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I am excited to have found Spark People and KNOW that it will help me win my weight loss battle. I have tried all kinds of quick weight loss plans the past several years to no avail. It took me a long time to put the weight on and it will take a long time to take it off but darn it, I am impatient and want it to fall off. I started Sparking August 23 but did not get serious about following a plan for a couple of weeks. It was too much of a change and too many other distractions -- in other words -- too many things to make excuses about :-(

I finally realized that if I am not serious about doing the work to lose the weight, it will not happen so I have settled down and seeing the number on the scale slowly moving in the right direction. Naturally this motivates me more to continue on the SP path.

Member Since: 8/21/2010

Fitness Minutes: 4,585

My Goals:
Lowering my blood pressure through weight loss and exercise.

Short term goal:

My Program:

Exercise at least 10 minutes every day.

Drink 6 glasses of water every day.

Personal Information:
My husband and I have lived in Orange County, California for 39 years and love it here. I have three daughters, two of whom also live here and two grandchildren!

Other Information:
I like to cook and enjoy trying new recipes. I read mysteries and biographies and love to go to the movies. 24 was my favorite TV show and I am so sad it it no longer on TV. I am taking photography classes at the local junior college and also Pilates which I love!

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    emoticon Welcome to Spark!
    I've been here since Nov. 9, 2009 and have really learned a lot about myself, food, and exercising. I truly feel joining Spark was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
    One of the best tools is the nutrition tracker. You will be shocked when you enter a typical day's food! Try to track everything you eat and stay within your limits. Don’t panic if you slip - we all do! Just put it behind you, you can’t change it, and move on. One of the main concepts at Spark is to take two steps forward for each step back!
    The fitness tracker is also a great tool. You can track your steps, mileage, cardio exercise, and strength exercises. It will tell you how many calories you have burned.
    Take time to make lots of Friends and tell them when you reach a goal or are having a hard time. They are here with praise and support all the time! Don't be afraid to ask any question, no matter how silly you think it is.
    Take time to explore Spark. Read and respond to message boards, blogs, and other members' pages. The help, support, inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and friendship you will receive is awesome! The site can be confusing at times but just keep looking around. There is really a lot of valuable information here!
    emoticon Feel free to contact me if I can help you in any way. Drop by my page to say hi.
    Stay focused, determined, and positive - you will be successful!

    3717 days ago
    Hello Bette & emoticon to spark, where you will find all the support you need. I for one am on that path to eat healthier & exercise daily. I wish you the best of luck on your journey.. emoticon emoticon
    3717 days ago
    Welcome, Bette, to SparkPeople! I"m Marsha, I'm 61 years old, and I've achieved the healthiest weight of my life with SparkPeople. You are right, the nutrition and fitness trackers are really powerful tools. Be sure to join some teams, make some friends, start some SparkStreaks. There is a great community of caring people who really understand here on SparkPeople!

    So glad you have joined us!
    3718 days ago
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