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January 1, 2020... I'm back and still Never Giving Up!

April 1, 2019. It's no April Fool's Day joke that I'm still here and still never giving up!!!

Starting the 2018 Summer 5% Challenge in one week (June 30, 2018) so I am getting ready for that!! I have gained weight since getting married and need to get a jump start at losing weight.

UPDATE: January 2018
January 7th is my 10th SPARKVERSARY!! Ten years on SparkPeople. I keep sparking but still have a lot to do to improve my health.... and weight! I will NEVER GIVE UP!!
I've just completed my first year of a wonderful marriage. WooHoo!

UPDATE: June 29, 2017
So, I've not been a regular on SP this past year and I've gained weight! I'm ready to lose so I'm back!
In November 2016 I married John, a widower with four children and seven grandchildren. John and I had both worked in in the same country in Africa for many years. When his wife of almost 50 years passed away he started calling me, a never before married single. Thus... leading to our Wedding almost 8 months ago.

UPDATE: January 17, 2016
This month finds me heavier than ever, especially after my trip to San Diego. I've already lost about four pounds and now to continue losing.

My plan is "fluid". I do not make resolutions. Here are some of my ideas though.

1. Continue Sparking. Keeping track of my weight on my ticker.
2. Continue going to TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) on Thursday. My husband has now joined me at TOPS so we have a bit of weekly "competition".
3. Eat fewer carbs. John is diabetic and counts his carbs each day so that helps me too as I cook low carb meals.
4. Figure out what exercise I can do. John is more handicapped then me and can not walk fast at all so when we go anywhere, I have to walk slower then usual and by all means not at a rate that will help me lose. I may start walking the halls in the condo building but haven't started doing that yet.
5. Tweak this plan as needed.

UPDATE: January 27, 2016 I gained quite a bit of weight this first year of living in the States. I'm starting to lose again though and will NEVER GIVE UP!

UPDATE: January 2, 2015 I moved back to the States at the end of November. I am now ready to get serious about losing weight!

I now live in Nebraska where I was born and raised. I worked in Africa as a nurse at a Christian hospital from 1977 - 2014. I helped start a new Mission hospital and I taught in the Nursing School.

I have been on SparkPeople since January 7, 2008, thus my Spark name Carolyn 0107. I am 63 years old.

One exciting thing. I am an Ovarian Cancer survivor since June 15, 2004! That means on June 15, 2015 I will be an 11 year Cancer Survivor! Praise the Lord!

Below find some personal comments:

January 2, 2015-- I managed to gain ten pounds last year during my transition out of Africa. I am now ready to get this weight OFF!

March 13, 2014 .. I am at my highest weight ever. I plan to move my weigh in days back to Thursdays and I also plan to celebrate small victories and not be controlled by the scale!

August 29, 2013...Nursing School where I teach started with a Spiritual Retreat. Classes begin Sept. 2nd. The weather will be getting hotter soon so it will be more difficult exercising in the African heat.

July 7, 2013... trying to walk outside most days, keeping up my exercising.

May 15, 2013... After four months without being able to post SparkPeople blogs and IT neighbor helped me figure out why and today I was able to post a new blog entry. WooHoo!
With the cooler season beginning here on the equator, I want to do more walking for exercise. It's not easy though with bad knees, the one that broke last year and the other that has bad arthritis. But, I plan on moving just the same.

January 7, 2013... my 5 year SparkVersary! This past year has been a difficult one because of breaking my left knee, falling and then breaking my left wrist (March 5th). I was in a wheelchair for 3 1/2 months then back on my feet after having had six surgeries. Although I did gain weight during the year, it could have been worse. BUT my weight loss journey restarted on Dec. 11, 2012. I have already lost 6 pounds in less than a month.

June 25, 2011- 1st 5K WALK, 60 minutes.
July 2, 2011 2nd 5K WALK, 55m25s. Shaved 4m35s off my time of last week! WooHoo!
March 5, 2012... I dislocated my left knee and broke my tibia (leg) then fell and dislocated and broke my left wrist. An artery in my knee was torn so a surgeon took a vein and made me a new artery out of the vein! On June 19, 2012 I had a total knee replacement.

Dec 11, 2012 I fly back to Africa. Praise the Lord!

I will NOT give UP!

Member Since: 1/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 32,003

My Goals:

"Not Perfection but Progress" in my lifestyle changes.

I will never give up!

My Program:
1. Walk at least 3000 steps a day.
2. Eat Low Carb.
3. Blog at least once a week.

Personal Information:
I lived in Africa from 1977 through 2014. I worked as a nurse at a Christian Hospital. I taught in the Nursing School. Over the years I also did various other jobs as bookkeeping, auditing, orienting new workers, helping feed visitors, etc. During these 37+ years I also taught Bible Classes and helped teach in various churches and chapels in the area.
I am now retired and refocusing my time in the States.
NOVEMBER 6, 3026 I got MARRIED for the FIRST TIME! John and I met in 1977 in Africa where we both worked. He lost his wife of almost 50 years and then he started calling me. We had 6 months of "phone dating" before marrying.

Other Information:
My Hobbies:
Collecting Post Cards and spoons from my travels.
Genealogy is my new interest.
Photography but I am not a professional. I took lots of photos of where I live and worked in Africa.
"Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more."
Louis L'Amour
"You have failed only when you stop trying. Until then, you're still in the act of progression. So, never quit trying and you'll never be a failure." -Tommy Kelly
"Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ."
Billy Graham
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Bible: New International Version (1984)

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  • v PURPLE01
    Hi Carolyn! Welcome to SP and to the January 06-12, 2008 Class!
    I work for a non-profit mission organization that works in Africa and I use to work for SIM USA for17 years. Where are you in Africa? It is encouraging to see you here. Hope to see you on the message boards! Keep your chin up and your weight down. With God we can do anything! God Bless! Colleen Isaiah 40:31
    4657 days ago
    Hi and welcome to SparkPeople and the SP Class of January 6-12, 2008! Sorry I hadn't gotten a chance to get to your page sooner!!!

    We're the LARGEST TEAM in SparkPeople. I'm hoping that we will have the largest number of PARTICIPATING team members as well!

    Good luck on your weight loss goal and your quest to a healthier lifestyle!

    4658 days ago
    Hi Carolyn, I finally found your SP . Just wanted to say "HI" and keep up the good work.

    4661 days ago
    Hi Carolyn,
    Welcome to TOPS Friends.
    You will find a lot of very supportive people here.
    Chime in on any Topic or join a contest.
    TOPS Friends is a great tool to help you win this battle.

    C-U-Lighter, Deanna Mae
    4661 days ago
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