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At 51, I feel better than I did in my 30's. Thanks, Spark, for . . . EVERYTHING!

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I went from rotting in the recliner to enthusiastically walking 5K's in four months. Now I run!

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SparkPeople has permanently changed my life. I am forever grateful.

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See Sally set sail on the journey of a lifetime: becoming physically fit at the age of 50! I have a love affair going with food and an absolute terror of being hungry. A mom to twin thirteen year-olds and a fourth and fifth grade teacher, I need to get my act together so that I have the energy to enjoy these extremely important, consciously chosen roles. My challenges: stress, osteoarthritis, difficulties sleeping. My support system: an encouraging husband, son, daughter, siblings, co-workers and friends. May the force be with me on this important journey.

Member Since: 7/10/2011

Fitness Minutes: 20,253

My Goals:
4/4/12: I've lost 47.9 pounds and am hovering within my goal weight pound. I've been at it for just under nine months. I feel so good. Spark works if you work Spark. I think, more than anything else, I feel so glad about this because I've done it in so healthy a fashion. That is truly only because of what I learned here at Spark and because of the support of SparkFriends and my healthy family and friends.

7/10/11: Lose 30 to 50 pounds, with the first goal being to lose 30 by February 5, 2012.

Gain energy and confidence.

Become active again!

11/12/11 Update:
32.6 pounds gone.
New goal is to lose 10 more and see how I feel.
Next goal after is to maintain within a 5 pound range for six months.

I continue to gain energy and confidence.

I've become extremely, jubilantly active again. Hallelujah!

2/18/12 Gooooooooal! It feels so good to feel so good. AND to feel proud of myself. My physical successes are s

My Program:
Currently, I am carefully tracking my food and excercise. I am thrilled to have found this program. I have been looking for an affordable weight loss and fitness program for quite awhile now. Free? Amazing and APPRECIATED!!!!

Still happily tracking food and exercise. It WORKS. I plan to continue through at least six months of maintenance, and I plan to continue participating in Spark forever to help others get their lives back as I've been given mine.

Personal Information:
A native Texan, I have lived in Austin since entering UT in 1982. It is a great place to be from--especially in the summer when "from" is the operative word, and my family and I leave for cooler climates.

Other Information:
I'm really grateful for this program and for the support I've already received from many members. I hope to participate as actively as a full-time teacher, mother and wife can. For the moment, I find the site just a bit overwhelming, so please be patient with me if I don't respond to messages promptly.

11/12/11 Update:
I'll happily help anyone with questions about the site, and I will gladly say that, though I've mastered it, I still discover new, helpful aspects constantly.

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  • v EMMABE1
    Creating the life you want starts with CHANGES
    It’s not what happens to you that matters – it’s what YOU do with it!!
    For your lovely comments on my blog – once you have accepted that it’s for YOUR life – the rest is easy.

    3343 days ago
  • v no profile image AGRANDEMOM
    Sally your are a great example. Everyday i see you it makes me feel that I can follow your example too and finally get to the finish line. I just need to be more consistent coming here! Great Job!
    3344 days ago
    I see you got a couple awards already this month. Congratulations. Keep up the good work.

    3351 days ago
    Sorry your day was crummy! At least you still made some good choices.

    I've been getting little beeps and boops and twinges of aches and pains when running, and I have a hard time figuring out if it is something to run through or to take time off to let heal. I've been upping my mileage, so that's probably the cause....I haven't run more than 6.2 miles before, but my hubby and I are going to share a half marathon by doing a relay (I think I get to do the 8 miles) in March.

    Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're doing well! :-)
    3378 days ago
    Thank you for the encouraging words. They really helped me to get my head right.
    I've been on a plateau for a few weeks now and it has be getting me down. The scale is crawling down to my goal weight. But today, I decided to go with that and move my goal date out about 2 months. I don't have to hurry. I didn't get obese in 8 months, so I shouldn't worry about getting thin in 8 months. I have a healthy BMI now and I'm much healthier than I was.
    I hope you are doing great. Have a very nice week. Jackie emoticon
    3379 days ago
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