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Welcome to a piece of Alaska on SparkPeople.

I'm a 45 year old mom of two, music teacher who just finished a BA in psychology almost 3 years ago. I work as a private music instructor and am also the administrative assistant/payroll person for the music studio. I am slowly learning to take care of myself while my body continues to shut down. Some of the long term changes I've tried to put in place haven't really worked, but I'm still stepping forward.

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Welcome to a piece of Alaska on SparkPeople.

I'm a 45 year old mom of two, music teacher who just finished a BA in psychology almost 3 years ago. I work as a private music instructor and am also the administrative assistant/payroll person for the music studio. I am slowly learning to take care of myself while my body continues to shut down. Some of the long term changes I've tried to put in place haven't really worked, but I'm still stepping forward.

I still look forward to the journey. I am still hoping to find some motivation to help in my adventure towards healthiness and I continue to feel encouraged by the supportive community here.

My image as I joined Spark People was the oxygen mask dropping on the plane. I've been helping quite a few people with their own masks, and I may have had mine on, but right now, it needs special attention. Maybe my son put a kink in it! Regardless, it's time for Mommy time and readjustment of "resources!" Since I joined SparkPeople, more folks around me have needed my help. I'm accompanied on my local journey by friends who care and are trying to to help me find that little tiny word in the middle of the alphabet - L M NO P see it there? Me too.

As of October 2008, I have a Wii to play with, and feel more motivated to take care of me - it's like having PT at my house!!! I was also grateful to find a Wii Fit Team here at SparkPeople! Even more motivation!!! WooHoo!

January 2009 - I joined the New You Boot Camp challenge. I'm not sure I'll be able to do everything that's recommended, but I trust that I can make it through 31 days! A little each day, right? Well, this was part of the challenge for day one - updating this page! See? I did it!

May 2009 - I'm trading the New You Bootcamp challenge for the Sweatsuit to Swimsuit bootcamp. I also reconnected the Wii and played some baseball pitching lefthanded! Woohoo!

December 2010 - 2010 has been a very rough year mentally and physically, yet I've done what I could to persevere. I may take time, soon, to post some of my pictures I just posted to Facebook yesterday. This year has been a year of changes, but I know more need to happen. I'm glad I already have SparkPeople as part of my resource for that.

February 2011. I was down to 140 and am back to 145. I'm sad about that. It's not a bad change, mostly a medication change, and as I heal from a serious bout of pneumonia, I'll be able to tone and drop a little more perhaps. It's not vital to know. My image, this week, is being in a boat with adequate supplies, but the oars are gone. The sky isn't dark, but the clouds are around, and the waves are the waves that are from further out storms, just rocking me currently. If I can lift my eyes, I see glory rays - beams of light through the clouds. There's peace in the storm, and I'm glad for that. I'm also glad to be here. As I'm becoming more engaged with SP, I'm gaining more support. I'm very grateful for that.

May 2012. I'm back up to 160, but I'm wearing small shirts and smaller sizes than I have in the past few years. Still fighting belly issues. I was gainfully employed yet lost my position because my health didn't let me have consistent work hours.

My kids have 3 more days of school, though, and we'll have an active summer. They're both enjoying swimming, and T is competing with me on the Wii Fit Plus games. it's fun! I'm also currently part of the Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge. I'm doing what I can with the moments I can! Isn't that a good challenge in itself? I think so.

Jan 2013. I had another position towards the end of summer that lasted into November. I have a space to teach more music students now and am also the payroll/administrative assistant for the music studio. It's an exciting challenge and one I'm looking forward to. It also allows me more time on my own to take fitness classes and care for my growing kiddos. My weight has steadied at 160, and while I haven't been comfortable with that, it's been hard to make adjustments as medications and functioning levels have shifted. I feel healthy at times, yet really can't rely on what my system will do on a given day. That is difficult. I do what I can with the moments I can. That is my best option at the moment!

Dec 2013. I have attempted to stay more involved at SparkPeople this year. The loss of my dad in July was not really a surprise but has still been a shock to my system. I was rather happy/sad in October to see my numbers hadn't changed in a year. That's good and bad. I want to see more changes. I do see doctors less, and they say I'm doing well. My life balance is still off, though, and that's becoming more clear again. I will continue doing what I can do, though. To the next step forward!!!

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1. Enjoy life more

2. Feel better physically and mentally

3. Encourage myself and my family

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2. Walk with son, swim with kids or Wii Fit every day or every other day

3. Monitor my condition and work with my docs (that includes taking my icky meds.)

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WANRAS
5/15/2014 5:13:54 PM

BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AWARD"

You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!

Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!

Again, Congratulations Beautiful!



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WANRAS
1/3/2014 3:40:04 PM

Sounds like you are doing GREAT at being up and moving!!
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TEACHING1ST
12/30/2013 1:20:12 PM

Oh, Carrie, thanks so much for the Goodie....just saw the notice when I came here to say thanks for the comment, lol! Yes, it's been quite a journey. I broke my kneecap at school Nov. 1 and have been on medical leave ever since. The blood clots sent me to the ICU for 5 days, then to my son's 1 story house for 2 weeks. I'm home now and hoping to start a positive trend towards good health. 2014 has GOT to be better than this year.

Here's hoping you will be fine, too. Hugs to you along the way!

Mary



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BOSTONMARGY
12/16/2013 12:17:53 PM

Thanks for sharing your story. Medication can really mess things up when it comes to weight gain.. Fortunately, I'm not on anything that can do that to me anymore and am either holding my own or slowly - very slowly - losing weight.

I find that exercise of any kind is really a good stress buster. Walking calms me down and refreshes my sirit. Right now it's really icy, cold and snowy outside, so I'm making do with SP's online videos. Same result, with less of a nice view!

BostonMargy



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10/29/2013 9:36:33 AM

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