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May 8, 2012
Hi! Thank you for allowing me to become a member of this awesome site! I so believe in the goals that are established here; and I welcome any motivation, and all of you motivators. Since 2000, I have battled an auto-immune disease, Sarcoidosis, suffered 4 strokes, and had a heart attack; but I am happy to say that I am still standing! I am on medical leave from my job, on permanent disability, and my doctors stated that they will never release me to go back to work; however, as long as I am still, mostly, mobile, and can still enjoy my passion, Arts and Crafts, I guess, it isn't too bad.

To treat my Sarcoidosis, my doctors had placed me on meds to suppress my auto-immune disease, meds such as prednizone. I gained weight like an inflated balloon! I used to have what some would call a school girl figure, was a very active volunteer, was a Girl Scout Leader, and was very involved in several other activities for young people, as a leader,or sponsor.

Once I found out that the meds, they had me on, were steroids, I forced my doctors to find something else, to put me on; and because of my insistence, the steroids, were, finally, replaced. However, most of the weight I have gained, has remained. My doctors stated that my meds are still somewhat the cause. I say that they messed up my fat cells, in my body.

Anyway, after sitting around for several years sulking in self pity; I am now determined to try to turn my life around, find happiness with life, again, become fit, and as healthy as I can be; and become the strong woman, again ... the person that I used to be, the woman that my daughters have always admired. They insist that they still believe in me, and say that they still see me as a strong mom(woman); especially, after all the health problems that I have beaten, etc. However, I know that I have become an angry, bitter person, in some ways, and I want to change that.

I believe that to start, I need to work on me, starting with my outward appearance! I need to,first, start feeling good about myself, again, my looks, etc. This may sound vain; however, it is not meant to be. I, really, feel bad, and unhappy, with my current appearance; and I am angry about all of my past, and current, health problems. This, of course, is my opinion, of myself.

I am always wondering why me? I used to exercise, believed in preventive medical check ups,and practices; and did all the other so-called right things, to prevent ever reaching this point in my life, and it happened, anyway.

Anyway, I hope to make a brand new start, make some new acquaintances, possibly, even, bonding, and sharing, and to learn new things; especially, about myself. I am looking forward to some new 'spark,' in my life. Thank you, Spark People!

May 16, 2012

I got this list from QUEENYEECH (Motivator Of The Day on May 16, 2012), who got it from GIRL*IN*MOTION; and she got it from RAV4GRL's page.

Your weight loss =

1 pound = a Guinea Pig
1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts
2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs
3 pounds = an average human brain
4 pounds = an ostrich egg
5 pounds = a Chihuahua
6 pounds = a human’s skin
7.5 pounds = an average newborn
8 pounds = a human head
10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year
11 pounds = an average housecat
12 pounds = a Bald Eagle
15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs
16 pounds = a sperm whale’s brain
20 pounds = an automobile tire
23 pounds = amount of pizza an average American eats in a year
24 pounds = a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream
25 pounds = an average 2 year old
30 pounds = amount of cheese an average American eats in a year
33 pounds = a cinder block
36 pounds = a mid-size microwave
40 pounds = a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg
44 pounds = an elephant’s heart
50 pounds = a small bale of hay
55 pounds = a 5000 BTU air conditioner
60 pounds = an elephant’s penis (yep, weights more than his heart!)
66 pounds = fats and oils an average American eats in a year
70 pounds = an Irish Setter
77 pounds = a gold brick
80 pounds = the World’s Largest Ball of Tape
90 pounds = a newborn calf
100 pounds = a 2 month old horse
111 pounds = red meat an average American eats in a year
117 pounds = an average fashion model (and she’s 5’11”)
118 pounds = the complete Encyclopedia Britannica
120 pounds = amount of trash you throw away in a month
130 pounds = a newborn giraffe
138 pounds = potatoes an average American eats in a year
140 pounds = refined sugar an average American eats in a year
144 pounds = an average adult woman (and she’s 5’4”)
150 pounds = the complete Oxford English Dictionary
187 pounds = an average adult man
200 pounds = 2 Bloodhounds
235 pounds = Arnold Schwarzenegger
300 pounds = an average football lineman
400 pounds = a Welsh pony

I want to help to pass this on to other SparkPeople!

June 21, 2012
At my last weigh-in, last Friday; I, finally, lost 5 pounds (a Chihuahua, lol). Ugs, my 'loving' nickname that I call my dog, Nigel (people are always cooing over him on how cute he is; and he, actually, acts like he understands; and be lapping it up, thus why I call him Ugs) gained 3 pounds; haha! I figure that my body, now, has adjusted to any muscle gain, since I started SparkPeople. So, now, I can't wait for tomorrow's weigh-in! I weigh in every Friday (the day I chose as my weigh-in day). My pants are, even, fitting me a little loser, around the waist area! I find myself, constantly, having to pull them up! Love it! Too bad that reaching my goal has to be completed in baby steps; as I do not believe in a drastic weight loss,all at once. I want it to be a natural loss; the same natural way that I gained it, while being on those steroid meds! I still have, yet, to be more consistent in doing my strength exercises, though. I am supposed to be doing them on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays, and haven't been doing them. It's out of laziness; and procrastination. However, everyday, I, religiously, walk, at least, 3,000 steps on my treadmill, inclined at 10" (so like I'm walking up hill, the whole time! I am, really, serious about losing all of this weight; now, that I am, FINALLY, off of those meds (knock on wood)! This is what keeps me motivated, and strong! Before I became ill, with this auto-immune disease; I have NEVER had a weight problem, in my life! I 'WILL' prevail!!!


