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The cutest picture in the history of Photography! 2001 at the Kuranda Zoo in Queensland Australia





At the Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Taken by my friend Deb.





My first elephant ride! I'm with one of my travel buddies, Jean, in Jaipur, India.



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Mary Ellen's Weight Loss Quest

I travel a LOT and plan to do even more when I retire. I've decided that the bulge around my middle has GOT to go. I know I will enjoy travel much more if I am healthier and slimmer. I don't want any health issues holding me back from enjoying my retirement...
And now that I have retired(yeah!!) and have met my goal weight (yeahX2!!) I need to continue maintaining my new weight and possibly re-evaluate my goal weight a bit lower. For now, I want to maintain what I have accomplished so ...
I travel a LOT and plan to do even more when I retire. I've decided that the bulge around my middle has GOT to go. I know I will enjoy travel much more if I am healthier and slimmer. I don't want any health issues holding me back from enjoying my retirement...
And now that I have retired(yeah!!) and have met my goal weight (yeahX2!!) I need to continue maintaining my new weight and possibly re-evaluate my goal weight a bit lower. For now, I want to maintain what I have accomplished so my new eating patterns become ingrained and all those pants I had taken in will still fit me!
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Member Since: 3/28/2010

SparkPoints: 89,710

Fitness Minutes: 50,157

My Goals:
I want to get down to 169 pounds by the time I retire in Feb. 2011. I started off with SP at 209. I'd previously lost about 20 pounds after I had my knee replaced in 2008.
I reached goal weight Feb. 4, 2011!

My Program:
Track my foods using the SP program.

Research recipes that are tasty as well as healthy.

Despite the fact that I HATE to exercise, I will follow the SP recommendations of exercises, but limit my time to 10 minutes a day till I gain motivation to increase the time.

When out with friends, I will try to maintain my sense of portion size.

Personal Information:
I live in North Carolina after having spent 30 years in Southern California. I came from Chicago so I have good food roots. That can be a blessing or a curse! I love to eat and cook and can read a cookbook like a novel!

Other Information:
I love to cook, read, garden and most of all travel. I have 2 cats and used to have Irish Wolfhounds, which really miss having but my little house, and virtually no yard, precludes that pleasure, so it's just me and the kitties!

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CAPECODLIGHT
9/22/2013 9:17:47 AM

Actually, we weren't a choral group - just a tour group of about 20 people. The acoustics are great, as we sounded good! Our guide who was from Brittany also sang in another room for us - so beautiful.
Glad you have so many exciting things going on in your life!



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ILOVEROSES
9/10/2013 10:48:01 PM

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-LINDA_S
9/4/2013 10:30:48 AM

Yeah, definitely will be a change for you as to getting around! I'll investigate that townhouse, and I'm also ready to start looking at places to buy, though there aren't too many in what I assume will be my price range.



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-LINDA_S
9/3/2013 8:27:20 AM

No, definitely no place for me in the new house. They'll be all right for a few months at least if the farm doesn't sell right away. And they can move stuff to the new house to clear things out here, if it takes that long to sell the place. They don't have that much really personal stuff anyway. Mostly clearing out the closets and stuff. I'm considering one of the apartment complexes near Preston, but on the other hand, if I can get a 2b/2ba townhouse in S. Durham for the same price or even less, that might be the way to go. So many decisions! The part I dread most is deciding what I want to keep and getting everything packed up!



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ROSEWAND
9/2/2013 1:16:47 PM

Thank you for your kind words on my SparkPage. Spark is so much
a part of my continued success. I am grateful that we have this wonderful
place to inspire each other toward great successes. emoticon





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