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My name is Dawn and I live in the beautiful Catskill Mtns. of NY. Been on this journey for MANY years. I joined Weight Watchers in the 80's (when they counted calories:(). I made it to my goal weight of 117. Then I slowly fell back into old habits and through the years I have yo-yoed up and down the scales, rejoined WW 4 times, tried many other "diets". As of 2/23/12, I weighed 183.6. I've finally realized at the age of 55, it's not about just calories, it's about MOVING and not feeling sorry for myself for my aches and pains. So I rejoined WW 2/23/12 and am very happy to say I've lost 6+lbs and 3 inches from my waist already. Guess I can't use the excuse of "menopause" or my shoulder pain anymore. I've found that instead of sitting idle during the day, I just get up and move...anything, whether it's chasing my toddler grandson around or just dancing with him or doing a Leslie Sansone Walk at Home DVD. I can't believe it took me this long to realize that sitting is the worst thing anyone can do. So my motto now is MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!!!!! It might take me a year or more to lose this 50 lbs, but I will get there...and STAY there!!!

Member Since: 7/16/2008

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1. To be at a HEALTHY weight...and STAY there!
2. NEVER be a couch potato again.
3. Be healthy so I can watch my grandson grow up.
4. Walk or exercise EVERY day, whether it's inside or outside.

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I just re-joined Weight Watchers and have started working out with Leslie Sansone's Walk At Home DVD's...hoping to be able to get back to walking and hiking outside once Spring gets here in the Catskill Mtns.

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I live in the beautiful Catskill Mtns. of NY. I guess you'd say I'm semi-retired...I care for my beautiful 1 yr. old grandson everyday. Been married to my best friend for 36+yrs and we have 3 beautiful, grown children and one great son-in-law and one grandson we adore. I love to hike, ride my husband's Harley, sew teddy bears, paint woodcrafts walk and hike and read.

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    Hi Dawn and thanks for the nice comment on my page. :)

    BTW, love your dog pics. I'm a lifelong doggie mom and couldn't imagine my life without one.
    2263 days ago
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    The Trick or Treaters will be out this weekend. Remember your Weight Watchers POINTS values and check to see if you have what it takes to indulge before you begin to nibble. Are the treats really worth it or will you be setting yourself up for a gain at the scale? You're worth taking care of ... even on a holiday full of candy and treats!

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    2457 days ago
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    Your comment was right on the mark - I too felt deprived of eating for so long that I felt I deserved it. I also thought that eating junk and not getting sick was like a victory, and I just kept going. Some victory. Funny as I'm typing this comment I can see that inflatable tube that you received as a "goodie". Yikes. It's a good thing to see first thing in the morning.

    A vision Collage is one of the "One Time Challenges" for Spark. You should check it out on daily spark points page. But don't put the Michelin man on your board-hehe! You need to put what you aspire to. I actually wrote out a whole page of things for me to focus on over the next 4 days. I grabbed it first thing this morning and hopefully that will keep me focused.
    2500 days ago
  • v BOOTS
    UH OH...read the post below mine. I posted a blog when I had mine done. Yes, the prep is the worst part!

    Your fitness will come back. Just keep at it!
    2501 days ago
  • v LILYPAD36
    Good luck Friday, but I know Thursday is the worst part. What a terrible prep that is to endure. It's certainly worth going through to know that all is well. It's so easy to forget about the things that you can't see until they shake up your world!
    2501 days ago
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