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I have been doing great on SP but had some health problem this summer (2018) and I just stopped doing the things that work, logging my food, exercising and not participating or connecting with the team. So, I've gained and my clothes aren't fitting. As the 60’s song goes I've got a new attitude. I am ready to lose the weight and reach my goal. I can do this!!!
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2017
I joined Spark People Jan. 2017 just to use the tracking tools. However, I didn’t use it. Toward the end of March 2017, I decided to explore SP. Best thing I’ve done in a while. I signed up for the Spring 5% challenge and I was on my way to getting healthier and slimmer. I tend to be an emotional eater and turn to food for comfort, instead of the only One who can give true comfort and strength. 6 yrs ago I had “massive amount of P.E.s (blood clots) in both lower lobes of my lungs” (dr’s words not mine). As I was recovering from them, my weight started to climb and I reached the 190s. I finally got some strength back and my husband & I started walking and was up to 5-6 miles a day and I was about 10# from goal. Then, I had a bad fall and had to have knee and shoulder surgery. I have gone from 169 to 213 I realized this was not going to work, and the extra weight definitely did not help my knee. When I joined SP in Jan 2016, I didn't participate in any of the teams. It was just a place to track my eating/calories. From Jan. to Apr. 1, I lost 10# so when I joined the 5% Spring Challenge I started at 203. Since I started the 5% challenge, I have lost 27#. In total I've lost 37# But more importantly I have more energy, more active, seldom have to take pain meds for my knee, and my breathing is so much better. On the vanity side, I am enjoying getting back into my clothes and buying some new things. Without SP and the 5% Challenges, laughing at them. I live about 10 miles from downtown Nashville TN.





Member Since: 1/11/2017

Fitness Minutes: 6,075

My Goals:
Final Goal - 160
Lose 1# a week
Continue with the Lose 5% challenge
Build my walking back up to 4-5 miles a day


My Program:
Portion control food-nothing off limit but must fall in daily calorie count
Curves & walking for exercise
Continue with 5% challenges
Use the Spark Coach and activities recommended



Personal Information:
We have 3 kitties with 3 different personalities, constantly laughing at them. I live about 10 miles from downtown Nashville TN. One of the few people in my growing city that was born here and never left. I love photography, Disney World, exploring the National Parks, reading and hanging out with good friends. We are retired and have discovered the beauty of the SW. Being a TN girl, we have always stayed in and around the Southern and Eastern States, exploring the revolutionary & civil war trails and battlefields and mountains. What a difference in the west, the beautiful red rocks, the hoo doos of Bryce Canyon, the vastness of the Grand Canyon on and on. We go back every year in late Aug/early Sept. God's creation is so awesome and we are blessed to see His beautiful world
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I have been doing great on SP but had some health problem this summer (2018) and I just stopped doing the things that work: logging my food, exercising and not participating or connecting with the team. So


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God is my strength. He has brought us through tragic times and healed us. He has given us many blessings and fun times. In all things, He is awesome and provides.




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  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
    The flowers and blossoms are filling the air with the smells of Spring. This is the time to start preparing for the Summer. Are you ready to join a Challenge? The Biggest Loser Challenge is looking for members for it’s next Challenge starting the first week of June. The challenge consists of 11 Teams, that participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs, allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate.

    Here are some of the members comments written on a Survey Monkey poll:

    “It helps me stay focused on my goals. It also keeps things interesting and not boring.”

    “I find that the challenges make me be more cognizant of my food intake, better choices etc. The fitness ones encourage me to try new exercises and to keep doing exercises. I think there is a good possibility I wouldnt do as much if I didnt track it for challenges or tried to do better on challenges”

    “My leaders are all wonderful...they stay in touch with team members and do their best to keep us involved and feeling a part of the team.”

    “They motivate me to eat healthier and to be more active. “

    If you would like to be a member of this challenge you can copy and paste the the link below, or click on my username and leave me a message or click on the BLUE BIGGEST LOSER Icon on my page. Join the team and sign up for the next challenge on the Spring Waitlist thread.
    https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/grou
    ps_individual.asp?gid=25339

    Note when using the link above you may have to drop the // or even the //www.

    450 days ago
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    It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop...
    Wishing you success on the scale today and with the coming Week's Challenge !!

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    455 days ago
  • v TRIPLE_EMME
    Thank you for the anniversary wishes and sparkgoodie!

    Hope you are having a good week!

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    456 days ago
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    With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt

    Wishing you Good Vibes on the Scale today and an Amazing Challenge Week Ahead !!


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    462 days ago
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    467 days ago
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