Spring 0607 Me, hubby, daughters & oldest granddaughter hmmm I usually hide in the back!
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It's now Spring 2012, I'm 60 years old, and it's been quite a long time since I've been here. My main focus is loosing this weight so I can feel better, be healthier and of course look better. A bit afraid of the looseness of loosing weight :) but, that's the way life is and I'm not going to beat myself. Now is another new start and I realize what I need to do. So Im BACK! leaving the info. below to show me where I've been and how quickly life can change. Now there are new issues in my life and apparently, there will always be changes. I wrote a poem about that some time ago, short version, the only thing in life that is certain is change! Without change we cannot grow....
I'm updating my intro, but keeping the old. It is now January 2009 and I'm beginning again! AND... That's ok. It's actually very appropriate for me to begin again since 2008 was my hell year, but it's over! My positive thinking was overshadowed by new burdens and I will work hard to stay away from the shadows! Those same family & personal health issues will continue to be part of my life, but I now must deal with them differently and in a positive way. I'm choosing to make lemonade with last year's lemons!
I am now a "caregiver" to my father and know that it could always be worse.
My health and pain issues have been a major part of my life for many years and these things will still be happening in 2009. However, the wiser woman in me knows that I cannot let emotions dictate my eating habits nor can I let pain and/or discomfort get in the way of exercise. I will make adjustments to the physical things I can do and do that daily... and now a promise to myself "to do something good for ME everyday"
I have a renewed sense of faith and know I am blessed with family & friends that are loving and supportive. With so much going for me, the only obstacle is ME! I will now hold up my bottle of water and give myself a toast: Move over and let Carolyn enjoy a healthier, slimmer and happier life... here's to me!
Even though I fell off the wagon (crashed) I have continued to log on to SparkPeople, check out and sometimes do the new exercises, read articles, read & use recipes on a regular basis. I used SP like a lifeline, feeling I would be lost if I ever let go. So thank you SP for being there.
I began my lifestyle change in January 2007. Not that I haven't "started" many times before but SparkPeople has been such a positive force to keep me focused and on track. I needed to write it down.... see how many calories I consumed and a way to focus on change. I'm a grazer and had no idea how much I consumed until now. I'm capable of making wiser choices, I allow myself to indulge but as all things in life I feel moderation is the key! With that in mind, I have lost 20 lbs since I officially started life change (a bit before I found Spark People). I'm being more realistic about how quickly I "used" to be able to take off the pounds and only regret that I wish I knew I was thin when I "thought" I was fat! I will be 56 this summer '07 and look forward to a healthy and fit life ahead. I have the eating part down, now the fitness part will be part of my new and improved wise moves.
Journal my food again, even the bad days. Be accountable. Also limit time on the computer.
Drink the water
Be realistic: I didn't wake up one morning overweight & out of shape.
Get down to a healthy weight (135?) and low BMI. I'm not sure what a healthy weight is for age 57..hmmm Would like to look wonderful for my 40th HS reunion in Nov '09 OMG 40 yrs!!!!!
No less than 2 days cardio and 2 strength. Will adjust program when I get back on track
I'm 57, live in Baltimore, MD, married to my HSS for 38 yrs. We have 3 daughters, and 3 grandchildren. Major life change in '01 when hit by a drunk driver. Shattered heel, ankle (chronic pain)and had to have a knee replacement 2 yrs later. Then, retirement disab. from the school system. Positive: hubby travels often for work and I go with him when possible.
Used to teach a peer tutor program at the HS where I worked. Want to write a "how to" book including the positive experiences and outcomes from the program.
I love to travel, avid reader, love music and movies, crafts and plan to make & sell my own crystal jewelry. Will write children's books in the near future. Looking for an illustrator :)
So many ideas, so little time! I'm also sure I have adult ADHD, how else could I start so many things, accomplish many, never completley finish!
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