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Hi! I'm Karen. I'm 34 and I live in Indiana with my wonderful husband and 2 daughters, 1 dog, 1 kitty, 1 hedgehog and 1 fish. I love making new spark friends - drop by and say hi anytime!

Visit my MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/klayzee

If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series, then please join our Fans of Harry Potter Spark Team!!! Just go to http://teams.sparkpeople.com/harrypotterfa
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I'd been "chubby" all my life, since elementary school. I grew up on a farm and we ate like farmers. Problem was, when we weren't farmers anymore we still ate like farmers. When I was 16, the whole family went on a diet and I lost 70 pounds and got down to a size 10. It was the first time in my life I had ever felt "thin."

I kept it off for about 4 years, and then I got married and had kids. The weight slowly crept up over the years, especially after 2 c-sections. I had been following the Atkins diet for a while and lost about 30 pounds. Then, in 2004, my oldest daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes. This turned our lives upside down and for the first 2 years, I was in survival mode - all I did was focus on her disease and micro-manage every aspect of her health care. I was scared and depressed. During those 2 years, I ballooned to an all-time high weight of 315.

By the end of the 2nd year, I was finally accepting Diabetes as a part of our daily lives and feeling a little less scared by it all. Then I looked at some pictures of myself that my mom had taken and I was shocked to see a person I didn't even know anymore. I knew that if I didn't do something, and fast, I'd end up with Type 2 diabetes myself and we didn't need that stress on top of everything else!

I was talking with a friend one day and she told me about Spark - she had lost about 20 pounds so I knew it worked. I signed up the next day and I have been Sparking ever since! Granted, I've slipped and strayed a few times, but I have always had SP in the back of my mind. I knew this is where I needed to be and I have always returned and found success.

My daughter's diabetes is being controlled - unfortunately, with Type 1, there is no cure and no possibility of it going away on its own. But the fact that she has been eating much healthier along with the rest of the family has made a big difference in her blood sugar numbers. Better control = better health all around. For all of us.

"The main cause for failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want at the moment." - Author Unknown

People ask me how did I do it? And even though I don't consider myself an authority on the subject, I do read a lot about nutrition and have come up with 10 basic steps that I feel are responsible for my current success...


1. Start slowly. Don't expect to do everything from day one. Learn the tools, read the articles and learn about healthy eating.

2. Drink your water! And if you can, drink more than the 8-glass minimum. Most of us need much more than that!

3. Log your food and measure everything! Keeping track of everything that goes in your mouth is SO important, and don't try to "eye" your amounts. Accurate measurements means accurate numbers!

4. Eat at home and cook your own meals! This was a difficult one for me, because I liked to go out a lot. Now I actually prefer to cook at home. Using fresh ingredients and cooking from scratch is the best way to ensure a healthy meal with less sodium, and it's much easier to track those calories! Focus on good, complex carbs like whole grain breads, potatoes, pasta, brown rice and oats. Avoid simple carbs as often as possible unless it is fresh fruit! And remember that breakfast really IS the most important meal of the day, so have a high fiber (complex carb) and high protein breakfast every day! A good example is a whole grain english muffin with egg beaters and a slice of cheese or oatmeal and milk!

5. Despite the high calorie content, have a serving of GOOD fat EVERY day - a handful of nuts, a tablespoon of olive oil, some avocado or even a piece of bread with Smart Balance "butter" spread. And have as many different sources of good fat every week as possible.

6. Stick to lean meats like chicken, turkey, fish and lean pork. I only have red meat once a week (or less). And if you can get a kitchen scale to weigh your meats, it makes a big difference. There isn't much difference in appearance between 3 and 4 ounces of meat, but it can make a big difference in calories!

7. Eat your veggies first! If you have a salad or vegetable with your meal, eat that first. That will help you control your portions on the higher calorie items like meat and carbs.

8. ALLOW yourself to splurge and FORGIVE yourself if you slip. If your lifestyle becomes a drudgery, you won't stick to it. One bad day here and there isn't going to negate all previous efforts and successes. And sometimes it's even good to throw in a high calorie day to shake things up with your metabolism - look into calorie cycling!

9. Exercise! Even if you don't like it, do it anyway! It doesn't have to be a lot - 10 minutes a day makes a big difference to someone who usually does zero! And if you hate "working out," then find something fun that just happens to burn calories - go swimming, play tennis, give DDR a try! (It's really fun!) And find excuses to burn calories or work those muscles no matter what you're doing - do calf raises while standing in line at the grocery, work up a sweat scrubbing the kitchen, and lift some weights while watching TV!

10. Lean on your Spark Family! If you're feeling discouraged, unmotivated or just need to vent, that's what the Spark community is for! We're here for you!

Member Since: 7/5/2006

Fitness Minutes: 761

My Goals:
My LT goal is to be down to 175. My short term goal is just to stick with it, one day at a time. I have promised my doc I'll be at 200 by my next app't in July 2008!

My Program:
I''m journaling and keeping track of everything I eat. The accountability and tangibility factor are very important. I''m focusing on good carbs versus bad carbs. I''m also limiting red meat and pork to very rare occasions and am going to have more lean meats like chicken, turkey, and fish.

Personal Information:
I'm a writer and one of the top body art safety and acceptance advocates. I reach people through my website on About.com - http://tattoo.about.com

I also have a book out, Chick Ink, that consists of stories written by various women who share their tattoo experiences.

I enjoy reading, singing, crafts, scrapbooking, movies, and lots of other things.

Other Information:
Don''t let the tattoos scare you. I''m a friendly, outgoing gal who just likes to be as colorful on the outside as I feel on the inside! I''ve got a wonderful husband, 2 beautiful daughters, a gorgeous pooch named Julius and a spoiled rotten kitty named Ickis (R.I.P.)

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  • v CSPARKS1178
    Came across your page, and thought I would add ya! You look amazing! Keep up the good work , it motivates us all!
    3468 days ago
    Came across your page...Thought I'd add ya :)
    You have done so good! You look awesome!
    Best wishes in your weightloss journey...Becky
    3773 days ago
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    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"

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    3804 days ago
    Hi, Your 70+ loss is great. It is really encouraging and motivating to me to know it can work. I've just started and seeing success stories like yours sure help get me on track.

    4156 days ago
  • v APRILB333
    Holy crap! Sorry my last comment posted 4 times lol.I was having some computer issues and it kept saying it didn't post but I guess it did lol,sorry bout that.
    4165 days ago
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