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Me and Janiyah - her first birthday Oct. 31, 2009

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My scrumptuous little Pudz.

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Pudz and my DH

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Update 9/21/2011

Starting Again. Well....yes, sort of. I've gained back 20 of the 50 lbs I'd lost. I retired in December 2010, and did well maintaining my weight loss for awhile, but then became unfocused and allowed weight creep to get to me. But I am not defeated, I'm just stalled. But I've begun again, and I'm just as determined as ever. IT IS WONDERFUL BEING RETIRED! But I do need to learn how to be retired and stay focused on my health goals.

I'm 63 years old.

About 6 weeks ago, I started exercising again, and I joined a gym. I use an exercise bike 4-5 times a week, for 30-35 minutes. I'm also beginning to workout with weights 2-3 times a week. This is making me feel much better, both physically and mentally.

One month Update: 05/15/09
I'm really feeling good. I've lost a lot of inches -- 13 pounds, (maybe more) because scales LIE! LOL. But my clothes are fitting better. And some are becoming too loose, believe it or not!

I'm a lot more active. More exercise, more cardio, and strength training 3 times a week now. I'm looking forward to the next month.

6/16/09 -- Update

Well, I've lost 23 pounds. I'm feeling fantastic. I can walk pretty well now without much knee pain - just a "catch" once in a while. I'm exercising like crazy. I'm a lot more active, with so much more energy. I take a walk break just about every hour at work. I feel like a different person in just the 2 months since I started on SparkPeople.


Total loss so far 42-1/2 pounds. That's getting close to half of my goal loss in just over 5 months. I'm not starving myself. I'm not depriving myself. I'm eating healthy foods that I enjoy. I can hardly believe it myself. This program works, if YOU work it. Stick to it, eat well, exercise hard, track you foods,have some patience, and it truly pays off.

Member Since: 4/17/2009

Fitness Minutes: 35,079

My Goals:
1. Long-Term Weight Loss. To lose 90 lbs.

2. Manage weekend eating so I do not compromise progress made during the week.

3. Learn to like to cook. It is better for me and for my health.

My Program:
1. I started slowly resuming stationary biking at home back in March 2009.

2. I started with 15 minutes and gradually increased to 25 minutes in a month.

3. I started working out again at the gym at work, and increased by biking to 30 minutes.

I joined a commuity center gym at the beginning of April 2009. We have a weight training class with a personal trainer each Saturday and Sunday morning, that includes cardo before and after weights.

I do cardio at least 5 times a week, and weight training 3 times a week.

I am learning to eat healthier, by using all the resources on this site. It is an awesome site!

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My clothes are starting to fit differently.

I'm seeing and feeling the benefits of this healther lifestyle.

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Im in it to win it!

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    I see you are back...its been awhile my dear Spark Friend. Hope and pray those years since we chatted have been good for you and your family.
    Can't complain...God has been good! I don't do much on Spark, see a few Spark Friends, now and then! I am keeping the weight off, walking daily or as weather permits, still mindful of what I am eating!
    How about you?
    Jo Ann
    2006 days ago
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    Have a blessed Easter! And stop into Caregiver Children and let us know how things are going for you.

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    3745 days ago
    Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, and peace for 2011!
    2011 looks like two legs standing tall and strong (that could be you!)
    2011 has double #1s, for personal victory and private focus for yourself!
    2011 has all the promise of a bright and shining new year!

    Life is what you make of it, right, my SparkFriend?!
    All the best for you!
    3866 days ago
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    The True Meaning Of Christmas
    by Brian K. Walters

    In todays' day and time,
    it's easy to lose sight,
    of the true meaning of Christmas
    and one special night.

    When we go shopping,
    We say "How much will it cost?"
    Then the true meaning of Christmas,
    Somehow becomes lost.

    Amidst the tinsel, glitter
    And ribbons of gold,
    We forget about the child,
    born on a night so cold.

    The children look for Santa
    In his big, red sleigh
    Never thinking of the child
    Whose bed was made of hay.

    In reality,
    When we look into the night sky,
    We don't see a sleigh
    But a star, burning bright and high.

    A faithful reminder,
    Of that night so long ago,
    And of the child we call Jesus,
    Whose love, the world would know.

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    Merry Christmas
    Jo Ann
    3868 days ago
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    On Thanksgiving Day we’re thankful for
    Our blessings all year through,
    For family we dearly love,
    For good friends, old and new.

    For sun to light and warm our days,
    For stars that glow at night,
    For trees of green and skies of blue,
    And puffy clouds of white.

    We’re grateful for our eyes that see
    The beauty all around,
    For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
    And ears to hear each sound.

    The list of all we’re grateful for
    Would fill a great big book;
    Our thankful hearts find new delights
    Everywhere we look!

    By Joanna Fuchs

    Jo Ann
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    3898 days ago
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