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Me, at 53 (the hair is up--not gone)

Me and friend Tom, 2004

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Adipose Rose

I'm learning to be my own best friend . . . and to forgive myself for being human, and fallible.
I'm learning to be my own best friend . . . and to forgive myself for being human, and fallible.



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Member Since: 1/10/2010

SparkPoints: 20,629

Fitness Minutes: 19,063

My Goals:
I want to be the best me I can be--to wake up happy and full of energy in the morning, to be confident in my appearance and comfortable in my own skin . . . and I don't want to wince when I catch my reflection in the mirror.

My Program:
For the past two years, I've had some real roadblocks, in terms of illness, surgery, and injury that have given me great excuses to have no program. Shoveling four feet of snow in the blizzards of 2009-2010 convinced me that I had to exercise to lose weight (I had dieted with no progress all through the holidays, but lost five pounds over that month or so just digging out) and that I was fit enough to get back to the gym. I lost just under 15 pounds before joining SPARK. Signing up has been the positive step I'd hoped it would be, especially because of the nutrition and exercise trackers. I've stuck with this program for 8 months now, never once feeling "deprived" or "pushed," and I can say with confidence that--though I'm not there yet--this is something I can continue for the rest of my life. That alone is a huge accomplishment!

I've changed my attitude--toward my body, and toward myself. I *deserve* good things--and I deserve to be happy.

Personal Information:
I'm originally from New York, but have resided in several states in recent decades, and am also a British citizen. I'm a bit isolated in my current location, though I rarely have time to think about being lonely. I have an essentially sedentary and somewhat stressful occupation, and like too many people in our country, am living under constant threat of layoff. Stress nullifies my motivation, and plays havoc with my (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. I think losing the weight that distresses me so will counteract a great deal of that, and help me to achieve a more positive outlook on life.

Other Information:
I like gardening, reading, writing, and a variety of music (almost anything but twangy mah dawg runned off wif mah woman country & western , rap, and heavy metal)--including classical, big band, jazz, and rock. I can't abide users or phonies, and have no patience for those who are ignorant and proud of it.

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Member Comments:
12/17/2015 10:05:46 PM

Hello! Hope you are doing well! Sending hugs!

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10/30/2015 5:15:06 PM

How have you been? Drop a line when you can! Hugs!

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4/11/2015 10:43:26 PM

YOu popped inot my mind! Just wondering what you have been up to!!!

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1/24/2015 8:13:27 PM

Checking in! How's life by you?

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12/1/2014 12:08:10 PM

I was looking back through my old messages from a year ago and there was one from you, so decided to check on you to see how the past year has been going. December 1st, so let's make the next 12 months our best. I'm TRYING a vegan diet for something totally different. I eat lots of dairy products and drink lots of milk, so seeing if I stop that, and go the other way, with fruits & veggies, if I'll get the fat off. Giving it 100 days.

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