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...needs to grow bigger! I'm working on it, but I'm struggling. I'm here to get a little help from my friends!

I have been on the diet roller coaster all my life and I'm dizzy from it! I need to make some permanent, sensible changes in my life. I'm tired of being handicapped by my weight. I need inspiration and support, and this looks like a good place to find it. I look forward to getting to know some of you.

I have 6 beautiful grandchildren, ages 11-26 one GREAT-grandson who is 5 already, and I'd like to be here to see them grow up!

I've been an avid knitter for 45 yearsand love computer games and reading on my Kindle, as well as spending time with the grandkids. My knitting is taking a turn to loom knitting because it's easier on my fingers now.

I just adopted two kittens and I'm already so in love with them I just can't stand it. They have to be the cutest kittens in the world. They are brother and sister and I named them Ozzie and Harriet.
So in my first 4 months, though I really count it 3 months because the whole first month I lost nothing, I lost 20 pounds. I feel really good about that. Sure, the 20 pounds less on my bad knees is a bit of a relief, but what it showed me is all the possibilities. I know now that if I do my part here, I can go as far as I want. It has given me a sense of confidence about this New Year we've headed into. I'm so anxious to know where I'll be a year from now. This might be the year that I lose 100 pounds! Or maybe I'll lose 50. But what I know is that I'll be smaller than I am now. And that is wonderful!

Member Since: 7/11/2010

Fitness Minutes: 18,889

My Goals:
Short term:
1. Restart tracking all that I eat.
2. Increase water to 10 glasses a day.
3. Start a fitness streak.

Long term:
1. Lose at least 100 lbs.
2. Be able to go for a walk comfortably
3. Be able to buy pants that fit.
5. Be able to tie my shoes, while breathing at the same time.
6. Be healthy to reduce or discontinue some of my meds.

My Program:
My Program:

1. Track everything that enters my mouth.
2. Drink at least 10 glasses of water a day.
3. Do at least 20 minutes of some kind of exercise everyday. It can be in smaller chunks, but get it done.

Personal Information:
My name is Pattie.
I live in Virginia.
I have 6 beautiful adult kids (2 natural, 2 steps, and 2 wonderful in-laws) , 6 beautiful grandkids and 1 fabulous great-grandson.
I've been heavy my entire life and IT'S TIME TO END THAT AND GET HEALTHY.

Other Information:
Hobbies are knitting, crocheting, computer games ( , stitching Temari, TV/movies, and I love to read on my Kindle.

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    I sent the 'Penguins' to lots of friends...including the Church choir...and they all said I got them, too!
    2657 days ago
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    "We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.
    Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. "
    ~Ellen Goodman
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    Stay positive, Sparkfriend! You have so much potential, and I hope you will make the most of it in 2014. I will be cheering you on! See you on the Healthy Holidays team!
    2667 days ago
    thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Glad you enjoyed the Snowbirds video and thanks for the tech savvy stuff about how to do it right..
    2667 days ago
    I'm glad you are having a restful day today ........ sometimes we need just that ............... Thinking of you.............. emoticon
    2668 days ago
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    “The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation.
    Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.”
    -John C. Maxwell

    "The common conception is that motivation leads to action, but the reverse is true -- action precedes motivation. You have to prime the pump and get the juice flowing, which motivates you to work on your goals. Getting momentum going is the most difficult part of the job, and often taking the first step is enough to prompt you to make the best of your day."
    - Robert J. McKain
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    The Healthy Holidays Challenge team is still going strong, and we still have time to make some progress before New Years Day! If you're not feeling motivated to workout and eat right it anyway! Be your own hero and take charge. You will likely feel motivated after you get started. I know I don't have to remind you that you're worth the effort, right?
    2670 days ago
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