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February 19, 2020

Hello Friends! Not sure how many of you are still here from when I was last active on Spark, but I am finally back! I am now a cancer survivor, trying to stay in remission as long as possible by eating healthy and getting down to a healthy weight. I look forward to continuing my journey with new friends and old!

June, 2014
Well, friends, here I am, 1 1/2 years into my jouney, and it appears that I am trying to gain all of my weight back! I am now up 30 pounds from my original 70 that I lost the first year!

My goal this summer is to get back to that confident, healthy, woman you see in the picture to the left, who is ready to conquer those mountains! I am ready and I believe that I can do it again!

I have joined a 5% Summer team to help me along the way. I am now on the Champions in the Kitchen team and I am very excited to get to know and cheer on my new teammates!

Hopefully, next time I update this page, it will be to tell you how I have succeeded over the summer!

October, 2013
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go."
—Dr. Seuss
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

One year ago I decided to take my life back! My cholesterol was high, I was having heart palpatations, and I felt hopeless! My wakeup call came from my cardiologist who gave me 3 months to lower the cholesterol or go on medications! As you can see below, mission accomplished!

Since that date, I have lost 50 pounds (20 in the months before), I have participated in 4 5Ks, and I have met awesome friends through Spark People to help me through the journey!

I surprised not only my doctor, but myself! At this point, there is no doubt that I will one day succeed! I have the tools I need to get me where I want to go and my support system is in place. This is my life! I choose where I go from here, and I choose health!

If you need encouragement on this journey, please friend me, and I will do my best to cheer you to the finish line!

Here are my cholesterol numbers...

10-24-12 Cholesterol Numbers
Total - 259
HDL - 42
LDL - 179
triglycerides - 168
BP - 126/90

4/30/13 Update
55 pounds gone!
New Cholesterol Numbers
Total - 195
HDL - 35
LDL - 144
triglycerides - 78
BP - 120/80

Member Since: 10/25/2012

Fitness Minutes: 8,849

My Goals:

My Program:
Eating whole foods, 8 glasses of water per day, and working with personal trainer.

Personal Information:
I am a Texas girl! I love music and am the pianist at my church. I have 2 adult kids and 1 bonus baby still living at home! I am trying to change my health and my life by making one good choice at a time. I forgive myself when I mess up and move on. I love the support and success I have found on SparkPeople!!!

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    Thanks for taking the time to comment on my SP Blog. It is sometimes hard not to take the all or nothing approach to our goals. One thing that helps me when I blow my calorie range for a meal or a day is trying to keep the bigger picture in perspective. That is why I keep track of my average calorie intake not just my daily intake - it is a calorie deficit over time that makes the difference, one single day can not make us or break us!!
    I hope that you have enjoyed every minute of your visit with your son this weekend!! emoticon
    3099 days ago
    Thank you for the Goodie, and for taking time to comment on my November goals blog -- that reminded me that I haven't done a progress report yet!!
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    3101 days ago
    THANK YOU for adding me as your friend! I added you, too. Have a lovely rest of the week. Hugs!
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    3102 days ago
    It is a joy for me to share in your joy!!
    Thanks for the friend add - I have added you as well! emoticon
    3103 days ago
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    Co-leader SP Class of March 25-31, 2012
    Co-leader Christian Music Lover
    Co-leader of SparkPhoenix

    3103 days ago
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