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9/11/11 1:29 P

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Hi REDJEWEL! I'm new here too and also a single parent. I have an 11 and 8 year old. I can relate to working in retail, although I no longer do. I worked in retail for 13 years, 3 of which I was a store manager. Glad we can relate! I added you as a friend.

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9/10/11 11:55 P

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I am a 35 year old single mother of 16 & 11 year old boys. I work in retail so I have a very variable schedule of 10 hour days. So, my struggle healthwise is finding the right balance of time to fix healthy meals for my kids and I (I refuse to live on microwave meals or fast food), of energy to get active beyond my time on the sales floor, of rest to be able to function properly, and of some kind of social life and friends as my mom is continually telling me that I am turning into too much of a hermit for my own good (also sometimes working in retail ruins my perception of humanity as many people believe they can treat those working in this field any way they want because they are a customer). I am determined to get healthy not just for myself, but also to set an example for my kids so that they know that health is an important priority; it is not OK to be a couch potato, a 24/7 gamer, or any other variation of modern excuses to not be healthy. I know this process is going to be and uphill battle, but I want to get there, and I'm continually looking for tools and people who I can learn from and connect with in order to be successful. I have set up an awesome reward for myself if I can get myself into shape by goal date as I plan to take my boys, my mom (& my dad, the consumate workaholic, if I can pry him away for a vacation), and myself to Washington DC for in the Spring of 2012 if I have succeeded in getting myself healthy. So any out there who feel they can relate and who would like to be my "buddy" to support and be supported, I look forward to teaming up on our way to better versions of ourselves.


When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.--Erasmus

One expects so much from a chicken, and is so dreadfully disillusioned.--Sherwood Anderson


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