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    Thanks for the friend ad!!!
    So glad I was able to inspire you. Funny thing, I joined SP when I first started my 'diet' but only read articles and did not get active on here until I reached my goal--believe it or not I was too embarrassed and unsure if I could succeed so I stayed in the shadows until I 'arrived'.
    Go figure!

    I think we do have a few things in common! I love art, I was a professional graphic designer and fine artist for several years, but due to a corporate downsizing I lost my job. I got into Real Estate and eventually ran my own office for about 10 years and I left my art behind for almost 15 years. I used my talent in my office creating ads and doing marketing, but the fine art and decorative art went by the wayside. After the Real Estate collapse, I closed my office in 2009 and have been working out of my home. I was very depressed (I didn't want to close my office) and gained even more weight.

    Then, when my younger daughter started talking about weight loss surgery and how she felt destined to be fat if she didn't do something drastic. Suddenly, I felt like a REAL failure as a parent who should have set a better example. So, I set out to show her weight loss CAN be achieved without surgery. And, I did it!!! (She still got the surgery about 6 months later--and is doing well.)

    Now, my older daughter is working on losing weight (the old fashion way) and is about the same place you are. She (re) joined SP a few weeks ago and is using the 17 day plan. Surprisingly, it is a very similar approach to how I did it, although I didn't do 17 day cycles. I just figured how many calories I needed and made the food 'fit' into the calorie allotment. When, I felt starved I realized then I needed more protein and added that, then I decided I really like bread and added that back in on occasion, and so it went.

    Exercise was and is still a challenge, but I try to do something physical everyday and since getting to my goal weight I am not nearly so hesitant to get up and DO something. I feel great and even the aches and pains I was developing before has been greatly reduced. I can do almost anything within reason.

    Thanks again for the friend add and hope we can continue to inspire each other.

    P.S. I am reviving my art. Currently, trying my hand at mosaics--which have always fascinated me. We have a nice little cabin not far from the house and I am revamping it for a studio space--it is reviving my spirits in a big way too!

    2959 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/8/2013 2:31:14 PM
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    Welcome to the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge Team! emoticon Feel free to add me as a friend. If you need any support or just someone to talk with, give me a holler.


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    emoticon Cheri on your OUTSTANDING 33 - pounds weight-loss success! I am so PROUD of you! Keep being the WINNER that you are in all that you do! You are an INSPIRATION to us all! Sending you WOOHOO hugs from my sparkpage to yours. Have a wonderful weekend!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2970 days ago
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    Hi, thanks for stepping up to be a team leader. I do want to continue being part of the December 26th, 2012 team. So far my weight has stayed right in the same five pound range for months since joining. No loss! This is typical for me to stay the same weight for years at a time - too high of a weight, but not gaining much either. I am still thinking that one day I will go into a downward flow and til then -- I keep myself ready for it to happen. I think it is great to feel connected to Spark People.
    2996 days ago
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