children, live in the Richmond, area too.

Tigger my cat cheers me on.

Let's enjoy traveling this happy journey, together.

Chris

IMPROVISE,OVERCOME AND ADAPT!

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My name is Elona and I was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City in 1950. I moved to Florida in my early 20's, got married, had my daughter, Jesica. I got divorced, became a registered nurse, married again. I had my son, Michael, became widowed when my son was two and since then have been without a mate. In 2002 I had my grandson, Jiovanni. He is now 14. I had a super great career as a pediatric private duty nurse. I retired 2003 to take care of my mom at home. She had Altzheimers. I never returned to nursing again. Instead.I became a children's Red Cross swimming instructor and life guard. I still work as a swim instructor to this day. As a child I was near anorexic, but not quite. I was very thin and very active. I was raised to eat what I could, having a poor appetite. My mom and step dad would encourage me to eat new foods. My mom put everything on my plate even if I didn't take a bite. It helped me learn what a balanced meal was like. In 2000 I developed a sever back condition related to rheumatoid arthritis. I wasn't officially diagnosed till a few years later. Those years were hard due to pain and disability. I could barely walk and laid in bed a lot. It was at this time my appetite improved, but not for the right reasons. I was eating to quell the pain. I gained around 50 lbs within two years.. Having no experience with weight gain or dieting I sought the help of a personal trainer. Within one year I lost the weight I had gained. Unfortunately, I gained it all back in one year and have struggled with it to this day. Fortunately, I found Spark People. It has been my saving grace. I have been a conscientious member for 4 years. I have learned a great deal about myself, my food habits and exercise. I have returned to eating clean and healthy like I did in my childhood. Thank goodness for a good upbringing in terms of food. I have also learned to exercise regularly and learned to really like it. I also practice Tai Chi. My favorite activities are swimming, of course. Lol, and walking. I do some weight lifting with hand weights I am pretty strong and can lift 20 lbs without too much effort X 15 reps.. Last month I left Miami with abandon. I moved to the Philippines. And as my son terms it to "real retirement". This is the first time in so many years I have the opportunity to focus on myself. Well, that is, besides my dogs, Pluto and Apollo. They are 6 year old rescue brothers, I got them when they were 5 months old from Pet Finders. com. They keep me hopping for sure. This last month I didn't have much time to swim, but I had lots of time to walk with my dogs. My favorite walking place is the steep hill on my street. I walk their 4 to 5 times a day. It's still hard to walk up the hill. My thighs hurt and I huff and puff up the hill. and I really like the Philippines. The people, even strangers are kind and friendly.Living here has it's benefits,health wise and risks. The food is fresh. I mean when I shop at the market for Talapia the fish are literally jumping. I can go home and eat fresh fish and fresh vegetables most any time I want. The risks here are few, but there is one thing that is not good. The traffic. There is a lot of traffic where I live and no emissions law. So, pollution is a problem. Sometimes I wear a mask to protect myself when the traffic is really dense. Most of the time it's not so bad though.

Well, there you have it in a nutshell!

I expect to have a good and positive minded time here. I like positive atmospheres and it's contageous. I hope to catch some of the contagion here. Lol.

I apologize for my long bio I just couldn't help myself. Lol.. I got caught in the moment.

Thanks for letting me share so much :)

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My name is Elona. I live in the Philippines.
Love life! Never, never give up! Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never give in nothing, great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense-Winston Churchill. When you have a lemon, make lemonade!


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emoticon to the team Carol .
Sounds like you are an interesting gal and it will be nice to have a Texas connection again..
Hop in in and let's travel this healthy journey together.
I'm Chris from Virginia.

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emoticon to the team Carol, good to see you here. Jump in on any threads you wish, you're so welcome on them all. See you on the team.
Gloria

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Welcome to the team CarolAnn. emoticon

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In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take. -Adlai Stevenson, statesman (5 Feb 1900-1965)

Compassion is not weakness and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism. -Hubert Humphrey, US Vice President (27 May 1911-1978)

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. -Ansel Adams, photographer (20 Feb 1902-1984)



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Hi everyone!

