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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: 94,202

Fitness Minutes: 51,796

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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-LINDA_S
10/5/2013 9:51:25 PM

Sigh. Went back to read your comment and lost mine! How about I email you the listing and you can see it. I think it's cute but certainly not up to date. I don't know yet how much that matters to me. I'm sure I can use some of your boxes. I'll know how many after the kids move, which should be before you, at least for most of the stuff. I'd love to come see your shiny new house. No doubt I'll be jealous! I was all set to move into a really nice apartment complex with granite countertops and all when the house here sells, but it was quite pricey, though not really much more than the ones I didn't like as much. The last party at the farm is tomorrow. They used to have one every fall, although that hasn't been consistent. Kinda sad...Let me see if I can find your email address and get you that listing.



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-LINDA_S
10/5/2013 5:48:26 PM

Oh, no! I just read about Copper! I haven't been on here much with all that's been going on and the uncertainty about where I was going to live. I'm so sorry that he left you so soon! We just never know what's going to happen to them, do we? And we feel so helpless when there's nothing we can do. I hope you and Sweetie find a new friend when the time is right.

Yes, this was a whirlwind purchase! I saw it the other night and the price was really low. The pictures looked good, so I had our real estate guy show it to me yesterday. We knew there was already an offer on it, so we offered $1,000 above asking. Then I found out there was a 3rd offer, too. But apparently we outbid everyone by a few hundred dollars, so assuming it passes inspection, it will be mine on 11/15. It was sold as is, so I know no one but me will be paying to fix anything. It's a little dated but in really good shape and I can probably walk to Trader Joe's in Cary! Thanks for the box offer. I'll see where I stand when the kids move. They close next Friday, though they may hang here a bit since the farm is not sold. I was pretty sure I'd end up in an apartment, since nothing in my price range looked very exciting. I think this will be good, though it's too far from my new gym.

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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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