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ERIECANALGAL is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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2019 was a fabulous year for me. I reached goal with the help of Spark People and Weight Watchers.I also met a very sweet , loving, caring man in February. I widower like me. 2020 will be even better because I will be getting married to my best friend and love of my life, Ken.
In 2021 I will continue my walking, healthy eating, and drinking water and of course Weight Watchers.
I started SparkPeople seriously in December of 2008 weighing the highest I ever weighed. I joined a few teams and set goals. I tracked my food faithfully each day, and the lbs. started coming off. I even overdid the eating a few times but still lost weight. I WAS SO EXCITED! I could not believe this was happening. I had a zillion diet books home, but they were too restricting and difficult to follow. In a few months I had lost 16 lbs. eating REGULAR food. I also made some wonderful friends on the teams I joined. My friends gave me motivation, enthusiasm, and pushed me on when I was stuck. I had not started exercising yet. But my team was not going to let me get away with that. One of the leaders kept trying to get me to walk. I resisted or only did it halfheartedly. Then I found the Leslie Sansone DVDs Walk Away The Pounds and I was hooked. I was down 20 lbs. My clothes looked great on me, I was able to get off of one of my blood pressure medications, and I had 8 lbs to go to goal!

Then I somehow lost my motivation and a few lbs. slowly crept back on and then a few more. I was devastated, I purchased the SPAT and found myself walking 6,000 just about every day and then 7500! I am thrilled because walking has now become a habit. .I did well on the 5% Fall Challenge but the holidays have me up some again. I am hoping and BELIEVING that the Winter 5% Challenge will help me maintain at the goal I am at now and maybe lose a wee bit more this coming year 2019.

Member Since: 12/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 203,168

My Goals:
My goals for 2021 are:

1.Continue to start out each day with a 15 minute prayer time with God, using my "Jesus Calling" Book.
2. Meet my goal of 9,000 steps a day on my FitBit.
3. Eat less processed food.
4. Go to bed by 1:30AM at the latest or earlier and get up at 8:30 at the latest.
5. Weigh myself everyday.
6. Try to continue some strength training.
7. Encourage team mates. Help others out when needed.

Some of these are the same goals I had for 2018...some accomplished and some not. This year I Hope I will accomplish all the rest of them and stay at my goal weight.

My Program:
Every day I will:
1. Log in to SparkPeople
2. Use the nutrition tracker.
3. Walk 9,000 steps a day.
4. Not get discouraged if I slip up on some things.

Personal Information:
I live in Sauquoit, New York in a 218 year old house on 4 acres of land. My husband, John, passed away on Dec. 7, 2009. I have 8 grown children and 22 grandchildren.
I love to read, write, and draw. I am Polish and love to dance and listen to Polkas.

Other Information:
I am the Author of the Erie Canal Cousins Series, and Town of Paris Twins Series historical fiction for children set in NY in 1840 and 1857.

My favorite quotes are:
"A goal is a dream with a deadline." ~Napoleon Hill
"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."~ C. S. Lewis
Favorite foods: pizza and golomki. (stuffed cabbage)
Favorite color: red
Favorite music: Polkas and Country
I collect: unusual rosaries, and Polish pottery.

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  • v AEGLOS
    Hi! Thank you for the comment. I too am a writer. I started in poetry, getting published at age 11 but my heart wasn't really into it, at least not to make a career out of it. I have several projects in the works including a dark comedy play, a satirical screenplay, several fantasy novels, a teen drama mini series, and a romantic drama. Just call me a Jackie of all trades (and a master of none). I've decided to add bettering myself (and staying with it this time) to my To Do list. Thank you so much for the support.

    emoticon Jackie
    4511 days ago
    Hi Dorothy: I saw in the NY group that you were listed. Yes - I'm right around the corner from you in Utica. As I indicated, I keep a blog page and my friends and customers (of Apple Crumbles) check up on me from time to time. Would love you to check out the blog - add comments.
    Since I keep that blog, my SparkPage is kind of lacking, to say the least.
    Take care and be careful out there! Joanne
    4511 days ago
    Thanks for the feedback........and the rose!! How is the writing going? Other than my blog I haven't written anything in quite some time.
    4513 days ago
  • v MRZ1225
    Dorothy, thank you for the Birthday wishes and the lovely rose.Havea great week and a wonderful Year.
    4513 days ago
    No offense taken, I enjoy people reading my spark page and your suggestion will make it easier for people to do so. Thank you!

    My mother's relatives always gave her a hard time because they thought she wasn't feeding me enough. My bad eating habits started in high school/university because I could eat what ever I wanted to and never seemed to gain any weight........As soon as I got pregnant that all changed! I have been battling the weight most of my adult life.
    4514 days ago
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