Member Since: 5/8/2012

Fitness Minutes: 5,714

My Goals:
I do not believe in diets; especially, since I see them as yo-yo diets. I believe in exercising, and eating right, as a way of controlling and improving your weight. This is what I hope to achieve with SparkPeople. I want to feel happier with myself, than I am feeling these days; and have felt in a long time. I, also, want to, gradually, reduce the medications, that I am on. I welcome any motivation tips/pushes, and all motivators. I, also, wish for others to achieve, and maintain, their goal, or goals! I will always be cheering you on; in spirit, also! #Thumbs Up!

My Program:
I still plan on acting on all of the tips, and suggestions, that SparkPeople have to offer, on this site. And, I am, also, open to other SparkPeople member's tips; especially, if a member believes that it has helped, or enabled, them. I am, currently, walking 200 steps, at least, on my treadmill, each day. I have cut down on the number of hours that I spend on Sparkpeople; too time consuming. My online craft businesses, and websites, are my babies, and interests, at this time. I do still use the SP Nutrition Tracker; and plan on weighing myself, every once in a while ... and keeping a record of my weight, on SP. I still am unable to do any floor exercises, where I have to lay down on the floor, etc.; due to my strokes, etc., as I am unable to get up, without assistance. However, I do intend to put an 100% effort into achieving, and reaching my other goals!

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Other Information:
I am a crafter. I, now, have store fronts, at
ium and http;// (I need to do some serious work, on this one). My website is (there is, also, an attached blog); and my unattached blog is (Blog og Deals). My website, also, houses my Website of Deals (
e-deals-network.html) that is for anyone to browse, whether a crafter, or not. I invite all of you to visit any, or all, of my sites. Please, feel free to share my links with your friends and family! Thank you! #Bear Luv and Bear Hugz!

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  • v RG_DFW
    emoticon Welcome to SparkPeople!

    Are you competitive by nature? One of my daily goals is to hit 100 SparkPoints. When I do that, I've not only read articles, I've interacted with other members by reading and commenting on their blogs and writing my own blog. 100 points gets me here and gets me active each and every day.

    When I started, I made the commitment to workout daily and write a blog about it. On days when I don't feel like doing it, I think about the blog I need to write and I certainly do NOT want to write that I was lazy and did not work out.

    Maintain your goals on your SparkPage (that's what all the goal-setting gurus write about) and make the goals public on your page. Write about it on your blog every day.

    Weight loss = calorie maintenance, cardio, and strength. Calorie maintenance is every day, cardio is at least five days per week, and strength is 3 to 4 days per week. I believe you need all three for a successful weight loss and fitness program.

    Above all, be consistent. Doing something toward you goal every day will pay big rewards over the next few months. You can do this!

    3208 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

    1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

    2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

    The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
    *~ Paula *~
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    3208 days ago
  • v NIXY72
    I'm so excited about this!!

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    "This Saturday, May 19, is the first annual Food Revolution Day, initiated by the Jamie Oliver Foundation."

    Are you not familiar with the food revolution?? Watch this:

    "The day will happen in kitchens, homes and communities around the world. In dining rooms, in restaurants and gardens, it will spark conversations about real food and inspire people to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle through cooking together. It's a chance for people who love food to come together to share information, talents and resources; to pass on their knowledge and highlight the world's food issues. Food Revolution Day is about connecting with your community through events at schools, restaurants, local businesses, dinner parties and farmers' markets, while promoting the mission for better food and education for everyone. To help celebrate, we've provided a selection of Jamie Oliver recipes from Cookstr to get you started. Find Food Revolution Day events near you" by copying and pasting this link:

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    More Jamie Oliver Recipes from Coosktr: (all with fabulous nutritional information!)

    Pasta Peperonata
    Slow-Roasted Balsamic Tomatoes with Baby Leeks and Basil
    Roast Potatoes with Sage and Orange
    Red Grape Pizza with Honey, Rosemary and Pecorino
    Classic Tomato Spaghetti
    Vegetable Bhaji Salad with Sour Cream, Lemon and Cilantro
    Cod, Potato and Spring Onion Stew
    Lemon, Lime and Peppermint Sorbet
    Summer Fruit, Elderflower and Prosecco Jelly
    Pukka Pineapple with Bashed-Up Mint Sugar

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    Want to be inspired further?? Just look up the words "Jamie Oliver Food Revolution" under YouTube and Google and be amazed...

    Share the wealth, share the health.
    3208 days ago
    Welcome...... I am always thankful to know those who believe like I believe. Thanks for adding me as a friend. I love and need the support as well. In regards to my babies(dogs). I need to upload current photos, they have GROWN....

    Let's do this.....
    3211 days ago
  • v NIXY72
    Welcome! If you need a shoulder, a friend or a virtual coffee at some point, drop by and say hello! I've just celebrated my SP seven month anniversary and am amazed at the absolutely incredible amount of support I've received. This is a fabulous site and you will be astounded at what you get out of it if you give it your all.

    To celebrate your arrival at SP this Spring season, I would like to wish you a brand new start, never-ending moments of poise and balance and a joyful tip over on the scale to the side of light. I wish you a new dawn, an eternal youth and a morning star to wish on. Whatever battles you are fighting, whatever stresses may come your way, may they melt away with the winter and may you be granted a time of new light and a new life where your wildest dreams come true. ~ Michelle

    3211 days ago
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