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My journey began at 200 lbs with a goal to lose a total of 70 lbs.

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Initially I lost about 40 lbs. In Jan 2017, I injured my shoulder and foot in an accident leading to steroid injections, surgery and physical therapy. Recovery was slow; I regained a lot of weight and developed other health issues that further impacted my progress. In 2018, a check-up revealed that my BP and cholesterol were also dangerously high.

Determined not to live on meds, I decided to focus on lifestyle and dietary changes. Join me on my journey to health!

August 2020 Update
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Returned to doctor for general exam & the results were fantastic!

Weight Loss: Down from 200 lbs to now 169 lbs
Blood Pressure: Down from 150/89 in 2019 to NOW at 132/70.
Previous Cholesterol was: Total 288 (HDL 48, LDL 197, TG 217)
Aug 2020 Cholesterol now: Total 232 (HDL 51, LDL 162, TG 96)


Member Since: 5/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 139,100

My Goals:
To go from 200 lbs to weigh 135 lbs. and wear size 10 again.
To avoid blood pressure and cholesterol medications.
To get strong, fit & healthy, and have more energy.


My Program:
Following old WW exchange-based diet/program. 1-2 liters water daily.
Exercise/activity 60-90 minutes/day. Strength training 3 x a week.
Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds programs
Also using SparkPeople Workout DVDs and others.



Personal Information:
My name is Karen. I love people, sharing life experiences, and learning about different cultures and foods. Favorite foods (so far) are Italian, Mexican, Chinese,Thai and Middle Eastern. Also I am Christian - I love God and I love the Word of God - Jesus is my Savior and Lord! Spiritual influences include: Joseph Prince, Creflo Dollar, Andrew Wommack, Keith Moore, & Kenneth & Gloria Copeland. I also love animals/nature, living in the country, walking/hiking and fitness, writing, history, art. Enjoy classic, sci-fi & mystery novels. Love Dr. Who (old and new series!) and old movies 40s-50s-60s (TCM) & action/drama films (eg. Bourne series). I am also an artist... see paintings in photo gallery.


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  • v JACKIEWALKS4FUN
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    Thanksgiving Delights

    On Thanksgiving Day we're thankful for
    Our blessings all year through,
    For family we dearly love,
    For good friends, old and new.
    For sun to light and warm our days,
    For stars that glow at night,
    For trees of green and skies of blue,
    And puffy clouds of white.
    We're grateful for our eyes that see
    The beauty all around,
    For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
    And ears to hear each sound.
    The list of all we're grateful for
    Would fill a great big book;
    Our thankful hearts find new delights
    Everywhere we look!
    By Joanna Fuchs
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    Forever on Thanksgiving Day
    The heart will find the pathway home.
    ~Wilbur D. Nesbit~

    Hi Karen I got everything done today, just need to put the turkey in the oven emoticon Wishing you a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3 hours ago
  • v LINDA!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
    It turns what we have enough, and more.
    It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
    It can turn a meal into a feast,
    a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
    Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
    and creates vision for tomorrow.

    ~Melody Beattie~

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    6 hours ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
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    Think positive thoughts. Believe in yourself and others. Share hugs and spread love. Gail Lynne Goodwin
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    10 hours ago
  • v NGCHILD
    Dropping by to wish you and your family a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Nic

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    13 hours ago
  • v JACKIEWALKS4FUN
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    🍁🍂🍃🍁🍂🍃🍁🍂🍃🍁🍂🍃🍁🍂🍃🍁 ॐ ...
    Thanksgiving Recipe for Friendship is:
    A Generous Cup of Blessings
    A Tablespoon of Reflection
    A Handful of Memories Together
    A Good Helping of Hugs and Laughter
    A Pint of Time with Friends and Family
    Mix with Love and Forgiveness.
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    "Small seeds of gratitude will produce a harvest of hope."
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    "Thanksgiving isn't just a day. It's a way we can live our lives every day."
    ~ Katrina Mayer ~
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    Have a nice day before Thanksgiving Karen. Got my pies done today. Tomorrow work on more dishes and get the turkey ready. Hope you got everything done. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1 day ago
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