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Twenty Seven Years Ago - Honeymoon in Florence, Italy





Twenty Seven Years Later - I think that I need a new hairstyle! It is the same as the Honeymoon.





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BE EVER VIGILANT

CONSISTENCY AND PERSISTENCE ARE THE GOALS - PERFECTION IS NEVER THE ANSWER. ACCEPTANCE AND MOVING FORWARD ARE.

YOU CHOOSE WHAT TO EAT - DON'T LET THE FOOD OR YOUR EMOTIONS MAKE THAT DECISION FOR YOU.

YOU CANNOT OUT EXERCISE A POOR DIET.

Whatever path you choose don't expect someone else to pave it for you .

Failing is only failure if you quit.

Update on 1/19/1011

I lost 35 pounds on ...
BE EVER VIGILANT

CONSISTENCY AND PERSISTENCE ARE THE GOALS - PERFECTION IS NEVER THE ANSWER. ACCEPTANCE AND MOVING FORWARD ARE.

YOU CHOOSE WHAT TO EAT - DON'T LET THE FOOD OR YOUR EMOTIONS MAKE THAT DECISION FOR YOU.

YOU CANNOT OUT EXERCISE A POOR DIET.

Whatever path you choose don't expect someone else to pave it for you .

Failing is only failure if you quit.

Update on 1/19/1011

I lost 35 pounds on Spark in 7 months. I felt great - confident, healthy. I thought that I had learned how to eat moderately and with good nutrition in mind. But it was so easy to fall back into old eating habits when the stress began and the novelty of eating well and being at goal wore off. Now it is a struggle to lose the 10 pounds that I regained and to really make it about moderation and consistency. This is the tough part of this journey - where the proverbial pedal meets the medal. Realizing that the chips and crackers are not there for stress reduction. That exercise is forever.

It is about me because I am the only person responsible for eating and becoming active. No excuses, blaming, just personal responsibility for healthy decisions. And I want to be healthy for me because I want to feel like I am worth taking care of.

I am 54 and struggle with anxiety issues. I have always struggled with my weight especially since having children and that just feeds into my low opinion of myself. I am hoping to become healthier in mind and spirit. I don't want this to become a diet where I lose weight only to gain it back when the diet ends or my motivation does - Like the last ten times. I want this to become a life long way to live and to connect to other people who share this struggle.

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Member Since: 5/3/2008

SparkPoints: 21,687

Fitness Minutes: 13,139

My Goals:
My goal is to lose 35 pounds and become more mindful about what I eat and how I care for my body. Short term goals:

5 pounds - done

10 pounds - Easter - done javascript:%20void(0);

15 pounds - Daughter Graduation done

20 pounds - new goal for graduation - done

25 pounds - July 4th Family Reunion - done

30 pounds - August
vacation

NEW - 33 pounds - Vacation - 148 - one pound shy of goal. Oh well it is summer.

Each five pounds - try on old clothes to see if they fit. - I am obsessively doing this weekly so this is a stupid goal - but fun.

My Program:
Eating - I am really trying to become mindful about what I eat. I don't crave sweets but salty crunchy is my downfall. I am looking for ways to work around those cravings by eating smaller meals and just saying no to food after dinner.

Exercise - Whatever I am capable of after my 2 year rehab and really whatever I can bring myself to do. Mainly Treadmill and Elliptical for cardio. Mainly resistance bands for strength. I am trying to combine intervals of cardio with intervals of bands to have a high cardio strength workout.

Personal Information:
I am 54 and 5'7"

I am originally from Delaware but now live in Maryland near DC. I am married and have three children. Two are in college and one is still home with me in high school but he is a junior so we are looking at colleges. I love my cat, Jordan, and the beaches in Delaware. I also like to read and watch tv.



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Weight Tracker:

2/15/10 - 180
2/22/10 - 177.2
3/1/10 - 175
3/8/10 - 176.8 - bummer
3/15/10 - 175.2 - bummer
3/22/10 - 172 - yeah
3/29/10 - 171.6
4/5/10 - 169.2 - yeah
4/12/10 - 167.4 yeah
4/19/10 - 166.4 yeah
4/26/10 - 165 yeah
5/3/10 - 162.6 yeah
5/9/10 - 161.6 yeah
5/16/10 - 159.6 yea
5/23/10 - 159.8 ok
5/31/10 - 157.0 yeah
6/7/10 - 157.6 wedding
6/14/10 - 157.5 beach
6/21/10 - 153.6 yeah
6/28/10 - 152.6 yeah
7/1/10 - 152.4 CT
7/5/10 - 151.8 low water in CT
7/12/10 - 150.8
7/19/10 - 151.6 parties and CT cousins
7/26/10 - 148.5 beach
8/3/10 - 148 Lizz party
9/13/2010 - 144.2 that was unexpected!

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Member Comments:
PENNYAN45
7/16/2011 12:37:42 PM

Mary,

Reading your comments on another Sparker's blog prompted me to think about 'bad' and 'good' and diets. For the past hour or so, I have been writing a blog about just that. I think you and I are in the same place. I do not have to be the skinniest person around. I do not want to be on a diet. i DO want to enjoy life too. I think your new attitude is the right one.

Looking forward to your return...

PennyAn

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REJ7777
7/11/2011 7:46:25 AM

Just stopping by to say hi and wish you well! emoticon
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LINIS_THIN
4/25/2011 12:00:10 PM

Hi hun! Missed ya so I came by to say hello sa I got some rest over the long weekend.

How have you been??



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MOMSLIM
4/20/2011 11:47:19 AM

Your page was chosen yesterday as a motivational page. It came on my start page. How are you doing?



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MOMSLIM
4/19/2011 1:16:34 PM

Hello Mary. Congrats on the motivational page.
It's been a while, hoping your doing fine.



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