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August 2008 Me with my Dear Husband

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Me with Tyler & my new grand baby, Ella. Born June 30, 2011. Photo taken August 18, 2011

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This is the Kansas Capital building in Topeka

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(2016) When it comes to losing weight and changing myself it is all about me. If I don't dote on myself then I'm not going to change me.
I have been to goal weight and below it! I know what it was like!
I want to be back there again. It's truly maintaining that is the real challenge.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!~~~~~
(2006) We all have our special place to call home.
Mine is Kansas. I have lived here my whole life. It's great to travel, but better yet to come back home. My hometown is the capital of Kansas. Our state sits right in the middle of the USA. We enjoy all 4 seasons of the year and each gets pretty extreme most years.
Kansas is full of wonderful colleges. Our personal favorite is KU. although we are loyal to our home town college, Washburn University, well known as a Law School. All 3 of our children have attended both colleges. Our daughters are graduates from Washburn. Our son is a KU graduate. The University of Kansas is well known for their basketball, although football was awesome 2007-2008 KU ROCKS!. UPDATE: KU is #1 in the Nation for basketball in 2008!!! Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My DH and I have lived a wonderful fairy tale life. Our loving families have all lived around us. We are now retired and loving it. We are such home bodies. We thought we would love to travel, but we find we miss home too much when away. We love our little routines we do each day and we are always finding something special to do around the house to make our home of 32 years special to us again.

My hobbies are photography and making friends. I love being around my girlfriends and doing girl things, being with my husband and visits with my children and grandchildren. I still have my mother, sister and aunt living.

.... My journey began in 2006....here at Spark...

(2006) I love to be physically active. I quit doing exercise for a few years and now it's hard, I'm older & don't move like I once did. My advice to you younger people. Don't ever stop exercising. I love to be active, anything that keeps me moving. All of the 1990s I was active in karate and also did some instructing in aerobics. I'd love to get that active again, and also start a new activity my DH and I could share in together. We are thinking of taking dancing lessons. There are a lot of new things to try and we're just getting started!

(07)UPDATE: I'm BACK! Exercise is in my life again! 4 hrs of swimming & 3 step classes each wk, plus mall walking everyday.

(08)UPDATE: I'm now swimming at least 8 hours a wk, sometimes step & weights 2-3x wk, mall walking 5 days 1hr each.I hope to ride my bicycle a lot more, too.

Here is a look at my weight loss for 2008...

Jan 27 .... 185.4 ... wearing my size 14 jeans
Feb 03 .... 184.8
Feb 10 .... 183.8
Feb 17 .... 183.2
Feb 23 .... 179.6
Mar 01 .... 180
Mar 02 .... 178.8
Mar 08 .... 180.6
Mar 22 .... 180.2
Mar 24 .... 178.4
Mar 28 .... 177
Apr 01 .... 175 .... size 12s are comfy now
Apr 06 .... 173.4
Apr 10 .... 172 ...... Started UpDayDownDay Diet
(with this way of eating my weight is coming off twice as fast & it has given me the WILLPOWER to stick with low calories every other day! I can do this! I will make my goal for once in my life & stay there! )
Apr 12 .... 171.2
Apr 18 .... 170.8
Apr 20 .... 167.8
Apr 27 .... 166.2 .... size 12s fall off of me now
Apr 29 .....165.4
May 1 ..... 164.6
May 3 ..... 163.2 ... I wear size 10s... I need to go shopping
May 6 ..... 161.8
May 10 ... 160.2
May 15 ... 159 ... I've lost 12 pounds in the last 28 days
May 17 .. 157.8
May 23 ... 155.8 ...... GOAL MET!!!!!!!!!!! Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 27 ... 155.2
May 31 ... 155 exactly ! I am maintaining! WAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!
June 6 .... 153.8
June 18... 150.2 I'm now wearing size 8 in shorts & slacks
July 12 ... 151.8 still maintaining! Yeah!!!
July 23 ... 154.8
Aug 5th... 154.4 hanging in there! Yahoo!
Sept 1st.. 153.0
Oct 1st.. 156.8 Opps... watch there Cindy Lu!
Nov 10th 160.2 Look at this... my weight is slowly coming on again... time to take action. Why is it so hard to let ourselves regain our lost weight. Keep following my blog and see how I do.
Nov 17th.. 159.6

***********(2009)***** ( 2 surgeries this year)
Haven't posted my weight for a while. I wonder why? Haven't been checking into Spark & my weight is up. Here I go again. I'll keep another running track of my weight.

