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me and my sweetie when I hit 298 lbs

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my walking buddy

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when I reached 294

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My name is Karen and I have been a member of Spark since June 26th 2008. I was at my highest weight 378 lbs. In the past couple years I have managed to get down to 294, then back up to 335 in the past year. Now I am back at Spark again weighing 315. I need this site because I can't do this alone. I found a wonderful place to go to three times a week for water aerobics and I am still walking almost everyday. I just have to get this food thing down.
I was recently diagnosed with Arthritis in my lower spine (I have had pain in my back and legs for a long time) My doctor told me the pain is from my sciatic nerve and femoral nerve being pinched. Weight loss will help to relieve this pain. So now I have more reasons to get in shape. And one huge motivator (pain relief) Happy to be back and looking forward to seeing how some of my old spark buddies are doing.

Member Since: 6/26/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,035

My Goals:
My goal is to walk everyday and to make smarter choices on the foods I eat. Also to drink lots of water 64oz plus a day.

My Program:
My program is walking everyday 1-3 miles and working out 3 times a week. I try to drink 4 16oz bottles of water every day and eat whole foods including lots of fruit and vegies.

Personal Information:
My name is Karen I am in my mid forties. I live in Portland, Or. with my guy, John and our dog, Nigel.

Other Information:
I love to write poetry and short stories, I am currently writing my first novel. I love to paint, draw, make jewelery. I do needle point, and crochet. I guess I just love to create. I love music, antiques, Movies, TV, and spending time with family and friends. (I had been away from all these things for nearly five years, until six months ago. Coming here to Spark has opened up my world again. I have hope now.)

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  • v TEDYBEAR2838
    emoticon Good Morning.....I hope your day is bright and sunny.

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    3841 days ago
  • v TEDYBEAR2838
    emoticon stopping by to put some Spark in your Thursday. Make it a GOOD ONE!

    3940 days ago
    Just wanted to drop by and say hello. How are you??? I'd love to hear from you. I had a bad winter and put some weight back on, but am back on track now. Please drop me a line to let me know how you're doing. :) Susan
    3970 days ago
  • v TEDYBEAR2838
    Hello there, I was just reading your home page. I am wondering how you are doing and if you are having any success at losing weight.

    It's been along time since you wrote a blog. It would be nice to catch up wth you and what's been happening in your life. I love blogging. It kind of wraps up my day. Try a few. Its' addicting, at least I think it is and your friends here would like to read about your day, your thoughts, your journey, the ups, the downs anything you want to write about.

    Read some of them, they are pretty cool. Hope to see you around a lot, blogging and joining in the wonderful Journey to a healthier lifestyle.

    4040 days ago
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    emoticon On being chosen as the 50 pound challenge Team Family Member of the day! emoticon
    Tomorrow – Have a Plan – Stick With It!
    Failure to plan is planning to fail.

    4040 days ago
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