I'm Carol and live in Houston, TX....or more specifically a 'burb called Clear Lake. Grew up here, sold everything I owned and moved to Kauai, Hawaii, opened up my own business and lived there for close to 15 years. My high school prom date (we were friends back in the day) tracked me down on Facebook, courted me over the phone and once again I sold everything I owned and moved back. We are married now and bought a house about a mile from where we both grew up.....talk about full circle!

Anyway, in the two years I've been back on the mainland, I've gained back 40 or so pounds. Also in those 2 years I quit sparking...hummmmm, correlation? It's time to get back into the swing of things and on the right track.

Hope you are all having the best day possible!

Oh, PS - I'm 51, so Tim, you aren't the youngster any more!!

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Hi Tim, emoticon to the team!

This is a first, a guy on the team, but there are no rules against it. I am not opposed to a rooster in the hen house and perhaps we will gain a different perspective on things.

We are a group of supportive gals that have built strong friendships and are here to help each other through good times and bad.
We are an older group, as well, so you would be the youngster. emoticon

Common ground is that we are all trying to become healthier and keep a cheerful attitude going.

Life happens and weight tends to creep up.
I gained 30 plus pounds after my oldest son died in 2014. I have lost 16 of it, this year, slowly it is coming off.
I'm Chris, from Virginia and a horticulturalist, by trade.

I am looking forward to getting to know you.

IMPROVISE,OVERCOME AND ADAPT!

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I don't see any other male members so far... is this a woman only Group? emoticon

I am Tim, from Texas, 52 years old and retired to the Philippines. I am a disabled vet, and was a single dad for 16 years. After the kids moved out I sold my house, gave away my car, and quit my job - at 48. Then I moved to a rice field in the Philippines. Been here almost 4 years, been married 2 years. Over the last couple decades I let myself put on a bit of weight.

I got up to 115 kilos and decided enough was enough. So far I have lost almost10 kilos in just over 2 months. Mostly I just track my food, and take walks. I try for 3-6 Km a day. Some days I get in a couple walks... weather permitting. My calorie goal is around 1,500 a day.

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Welcome to the team Elizabeth. You'll certainly find new friends when you come on our chat thread. Supportive, encouraging, we share our days and parts of our lives. A very caring group of ladies here.

Being in weight maintenance must be wonderful! I've been trying to reach my goal for ages but never seem to get there. You'll be a real inspiration for me!

Looking forward to 'meeting' you Elizabeth, come on the chat thread and meet friends!
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Hello, team. I am Elizabeth and, as my Spark name alludes, I live in Florida's capital city of Tallahassee. I've been retired from the paying workforce for six months now, have been married to my one-and-only for 40 years (and two weeks!) and all our children have paws - presently 3 dachshunds and a sweet kitty cat.

My go-to workouts are Tai Chi, which I practice and teach, and plenty of walking. I'm trying to work strength training into my routine, also. I am healthy and in weight maintenance and try to eat "good" food. I spend most of my Sparking with team "I Matter", which I co-lead but am looking to find new friends and new perspectives.

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emoticon Kathy! Great to have you aboard!

We are here through thick and thin and look forward to getting to know you.

Chris

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Hello KathyB, I'm so glad that you chose to join the HHS team, nice to have you.

I'm with you, though we all have trials in life, I love to hear about the happy times too. Come on in and talk with us on the chat thread, I look forward to reading about you and your life, it will be my pleasure! Please join us, we are an encouraging, supportive group of ladies. Come in and meet us, tell us about you.
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Hello,

I am KathyB. I am a 40 something, edging towards 50.

I feel pretty good about my exercise goals and I am eating healthy. However, I feel like I could use a happiness boost.