March 1 ... 168.6 ..OMG... Winter was a killer ... I didn't do Spark!
Mar 2nd ... 167
Mar 3rd.. 166.2
Mar 25th. 165.4
Apr 14th.. 163.8 Fasting/watching calories/exercise
May 14th . Well, here I sit. Can't exercise for this whole month. Had surgery April 29th. I'm sure the pounds are packing on. I miss my weight lifting, too! There I complained of sore muscles... I'd give anything to complain about them again! Oh well.. I have my whole life ahead of me to get back on track. I just need to heal. I'll weigh in June 1.. ouch!
OMG!!!! I finally got brave enough to step on the scales. I am so sad
June 15th.. 175.6 I have a million excuses to use but ... I must over come any problem I have and get back on track...
August 1st... 170 OK.. so I am still way over my goal weight. But! I am motivated and have had a good week behind me. So I am confident I'm back on track like last year. Looking to find GOAL .
October 1st... 173.6 not good, but.. I am on track and know my weight is now going to come down. I'll post my weight the 1st of each month.
Oct 15th 2009 ... Did I mention another surgery Oct 1st? That's right. And a mind set that I'm sitting and not exercising and the pounds are going to pile on. So they did... Where will it end????
Weight.. 179 If I see 180 I'll cry. Does anyone see themselves here? I'll be back November 1st with a running total like I did last year. Why not now? Because I'm headed for vacation and everyone knows you don't diet on vacation, right? =}

~~~~~~~2010~~~~~~~~(4 surgeries this year)
Jan 1st 181 OMG!!
1/2 ... 177.6
1/3 ... 177
1/4.... 174.6

Amazing what eating less will do for you. Amazing
4-6-10 ..180
4-12-10.. 183
8- 21-10 ... 186
8-26-10 ...185.2
Had surgery 4/29/10, 10/1/10 then cancer surgery 8/13/10 and again 9/15/2010.
Currently that's 4 under this year. The first week of Oct I go back to the hospital for a port insert then the following wk start my chemo treatments. Taking a chemo break in December.

~~~~~~~~2011~~~~~~re-occurrence of cancer in March started 6-6 hr Chem treatments then 15- 2 hr chemos every 3 wks. They tell me not to worry about my weight, but I am going to start journaling again through Spark.
8/24/11 171.6 NOT... too sick

~~~~~~2012~~~~~~~~ (1 surgery- spinal stenos)
2/20 184 & I am serious about getting healthy again. I'm only able to walk 10 min. at a time. I am trying to swim some & I want to start weight lifting again asap. I'm doing Avastin maintenance treatments every 3 wks until March of this year if all goes well. NOT... too sick

~~~~~~~~~~~~~2013~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ (2 surgeries- 2 new hips)
Jan 10th... 197.6 ... I am back to try again... NOT, have to recover

~~~~~~~~~~~~2014~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 years in remission!!!
April 17th... 202.6 ... Lordy Lordy!! Back to square one... I am struggling. Nov 18th found out my heart is not pumping up to norm. I have been so tired I have dropped 2 of my 5 water classes I instruct in the last month. weight just under 200.
Pray for me...
My second time this year coming back to Spark. I have hit rock bottom. Sometimes it takes that to jump start. My weight is a staggering 213... on my scales. I see my heart doctor the end of Sept. I have just over 1 month to make improvements in my activity level and weight. Lord Help Me!

My Bio...
I love to listen to the music, dancing in the water, exercise and just acting like a kid again. Being around positive people is a huge plus. And... keeping my Lord Christ Jesus as my guide each and every day! The more I talk with him throughout the day the better my day is. For those who don't believe this I just ask you, are you happy inside. Where does your smile come from? Mine is from pure happiness and love through Christ.

I try to post a photo on each of my blogs below. If you come visit them please drop me a note. I'd like to say hi back & visit your spark page.

Take a look at all the wonderful friends I have made here at Spark. I need them to help me keep my weight down.
2013..update.. I am saddened when I come to Spark as one of my best friends, here on spark, passed last summer. But she is with me and the team in spirit, I know, she is with us here at Spark. happy memories of her. Amen

Member Since: 2/28/2006

Fitness Minutes: 42,085

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My name is Cindy.
I have made it to goal in 2008. Everyday is a new day and I keep working on my weight. Lossing it is only half the work, keeping it off is going to be another journey and I'm never giving up.
I keep journals and I figured this weight thing out ... I know the answer and it's not an easy one...
I must limit myself to fewer calories... Exercise will help me look, feel and be healthier, but it's not going to move those scales.
It is so hard for me to cut my calories. I love to eat! So it has taken me a very long time to get this weight off and each day is still a battle. I used to yo yo like crazy. And I realize I will always be battling this weight. I am not a naturally thin person. I wish there was some way I could curb the appetite I have.
On April 2008.. I started the Dr Johnson's UpDayDownDay Diet & it has really given me the willpower I need to eat less.
updates on my Sparkpage.. follow me

My Program:
I love all food and can't say no to most... so I buy all low fat or fat free foods..
My cheese is FF
My bread is 40-45 calories per slice
My milk is skim
My jello is SugarFree
My hot coco is 25 cal My fudge sickles are 35 cal
My meats are grilled or baked not fried
My potatoes do not have anything on them ..
FF bologna & hot dogs

I try to stay low in all foods, because I know I am going to eat them anyway! I try never to buy the potato chips, candies, all the pit falls where I can't find something Fat Free... But boy that doesn't stop me ... Sometimes I just stop at the store and treat myself to a candy bar... yes I do that... no wonder I will always battle my weight... but I am who I am... I'm trying... it's not fair, you know!

I wish you the best of luck. My advice to you for weight loss is never give up. That is the wrong thing to do. If you falter... It's OK... but get up and get back on track

Personal Information:
I love meeting new people and making friends.

Christ is Lord and I am always asking him to help me stay focused in Him and always ask myself what He would do. Sometimes I do get my foot caught, but then again I think it''s fate that keeps me from falling too hard.
I don't ask why... because it's water under the bridge
Get up and don't look back, or at least try not to. Get busy exercising!
Lose yourself in the moment.

Other Information:
My DH and I were high school sweethearts. We celebrated 47 years of marriage in 2016. We have 3 wonderful children all happily married and 5 of God's most precious gifts.. our grandchildren. My mother is still living (94) and I see her almost everyday.
I am her caregiver when she needs me, but lately she has been doing well.

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