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A Life in Transition

I am a 50 year old mother of three children who recently became a grandmother. At the present time, I have three beautiful grandsons: James, born in June of 2007, Christian in April 2008, and Xavier, born this past September 15, 2009. They are all such lovely boys!

At the age of 43 - after my children became adults - I decided to earn my undergraduate degree at the nearby University of Michigan. While it has been both a huge and rewarding accomplishment, the constant sitting, ...
I am a 50 year old mother of three children who recently became a grandmother. At the present time, I have three beautiful grandsons: James, born in June of 2007, Christian in April 2008, and Xavier, born this past September 15, 2009. They are all such lovely boys!

At the age of 43 - after my children became adults - I decided to earn my undergraduate degree at the nearby University of Michigan. While it has been both a huge and rewarding accomplishment, the constant sitting, studying, and stress sure has taken a toll on my overall health. Unfortunately, I did not make my health a top priority, and now, I am suffering the consequences.

Just as I did twelve years ago after I quit smoking, I went ahead and gave myself permission to eat like a twenty-year-old so I could "dull down" all the emotions from the constant stress and the physical pain of coping with such a difficult process. There are reasons that mature people have a difficult time attending college on a full time basis. And, staying up all night to catch up on homework is just one of them!

It seems that during the past three decades I have participated in a cycle of up and down, gain and then lose, quite a few times now, and I am sick of yo-yo dieting! However, now that I have committed myself to eating more healthy, I know that I do not want to return to those old behaviors!

Due to two spinal surgeries and continuing disc degeneration, I have finally reached the place where I fully accept that I will always have to practice a weight management program to maintain a healthy weight. Therefore, my program will include modified strengthening exercises and low-impact walking. Needless to say, I know that any efforts - never mind how small - can still lead to a healthier and happier me!

In closing, I have to mention that the "Spark People" website is a great tool to assist me in this endeavor. The SP forums are motivational and the members here are very supportive ! To view my goals and current progress, they are located in the profile section below.
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Member Since: 9/25/2007

My Goals:
Regain control of my dangerous eating habits that in truth, I know will ultimately lead to: a sluggish energy level; shame, due to an unhealthy physical appearance; and worse of all, a horrible perception and outlook due to depression.

After many years of following celebrity trends, fad diets, and hyped-up health information, I no longer want to exist in this continually negative manifestation of bad health . I want to live the best that I can! It's the law of physics - my daily good choices will bring about healthier results. While my ultimate goal is to learn to live within a healthy Body Mass Index, I will achieve my "scale goal' by losing it in 10% mini-goal losses.

Restart weight 236 lbs. 07/06/09
38.7 BMI (Dangerous!)
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236-24 lbs=212 lbs
34.7 BMI
ACHIEVED 09/16/09
212-22 lbs=190 lbs
31.1 BMI
190-19 lbs=171 lbs
28.0 BMI
171-17 lbs=154 lbs.
25.2 BMI
154-5 lbs=Goal

My Program:
In addition to focusing my conscious energy on planning out my meals -aka mindful eating - I will also use the Spark People program as a tool to help me stay on track and remain well-balanced. I want to limit processed foods and sugar, and walk whenever possible.

Personal Information:
Hometown: Monroe, MI
Reside for 11 years: Ann Arbor, MI



MOM to Billy, 33, Ama, 27, and Sarah, 25. Mother-in-law to April, Tommy, and Clayse, respectively. Nonna to James, 2, Christian, 1, and newborn, Xavier, born to Ama and Tommy on Sept. 15, 2009.



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
5/19/2012 7:18:08 PM

On the bathing-tub of King T'ang the following words were engraved: "If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day. Yea, let there be daily renovation."
~Confucian Analects
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Hello Ruby-Lite! Just dropping by from Rootin' for Ruby to wish you a great evening! Hope you are doing well and staying on track. Remember to just do your best and take it one day at a time!
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PIXIE-LICIOUS
2/29/2012 11:36:29 AM

"I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step.
If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another.
In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.... I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking."
- Og Mandino
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Hello Ruby-Lite! Just dropping by from Rootin' for Ruby to encourage you to hang in there...keep doing your best, one day at a time, and you will reach your goals. Don't ever forget that you are worth your best effort!
Hugs,
Pixie



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HICALGAL
9/26/2011 6:40:41 AM

aloha sis! miss u. hope ur doing well...only one of u. have a great week and an awesome season...luv ya!!! emoticon emoticon



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
9/24/2011 1:14:36 PM

Happy weekend, Spark friend! Just dropping by from Rootin' for Ruby to encourage you to keep doing your best, one day at a time! Come by the team and be active. There is always plenty of support and friendship to be found there!
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Pixie
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"Allow yourself to dream and fantasize about your ideal life;
what it would look like, and what it would feel like.
Then do something every day to make it a reality!"
-Brian Tracy
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7/20/2011 9:42:21 AM

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Student says " I am very discouraged. What should I do?" Master says, "encourage others."




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