It seems like a lot of people around me want to talk about their problems. I want to have a group of people around me I can talk about happy things with as a kind of counter to that. It is like when someone goes on about how bad their life is, it seems like it might not be appropriate to talk about how great my life is.

That is not to say that I don't have problems in my life. I would just rather talk about the good things in my life.


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Welcome back Sherry. Hope to meet and talk with you on our chat thread.
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Welcome back and jump right in. I live in Florida, and it is a rainy dreary day. You did good on your first week. Keep up the good work. What program do you use? Good Luck

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Hi Sherry. emoticon .
You are back in the right place and sounds like you have had a great first week!

We are here to support each other through thick and thin and we all have life happen.

I'm Chris from Virginia .
I do look forward to getting to know you and traveling this journey, together.

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Hello ladies,

I am back after being gone nearly a year, and even then I didn't participate much, but I would love to change that! I need all the motivation I can get and I'd love to give some as well.

I'm 46 and live in a suburb of Detroit. I'm a single mom with a 20G, 17B and 16G. I'm a Christian woman and love the Lord. Other things I love: reading, writing, cats, flowers, birds, planners, illustrated faith, and staying home! lol I work full time for a surgeon and spend a lot of time with my family.

Since I left Spark, I gained back 39 of the 50 pounds that I had lost emoticon I'm back at square one and I have no stamina for exercise.

This was week one and I did pretty well. I rode the stationary bike at the dungeon gym (gym in the basement at my work) 3 times and I'm trying to get more steps in because I am very sedentary at work and at home.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

May God bless you abundantly in all that you do!

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Welcom Sue, Glad to see you posting. Seems we all have some sort of health problems but keep on chugging along. :)

I love to set on my front porch and watch the birds and squrrels. Anthing thing Mother Nature puts in front of me.

Hope you have a good evening, and just jump right in. We are an active group and love to hear from everyone.

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emoticon Sue.
As Gloria, said, we are like a little family here, to support each other, along our way.
We all have ups and downs and it is nice to have this group of gals to count on.

emoticon on your 50 pounds lost! What an accomplishment!
I see you have your challenges ahead of you,with your various ailments, but you have your head in a good place. God is always with us.
You may wish to check out Declarations and Prayers and Devotions for Dieters as well as Fran's quotes . Always good reads.
I, myself, make a point of visiting Daily talks, at least once a day as it seems the best way to get to know each other and what we are up to.

Every once in awhile we have a monthly challenge, but they are more of the fun, kind for all levels and capabilities.

Anyway, just join in, the water is fine!

FYI. I'm Chris from Richmond, Va. Gardening is my thing, and I love to read, cook do crafts and paint, read and grow closer to the Lord. Family and heritage is important to me.
I like the simple life. emoticon

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emoticon Welcome to the team Sue. We're a friendly, encouraging and supportive group and are like a nice, warm family on this team. I'm glad you chose to join us and look forward to seeing you on the chat thread. Just jump right in and get to know us, tell us a bit about you.

I know how being diabetic makes it hard, my husband was diabetic and had lots of problems. I'm pre-diabetic and it's important for me to lose some weight, which is difficult to do but IS do-able.

We chat a lot on the team, we don't really have challenges but come on in and talk with us?? I'm sure you'll be glad you joined, this is a Wonderful team!
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Hi Team emoticon I have been on SP for some time.. I am down fifty lbs from my weight loss journey about 7 years. I would like to lose 20 more lbs, but am Type 2 diabetic and this seems to make it harder, then I get discourage and go up 2 - 5 lbs then have to lose it again !!!!!

I also have a bad back, L3,4 and 5 fusion in 2014, which worked great for a year and a half. No my L 1 and 2 are degenerating since the move and the rest don't. Have bad knees. I am a lady of faith, so I thank the Lord every morning for a new day and try to do as much as I can. I wear a One Fitbit and that helps keep me moving.

I am from Montoursville PA not far from Williamsport (home of the Little League World Series) in N Central PA. In the country, retired and love my gardening and reading on our screened porch, or watching the birds.

