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Every day is a new beginning...so take a deep breath, give yourself a hug, and start again.

Update Jan. 28, 2015:
Hey all! I'm back! These days I am a 54-yr-old mom to 2 fantastic teenage sons, "special auntie" to a wonderful niece (17) and nephew (18), and married to a great guy who's a diehard rugby, hockey and soccer player. Since 2009 I have been up and down about 50 pounds. I am back to Sparkpeople because it's been incredibly helpful to me in the past.

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Every day is a new beginning...so take a deep breath, give yourself a hug, and start again.

Update Jan. 28, 2015:
Hey all! I'm back! These days I am a 54-yr-old mom to 2 fantastic teenage sons, "special auntie" to a wonderful niece (17) and nephew (18), and married to a great guy who's a diehard rugby, hockey and soccer player. Since 2009 I have been up and down about 50 pounds. I am back to Sparkpeople because it's been incredibly helpful to me in the past.

It was DH who lovingly made me snap out of my latest junk-food induced haze and realize that I've gotten myself to a pretty unhealthy state. He loves me no matter what I weigh, but when he told me he was worried about my health...well, that really hit home. It was like I had blinders on and I couldn't see how my life was getting smaller and smaller. Between my poor eating habits and inactivity, I just didn't feel like getting out there and enjoying my life! And trust me, I have a darn nice life! So very grateful.

So: I am back at it, starting over (again!) with all the things I know that work for me. No diets, just making healthy food choices, watching my portions and moving my body more.

Over these last few years, I�ve had some challenges that have contributed to the weight gain. We fostered our niece and nephew for 10 months in 2011-12 and I gained a lot of weight, because I was caring for everyone but myself. In 2013, I walked my 2nd half-marathon, but that summer I also suffered a severe ankle sprain and tore the meniscus in my knee. My subsequent inactivity and poor diet added on the pounds. Right now I�m battling plantar fasciitis and still trying to re-hab that bum knee. Otherwise, my health is good and I feel very, very fortunate that I haven�t had any more serious health issues�especially considering the crap I�ve been putting into my body!

So glad to be back here on Sparkpeople and I�m always looking for new Sparkfriends�so friend me! I'm into hiking, scrapbooking, movies, books and photography...and I am addicted to Pinterest! (Could I BE anymore stereotypical middle-aged mom? Insert teenage eye-roll here.)

I've got some milestones coming up that I am looking forward to�and I�m motivated to be as healthy and fit as I can be at each of them.

Feb. 26 � March 3 � To Arizona for college visit to NAU with DS1 and visit friends.

March 30 � April 3 : Spring Break � College visits with sons and hubby in Colorado.

Early April: DS 2 lacrosse season begins � lots of travel and parent booster club activities. Gotta look good on the sidelines!

May 9 � Riverbank Run in Missoula, walking the 10k

June 6 � DS 1 graduates high school � family and festivities!

June 13 � Governor�s Cup run in Helena, walking the 10k

July 12 � Missoula Marathon�walk the half?

August 1 � 8 � Family Reunion on Oregon Coast

Late August � Take DS 1 to college!
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11/2011
Healthy choices today mean loving what I see in the mirror tomorrow.

Hi all. I'm a 51-yr-old mom of two fantastic teenage sons, "adopted mom" to a wonderful son (14) and daughter (15), and married to a great guy who's a diehard rugby player. Am very blessed and have a great life. But...I've slowly added the pounds over the years and haven't been as active as I'd like to be. Am ready to let the weight go now and live a healthier, more vibrant life. Would like my outer appearance to match the way I feel inside.

And, as I grow older, I want to be feisty, fit and HEALTHY. I want to be charging up the trails with my hiking buddies when I'm 70!

I love walking, hiking, scrapbooking and photography. Looking for buddies...e-mail me!

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My Goals:
Practice mindful eating.
Enjoy the journey.
Tell my family how much I love them every day.
Walk 4x per week.
Strength training 3x per week.
5 fruits and veggies a day.




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Bioslife Slim 2x per day.
Weights 3x per week
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Eat low-fat, high fiber.




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TEENY_BIKINI
3/25/2015 1:19:10 PM

Happy Wednesday!

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YULSUNNY
3/19/2015 6:29:53 PM

Just wanted to pop by and wish you well! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!



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HAPPYOHIO
3/16/2015 10:19:08 AM

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog a few days ago! Sounds like we are on the same page when it comes to sugar. I loved your tips and agree that Diet Coke is probably a huge factor in me craving sugar. I'm actually making a conscious effort to avoid it this week, plus go to bed at a more reasonable hour, to see if that makes a difference in my cravings. Certainly can't hurt, right?! Glad to know these things have worked for you, so hoping they will for me too! Thanks again and have a great week! :)



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RDEE22
3/16/2015 8:58:10 AM

Thanks for the lovely comment on my Blog. You have a good week! emoticon



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BROOKLYN_BORN
3/6/2015 7:45:56 AM

Missoula, MT? I'm headed there, virtually that is. Maybe you would like to join the Walk/Run Challenge team as we trek across the USA? I find it very motivating to see where all those steps would take me they we connected. Photos too. We start in Yorktown, VA and end up in Oregon.
Currently I'm in West Yellowstone, just entering your state.



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