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I was a chunky child, slightly overweight in my teens, but lost it all AFTER I had my children! I stayed slim for over 20 years. Then middle age crept in and settled in places I never thought it would...I'm on a quest for a healthier, better version of me for this particular time in my life.

Member Since: 4/13/2008

Fitness Minutes: 87,211

My Goals:
It seems I'm always starting over! I have more determination this time around. I know I must exercise, drink all my water, and watch my food intake better. Two years ago I became a grandmother---of a boy by marriage one night and twins born the next morning! --- and I need to be the best me that I can! I can't be of great use to others if I don't take good care of myself.



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I have a Bowflex, many DVD's and videos, a fitness ball and weights...all that I need to be the best me I can be. Portion control needs to be a big part of my plan! I will go back to drinking water like I used to. I know what to do, I just need to rededicate myself to doing it! I've recently started a Zumba class and enjoy water aerobics several times a week. I've started being a Loser because of determination!






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I recently retired from teaching 1st grade at a small private school. My husband of almost 38 years passed away right after Christmas in 2010 and I'm learning to be a new 'me' and to find a 'new normal,' as one friend keeps reminding me. I have so many wonderful friends, Spark Sisters and a great family. My journey for better health all around begins every day.


There was a motivational quote from Pope John Paul II here at SP. It's just what I need for my own motivation: "Consult
not your fears, but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you have tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do." I will look ahead to better health and better life experiences.


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I love to read---you'll usually find me with a book in my hand! I am years behind in my scrapbooking but I still try...and I love making greeting cards. I need to get a grip on cleaning my house...but these other things always beckon...







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  • v LYNKIN
    Hi, Mary! Thanks for the fan! I just found it! I wasn't online much yesterday. Yes, it is wonderful not having in-service and having to get a classroom ready! The district that I taught in starts in-service on the Aug. 17th and the students start back on the 24th. My grandchildren and most districts in my county start back on the 29th. The development that you looked at recently sounds great. WE CAN DO THIS, MARY! WE WILL KEEP PUSHING!
    Take care!
    10 days ago
  • v SLIMSUEC12
    Chubby child too and still working at it. Lost husband last year and no gain. Miracle for me as I tend to be an emotional eater
    149 days ago
  • v LIMASTAR
    Hi Mary,

    Besides shoveling snow, I keep busy with volunteer courses, working out and trying to keep from getting bored.

    I'm in the same boat - trying to lose what I've gained, though it is only 10lbs. I lose a little and gain it back because I still like to eat too much. I really am working on my eating because at my last checkup the doctor said I was per-diabetic.

    Glad that we are still in touch.
    208 days ago
  • v LIMASTAR
    A belated Happy New Year!! It's been longer than I thought. You've retired. How are you doing? I'm still using Spark People, but haven't kept up with the Spark blogs.

    Since retiring, I've been doing a lot of volunteering.

    Hope things are going well for you.
    211 days ago
  • v PENGUINMICHELE
    Thank you for the lovely Christmas tree! we can not get our own trees over here.
    243 days ago
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