Glad to be on team and get to know all of you. ; - }

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Hi Faith,
When I was on your page a minute ago, I thought we might have something health wise in common when I saw lymphodema. emoticon 5 year anniversary!!!
Faith, I am looking forward to being a part of this team. Thank you so much for the warm welcome.
God Bless,
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Hi Mary Ann
Welcome to the team. I agree with you - Irene is a wonderful lady.
You've obviously had a really hard couple of years and I'm glad you're coming through it and building up your strength again. I can identify with some of it as I had breast cancer, chemo, and radio therapy 5 years ago. In fact this time 5 years ago I was just coming to the end of my treatment - and had the all clear this summer. But it seems as if you've been through a lot worse than that.
You'll hopefully find a lot of support and encouragement on this team - it's a lovely team to be part of. I hope you find it good for you too.
God bless
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Thank you for the welcome. I look forward to getting to know you all. Have a great day.
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Welcome to the team, Mary Ann. Looking forward to getting to know you.

Chris

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Welcome to the group Baily and Mary Ann. My real name is Mary Ann but nick name is Marsha. You have come to a great group. Have a good evening.
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Hi,
I am Mary Ann. I joined Sparkpeople a little over a year ago with the goal to lose weight, get stronger, have more energy, and to get healthy again. I was not active on the teams until after I finished radiation this past June.
I had a strong desire to join this team because of a sweet dear lady, Irene. I have a lot of respect and admiration for Irene, and we do not even know each other that well.
I am looking forward to getting to know all of you.
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Thank you all for the warm welcome . emoticon Getting ready to head out going to a piano bar with my boyfriend and everyone that goes to the gym with us. first time going out dressed up in a long time I only wish I fit into my older things but that will come in time . emoticon wishing you all a nice weekend .

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Hi Baily

Welcome to the team

I'm Faith and I live in the West Midlands of England in a little called Halesowen, just west of Birmingham.

I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
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emoticon to the team, Baily! We are a group of positive ladies that are here through thick and thin.
Hop on in!

I'm Chris and I live in Richmond, Va.
We have ladies from all over, but with many of the same values and goals.

Looking forward to getting to know you.


IMPROVISE,OVERCOME AND ADAPT!

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Welcome Baily, I have a great granddaughter named Bailey, spelled a little different. I live in Tampa, FL. Jump right in, we are a great group and love to hear all about you.

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Hello ,
My name is Baily trying to get back on track and loss some of this extra weight I put on . I live in Orlando FL for the last 25 years but thinking of making a move soon . Just started back at the gym this week feeling good and looking forward to meeting new friends . emoticon

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Well Faith you come to the right group. We chat back and forth and support each other.
Jump in on any conversation. I am turning in, my eyes can hardly stay away.

Have a good night's rest. TTYAT

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Hi Faith! Yes, that is what we do best. emoticon

We all need talk to encourage and just be there through all that we go through in life and are here in good times and bad.

We have made many friendships that will last a lifetime.

emoticon to the team! Hop on in to Daily Talks! We look forward to getting to know you.

I am Chris and I live in Richmond, Virginia.

IMPROVISE,OVERCOME AND ADAPT!

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Hi, I'm Faith. I've been on SP for ages but not really done well with the teams. I discovered people talk to each other on this team so came to join in!

I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Philippians 1:6


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emoticon Flo. I see your page is set to private.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
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and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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emoticon to the team, Danae. Looking forward to getting to know you!

IMPROVISE,OVERCOME AND ADAPT!

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emoticon Danae

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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my name is danae

Danae casebolt
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i will do my best
I will live to the fullest
I will enjoy every minute with my family


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emoticon Michelle. Hope you like us and we know we will like you.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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emoticon Michelle! Great to have you on the team! I am Chris from Virginia.
As Gloria, said we are a close group, that truly cares.
We sure look forward to getting to know you, and getting healthier, together. emoticon



IMPROVISE,OVERCOME AND ADAPT!

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