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Hi and salaam,

I am Kareema; I overweight and have been for many years. I have been consumed with losing weight for the past 15 years. I have five wonderful kids and have been married for over 18 years. We have our ups and downs and for most part I use food to deal with any emotional stuff I may not want to deal with. I don't always express my true feelings so food comes in handy when I wish I could/should have said something and did not. I wouldn't say I am passive but in many instances I have allowed others to dictate who I should be and what I should be. I lost myself in my marriage. When I met my husband I was running almost everyday and wearing a size 10-12. I now wear size 18 and I hate it. I know it's time for a change. I knew way back then too but wasn't willing to do what is necessary to see change. I go back in forth- lose a pound or two gain four. I am sure most of you know what I mean. In the end; weight gain, depression and a feeling of defeat. This is the only thing that I haven't managed to succeed at. I am accomplished my educational goals while nurturing my babies but for some reason, I can't seem to get it right when it comes to me. So, I am here; like many of you. Looking for that one thing or two which will finally get me to my goal weight. I am almost there but not quite. I want to see us all succeed at this and I am here to support you all with whatever I have learned and know from experience and I can certainly use your support, motivation and advice. So, let the change begin:)

Warm Regards,
Kareema Barbara

Member Since: 12/9/2010

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    May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
    The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
    The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
    (Author Unknown)

    Merry Christmas! Wishing you joy and love on this festive day!
    *~ Paula *~

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    3795 days ago
    emoticon Welcome Kareema!!! You're off to a great start!!! Sparks really is a wonderful website to develop a healthy lifestyle to get fit and lose the weight .... permanently!! And you've got the supportive folks on Sparks to help you along the way as well!! So have fun with your nutrition and fitness plans while you become the new, slim, healthy you!!


    PS -- What a great soulful look you have in your profile pic!!!
    3799 days ago
    Hello and salaam,

    Well, today, another day to get it right. I am sure you all saw my post yesterday and I was really feeling awful but today I am back to juicing and salads and I feel good. I did have a cookies but I promised to burn off that 130 calories. There was a time in my life when I would have beat myself up for having a cookie but I know that balance is key and I also know how long it takes to burn off a cookie on the treadmill so I don't expect to have too many cookie moments. I hope you all are doing well and achieving your goals. Even when you have a setback-fall off the wagon moment, don't stay down-pick yourself up-accept your choices and go forward. Have yourself a wonderful weekend and a cozy saturday evening. emoticon
    3800 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my vlog. I did get through yesterday without picking up emoticon , but I was sick also and went to bed early. I do have a juicer and I was thinking that I needed to juice my carrots and cucumbers today. You are right! I did feel better when juicing. So I can tell yo this: I won't stop trying to become a better me.
    As Salaamu Alaikum
    3801 days ago
    Before you eat that slice of pizza:

    All I can say is Yuck Yuck Yuck. I feel awful and extremely heavy. My stomach feels like lead is inside of it. I got away from juicing today and boy do I feel it. I hate this feeling and I wish I could just throw it all up. You know when you eating this junk you know better but you continue to eat anyway, sweet talking yourself in to believing that you will burn it off. That's possible but it's not possible to get rid of this awful feeling I have-yuck-I hate it. Next time I want to read this before I stick another piece of pizza in my mouth. emoticon
    3801 days ago
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