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I stumbled upon this site when I was looking for Diet/Fitness/Nutrition Information. I watched a video about it and decided to join. I plan to spend some time looking around and want to begin some kind of diet/fitness/weight loss plan this week ... probably the day after Labor Day (2008).

I have set/reset my goals here several times - I have had successes and setbacks ... but this site seems to keep me 'on track' ~ even if I 'stray' every now and again. I have actually lost 25 lbs. and as a result, reached my goal - but, slowly, over time I got 'lazy' and gained it all back! I find that as you get older, it is more difficult to lose - so, it is nobody's fault but my own, but this will take some work!

In 2018 I celebrated my 10 Year 'SparkVersary'. After all this time, I still discover new things and 'meet' new SparkFriends. I'm a constant 'work in progress' ... with the help of SparkPeople, of course!!!

Member Since: 8/31/2008

Fitness Minutes: 82,837

My Goals:
I started here in September, 2008 with a goal to get into shape and lose 24-25 lbs. I've achieved my goal in the past, but didn't pay attention all the time and I need to get back to and re-focus on that first goal (getting there and sticking to it).

My main goal is to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Healthy, sensible eating and exercise is exactly what is needed!

12/31/18: Additional Incentive: DD got ENGAGED!!! Its still early in the process, but the wedding will be in the Summer, 2020. Gotta look good in those 'Mother of the Bride' pictures! I just HAVE to Keep Sparking!!!

My Program:
In 2010, I found the 5% Challenges. These Challenges, along with some common sense eating/exercising are some of the things that have helped me most on this journey to create a 'healthier' me.

As an additional resource, (and a present to myself), I signed up for SparkCoach and began that feature on 1/1/17.

I'm an active member of the 5% Challenges, in addition, I serve as a Co-Leader of the Challenges.

For the 2019 Fall 5% Challenge, I plan to exercise a minimum of 3 times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes. Also, when the weather allows, I plan to get out and walk during my lunch breaks. I plan to follow a 'Keto Lifestyle' with some allowances for seasonal fruits and vegetables ('Lazy Keto', if you will). I will steer clear of carbs and sugars. I'm not 100% sure about staying with 'Keto' but until I find something that works better (for me), I will continue to follow Keto guidelines.

Personal Information:
Joined: 8/31/08

Actual Start Date: 9/2/08
SparkCoach Start Date: 1/1/17

Other Information:
~My favorite thing to do is be with and take care of my family.
~DD got ENGAGED on 12/31/18!!! It is wedding planning 'season' in our family - 2020 Wedding is happening!
~I love theatre, especially musical theatre. I am even happier when I share going to the theatre with my DD.
~I work for a hospital Foundation.
~I'm an active member (and past VP and Secretary) of our local Woman's Club.

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    Just wanted to let you know the lady who did the paperwork gave us the wrong name for the kitty we wanted. So we had the wrong paperwork.
    Each kitty gets a microchip so it is important to have the kitten we have, be identified by the microchip implanted in their body as belonging to us. We have all the paper work straightened out now. Archibald and Annie J are permanent members of our family. We got them from Placer County Animal Shelter in California. They are inundated with hundreds of unwanted animals and they do their best to keep things straight. But as most of the workers are volunteers things will happen.
    Take care, IajoeB emoticon
    4505 days ago
  • v no profile image JEANELLEN59
    Your ticker is almost halfway to your goal.
    4523 days ago
  • v no profile image JEANELLEN59

    Thanks for the Spark Mail update! Sounds like your position at work is very demanding and time-consuming. Visit when you can and more importantly - keep with your program. That is what will really make a difference.

    Remember to take care of yourself too!!!

    4528 days ago
  • v no profile image RNJOHNSON7
    Where did you get your photos? I've been looking for pictures like those for myself. I also would like the "Lost 5lbs with Sparks People" emoticon

    4540 days ago
    Hi HICIM705 -

    I'm involved in hospital development too - why do fundraisers all involve food??? Congrats on finding SparkPeople - i just found it while looking for a calorie counter and I'm loving it!! I hope you'll like it too - it really amazes the difference it has made in keeping me on track. I'm in the SP Class of 8/31 too! Keep posting - i find it really helps (either to vent, celebrate or just whine!) emoticon
    4546 days ago
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