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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 JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy New Year 2010
    This begins a new DECADE so let's make it the best ever. Set small goals. The hardest thing to do is START, so make a resolve to do FIVE MINUTES of exercise and set the timer! emoticon emoticon
    4073 days ago
  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    I am so blessed to be able to count you among my friends and to encourage you and support you. May you and your family receive the peace which passes all understanding this Christmas and 2010! The Joy of the Lord is our strength.
    Blessings and hugs,
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    4078 days ago
  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
    If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

    Be thankful when you don't know something,
    for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

    Be thankful for the difficult times.
    During those times you grow.

    Be thankful for your limitations,
    because they give you opportunities for improvement.

    Be thankful for each new challenge,
    because it will build your strength and character.

    Be thankful for your mistakes.
    They will teach you valuable lessons.

    Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
    because it means you've made a difference.

    It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
    A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
    are also thankful for the setbacks.

    Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
    Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
    and they can become your blessings.

    May you have a very Happy Thanksgiving. I will be counting your friendship among my many blessings. Thank you for being my friend.
    Blessings and hugs,
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    4107 days ago
  • v BUFFALOGAL1952
    Margaret! November 2nd!!! oh my! I will put you on my prayer list immediately. I hope all goes well. Please keep the One Pound At A Time Team informed of your progress.
    4141 days ago
  • v ZSIRYE1
    Good MorningMRZ1225.short visit to see how you are doing today. emoticon
    4143 days ago
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