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SAPPHIRETYGER is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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In April 2007 I started a process that was to change my life. Fitness and nutrition!

I lost 80 pounds and went into maintenance mode. Kept the weight off for a couple years but then ...

I backslid and put 20 back on, lost 10 ... then put that 10 plus another 20 back on. I have now put another 10 back on, making a total of 40 pounds I want to lose. So I am recommitting to the addiction ... of nutrition and fitness.

I have learned that not recording my calories is deadly. A day here and there in a month of relentless counting is one thing. Weeks of not counting or recording is another!

I have also learned that letting up on the working out for just one day can lead to a spiral of weeks of not working out. I cannot skip a single day if I want to stay in shape.

January 2012 update: Back on track! Working out daily and tracking my calories, and coming back to Sparkpeople. I have 20 pounds to take off and I know I can do it. It feels good to be getting back in shape again!
2011 update: So it is Midsummer 2011 and I have slowly gained back 27 pounds of the 80 I lost with the help of Sparkpeople during 2007 -2008. My goal at this point is to lose 20 of it and maintain that ... for life. I realize that myhealth and fitness are a lifetime commitment to change and growth.
I began my journey in April 2007 when I saw a picture of myself fixing my daughter's hair for prom and REALLY looked at it. My stomach was bigger than my chest! I then was told by the doctor I needed to lose weight. The quest was on!
I joined Spark in July of 2007 and have been here through all the ups and downs ever since. I love it here and will always offer support to those who need it.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO READ MY BLOGS for more info on my weight loss journey, various health issues, and other "stuff" I have to share. Thanks for stopping by!

Member Since: 6/24/2007

Fitness Minutes: 45,454

My Goals:
For 2012: Good grief. I now need to lose 30 pounds. Might be time to try some new types of exercise ...

For 2011. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I am serious. I have 20 pounds to lose at this point because I let myself stop being diligent. I know better. Time to get serious.

For 2010, I need to lose the 10 pounds that crept back on over the past 8 months or so!

For 2009, my goal is to work on my abs. Now that I am at the weight I want to be, it's a matter of getting focused on tightening up that problem area!

For 2008 - I am almost there! 30 pounds to go!

For 2007 - Need to lose at least 70 pounds. The year is already half over, better hop to it!

My Program:
I use Sparkpeople to my best advantage! I track my calories and when I am at my limit - I stop eating! I try to look at everything I eat as a nutritional choice and figure out what the best choice is.
As for working out - I make myself do some form of exercise every single day; either walking, low-impact aerobics, kick-boxing, strength training -- or a little bit of each. I look for "fitness opportunities" every chance I get.

Personal Information:
I live in Tucson AZ and have 4 offspring, 3 grandkids, 2 cats, 1 dog, and a turtle.
I work as a substance abuse counselor. I have been in recovery from substances for over 15 years!
I completed treatment for Hep C in June of 2008 and have been clear of the virus ever since. I feel great!
I am the very best person that I can be, always striving to be positive and grow spiritually as well as mentally.
Nothing can keep me down, the Law of Attraction rocks!!!

Other Information:
I love all kinds of music, including the Rolling Stones, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, Dave Brubeck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beatles, U2, Velvet Revolver, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Mazzy Star, Stevie Nicks, Blues Traveler, HIM, Suzanne Vega... too many to name, really!
I love reality shows, talk shows, court shows, sitcoms, those kind of series that "draw you in" and stand-up comedy.
Gale Harold, Ron White, Johnny Depp, and Dane Cook all rock!
I love to read, any and everything!
I am an animal lover, activist for social change, and sometimes a real pain because I won't back off when I believe in a cause!
I am Pagan and love the earth. Blessed be!

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    Thanks! That kilt is very comfortable. I would like to get a Utilikilt someday. It is good to be back and I plan to stay this time. WE CAN DO THIS! emoticon
    2760 days ago
  • v RENOKAT52
    when you sent me the first message, it gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling down in my heart, you helped me so much during those first freaky moments!

    I am in stage 4, my liver is failing so I am getting all kinds of "good" things go wrong with my body, BUT...I am still crazy, still laughing and am still as positive as I can be. I sleep a lot more, "see things and hear things" that aren't real (due to being toxic), make fun of the visions and voices and take more lactulose, ick ick ick!!!!!!

    You look totally awesome in your pictures, and I am so glad that you won the war with the monster. I have a couple of friends here in Reno, who are now, also clear. One had to take the treatment 3 times, he said he cried the last time the doc said, lets do it one more time, but now he is glad he went through it.

    I am going to make a point to stay in touch, better. Gotta keep up on all that is happening in your life! a partner? same job? new job? kids? pets? LoL....tell it all love.

    Lots of hugs and more hugs to you and a huge look super!!!

    Kat emoticon
    2760 days ago
  • v RENOKAT52
    R U still around???? momzilla here, now renokat or something like read you stayed clear!!! That is so awesome..I am happy for you.

    You helped me a lot when I was doing tx and in the beginning when I found out. Talk to me..if you are still here.

    huggies still
    2828 days ago
    Thank you for the goodie today and for brightening my life.
    3051 days ago
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    -MaryAnn emoticon

    P.S. calories (n)- tiny creatures that live in your closet and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every night. emoticon
    3587 days ago
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