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October 31, 2009 - My inspiration!

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I've been on and off of Spark since 2008. At first, I did really well and stuck to tracking my food and exercise. The past five years though have been a different story! In June, 2010 I was laid off from my teaching position due to financial cutbacks and was left wondering "What now?!". I decided to go back to school and try something I'd always been interested in - Ultrasound. Making this decision was life changing for me, but also a little overwhelming at times.

Needless to say...I turned to food A LOT! When I was stressed about school and life, I ate. When I was happy about a grade or an accomplishment, I ate. When I was busy, I ate on the run. When I was bored, I ate for something to do. Let's just say that I ate almost as much as I studied!

In Sept, 2011 I was called back to work (teaching a different grade level, so you guessed it....I ate!). I was able to finish school in December, 2011 and ate my way through finding a position in my new career and tackling board exams. I became registered, became employed, and then made another monumentous change to move from NJ to VT.

Now my husband and I are settled in VT and loving it. There have been so many changes (and SO many bad eating choices) these past five years but the ride was great. Now it's time to get serious about making a better me - a healthier me.

Below are some of my favorite quotes and a great poem that I stumbled upon.

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
~Carl Jung

I used to say, �I sure hope things will change.� Then I learned that the only way things are going to change for me is when I change.
~Jim Rohn

We don't accomplish anything in this world alone... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.
~Sandra Day O'Connor

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.
~Oprah Winfrey

I see these people walking slowly down the path of life,
Hesitantly moving forward on the rocky path they have chosen,
Lingering at crossroads as though not sure where to turn,
Stumbling every so often on the loose pebbles of Despair and Grief,
Never taking the time to breathe in all the beauty that surrounds them.
Hope is lost to them - a distant echo of a far distant land,
All life is to them is a path we all are forced to take,
But what they don't realize is that they control their own
~ Cherie Magennis

Member Since: 4/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 36,041

My Goals:
My goals are to be healthy, reach 50, be around till 80. I am trying to exercise daily, even if it's only walking a few miles.

My Program:
Eat right, log everything that goes in my mouth, and get my body moving.

Personal Information:
I lived in Southern New Jersey and was always a total beach bum until March, 2013 when I moved to VT. We traded in the beach for mountains and snow!

Other Information:
I am an avid reader and am always looking for a new book.

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    It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
    ~ Confucius

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    I hope your day was filled with wonder!
    144 days ago
    Thank you for adding me as a friend. We'll take this healthy work together. emoticon
    948 days ago
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    Please check out the TEAM PAGE, There you will find information about everything we have to offer as a TEAM. So come JOIN in the fun and see YOU on the MESSAGE BOARDS. YAY!!.

    We are here to help encourage and motivate each other. Weight loss is not a journey we do well when we are all alone. Success comes when we flock together.

    Most Importantly, Have Fun, Live and Love Life. emoticon

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    959 days ago
    Omgeeee it was so awesome! I was like "Carl is an fing boss" when he first goes out on the street. Then I was like "No! Carl! Oh $@&$!" My heart was literally breaking. I can't remember the last time I was THAT SCARED for a character. Probably when they bailed the farm. It was so scary when he almost shot Rick! Then he just gave in. He still is a kid. That sucked for him to have to realize I bet. He is a great actor. Iv heard speculation that Darrell has Judith.(lil ass kicker lol) if so she's in good hands. Wow cannot wait until next week!
    961 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my post on TWD fan page. I am super excited. On in hour an half here. I also will be staying until midnight because I can't miss TTD after! I added you as a friend. Sounds like we gave similar SP histories. This time it mean business! Stop by my page and revel in my obsession with Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch. :) daphne
    961 days ago
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