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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: 139,100

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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    . . . you are a combination of who you were born to be, and who you give yourself permission to be – and you can change the ratio anytime. Charly Emerson
    4 hours ago
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    “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!
    Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot
    be successful or happy.”
    ― Norman Vincent Peale

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    "Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young.
    A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves
    and everyone around us."
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    Hope you had a good day Karen. I got my walks and have to get up early ang go shopping again hope I have better luck. Have a fabulous Friday emoticon emoticon emoticon
    22 hours ago
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    your very welcome Karen and Buster LOVED his Turkey, I give him his own little Turkey and a little potatoes every year. I LOVE him Soooo! emoticon
    22 hours ago
    emoticon emoticon Wear Your Winter Jacket Thursday!

    Sign up now for a holiday race. Most cities offer running and walking events on and around holidays. They not only raise money for charity, but also keep you active on a day otherwise filled with overindulgence.

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    Your Thank You Note SparkGoodie is greatly appreciated! emoticon

    Hope you had a stress-less day. Its chilly here in central Florida, had to wear my winter jacket yesterday and today. The temps will be back to normal (70 degrees) tomorrow. emoticon emoticon SPark ON! emoticon
    1 day ago
    You are welcome Karen. Thank you for stopping by. The sun is out here so will be warming up and I will get another walk in.
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    1 day ago
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