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My favorite place... DisneyWorld. Walt Disney was a "happiness" genius... he invented "imagineering"


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HI! My real name is Mary, my nickname is Petie. I've finally decided to get healthy and be happy. My goals are better health, more love and lots of happiness. My presumption is that better health and more love (giving AND receiving) will create even more happiness. Happiness means: being able to tie my own shoes; not having to request a seatbelt extension on an airplane; being comfortable sitting in a restaurant booth; having a car seatbelt that saves me without choking me; enjoying shopping for clothes that fit; buying shoes that are not W, WW, or WWW; enjoying the beach in a swimsuit again! I'm READY!

Member Since: 12/13/2007

My Goals:
My goal is to take one day at a time... and be successful at sticking to a healthy lifestyle!

My Program:
Eat NO fried foods and red meat less than 2X/month.

Drink water, tea, water, tea and more water.

Eat my last meal by 7PM.

Walk wherever I can today.

Personal Information:
I've lived in Florida for nearly 3 years now, and must say, it's a pretty nice place to live. Talk about easy-going! People here are awesome! I understand now why Mom always considered this "home".

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I love my family and all the related antics. I have wonderful nephews and nieces that keep me smiling. My siblings keep me laughing. AND... my mother keeps me happy. She is the sweetest Mom I've ever known!

I enjoy crafts of all kinds. My friends think I'm just a "collector" of craft stuff. Ha! One day they will all be fooled! By profession, I have been an illustrator and graphic artist for years. Now I'm retired, but I still love graphics!

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  • v DODGEGAL20008
    How are you doing? Just checking on my castle loving friend! I hope you are still inspired to keep on the journey with me. I know we can do it if we encourage each other! Have a good weekend! Deb
    3289 days ago
  • v SWIMMOM5
    Hi Mary-
    I like to swim and do water classes also. I am starting to have fun with my Wii fit even though i cant climb on it. I have been shadowing my friends and family doing the exercises on the ground while they are on the board and it still gives me a good workout. Only thing i cant do is the balance games or checking my posture. Keep in touch.

    Anna emoticon
    3299 days ago
  • v DODGEGAL20008
    I had to comment on your page! I have a castle on my page too. Please Check it out. The weather sounds great for walking. I live in Iowa and it starting to get cold. Winter is around the corner. I go to curves five days a week to get me through the winter. Good luck and keep with the journey! emoticon
    3310 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/25/2008 6:25:43 PM
  • v CBOYDE
    Mary~ Glad to hear you have a plan. Any plan is a good plan regarldess of how big or how small. Starting off small is the best way to ensure you succeed. Too often people make big plans/goals and then find that they fail.

    I am here to help any way I just let me know what you need.

    Keep me posted..

    3316 days ago
    Greetings Petie, It is wonderful to meet you. Thank you so very much for stopping in at my Spark page. I am like you, just working on getting my life back, stopping my health issues as well. I find it very frustrating when I go to my water aerobics class and arthritis class the whole shoelace thing, what a struggle. Yet this past week getting a little better at getting that job done. I am going to be leaving on vacation tomorrow, I'm fearful about falling off the healthy living wagon and missing sparks support, it is helping. As for the, "Time to paint", never the time, well the truth is I put that off, sideline it. I do plan on cutting back on office time after i get back from vacation, need more time for my new healthy life, for me. I look to keeping in touch and seeing your progress, just one step at a time. I have fallen back a step now and then, but I just will not give up on me. I had a little gift today when I went to the Dr. for blood pressure, it' s gotten a little better 128/80, well allot better, I hope I can cut back on some of my meds soon. Have a good successful weekend and I hope to check in when I get to Wyoming.

    3319 days ago
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