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At my youngest daughter's graduation May 2012, with my husband and gorgeous girls.

A couple of years and about 30 pounds ago

This summer & a big part of why I am on Sparkpeople. Ick.

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It's time to take responsibility and put in the effort to reach my goals - personal and professional.
It's time to take responsibility and put in the effort to reach my goals - personal and professional.



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Member Since: 4/18/2010

SparkPoints: 17,692

Fitness Minutes: 15,561

My Goals:
-to continue learning about nutrition generally and about my own body specifically

-to continue building running endurance

-to be able to run 13.1 miles by November 12, 2011

-to build lean muscle mass

My Program:
I fast once or twice a week, eat a balance of carbs, protein and fat. I am working to steadily increase the amount of time I spend exercising each week.

Personal Information:
I have two daughters and a wonderful husband. We live in a shabby, happy house.

Other Information:
I'm a professional freelance writer, a gardener, a reader, and I'm always learning.

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Member Comments:
4/23/2015 1:23:32 PM

Some of the issues in that blog are ones I faced but most aren't. I went to her blog "Before" and read that one too so I might be getting the issues mixed up, but suffice to say that I hid behind people in group photos and generally felt bad for not being able to lose weight even though it was expected of me. But telling a child she needs to lose weight without telling her HOW is about as helpful as telling someone to go fishing (and expect them to catch something!) with only their bare hands. I truly did feel utterly betrayed by my entire family because of their judgments and expectations. Friends too. It's too bad that we don't come with an owner's manual. Spark is the next best thing I figure!

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4/6/2015 11:59:35 PM

The day was sort of a bust as far as nutrition or exercise goes. The one good thing I did today was deliberately not start a fight with my mom at the doctor's office. She totally threw me under the bus and essentially blamed me for her weight gain. So, her doctor actually called me in to the exam room and lectured me about how her diet needs to be overhauled going forward. Then he told me to lose some weight, too. (He used to be my doctor and actually, I still see a doc in his practice, so I didn't feel he was out of line with that.) I could have told him the truth, that my mom is fully in control of her own diet (which he's smart enough to know anyway) and describe to him what junk food she buys and eats and hordes for herself in her room. But, I didn't. I saved my mental health today and took the high road to inner peace.

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4/6/2015 1:06:29 AM

Happy Easter to you, too, Dava! I hope your day was beautiful.

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4/2/2015 1:06:22 PM

I also tracked... It wasn't pretty. I was WAY WAY out of range. But, I did it. Every bite, every sip... all tracked!

Actually, yesterday was very unusual as far as my eating habits go. I'm normally not surrounded by so much pizza, so it was an "outlier" kind of day.

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4/1/2015 12:15:44 PM

That is most definitely doable. I will indeed do something good.

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