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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!

Member Since: 5/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 138,140

My Goals:
To go from 200 lbs to weigh 135 lbs.
To be a size 10.
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, 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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    Thanks for the wishes. DH's surgery ended up being cancelled due to thyroid issues so have more upcoming appointments to delve into that (no dates set yet, though). THEN, if needed, the surgery can be rescheduled. What a roller coaster!

    2 days ago
    awwwww, thanks for your comment on my blog picturing Miss Lilly in her winter gear! HOPEFULLY she'll be a little more cooperative wearing it!

    2 days ago
    Thanks for liking my picture Karen, despite the smoke the birds keep showing up here, different ones come with the changing seasons. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2 days ago
    OH sweetie, proud of you for having the courage and resolve to keep trying! That’s #1 important!

    Hope you do get to go out to breakfast. My favorite meal of the day. We usually meet some friends at a little café on Saturdays, but haven’t done that for a month now. The café is well set up for social distancing and they’re in our tiny, tiny bubble. Anyhow, we won’t see them till next weekend, but still want to enjoy a breakfast out.

    God is good!


    2 days ago
    That's ok Karen, about the goodies, we get busy. My daughter just loves books, buys them all the time. I need to clear some things here too as soon as I find someplace to donate them.
    Is a bit clearer out here can see blue skies, just a little smoke in the morning so I will wait for my walk, usually clears up later. Still see flames way up in our mountains, sad to see all the burned mountains.
    Have a nice Sunday emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3 days ago
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