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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 LINDA!
    "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    10 minutes ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
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    Integrity is holding fast to our convictions regardless of the consequences and never compromising our ideals or values, even if it affects the bottom line. Gail Lynne Goodwin
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    5 hours ago
  • v JACKIEWALKS4FUN
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    emoticon 7 ways to stay motivated over the holiday season: emoticon
    ☀1. Get out and spend time with happy people.
    2. Don't over stress your expectations.
    ☀3. Get out and visit the holiday scenery.
    4. Watch joyful holiday TV shows or movies.
    ☀5. Don't overspend or over indulge.
    6. Visit your house of worship.
    ☀7. Attend and enjoy holiday events.
    Happy Holidays. emoticon

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    "I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite"
    ~BuddyTheElf~
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    Good morning Karen, wishing you a great start to your week. Heading out soon for my walk, does not seem as cold this morning, but I am bundling up. Need to get more yard clean up because of the wind and will be working on my inside lights, should be a happy day and hope it is for you too. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    10 hours ago
  • v JACKIEWALKS4FUN
    Thank you Karen, Riley does look so cute, so hard to get pictures like that in the hat emoticon I need to get something new and hope to get a picture of him and Penny. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    10 hours ago
  • v SPARKFRAN514
    Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you've got a Christmas tree in the living room. Nora Roberts emoticon

    "Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago."
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    20 hours ago
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