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ROBINS-NEST is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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LIFE IS TOO SHORT! I am on my way to a better me! Day by day, I have fewer obstacles to hurdle over...I CAN do this! So can YOU! Won't you join me?

(4 years ago) With SPARK PEOPLE I went from a size 20+/- to a 14+/- in just 60 DAYS! And within 5 months I lost 50 POUNDS! I was a size 12 fitting in some 10's!!! (2 injuries later I am back where I started). No worries...I climbed that mountain once...I can do it again...just pray for my recovery from my surgery scheduled mid-July and the long painful recovery after. I will not be able to cook for myself for at least 6 to 8 weeks. I will not be able to drive or get on the computer for 4 weeks. I will not be able to lift anymore than 2 pounds for 6 months! UGH! But i can do this!!!!

I once had Fibromyalgia, but No More! I had IBS but, No More! I rarely suffer with Asthma and can't wait for the day it is a mere memory.

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall...all ya got to do is call...and I'll be there, yes I will...You've got a friend!
da ta da da've got a friend.
(Be glad you can't hear my singing!)


Romans 12: 1-2 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."


1. Run your race; Keep the pace! (Coined by me!)
2. Nothing looks as good as thin feels!
3. Happy; Not Miserable
4. Rule your mind or it will rule you.
5. No one ever said it didn't hurt to be beautiful! (In memory of my mom who used to tell me that all the time as a child. She died in 98 of complications of Altzheimers but I really lost her as a teen).


My 10yodd Ashley (A GREAT Personal Trainer) She always knows how to find the bright side!


I wish I may, I wish I might
Lose one-half or a pound tonight.
If I happen to stay the same,
I'll be happy I did not gain.
IF the scale goes the wrong way,
I'll brush myself off and say, That's okay--
Soon I'll come back a little thinner.
Because I have the power to be a winner.


LOL~Diet is a dirty word, every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate!

This guy has some good advice but unfortunately his language is off color. Still worth a look-see.

GOOD ADVICE for mindless or emotional eating!
(taken from stage 3.6)

1. Recognize the Problem
You may be an emotional eater and not even know it. Ask yourself a few questions: Do I often graze for no real reason, even though I’m not hungry? Have I found myself in front of an open fridge and not known why? Do I react to stress by opening my mouth and sticking an eating utensil in it? Do I seem to gain weight when I’m going through hectic periods in my life?

2. Investigate and Identify Trigger Times
Become aware of danger times and situations. Is coming home from work often an emotional time for you? A visit with the in-laws? Talking with an ex? Do these times overlap with unhealthy eating episodes? The best way to figure this out is to carefully track your reasons for eating. Hopefully, hunger is the most common reason; but if there are other reasons, they probably coincide with a trigger time that you can plan for.

3. Look at Reasons Why These Triggers Have Power
The root of emotional eating often lies in bigger picture questions. Are you going through a stressful period at work, at home, with your marriage, or in some other way? Have you had a recent failure that is crushing your self-esteem? Are you unhappy with your day-to-day life? Have you gone through a traumatic experience, such as a death, divorce, bankruptcy or layoff?

4. Take it One Trigger At a Time
Write in your online journal how each or any of these larger life issues may be affecting your food choices and motivation. First, figure out how to recognize when the issue is about to trigger emotional eating and how to neutralize it. Then, think about what steps you can take to keep the issue from having a hold on you at all. Focus on one at a time, and be patient and generous with yourself. This may take some time.


"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end." ~Ursula K. LeGuin

"If you can DREAM it, you can DO it!" ~Walt Disney

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." ~Jim Rohn

"The secret of discipline is motivation. When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself." ~Sir Alexander Paterson

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -- Aristotle

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

1/1/8-225 (size 20)
1/06- 217 (size 18)(8 pounds in 5 days!)
1/13- 211 (size 16)
2/01- 206
2/14- 201 (Goal was 200)
2/23- 200 (size 14)(GOAL-better late than never!)
3/13- 195
4/21- 184 (size 12 - a few fit!)
5/20- 179 (size 12's fitting good)(Goal was 180 by 5/14)
6/05- 175 (WOO HOO 50 lbs in 5 months!!!)
8/01- 170 (5 pounds short of my goal 8/1 goal)
9/01- 168 (Taking it slow & enjoying the healthy life)
.................Next Goal: 165 by 11/1....................

Working a redo...stick around to see more of the same above...just forever!
1/30- 230
2/13- 220
2/20- 217 (size 18)
2/27- 216
3/05- 214 (20 POUNDS GONE!)
3/12- 212 (size 16)
4/16- 206
4/27- 205 (that pound took forever!)
6/02- 198
S.GOAL: 195 by Friday JUNE 22nd (FL Trip)
M.GOAL: 190 by Wednesday July 11th (surgery)
XL GOAL: 33 1/3 inch waist! (I'm 5'9)
Please read my first blog! One small increment towards one big transformation!

Member Since: 12/31/2007

Fitness Minutes: 18,366

My Goals:
**Be a Spark People** ****MOTIVATOR****
(God Bless You All for nominating me)

Be a motivating example for my family, and others.

My Program:

For the 1st 6 months:
get on SP everyday

Mini Meals
Smart Carbs
(NO HFCS, Table Sugar, or Wheat)

Drinking 8++ glasses of h2O daily .

NO artificial sweetners!

NO margarine or vegetable oil- only butter, coconut oil & olive oil.

WALKING, Walking, walking!!! (due to an injury that is all I can do.)

* Taking 10,000 iu of Carlson's D3 daily (fall-spring & when not in the sun in the summer). BIG WEIGHT LOSS & MOOD BOOSTER
* Mercola's Neptune Krill Oil or Mega Red
*Cinnamon bark
*Rainbow light natural Calcium with Magnesium.
*B 12
*7 keto
*ACES by Carlson
*Designer whey
*Green Tea Extract
...and a few other supplements

Personal Information:
Taught for 10 years. Now I homeschool my lovely daughter, work part-time as a Massage Therapist & Art Instructor.

I love to visit scenic places like the beach, mountains, or just a winding path.

I love all animals especially dogs and horses.

Other Information:
A lot this info on this ROBINS-NEST spark page is older but useful info. I am doing a redo as FORKITLESS. Visit this site often to give or receive encouragement .... visit the other to see my current status.

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