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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: 142,234

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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    Good morning, time to greet the dawn,
    Once again life begins anew,
    A fresh start has unfolded for you,
    And further clarified your goals in view,
    Remind yourself of the dreams of your heart,
    Open the shades and bask in the sun,
    Throughout the day I wish you only joy,
    And may this morning be full of fun.
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    “Just keep going.
    Everybody gets better if they keep at it.”
    – Ted Williams~
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    Forgiveness will free you of your pain and past hurts. Pat Bluth
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    Thanks for the Spark Goodie - good to hear from you. Honestly, this morning I was thinking about you and planning to reach out. Yes, this has been a rough winter for so many. You all had so much snow, we've had almost 2 weeks of below zero temps where it might get up to 3 or 4 degrees during the day. It really took the wind out of me this time! And I'm no stranger to family drama - families are wonderful but sometimes they can be so draining. I'll be looking forward to your blog!
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    "Dreaming is wonderful, goal setting is crucial, but action is supreme.
    To make something great happen you must get busy and make it happen.
    Take that action step today that will put you on your path to achievement."
    ~Greg Warner~

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    “Be Strong, Be Fearless, Be Beautiful.
    And Believe That Anything Is Possible
    When You Have The Right People There To Support You.”
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    Good morning Karen, stopping by to wish you a soothing day. Early but I will be walking soon. Happy Friday emoticon emoticon emoticon
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