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I am 36 years young with a whole lot of life left in my, I hope. I have nearly raised my children, and have more time to think about me. Although this journey is hard, and don't have much support at home, I am hoping that I can do this for me. A new me. The real me. The one that has been buried for way too long!

Member Since: 12/30/2009

Fitness Minutes: 261

My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to be 125lbs by my birthday, September 30 of next year.

I wish to quit smoking and be completely done with it by September of this year.

My Program:
I started Zumba tonight! I plan on doing that at least two times a week. As the weather breaks, I will be able to start walking at night.
I plan on watching what I eat, although, I am not doing a good enough job right now.

Personal Information:
I live in Southern Illinois, for now. I really want to move away from here. I see myself living in the mountains, preferably in the pacific northwest by the time I am 45. But I have a feeling I will do it alone, and without the life I know now. It was never my dream to live and die here, but my spouse looks at it differently. It is time I live for me!

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I love reading! I could read a whole book in a day, and have on more than one occassion! I am not ashamed to say that I am a Twilight fan, and have read the series in a whole weekend. I also enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series. A.K.A TrueBlood, on HBO. I read that series in a weeks time. 13 books I believe? I love the Janet Evonavich "Stephanie Plume" series and anything by Nicholas Sparks. Now there's a husband I could live with! In addition to reading, I also write. I have started on three novels, none of which are finished, nor may they be ever published, but they are mine, and that's what counts, for now.

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    2652 days ago
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    2655 days ago
    The Smoker’s Vow

    To be said just before taking your first puff after
    having quit for any appreciable period of time


    With this puff I enslave myself
    to a lifetime of addiction.
    While I can’t promise to always love you,
    I do promise to obey every craving and
    support my addiction to you
    no matter how expensive you become.

    I will let no husband or wife,
    no family member or friend,
    no doctor or any other health professional,
    no employer or government policy,
    no burns or no stench,
    no cough or raspy voice,
    no cancer or emphysema,
    no heart attack or stroke,
    no threat of loss of life or limbs,
    come between us.

    I will smoke you forever
    from this day forth,
    for better or worse,
    whether richer or poorer,
    in sickness and in health,
    till death do us part!

    “You may now light the cigarette.”

    “I now pronounce you a full-fledged smoker.”


    Postscript: While 1 in 2 marriages end in divorce, the addiction to smoking will last a lifetime—albeit a shorter lifetime. Once a smoker, annulment of the addiction is impossible. One puff can result in a permanent relapse. Don’t take the chance of relapsing to this marriage of inconvenience.



    2836 days ago

    My Cigarette, My Friend?"

    by Joel Spitzer

    How do you feel about a friend who has to go everywhere with you? Not only does he tag along all the time, but since he is so offensive and vulgar, you become unwelcome when with him. He has a peculiar odor that sticks to you wherever you go. Others think both of you stink.

    He controls you totally. When he says jump, you jump. Sometimes in the middle of a blizzard or storm, he wants you to come to the store and pick him up. You would give your spouse hell if he or she did that to you all the time, but you can't argue with your friend. Sometimes, when you are out at a movie or play he says he wants you to go stand in the lobby with him and miss important scenes. Since he calls all the shots in your life, you go. Your friend doesn't like your choice of clothing either. Instead of politely telling you that you have lousy taste, he burns little holes in these items so you will want to throw them out. Sometimes, he tires of the furniture and gets rid of it too. Occasionally, he gets really nasty and decides the whole house must go.

    He gets pretty expensive to support. Not only is his knack of property destruction costly, but you must pay to keep him with you. In fact, he will cost you thousands of dollars over your lifetime. And you can count on one thing, he will never pay you a penny in return.

    Often at picnics you watch others playing vigorous activities and having lots of fun doing them. But your friend won't let you. He doesn't believe in physical activity. In his opinion, you are too old to have that kind of fun. So he kind of sits on your chest and makes it difficult for you to breathe. Now you don't want to go off and play with other people when you can't breathe, do you?

    Your friend does not believe in being healthy. He is really repulsed by the thought of you living a long and productive life. So every chance he gets he makes you sick. He helps you catch colds and flu. Not just by running out in the middle of the lousy weather to pick him up at the store. He is more creative than that. He carries thousands of poisons with him which he constantly blows in your face. When you inhale some of them, they wipe out cilia in your lungs which would have helped you prevent these diseases.

    But colds and flu are just his form of child's play. He especially likes diseases that slowly cripple you—like emphysema. He considers this disease great. Once he gets you to have this, you will give up all your other friends, family, career goals, activities—everything. You will just sit home and caress him, telling him what a great friend he is while you desperately gasp for air.

    But eventually your friend tires of you. He decides he no longer wishes to have your company. Instead of letting you go your separate ways, he decides to kill you. He has a wonderful arsenal of weapons behind him. In fact, he has been plotting your death since the day you met him. He picked all the top killers in society and did everything in his power to ensure you would get one of them. He overworked your heart and lungs. He clogged up the arteries to your heart, brain, and every other part of your body. In case you were too strong to succumb to this, he constantly exposed you to cancer causing agents. He knew he would get you sooner or later.

    Well, this is the story of your "friend," your cigarette. No real friend would do all this to you. Cigarettes are the worst possible enemies you ever had. They are expensive, addictive, socially unacceptable, and deadly. Consider all this and NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!


    ©1984, 2000 Joel Spitzer


    2836 days ago
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