Me in my beautiful Colorado Rockies Aug. 2008

Me... in one of my many Kentucky Derby hats.



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I started with SparkPeople in February 2008 weighing the most I ever have at 158 pounds. While sitting in my doctor's office crying from depression, I picked up a magazine that had an article about SP, wrote the web address on a piece of paper, found it among a stack of receipts weeks later and decided to see what it was all about. WoW!

SP has given me the motivation, desire, tools and so much support that I needed to finally do something about all the weight I had gained. I don't want to live longer... I just want to live as healthy as I can in the days and years I have left and SP is teaching me exactly how to do it!

I don't diet. I don't deprive myself of any foods that I enjoy. I practice Portion Control and meditate to keep my mind on my goal. I am now constantly aware of what goes in my mouth and I record every single thing every single day. I force myself to get my Cardio in every day and Strength Training a couple days a week. Copy the 10 Commandments for Permanent Fat Removal I have posted here and put it where you can see it every day and LIVE it! Slowly but surely a new you will appear in your mirror and that's a good thing! Your clothes will fit better and your mood will definitely improve as the new you appears.

I'm 52, married 22 years to a very supportive best friend and soul mate and we have 2 sons. Our 20 y/o left Sunday, Nov. 23rd, 2008 for Air Force Basic Training in San Antonio, TX totally breaking my heart and will graduate in January, 2009. Our 17 y/o is a senior in HS attending Jr. College 1/2 days learning auto mechanics and MSU in the afternoons working in the photography dept. He graduates in May 2009.

We live in the beautiful Ozarks in Springfield, Missouri but Colorado will always be home.

Member Since: 10/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 6,010

My Goals:
Not only to lose weight myself but to help others do so also.

My Program:
My program is simple: Just DO it and DO it some more!

I am accountable to not only my Teams but to Myself and my Self is all important to me!

For weight loss meditation I listen to Dan Mannarino's cd "Think and Lose... Eat Anything, Go Anywhere, and Still Lose Weight". You can find it at: www.thinkandlose.com

For daily cardio I do zumba... a Latin Dance Workout dvd: www.zumba.com

Personal Information:
I have another SparkPeople Page you can look at to learn more about me. I'm called BILLIARDBOYZMOM which you can link to from this page by clicking on my icon under Friend's Pages.

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1. Thou shalt honor and believe in thy self.
2. Thou shalt move thy booty, move it and move it some more.
3. Thou shalt never go hungry again. Eat small meals and healthy snacks daily.
4. Thou shalt stock thy fridge with the right stuff. Fruits and veggies of the earth.
5. Thou shalt honestly write it down. If you bite it you must write it.
6. Thou shalt measure and weigh - thyself and thy food.
7. Thou shalt drink enough water to frighten Noah and map out all of the restrooms in the village.
8. Thou shalt not deny thyself a treat or two now and then.
9. Thou shalt not eat out of misery, boredom, anxiety ... but should thou indulge forgive thyself.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's plate.

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  • v JLBART74
    I'm just Checking into say hi! I hope all is well with you!
    2624 days ago
  • v MISS_VIV
    With the running of the Kentucky Derby, I immediately thought of you. And Mint Julips.................oh how sweet you both are.

    Hope you are well and happy


    2727 days ago
  • v SUNNY332
    emoticon to you today, my friend. Hope you have a
    very Healthy day. Be sure and eat light, drink lots of water,
    and get some exercise in today.

    I am glad you are part of the team! Hugs, Sunny
    2816 days ago
    Hi Gwen,

    I see you're fairly new to Military Mama's and Papa's. I know it's tough when your children go off to do something with the military. My daughter is in the Navy. She did a 6 month tour in Iraq from December 07 until June 08. When she first left, I was a basket case. With lots of support from this group, I made it through. Our kids really grow up in a positive way from their military experiences.

    I see your son finished hi basic. Where does he go now?

    2818 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/1/2009 8:54:50 PM
  • v CHURCH54
    I've thought about you all weekend. I hope it was wonderful!!!How is Henry? You can talk to him everyday now. Yea!!!!!!
    2824 days ago
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