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I discovered Sparkpeople in February, 2008. I think it is a great website with wonderful helps for people losing weight and developing healthy lifestyles. I was impressed with the creator's purpose for the website of giving back and helping others!

My goal is to lose 80 pounds and overcome emotional, binge type eating behaviors. I have developed these unhealthy behaviors over a lifetime but now its time to turn them around.

I'm excited to be on this journey with a group of like minded people; so thank you all for any encouragement and help you can give me a long the way! And hopefully I will be able to encourage you as well! I very excited today because I just earned an trophy. It is 6/17/10....I want to see how quickly I can earn the next trophy. It will take around 2500 points. So that will take some time and growth (hopefully)....and most definitely some weight loss. After being here for 2 years, I'm finally getting involved and eating more wisely. Learning to practice restraint and less late night eating and binging. So I'm feeling very positive about my life.

Yesterday for awhile I was really not happy with myself feeling as if I can't or don't ever achieve any goals Then I was reminded that is not true....I CAN! So my attitude changed to one of strength instead of defeat. Then today I learned I need to set some specific, measurable goals! And I see that I'm writing a blog instead of an introduction text. So I will start that now, a blog.

"I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me." Phil. 4:13
"Greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world."
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!
Faith without works is dead...

Let's encourage one another; together we can achieve our goals!

It's September, 2017, and I'm still here! Looking for change that only I can bring for myself; but I have seen many of you change and adopt healthy lifestyles. That has been encouraging to me. Since the picture was taken of my grandsons and myself, they have all become men. Two are married and one has served in the military and is now going to college and is serving in the National Guard. I am blessed. My progress is slow but I am most thankful that I no longer indulge in binge eating for days or a week at a time. After my husband passed in 2003, I developed a habit of eating a sandwich and reading when I went to bed at night. That is another habit I have overcome since joining Sparkpeople. 6/15/18---Time for an update, I've been here for 10 years, I have lost some weight but not nearly as much as I should have. I have developed better better eating habits; however I'm not consistent about making the best and healthiest choices. I will continue to work on this habit and also I need to exercise...move more! Sparkpeople is the best help for me!!

Member Since: 2/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,176

My Goals:
Develop a healthy and more active lifestyle
Lose 5% of my weight

My Program:
Eat sensibly
Practice restraint
No binging
Limit my calories
1200 per day
Exercise 10 minutes a day

Personal Information:
I live in the beautiful state of Oregon, on the south coast of Oregon. I have been a
member of Sparkpeople since 2008. I am a mom to one son and grandma to 3 precious grandsons; who all have grown into fine men.

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    588 days ago
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    Mary Jo - Thank you for your kind words! I appreciate you sharing that you share the pain of losing a spouse. You give me hope that I might find a way out of this fog and out of my sadness some day! I just feel so sad and broken-hearted now and can't figure out how to find a new path for my life.
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    1146 days ago
    Thank you for joining me as a Spark Friend. I just added you as well. I look forward to traveling this journey together. I hope you will have a move your body Monday.

    “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”- Wade Boggs
    1154 days ago
    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Summer? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early June. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Spring we had Gardening Time, Help Fill Peter Rabbit’s Basket and Bingo. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Summer challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.

    1183 days ago
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