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KELLY_SS is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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"Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I've started out, for God knows where
I guess I'll know when I get there

I'm learning to fly, around the clouds
But what goes up must come down

I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing"
(Tom Petty)

January 4, 2018 = There is nothing that has ever been consistently harder than losing weight. It never gets easier. I don't know where this attitude to keep trying comes from but thank God for it. My body doesn't cooperate very well but I am trying to love it enough to make some healthy changes that will be better for the body and for my Spirit. I want to feel better, that is the simple reason for wanting to lose weight. Having chronic illness and being this overweight is haaaarrrrd!

"Fall down seven times, stand up eight."


"Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while you're waiting."


I'm Kelly and this is my journey!

There have been many changes in my life since I was last active at SP. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Type 2 diabetes. Since then 'life' has been physically painful for me and I am not in great condition right now but I will be learning to eat healthier to control my blood sugar and for overall health improvements. The harder issue is exercise because that is so much harder when also having chronic pain/illness.

I am not new to SP. I first joined in 2006 and was very active for about 2 years and lost 70 lbs. After that, it was a slippery slope and I was in and out of SP until 2013 when my health turned upside down and I left. For about 11 months I had no use of my right arm so being online was nearly impossible.


If you haven't walked in MY shoes,
don't tell me what it feels like.

Member Since: 5/15/2006

Fitness Minutes: 10,105

My Goals:

2019: Simple goal. To weigh less at the end of the year than I started.
If I have to pick a goal number, 250 would be ok.

My Program:
Eat right
Use the food tracker
Drink Water
Cut back on red meat and all soda
Eat more veggies and fruits
Lower carbs

'To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.'

'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

Personal Information:
RA & Fibromyalgia Warrior

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"People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong...Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?" ~Thich Nhat Hanh

'Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.' ~Plato

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    Hi Kelly,
    You are doing great, it's nice to hear from you to. I have had a bit of a bad week, you can read it in my blog from yesterday. I did manage to get out today, I forced myself to walk over to Walmart, it's just across the street. I bought a water bottle that I can take to the gym, I hope to go back to that tomorrow. Will have to wait, I am still sore today. I made a really nice turkey vegetable soup for dinner tonight and I think I'll have a salad to. Good work on getting your husband and son motivated. He sure is a cutie. Hang in there, some days are good and somedays are not so good. Remember we are in for the long haul, so we just keep on trucking and there maybe some bumps in the road, but it doesn't take long to get over them.
    5443 days ago
    Hi Kelly

    Thanks for being a positive force in the SP community! Congrats on your results so far and good luck with the rest of your adventure!

    5452 days ago
    Hi Kelly,
    I like your new page. It looks great. I love the little picture of I think I can, that's me on the treadmill as I'm sweating thinking I'm not going to make it. I always do though. Went a little faster today and it actually felt good. Listened to Shania Twains Come on Over CD. Good music to move to. Hope you have a great week. Keep going, things are looking great. Going to post some pictures of my granddaughters 1st birthday party yesterday. Talk to you soon.
    5453 days ago
    Losing weight is the BEST motivation on this journey! Congrats on the 2# down. Just think where you will be at during the Christmas holidays?

    Kelly, you are so supportive. I hope you always get back as much as you give to us here at Spark. I know it's hard to do this and the more weight we have to get off the longer and the harder the journey is. But I know you can do it and we are all here rooting for you!

    Me motivational? LOL! I am tough with my students and expect everyone to work. I would be too hard on people - they want it the easy way. :P
    5459 days ago
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