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I was a chunky child, slightly overweight in my teens, but lost it all AFTER I had my children! I stayed slim for over 20 years. Then middle age crept in and settled in places I never thought it would...I'm on a quest for a healthier, better version of me for this particular time in my life.

Member Since: 4/13/2008

Fitness Minutes: 88,539

My Goals:
It seems I'm always starting over! I have more determination this time around. I know I must exercise, drink all my water, and watch my food intake better. Two years ago I became a grandmother---of a boy by marriage one night and twins born the next morning! --- and I need to be the best me that I can! I can't be of great use to others if I don't take good care of myself.

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I have a Bowflex, many DVD's and videos, a fitness ball and weights...all that I need to be the best me I can be. Portion control needs to be a big part of my plan! I will go back to drinking water like I used to. I know what to do, I just need to rededicate myself to doing it! I've recently started a Zumba class and enjoy water aerobics several times a week. I've started being a Loser because of determination!

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I recently retired from teaching 1st grade at a small private school. My husband of almost 38 years passed away right after Christmas in 2010 and I'm learning to be a new 'me' and to find a 'new normal,' as one friend keeps reminding me. I have so many wonderful friends, Spark Sisters and a great family. My journey for better health all around begins every day.

There was a motivational quote from Pope John Paul II here at SP. It's just what I need for my own motivation: "Consult
not your fears, but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you have tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do." I will look ahead to better health and better life experiences.

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I love to read---you'll usually find me with a book in my hand! I am years behind in my scrapbooking but I still try...and I love making greeting cards. I need to get a grip on cleaning my house...but these other things always beckon...

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  • v KINEPS
    Wishing you and your family a very blessed and happy Easter.

    545 days ago
  • v LYNKIN
    Hi Mary, I did get through most of my books yesterday. I am leaving many items behind, too. But there is just too much and I don't want a new teacher to have to go through it all. I went in for 4 hours and will be able to go through the remainder of the books this week. Then on to other cupboards, drawers, etc.
    The temperature here went into the 50's yesterday and the snow melted.
    Glad to hear that you are having a good weekend visiting your in in-laws. I too am ready for beach weather.
    Have a great week! emoticon
    558 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie, my shoes did get a workout
    558 days ago
  • v LYNKIN
    Hi Mary! Your spring break is a preview of retirement! I have a friend who retired last June who says that every day is like a Saturday! I got my report cards in this week. One more report card period. We have trimesters.

    Tomorrow, I take the children to the planetarium that our school district has in our middle school. A science teacher teaches them a lesson. Fun!

    Have a great week! Today was a lion day in PA. Windy and cold. We are to get a couple inches of wet snow on Friday...ahhh! We need more lamb weather in PA!

    Enjoy your week! emoticon
    561 days ago
    Hi Mary,
    Congrats on finishing another school year. I have been going to boot camp 4 mornings and 2 evening classes. Still trying to work off the 10 lbs that I gained when caring for my mother. Still working on clearing out the junk in our home. Oldest son is half way through his first semester back to college. He seems much more comfortable this time around, but waiting for the grades to be convinced that he is serious about getting his degree. He is paying his college expenses with his GI benefits.

    Are you retiring or going back for another year? How are the grandchildren doing?

    Take care.
    567 days ago
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