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That was then

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I just re-wrote everything on my Spark page. It's been so long since I regularly visited/used SP that it seemed stupid to pretend that I've been continuously working on this for the past three years. I haven't. There are huge holes between my visits. So I think I should treat it like I'm starting over completely.

But because I'm a total packrat and believe that we can learn from the past, even if we should never live there, I saved everything that was on my Spark page and I'm posting it here for posterity. I'm contradictory like that.

July 16, 2012: Take 27!

January 17, 2012: So much for being "through with this nonsense." It's time for a do-over.

July 18, 2011: I'm through with this nonsense.

January 5, 2011: Last year was great, but this year is *my* year, doggone it! I'm turning 40 in a matter of weeks and I feel challenged, exhilarated, and to use my favorite phrase, freakin' awesome! I'm determined to hold on to that feeling for the long haul.

January 11, 2010: It seems the older I get, the more difficult everything is, physically. I have an obese parent and I've seen that it's only going to get harder. The bottom line is that I don't want to be fat and old. Now one part of that is not avoidable (at least in any desirable way), but the other is. Now, I certainly don't want to imply that 40 is old. I don't feel old. But 40 seems to be a handy cut-off between "young" and "things hurt more than they did when I was young." And 40 is approaching pretty rapidly.

Something made me think that running would be an excellent way to go. Maybe it was people I know. Maybe it was an old crush. I don't know. But shortly after arriving at that conclusion, I discovered that my favorite place (Walt Disney World) hosts a 1/2 marathon the weekend before my birthday. So I decided that was the goal: I'd celebrate my 40th birthday by running the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Procrastination has reared its ugly head, so I decided I needed Spark People. I hope accountability is the key.

~ Update~
July 2012
I got within 25 pounds of my goal weight and went off the rails a bit. Now I'm back and focused on losing weight for life, not for a specific date or event. I gained back 30 pounds of the 40 I lost, and I'm working hard to get back down to my lowest weight and then keep going!

My Goals:
Jan. 2010
I'd like to be at a healthy weight by my 40th birthday, March 15, 2011. I plan to celebrate that birthday by running the Disney Princess Half Marathon.
Goals and rewards:
~15 pounds lost - new coat (done!)
~ 31 pounds lost ("One-derland") - iPod Nano (DONE!!)
~ 45 pounds lost - ??
~ 60 pounds lost - ??
~ 70 pounds lost - party!

My Program:
I'm tracking everything I eat and following the nutrition guidelines on Spark People My Nutrition. I'm using the beginning running program found in Jeff Galloway's "Half Marathon: You Can Do It" book.

Personal Information:
I'm originally from a rural area in mid-Michigan, but now I live in a pretty bustling suburb of Detroit. I've never been married and I have no kids, but I do have a cat who I dote on. I visit Walt Disney World about once a year, often with a group who've dubbed themselves "the Mousejunkies." In fact, one of us (Bill Burke) wrote a book about WDW travel with that same name and asked us to contribute. It was published in June 2009 and is one of the most popular WDW travel guides on

Other Information:
I like golf, cheese and rock n' roll, baby!
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    Welcome back and wishing you a most successful journey on this amazing trip to a healthier body! emoticon
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    Welcome back - I too am ready for a re-sparking.
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