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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: 85,905

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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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    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.
    503 days ago
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    Let's hope when Spring comes .... the weather comes with it!!
    509 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/7/2015 9:08:02 AM
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    Motto #80: The essence of life is not being perfect, impressing people, or succeeding at everything. The essence of life is simply making mistakes and learning from them, and surrounding yourself with people that love you when you’re being yourself, and getting through the failures so you can continue succeeding.
    509 days ago
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    Good to hear from you, Mary! I am babysitting my grandchildren on Wednesday after school, so I won't have to wait too long to see them. My last P/T Conferences are on March 4 & 5! WooHoo!!!! I will be thinking of you on March 2!
    The twins will be 2! Time does fly!!!

    15 1/2 WEEKS FOR ME!

    523 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/21/2015 9:09:02 AM
  • v KINEPS
    Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
    -Benjamin Spock
    532 days ago
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