Ready to walk at the 2009 Relay for Life.

A big reason I want to have a long, healthy life. My son, Easter 2009.

Me and the Liberty Bell -- bell-shaped twins! The bell's fine as is. I joined SP the next week.


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SparkPeople is a great place for new beginnings. But I had my own "new beginning" in August 2007, when a poster on a Star Trek message board encouraged people who were concerned about their own weights to join SparkPeople, as she had done. And with that post, "Miss Chicken" gave me the tools I needed to change my life. I have never met her, and likely never will, but I owe her -- and SparkPeople -- a huge debt.

When I started here, I was nearly 100 pounds above my best weight. I couldn't play with my son for more than five minutes without gasping for breath. I was uncomfortable even when sitting still.

I've lost 96 pounds since then. And what have I gained? I can play with my son until he's bored of it! I can ride a bike, as I hadn't in 30 years. I can enjoy things, like cross-country hiking, that moms younger than me think they're "too old" for. I can look in the mirror and see toned muscles. I can wear flattering clothes.

I reached my goal weight in September 2008, but I'm not done yet -- since that time I've put on a few pounds that need to come back off. So I'm working on my healthy habits again, trying to get back down to goal and this time make sure that I remember, and persist, in using the lessons I learned getting there.

Member Since: 8/29/2007

Fitness Minutes: 63,823

My Goals:
I'm done with being the fat lump on the couch. One of my goals when I started here was to be thinner, stronger, and fitter so that I could share more physical activities with my young son, and with my husband of more than 12 years. And by golly, now I can!

My Program:
I'm trying to eat appropriately every day -- keeping records seems to help more than anything at keeping me honest.

I exercise every day. I started out with walking, and that's still a favorite -- in tolerable weather, I enjoy the great outdoors, and in bad weather I either go to the mall or "walk" with Leslie Sansone's DVDs. But I've gotten braver now, and also enjoy some fun new and new-to-me things like bicycling, trampoline jumping, and even skating. If I need fresh ideas, I apply to my young son, who always has loads of fun ideas for physical activities. I highly recommend preteens as resource people for this!

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A middle-aged bibliophile from the not-quite-wilds of western Pennsylvania (that's in the northeast U.S.). Libertarian, Unitarian, a freethinker if you like me and a crank if you don't. I like to write short stories and poetry, and enjoy arguing WAY too much!

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I love classical literature and poetry, and am also an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy! An overage lit geek, that's me. But hey, I like it! And I should probably mention that I came over here from the TrekBBS. Which makes me not only a geek, but also a Trekkie -- but ya better smile when ya say that, pardner!

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  • v DDOORN
    Hey fellow Relay Sparker...! :-)

    Thx for the Goodie and stopping by my SparkPage...looks like you're doing some Super Sparking there yourself...!

    2627 days ago
  • v URSYL153
    Thanks for the suggestion to check Wendy's own site, though I'm kind of afraid of what I might find out! *L*

    Cool about the walking fast. You're doing well.
    2637 days ago
  • v URSYL153
    What I want to know is where some of these calorie counts come from that I find.... How could either over 500 calories or over 700 calories be in the same menu item from Wendy's?

    I ate very reasonably today, but went over???
    2638 days ago
    Happy (late) Birthday to you,
    Happy (late) Birthday to you,
    Happy (late) Birthday, dear Brennyren,
    Happy (late) Birthday to you!
    (And many more...)
    2651 days ago
    Happy Birthday, Bren!! Have a WONDERFUL day!!
    2653 days ago
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