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At Jersey shore - 9/22/2012

My daughter Sharon and my baby, George (he's the one in the middle LOL)


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My old mantra (getting skinny is more fun than getting fat) was getting stale, even though it is still true. I have begun to suspect that I have an eating disorder (binge eating) and that my focus on sugar, while noble and not wrong, may be missing the mark. If I can really not eat unless hungry (with some exceptions, of course), and if I can be reminded of this every time I open my spark page, I think I will see more success than I have over the last two years as I have watched my weight creep up a little.

I have been a proud and happy member of SparkPeople for 8 years. It is an extremely important part of my life. I feel like I am the ultimate work in progress. After an initial loss of 40 lbs. in 6 months, I have struggled. My struggles have included gaining back some of the weight and just bouncing around at a certain level. I think things are finally moving in the right direction again.

I have been plagued by the sugar monster. I have made quite a few false starts in my efforts to control my sugar consumption. However, I have read many books and watched many videos about the dangerous effects of sugar, and they are finally beginning to sink in.

Another goal I have for 2016 is to become a better role model for my fellow sparkers. I hope you get some inspiration from my page.

Member Since: 12/4/2007

Fitness Minutes: 185,215

My Goals:
Weigh less than 200 lbs. - achieved 4/20/2008

Weigh less than 190 lbs. - achieved 5/20/2012

"Do" a 5K - achieved 4/28/2012

My Program:
- Follow the nutrition guidelines outlined by SparkPeople

- Work out at the health club - 3-4 days per week

Personal Information:
I have lived in Northern NJ for most of my life. I have two great kids, a 30 year old daughter (attorney and aspiring tri-athlete) and a 27 year old son who is an assistant basketball coach at a junior college. I have also been married to the same guy for 38 years.

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For most of my life I was not much of a reader. At some point I started listening to audiobooks and loved them. I especially liked Michael Connelly and Sue Grafton. But recently I haven't done it so much, partly because I currently have a relatively short commute.

I work as a technical writer in the pharmaceutical industry. It is contract work, so I am not sure how long my current job will last.

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  • v FITJEN48
    You've got this! Have a great week 8!!!
    39 days ago
    GREAT JOB hon on passing UP the pumpkin cheerio's ! I have a friend who RAVES about them. Hmmmm it's food. Simple ,,, it's food. Se's FINALLY losing,,, has done very, very well. Last fall she was 299, this year, 226 so NOT bad 76 lbs in one year !!

    She and I have been friends for 45 yrs. She was always the largest person in school. I was the BULLY (only beat up those who were picking on the ones who couldn't defend themselves,,,,, never anyone innocence. Usually I was beating up the bullies who had gone after those who just couldn't as said ) so she LOL wanted to be my friend BADLY and bribed me,,,, hey I was 12,,,, she bought me a pack of gum (Large pack) to school each day. The teachers ALWAYS back then (Hmmm will have to ask my GD if they still do this??) would point to the wastepaper basket,, out it'd go. Very quickly more would go in. I was a very good student,,, they didn't ride me. However Karen they DID so she had 2 or 3 packs a day for herself.

    Years later I asked her,,,I knew it all along "Did you become my friend so NO one would pick on you?" "Yes." I roared with laughter that she admitted it. She's a very sweet, loving person just the type who could NEVER defend herself. That remains to this day. Of course as adults we do NOT beat others up, but if someone wants to be mean to her or anyone else I care for,,,,it gets around in a non flattering, yet "innocent" way. It works. Hmmmm I'll have to ask her "Are you STILL my friend so others don't say bad things about you?" Do I REALLY want to know??? She and another friend since my teen years live in the same high rise I do.It took us years to do it,,, but we all LOVE it.

    How are you? Hey not sure,,,it's not on your page,, are you with the WRJ&G team still? They have handed us our Dawggie bowls,,,, well that's now going to come to an end we HOPE ! We had an issue which has hopefully been cleared up. Its so WEIRD to see us in 12th PLACE !! But, yet we overall the week we are usually the 1st to 3rd.

    40 days ago
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