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Cooking My Way To Health and Fitness

In May 2008 I committed to changing the way I live my life. I recognized that my body was now that of a fully mature adult and that it wouldn't bounce back as it used to. I accepted that, unless I worked to improve the quality of food I was eating and activity that I was getting, I'd be on the path to disease and further deterioration of my joints. I decided that I was unwilling to give up the opportunity for a healthy, active life, and started making some changes.

Since then ...
In May 2008 I committed to changing the way I live my life. I recognized that my body was now that of a fully mature adult and that it wouldn't bounce back as it used to. I accepted that, unless I worked to improve the quality of food I was eating and activity that I was getting, I'd be on the path to disease and further deterioration of my joints. I decided that I was unwilling to give up the opportunity for a healthy, active life, and started making some changes.

Since then I've had good patches and bad patches. I'm proud to say that I've learned a lot about myself through both of them! I'm not as proud of the fact that I still allow myself to engage in unhealthy behaviours. I do, however, try to be patient and loving with myself. It took 40 years to develop these habits and coping strategies, so it'll take some time and determination to step away from them.

I've also started moving my life along the path that I've wanted to take for 20 years -- I'm now attending culinary school and studying to become a chef. My goal is to graduate with a degree in culinary nutrition and, ultimately, work in a eldercare setting to bring fresh, seasonal, healthy and delicious food to a population that's routinely underserved. We may be part of that population one day, so I'm working to create conditions I'd like to live under!

Here's my current list of rewards:
208.8 (45) - new book OR pedicure OR MAC product
203.8 (50) - romantic weekend/night out with hubby
199.9 -- Party! Bring out the champagne!
198.8 (55) - pedicure OR new magazine OR new nail polish OR new lipstick/gloss OR new MAC product
193.8 (60) - pair of earrings OR MAC makeover and new products (up to 3)
188.8 (65) - pedicure OR new magazine OR new nail polish OR new lipstick/gloss OR new MAC product
183.5 (70) - new jeans, new dress and new shoes
178.8 (75) - elliptical or rowing machine (if I haven't gotten one yet) or gym membership

Other potential rewards: night out (club or movies); romantic weekend with hubby!; new wardrobe (goal?)

Plus, some weekly rewards just for keeping OP:
- Bath!!!!!
- At-home pedicure

Many things have changed since I joined Spark, but some haven't. I'm still with my husband and still value creating our home and our life together. I still feel the effects of the cervical spinal surgery I had in July 2007, though my neck and shoulders are far stronger than they had been. I've gotten more patient with myself and more comfortable with what my body can do -- and am discovering that it can do far, far more than I often give it credit for!

"I belive in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe in kissing. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."
-Audrey Hepburn
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Member Since: 10/4/2007

SparkPoints: 13,765

Fitness Minutes: 13,064

My Goals:
2012 Vision -- I will embrace my life and become that which I want to be

2012 Goals:
* Make fitness a priority
* Make clean, healthful eating a priority
* Be under 220 lbs
* Develop a regular spiritual practice (at least 60 min/month)
* Learn something new
* Continue on my new career path
* Treat my home with respect and clean out clutter and excess
* Live abundantly!
* Read books to better myt self and environment
* Have fun and laugh!
* Review goals once/month


My Program:
1. WW, including daily presence on message boards
2. Focus on clean, Core eating.
3. Exercise at least 3 times/week.
4. Do yoga at least once/week.

Add to program:
4. Meditate once a day.
5. Create and maintain a regular work-at-home schedule.
6. Make and stick with private time to rest and recharge.

Personal Information:
I'm a 47-year-old culinary student , cook and attorney. I'm currently focusing on doing legal work from my home in CT.

I got married in July 2008. I was enjoying nesting with my husband until we began to really feel the effect of his being laid-off from work. Our home is still a work in progress, as are many other things in our lives.

Other Information:
I love cooking, reading, and spending time outdoors.

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WALLAHALLA
12/25/2012 12:18:04 AM

May you be blessed with the Merriest Christmas ever!
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CAYANNEWOMAN
11/17/2011 10:39:04 PM

"Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall 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"



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CAYANNEWOMAN
9/19/2011 11:12:15 PM

So, HOW ARE YOU! Horribly familiar huh? Yeah, it's tough. Life is just random. Unexpected. Dramatic. And I hate it all. I want my yoga moment, my babbling stream, I want to have a glass of wine and not feel guilty because I know it means I'm going to eat everything in sight. There. Off my chest.

What is new? What are you doing these days for motivations?
HUGS



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GINGER_LOSTALOT
7/13/2011 10:04:21 PM

Back in 2008, you left a supportive comment on my blog. I just wanted to drop by to say thank you. I have not been the greatest SPFriend, but I'm trying to change that. It's because of SPFriends like you I was empowered to lose 152 pounds. If there is anything I can do to guide and support you, please let me know! emoticon



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TX.PATRICIA
3/29/2011 8:54:02 AM

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Happy Birthday to You!!

Born today March 27, you can be quite unyielding when circumstances either require or allow it, and when you have the bit between your teeth, you can get a great deal done -- much of which others consider virtually impossible to accomplish in some way. This tenacity is sure to serve you well in both personal and professional endeavors. But in truth, the line between these two aspects of your daily life is likely to be rather undefined much of the time, the one giving way to the other, the other lapping over into the one, again and again.

Your priorities are never clear, either -- though you do have them, surely. Just when one thing seems to be paramount to you, something else quickly replaces it, and the cycle continues again and again. Indeed, those following in your footsteps may find it quite difficult to keep up with you at all.

Hope your day was wonderful!

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