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Whiskey the wonderdog. Sadly, we lost her to a brain tumor in January 2009. I still miss her.

This is Pepper - adopted from a shelter on 11/27/09. She ain't nothin' but a hound dog.

Here's Coco - she's a black lab/border collie mix adopted on 11/27/09. Neurotic but very cute.


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I joined Sparkpeople on March 4, 2009 and lost 17 pounds during my first year. I've had a small setback since then and have gained 7 pounds during the past five months. I think this was mostly due to overvolunteering in other areas and not making time to do the things I need to do to take care of myself. For example, every day I would decide I had to do something for Habitat for Humanity (I'm the treasurer of our local affiliate) rather than exercise. Or cook healthy meals. Or track my nutrition and fitness.

So while I'm still down 10 pounds from where I started, I don't like the way my clothes fit, and that I can't wear several things I could just a few months ago. I'm getting back on track by first making exercise a priority. Five days a week for at least 45 minutes of cardio, and three days of strength training. I'm also tracking my food, but not being too concerned about going over my calories yet. After I get the exercise firmly back in my schedule, I'll add staying within my calorie range.

I'm confident that I'll be seeing lower numbers on the scale in a week or two, and I'm not in a rush. This is a lifestyle issue - not a diet one. And I'm happy to be a Slowest Loser.

Member Since: 3/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 47,054

My Goals:
My goal is to make this a lifestyle change. I believe I'm mostly there, despite gaining a few pounds lately. Thanks to Sparkpeole I have a pretty good handle on how much and what kinds of food I should eat, and know lots of great ways to prepare them. I also got over the exercise hurdle not long after joining. By exercise hurdle, I mean that I now look forward to seeing how much I can do, and kind of like that tired, sweaty and accomplished feeling I get when I'm done. I DO NOT want to revisit the days of getting out of breath halfway up the stairs.

My Program:
Cardio five days a week for at least 45 minutes and strength training three days a week. It may take me two years, but I'll do those 100 pushups eventually.

Personal Information:
I've lived in Vermont for almost 12 years and love it here. At least I love four of our five seasons - spring, summer, winter and fall are great. Mud season not so much.

My hobbies are piano and viola and I also like to bellydance. (I also enjoy cooking and am a lot more health conscious about what I prepare than I used to be.)

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I enjoy volunteer activities - I must because I seem to do it all the time. I'm on the selectboard of my town and the treasurer of our local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity here in Addison County. You can probably tell from the pictures that I like dogs - mine in particular. I keep my two dogs (Coco and Pepper) at a healthy weight - so I should be able to do that for me!

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    emoticon so much for the "goodie" ! I enjoy getting them soooo much. And I like that maybe you read my Spark Page, tho I guess it doesn't say much, as I'm so new...oh, seem like you're doing well emoticon keep up the good work, and keep sparking.

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    3097 days ago
    Please send me some of your rain! We need it badly! Dont you wish it was that simple? lol...Thanks for saying my weight loss story keeps you motivated. After losing so much weight I never realized so many people were watching me. People i've never met in my life would come up to me and say they have seen me on the track, asking me questions..etc..It does make you feel good because well your making them think about their own health. The other day I was readinf in the newspaper about a guy that had weight loss surgery, the story told about how much he lost and that he was training for an iron man..I was thinking thats great for him but isnt that sending out the wrong type of message to ppl? I havr a friend thats on nurtisystem, she's lost 8 lbs and she realizes that she will gain it all back when she gets off the diet..The thing that sucks about those diets is that your food is already made for you, it doesnt teach you nothing about watching calories, portion control..etc...Anyway, I didnt mean to run my mouth..All I wanted to do was to thank
    3186 days ago
    WOW, you have been very busy! Congratulations on all your accomplishments! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3202 days ago
    Thanks for the support!! emoticon
    3203 days ago
    Thank you for the congrats goodie, it brought a smile to my face this morning. I have been having a difficult time the last few days and your thoughtfulness really helped. I hope you have a very good day also. Sending some sunshine your way so no dark clouds get in your way. emoticon emoticon NO emoticon emoticon ALLOWED. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ,
    3209 days ago
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