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These feet walk 7500 to 10,000 steps a day. They said I could not walk!!! BELIEVE IN YOU!

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OH COOL!! I MADE my 5% GOAL!! Gone 9 pounds in 8 weeks! Its rare I do.

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Izzy's FAVORITE Place. My lap.

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LOLOL Okay my title is a little strange!!

BUT!! What isn't strange is how much success I am having on both the 2020 Spring 5% Challenge and the 2020 Invincible Indigo teams!!

My total weight loss as I write this is 119 lbs from 288 lbs!! I'd LOVE to say "Oh it was pretty easy", but I can't say that. I've needed guidance along the way. Why? This is NO easy feat!! But, thanks to SPARKS and these 2 challenges,,, I am doing it. FINALLY!!

Member Since: 7/7/2011

Fitness Minutes: 180,004

My Goals:
To continue this journey successfully I want to do the following though it won't be perfectly:

Eat on the lower end of my calorie range: 1330-1440
Exercise: 60-90 minutes of exercise a day. Adding in strengthening and core workouts (easy ones)

Why do I want to lose weight? Improve my eating? Feel?

1) My body still has and likely always will damage from being a diabetic (no longer officially one my AC 1 is around 5.2 to 5.4 now and has been for a few years, but we keep me in the category due to the damage it's done. If you are prediabetic or diabetic and not taking this seriously I've had 23 surgeries on my feet, neuropathy,,, my feet are now totally numb as are my lower legs. I've stepped on a sewing machine needle and it went up into my foot in the STRAIGHT Position and I had NO pain. NOT good).
2) My back feels better without the 115 plus pounds on my body,but still it can feel better.
3) I want to just feel freer because I eat better
4) To move faster. LOL I have

My Program:
I've been working on eating 3 or more freggies a day. It's NOT PERFECT but there is progress!! WOOHOO I'll stay with that!!

Personal Information:
No longer using a power chair, and I've not done so now for 3 years!! WOOHOO to that!!! But, I've gone thru shoes!! I am ALL FOR THAT!! I can now walk 7500 to 10,000 steps a day.

Izzy (Cat) is MY BOSS!! LOL So she thinks.

Other Information:
I LOVE Cribbage and I do play in a local tournament and have WON!!! I'd of not done this when I was 288 lbs because I'd of needed special transportation to get there, and was severely depressed. If one is shut up inside due to health depression goes hand in hand. Thankfully the depression also lifted years ago, but if you know someone who is, please be compassionate. It's a horrible place to be.

I also paint and love reading, but of all things I love so much for activity is walking!!

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    We get to see some of the finalists from the last series. It is a great opportunity for them to tour the Butlins sites over the summer - there are 3 sites. We will see two of the performers on our holiday and then others will be there on other weeks. Even the winner and runner up will be there but unfortunately not while we are. The girls are upset because they loved the runner up - a 13 year old boy singer who was amazing - a real future star. They are so disappointed not to see him. But they have done very well over the years - have you heard of George Sampson - he is a breakdance dancer and extremely talented. They went backstage and had their photo with him. Also Chico. Don't know if you have heard of them. emoticon
    3176 days ago
    Hey don't cry for me ... I was just grumbling because I got left in the kennel and couldn't run and play with the pack. You see, in real life I am an over achiever and I don't do sick well. Anyway, I am heading off to the park to sniff a few trees and play with the pack. See you there.
    \Woof.... emoticon
    3176 days ago
    You know it and you show it!
    We're in it to win it! emoticon

    I love running with the pack - ok, ok, so I'm walking - but I have the "pack" mentality!

    Underdogs Rock!
    3176 days ago
    Hi. Hope you get your cast off on Friday. That must be terrible in the heat.

    Our schools break up this week at long last and we are going on our holiday/vacation to Somerset which is in the South West of England. We go to a holiday camp called Butlins which we have been going to for 12 years + It's great for my daughter and her friend. Lots of activities and entertainment eg stars from our X Factor and Britain's Got Talent. We love it there. Would actually like to retire to that area. It's lovely and peaceful.
    Our next public holiday is the August Bank Holiday at the end of August. Nothing special about it - just a general holiday weekend.
    Enjoy your week and weekend.
    3176 days ago
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    Thanks Diane for the goodie and the comment on my page. I love the competition. I am really motivated!!

    3177 days ago