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Hi my name is Margaret and I live on Long Island, New York. I am a 60 year old widow who raised 3 children The two oldest are married and each have a son. I am still working full time but I have some serious joint issues(have had one hip replaced and need the other hip and both knees done). I have dieted off and on for 10 years but nothing was ever a long term success. I also have lupus and have been on prednisone many times which did not help my weight loss attempts. My thyroid is under active and I am on medication for that as well as arthritis meds. I have resolved that this time I will be able to make the appropriate lifestlye changes to effect a healthy weight but I know I need support and am hoping to get it from the group. I enjoy volunteer work, gardening and I collect lighthouses which are beacons of hope,and safety.

10/28/08 I thought it was about time I updated my journey. I started Sparks the end of July. Reflecting on that I realize in reality that is a short period of time. I have managed to lose 25 pounds and to find support and encouragement here. When I first joined I didn't have any expectations as to how the site would benefit me or even if it would work, after all by this time I was a professional dieter. There aren't many diets I have not tried I only wish I had half the money I spent trying to lose weight I'd be well off lol. I tried nutrisystem, LA weight loss, the south beach diet, the atkins diet, the cabbage diet (that one really stunk). Sure I'd have momentary successes but the minute I varied from the proscribed program on the weight piled with a few extra pounds. Needless to say after years of doing this my once small body was now quite large. Honestly even though I knew I didn't gain the weight in a few weeks I wanted a quick fix. It took me years to finally understand that losing weight and getting healthy is NOT a temporary condition. There is no magic pill or secret diet that will work. Sparks has shown me it is possible with a change of attitude and a committment to a healthy lifestyle to lose the weight. I am down 25 pounds now and I am committed to becoming healthy. Sparks is truly a wonderful site.

Member Since: 7/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 10,415

My Goals:
I would like to effect a permanent lifestyle change by correcting my bad eating habits and replacing them with good ones.
I am looking forward to the day I can walk into a department store and buy clothes from the regular womens department and leave those plus sizes behind!

My Program:
I am serious about sticking to the recommended number of calories a day as well as eating a diversified diet. I plan to incorporate exercise into my life on a regular basis.

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  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
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    3660 days ago
  • v MARLA7
    Hi Margaret - It's me, Marla. Just wondering how you've been doing? Have not seen nor heard from you in months over on the Movin' It team. Please let us know all is well in your world. I ask about you here & there but nobody has heard from you. Miss you. Drop on over sometime if you feel like it. Hope your health is holding up. Did you ever get that other hip replaced? Take care and drop me a line if you could to let me know how you have been. (((((((Hugs))))))) Marla
    3871 days ago
  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69

    Red is for the blood he gave.
    Green is for the grass he made.
    Yellow is for the sun so bright.
    Orange is for the edge of night.
    Black is for the sins we made.
    White is for the grace he gave.
    Purple is for the hour of sorrow.
    Pink is for our new tomorrow.
    A bag full of jelly beans colorful and sweet
    is a prayer, a promise, a loved one’s treat.
    May the joy of Christ’s Resurrection fill your heart and bless your life!
    ~Author Unknown

    Have a super blessed Easter Sunday and may the Easter bunny take all the calories out of your treats leaving you only the healthiest ones!!!
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    Blessings and hugs,

    3984 days ago

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    I asked God for a rose and he gave me a garden.
    I asked God for a drop of water and he gave me a lake.
    I asked God for an angel and he gave me you
    Happy Valentine's Day.
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    4032 days ago
  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    I just want to wish you a very safe, Happy and Blessed New Year!!! May God continue to provide for you and bless you throughout 2010!!!
    Blessings and hugs, my friend,

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    4078 days ago
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