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My journey began at 200 lbs with a goal to lose a total of 70 lbs.

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Initially I lost about 40 lbs. In Jan 2017, I injured my shoulder and foot in an accident leading to steroid injections, surgery and physical therapy. Recovery was slow; I regained a lot of weight and developed other health issues that further impacted my progress. In 2018, a check-up revealed that my BP and cholesterol were also dangerously high.

Determined not to live on meds, I decided to focus on lifestyle and dietary changes. Join me on my journey to health!

August 2020 Update
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Returned to doctor for general exam & the results were fantastic!

Weight Loss: Down from 200 lbs to now 169 lbs
Blood Pressure: Down from 150/89 in 2019 to NOW at 132/70.
Previous Cholesterol was: Total 288 (HDL 48, LDL 197, TG 217)
Aug 2020 Cholesterol now: Total 232 (HDL 51, LDL 162, TG 96)

Member Since: 5/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 144,612

My Goals:
To go from 200 lbs to weigh 135 lbs. and wear size 10 again.
To avoid blood pressure and cholesterol medications.
To get strong, fit & healthy, and have more energy.

My Program:
Following old WW exchange-based diet/program. 1-2 liters water daily.
Exercise/activity 60-90 minutes/day. Strength training 3 x a week.
Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds programs
Also using SparkPeople Workout DVDs and others.

Personal Information:
My name is Karen. I love people, sharing life experiences, and learning about different cultures and foods. Favorite foods (so far) are Italian, Mexican, Chinese,Thai and Middle Eastern. Also I am Christian - I love God and I love the Word of God - Jesus is my Savior and Lord! Spiritual influences include: Joseph Prince, Creflo Dollar, Andrew Wommack, Keith Moore, & Kenneth & Gloria Copeland. I also love animals/nature, living in the country, walking/hiking and fitness, writing, history, art. Enjoy classic, sci-fi & mystery novels. Love Dr. Who (old and new series!) and old movies 40s-50s-60s (TCM) & action/drama films (eg. Bourne series). I am also an artist... see paintings in photo gallery.

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    "The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.
    ~Bill Copeland ~

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    "Say it out loud
    "Today I will do my best!"
    Today , I will try my beat to make good choices
    that are healthy and make me feel good.
    I will work on my goal"
    Was gloomy most of the day but now the sun has come out. I am going for a nice evening walk. Should help me to sleep better
    Have a wonderful Wednesday Karen. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    33 minutes ago
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    It’s TUESDAY!
    And since its CHOOSEDAY:
    Choose to Smile
    Choose to Love
    Choose to be patient.
    Choose to help
    Choose to be kind
    Choose to be happy
    Choose to be you.
    Happy Tuesday.

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    May your day sparkle with good choices.⭐
    Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by. Hope you got some nice new clothes. I was happy to get some nice colorful tops and longer shorts with pockets emoticon emoticon It is still raining here and a loud noise woke me so I got up.
    I hope the rain stops so I can walk later. Having some coffee emoticon and wishing you a nice day emoticon
    12 hours ago
    Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. George Lois
    12 hours ago
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    Success Recipe: 2 cups faith, 2 cups love, 1 cup hard work, 1 cup persistence, 1 tbsp vision and a dash of swagger.” -Jim Rohn

    Rule One is never quit. Rule Two is refer to Rule One. Cake happens, but as long as you remember those rules, you’ll be OK.”

    we enjoyed a sunny day walked early watered the yard this evening since the spay guy came today house duties as usual time for me time with our boy he is in a snuggle mood i like these nights. emoticon wet kisses and snuggles i happy to share emoticon
    22 hours ago
    Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done. Amelia Earhart
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