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This is the first book that my best friend and I wrote. Between the two of us, we have 4 on Amazon.



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Hi!
I was scheduled to have a consultation with a surgeon to have gastric bypass surgery, but I cancelled it. I decided that I was going to do this by permanently changing my eating habits. I have tried many diets over the years and I even lost 70 lbs on SPARKPEOPLE, but then broke my back and gained most of it back. I have wrestled with being overweight since I was a child. I have yo-yo dieted but this time, I am NOT dieting! I am creating a new, healthy lifestyle. I am actually really enjoying eating healthy foods. I can honestly say that I am not missing junk food or processed foods. I eat a lot of veggies and fruits and some meat. The weight is not dropping as fast as I would like, but it is a healthy weight-loss. I started this on June 27, 2020 and at my 6 week weigh-in, I had averaged about 3 lbs a week.
I LOVE SP! Tracking my food has become like a hobby! LOL! That might sound strange, but I do enjoy it and it keeps me accountable for everything I eat. Don't feel bad for me, I do enjoy other hobbies as well. I enjoy writing and have recently published 4 books on Amazon. Two of them were co-authored with my best friend. We have many more coming soon so that keeps me very busy. I also enjoy photography.

Pat


Member Since: 11/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 330

My Goals:
My general weight loss goal is to make small goals and reach them one at a time and not beat myself up or set unrealistic goals!

My life goal is to fulfill what the Lord has called me to do and to make a difference in the lives of others.

Specific Short-term Goals:
*Get off some meds for BP and Diabetes.
*Have more energy.
*Be able to shop for clothes in a regular store.

Specific Long-Term Goals:
Get off ALL meds for Diabetes and BP.
Have energy to do what I want to do.
Reach my goal weight and maintain for life.


My Program:
Eat less.
Eat healthier.
Exercise 15 minutes a day to begin and gradually increase that.
Stay positive and motivated!
Support others.
Ask for support when I need it.



Personal Information:
I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Victim Advocacy. I am currently looking for a job that will utilize these and hopefully allow me to work with victims as an advocate. I want to make a big difference in the lives of others.


Other Information:
My favorite book is the Bible. Some of my favorite movies are Overcomer, War Room, I Can Only Imagine, God's Not Dead, and Mountain Top. I also like the movie Pay It Forward because of the message. It is a message that needs to be spread all over.




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  • v CORKYTHEMOM1
    emoticon Pat! I wanted to jump-start this week by sharing a special non-calorie cake with you! Sending support and hugs from my sparkpage to yours. Have a beautiful and blessed week!


    emoticon RECIPE FOR SP FRIENDSHIP CAKE emoticon

    ~ 1 cup of YOU ARE A WINNER greetings.
    ~ 1 cup of I AM SO PROUD OF YOU smiles.
    ~ 1 cup of EMBRACING YOU WITH SPARK hugs.
    ~ 1 cup of TOGETHER, WE CAN DO IT support.
    ~ 1 cup of NEVER GIVE IN & NEVER GIVE UP encouragement.
    ~ 1 cup of ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF motivation.

    emoticon Mix greetings and smiles thoroughly.
    emoticon Add hugs separately.
    emoticon Slowly stir in support.
    emoticon Blend encouragement and motivation.
    emoticon Bake in warm heart.
    emoticon Serve often.


    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    3061 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    Just stopping by to say hello and to encourage you to keep moving towards your goals, Sparkfriend! Even baby steps add up if you take enough of them...and of course, you know you're worth the effort, right? I'm rooting for you!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
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    "The first step to living the life you want is leaving the life you don't want.
    Taking the first step forward is always the hardest.
    But then each step forward gets easier and easier.
    Each step forward gets you closer and closer until eventually, what had once been invisible starts to be visible.
    And what had once felt impossible starts to feel possible."
    -Karen Salmansohn

    3066 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "Today is a new day. It's a day you have never seen before and will never see again.
    Stop telling yourself the 'same crap, different day' lie! How many days has that lie stolen from you?
    Seize the wonder and uniqueness of today! Recognize that throughout this beautiful day, you have an incredible amount of opportunities to move your life into the direction you want it to go.”
    -Steve Maraboli
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    I hope your week has gotten off to a great start, Sparkfriend! Make the most of each day...do your best to be healthy and to make progress towards your goals. You are so worth the effort, you know!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
    3074 days ago
  • v CORKYTHEMOM1
    Pat, I'm hoping all is well with you. Miss you! It's special people like you that help me keep going and remain focused. I am grateful to have you as a Spark friend and for being an example for me to follow. YOU ARE A WINNER in all that you do! Sending HUGS from my sparkpage to yours. Have a beautiful and blessed week!

    emoticon emoticon emoticon * H * U * G *S * emoticon emoticon emoticon

    emoticon H = Honored to have a special friend who inspires me on a daily basis!
    emoticon U = Unity from your caring support and heartfelt encouragement!
    emoticon G = Gratitude for the commitment, perseverance and triumphs in all that you do!
    emoticon S = Sparktacular role model that creates extraordinary results!


    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    3076 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    “When was the last time you woke up and realized that today could be the best day of your life? Participate in your dreams today.
    There are unlimited opportunities available with this new day. Take action on those wonderful dreams you've had in your mind for so long.
    Remember, success is something you experience when you act accordingly. Success is not something you HAVE, it’s something you DO.”
    -Steve Maraboli
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    Just stopping by to wish you a successful and healthy week! Give each day your best effort....because you are worth it!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
    3083 days ago
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