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oct 2011: i apologize to all my spark friends for my exit from sparkland. my dh's already fragile health had declined and then my family suffered a tragedy that i cannot begin to recover from in the loss of my 4 year old grandson garrett.

3-29-10 it's so nice to be back in the spark groove, i feel better already and ready to set more long term goals for myself. i really feel like i will have a great 2010! make 2010 a great year for you too - if i can do it, anyone can. woohoo for sparkland!

03/27/10 here i am, ready to be back to the spark site. its been several months since i was an active member, but i hadn't quit working at my goals so much as i just didn't participate here. many factors were involved, starting with computer issues... add in a major teen/stepfamily problem... a nasty winter accompanied by an extreme case of winter blahs bordering on true clinical depression... my daughter struggling with single mom/college and my 2yo gr-son significantly ill and having seizures. so sparking dropped to the bottom of my priorities.

now: daughter and grandson both doing well, family issues are being truly worked at though not resolved, computer replaced, spring is in the air and my overall optimism and mood is better daily.


a year has flown by and i'm still plugging along. i am very happy and satisfied with my progress so far. my focus and goal was to get stronger in order to keep up with the needs of my life. i have done that and so much more. i've had a lot of obstacles in my path, made some detours, and even done some backsliding. but overall, i have been able to make permanent changes in my attitude toward exercise and food that will help keep me stronger and healthier all my life.

hi, i'm here to take my life back. i have allowed myself to slip gradually into a mental and physical slump over the past few years. now it is time to make time for myself -for the benefit of me and my family - to become a healthier/stronger/happier person. like everyone who struggles through life, i have many obstacles to this goal - some real, some only perceived, some are just plain excuses for lack of effort. my plan for now is to start with increasing activity, and trying to make healthier food choices. the tracking and counting of calories in and expended may be satisfying and motivating to some - but overwhelms me to the point of inaction. so for now, i will not use these great tools. i do read articles and spark pages, i hope the success of others will continue to inspire me to keep on toward my goals.

5/29/08 i have made a good start. after 90 days, i am much stronger and have so much more endurance. not so much huffing and puffing with exertion. i am not really seeing a difference in my clothes or the mirror, yet. i am happy with my progress.

8/8/08 at last, i hit that 10 # lost marker!

11-1/08 my turtle marker is still crawling along

Member Since: 2/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 66,581

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concentrate on increasing my activity with a planned fitness program

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hi, i'm janie

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just an average, midwestern wife-mom-granny who has decided enough is enough, the time for self-improvement is now!

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    Welcome to the LAP team. It is good to have you with us. I look forward to getting to know you better, along with having fun while we meet our goals. If you have any questions, please feel free to sparkmail me anytime.

    Team Leader
    4863 days ago
  • v JUKEBOX2
    Welcome to the LAP Team! I look forward to getting to know you... If you have any questions or would just like to talk, Spark Mail me
    Co-Leader of the LAP Team!
    4863 days ago
    Hello and welcome to the Fat Wives Club. I am sure you will find all the members friendly, fun supportive, motivating and encouraging as you move forward toward your healthier lifestyle goals. The wives on this team are awesome.

    SparkPeople really works, but the key is you and consistency. Stay active on your teams and join in on challenges and post frequently (best place to talk to friends you have never met, and get all the support and motivation you will need). Track your food; drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (challenge yourself to work your way up to it if you are finding this difficult). Add different exercises to your day (start off slowly and increase the amount of exercise over time).

    Take baby steps, and before you know it those baby steps become giant leaps. SparkPeople is free, but the rewards are priceless.

    4863 days ago
  • v no profile image TABALICIOUS

    Welcome to the Fat Wives Club! My name is Tabby. I am one of the co-leaders of the team. The team is a great place to find support and motivation. We have a lot happening on the team, be sure to check out the Challenges and the introduce yourself thread. We would love to get to know you so be sure to join in on the fun. It is great to have more on the team, make yourself at home. Let me know if you have any questions I’m here to help. FWC is your team too.

    4863 days ago
  • v MAMAJO1958
    Glad to see you posting on the Iowan's!!! Please feel free to join in on all the threads!
    4882 days ago
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