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My parents, my sister and me (in lavendar). A happy moment together.

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Went from Angel to Biker Chick in same photo shoot!

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I have a new action goal: Walk at least 15 minutes every day (unless there is 2 feet of snow on the ground), then I might have to ski or snowshoe, instead! LOL! :)

Looking forward to good stuff this year! I want to get myself in gear so I am happy with my results by this summer. For once in my life, I want to be ready and waiting for a "summer birthday" (i.e. wearing a bathing suit--in public!).

All the best to you with your healthy living goals this year!

Cheers, Jill
Well, my goal is steady-as-she-goes. I am aiming for a 1-2 lb. weight loss per week. I have tended, through my life, to be all about immediate results, only to sabotage them later. NOT ANYMORE! I am working too hard, and am too proud of my daily efforts to start sabotaging myself again. I am declaring a moratorium on self-sabotage! IT STOPS TODAY!!!! Hallelujah!
I'm feeling happier and more motivated lately. Realizing that with all the supportive Sparkers here at SP, I can keep sailing along on my way down to a healthier weight!

It's not all easy, and I know I will hit some roadblocks along the way, but knowing that I am struggling along with so many others is helping me to realize I am not alone. I am gaining hope and strength for my future! Something I didn't used to have.

Thanks for all of you with very positive comments, quotes and praises on your blogs, your SparkPages, and your message boards. I find that it is thinking more positively that has helped pull me out of a depressing place that made each day a big effort. Now my days are becoming more of an adventure, and there is always so much to look forward to when I check in with my fellow Sparkers! Here's to you! Keep it up because you can do whatever you set your mind to do!!! Let's go all the way!

Love and Hugs,

"Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence..."
--The Desiderata

"I have written these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble, but take heart; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
--Jesus of Nazareth

Member Since: 7/24/2008

Fitness Minutes: 8,503

My Goals:
To update my SparkPage peridoically because I can.
To meet new people here and learn what has worked for them on their journeys to their goal weights.
To learn to become the "New Me" and to be okay with it.
To be able to say a fond farewell to the "Old Me" and not look back! LET'S DO IT!

My Program:
To lose weight, I am TRACKING everything I eat--still! It is a bit of a pain, but it really seems to be helping. When I started on SP, my daily intake was something like 3,000 (easy!), now it is around 1200-1400. And I am still eating just about everything I like. Just less of it, to make less of me. :)

Personal Information:
My name is Jill. I am loving my time here in Spark World. People are so friendly and helpful, and it is really helping my self-esteem and progress A LOT! I am just so happy I found out about this site and am making a new effort to become the healthy me I am meant to be! YEA! :)

Other Information:
I like to read, talk to friends on the phone, play the piano, learn about recovery, travel and visit other countries, eat different types of ethnic foods, read and write poetry, I used to draw (not so much lately), sunshine makes me happy but I don't tan much at all (the Irish in me?). Anything else ya wanna know? Drop me a line.

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    Thank you for adding me as a friend.

    4246 days ago
    JULIE2BTRUE has lost her first 20 pounds, since starting over again!!!! THANK YOU, for your SUPPORT!!!!
    Just 22 more pounds, and I can start where I left off, at 263. One of my goals is to fall below 200. It AMAZES me that I only have 86 pounds to lose, in order to achieve this.... (As opposed to the 106 that I started over with, over a month ago... GO ME)

    And Julie says with a big smile, "I believe I'm going to make it, sweetie!"
    Thanks again, Julie
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    4258 days ago
    Thank you so much for the candles. I love candles. I need to soak in my big tub and light some candles. Thank you also for telling me I am a good leader. I try my best. God really is the one though.
    4261 days ago
    Here are some examples of affirmations you can use to SPARK your journey, or you may develop your own affirmations that you can "own." Each day, write or say aloud your affirmations, and BELIEVE in YOU!

    I'm on the road to fitness.
    I am feeling thinner today.
    I'm losing weight now.
    I look and feel lighter today.
    I'm enjoying how I'm feeling now.
    I love the feeling of making progress.
    I love the food that makes me thin.
    Losing weight is effortless.
    I am going to fit into the next size smaller any minute.
    I enjoy being healthy.
    I'm making things easy for myself now.
    My body is getting stronger, slimmer, and healthier every day.
    I feel so thin inside, my outer is just about to catch up.
    I love to challenge myself.
    I deserve the best.
    I am a SUCCESS, because I am striving to reach my goals.

    To help with having your own inventory of nourishing words and phrases, write two affirming sentences on index cards, place them on your bathroom mirror or on your refrigerator. Read them first thing every morning and last thing at night as a reward to yourself for sticking with your plan.
    Weight loss quotes...

    1. Quitting is NOT an option.

    2. Your body keeps an accurate journal regardless of what you write down...

    3. It comes down to a simple question: what do you want out of life, and what are you willing to do to get it?


    And last, but not least important....

    Success is not a race, be patient.
    Success leads to success.
    Success is always a work in progress.
    Success doesn't come to you--you go to it.
    Success is a journey, not a destination. Focus on the process.
    Some people dream about success... while others wake up and work hard at it.
    Success is achieved and maintained by those who try-and keep trying.
    Everyday is a good day to SUCCEED!
    If at first you don't succeed-try, try again
    Hugs and kisses, Jill!
    Have a SPARKLING WEEK....
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    4262 days ago
    A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others.
    *Norman Shidle*

    Teamplayer: One who unites others toward a shared destiny through sharing information and ideas, empowering others and developing trust.
    *Dennis Kinlaw*

    They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
    *Carl W. Buechner*

    May GOD BLESS YOU for your contribution to your SPARK FAMILY, Jill!!! Your WISDOM, INSPIRING HEART, and MOTIVATIONAL WORDS, are APPRECIATED more than I can say....
    *Love and Hugs*
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    4267 days ago
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