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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!
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!

Member Since: 3/17/2007

Fitness Minutes: 35,420

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.

My Program:
Bioslife Slim 2x per day.
Weights 3x per week
Walking/hiking/zumba/oula 4x per week.
Make healthy food choices.
Eat low-fat, high fiber.

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