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11/21/11 12:38 A

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Hello, everyone!

I'm Kathleen -- age 52. Work involves adjunct teaching at the community college, research and writing, mediating community disputes, and coaching mediation graduate students. It's fun, but a bit precarious sometimes.

I joined SP more than two years ago shortly after I separated from my 20-year LTR and and lost about 25 pounds. I've been moderately successful in keeping it off,although I had a back injury last winter and gained a bunch back. I took it off this summer, though.

This fall I'm struggling with the hibernation-desiring bear who lives inside me at this time of year...

I like living in a slimmer body 'cause I feel better about myself and it's easier to get around and do things...and it's easier to feel like I'm attractive (which is important to me). And yet, I seem to be prey to the "Want my cake and eat it too" syndrome. I want to be slim -- AND I don't seem to want to change my eating habits much this fall.

But: Here I am!

My goals are posted in the goals section.

Nice to meet all of you!
Kathleen

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. - A. DeMille

No matter what you’re feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it. If you think you’re stupid, then love yourself for feeling that way. It’s a paradox, but it works. To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptab


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11/20/11 9:30 A

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Welcome 'n stuff!

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11/20/11 12:37 A

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Hello I am Jet2004 (Judy). have been around SP for a few years now, but haven't been real faithful with my weight loss attempts. so here I am looking at my next birthday and turning 50. and thinking and knowing that I have to change my habits and live a healthier life. so here goes.

I am a Nurse and I work in the local clinic. I live in Minnesota and am single (divorced 11 years) i have 3 children (ages 27, 20, 18). I enjoy walking, reading and netflix.

looking forward to being active in this team and getting to know you all.

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11/16/11 11:34 A

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Hi everyone!

I'm Colleen, 30 years old and living in Chicago. I live with my lovely husband of two years (although we've been together for ten), just finished my master's in library science/archival studies in July, and I've recently returned to running after a long hiatus.

I grew up in northern Michigan, so I'd say I'm half country-girl, half city-girl. I love traipsing through the woods and trails whenever I go home, but I also love getting late-night sushi with my friends :) We've been saving up for a place of our own for a few years, and my ideal home would be a cozy, single-family house in our current neighborhood (northwest side of Chicago), with a small backyard where I could garden - a blend of both worlds!

In addition to my regular job (administrative support, until I can find an archiving job), I love to do paper crafts (handmade stationery), and have a file cabinet full of future projects. I'm also a writer, mostly of poetry. But for the last year or so, I've felt my creative inspiration wane a bit - I joined this team partly to change my attitude about the winter and the dark months ahead. I usually get a little melancholy and unmotivated during this team of year, so I'm hoping that by focusing on physical goals throughout this season, it will ignite a whole-body change - mental as well as physical.

Cheers!

It always seems impossible until it is done.
- Nelson Mandela

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.
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Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.
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11/16/11 9:45 A

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My name is Becky and I turn 60 next month – as my mom said a woman does not come into her own until 45, so I’m 15 years into ‘my own’ life.

I’m married (celebrated 35 years in October) and am blessed with two beautiful grand-nieces and a grand-nephew on the way.

I started Spark in 2007, met goal weight in 2009, lost 10 more pounds and climbed back to goal weight about 6 months ago. My incentive was a bathing suit and I still use clothes as a warning device.

I have lost focus on my original goal to be “Fit for Life”, and my commitment to healthy eating, exercise and meditation. I joined this group to re-motivate and expand my efforts as I decide whether to remain an active participant in Spark.

My dear friend and bodkin twin WALKINGANNIE challenged me to maintain my weight for 2 years, and I will reach that goal on my birthday. This group will provide the support I need to get me to the beginning of the year – after that we shall see.

Namaste all – I’m honored to be a part of the team.
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“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
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"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teihard deChardin


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11/16/11 8:08 A

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Happy belated birthday, Everylearning!

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11/16/11 1:33 A

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You guys are a group of amazing individuals!
I'm 54 as of last week, and live in the SF bay Area with my DH of 34 years and our 17 y-o son. His brothers are 27 & 29 and out on their own.
My avatar is tie-dye I did on silk. I'm glad to have a picture, because I idiotically sold it. It's especially idiotic when you know that when I sell my work, the name I use is Red Raven Dyeworks. duh
I see Pema Chodron showing up in folks' sign-off quotes here. I haven't yet read any of her work, but I will soon, as she comes highly recommended by someone I truly respect.

I joined SP in April 2010, spent the rest of the year dropping about 55 pounds and have been on maintenance since January. I still have issues with stress eating, so my weight fluctuates a bit more wildly than it ought to for a maintenance program. hmmmmm
I'd like my range to be 125-128. A recent bout of self-destructive eating brought it up to 134. I've gotten back to 131, with the intent of getting back to my goal range by the end of the year.
Exercise is not a problem, I love my morning routine of playing with my dumbbells & stability ball. (Stability, hah! It provides none, you have to bring your own stability!) I also walk 3-5 miles daily, with few exceptions. Usually a 1 mile walk in the morning and a 3 mile walk in the afternoon or evening. My husky, Sabrina, sees to it that I don't skip this. A dear friend and her border collie usually join us for the longer walk.
I'm generally not much of a writer, so don't hold your breath waiting for blogs from me. They'll show up, but not too frequently.
This time of year is not my favorite. I am among good company here, dealing with SAD, I see. I used to call it Winter Weirdness in my youth....
I'm grateful to to be in a supportive group to wend our way through these short days, and hope I can offer support to my teammates!
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Edited by: EVERLEARNING at: 11/16/2011 (01:35)
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11/12/11 5:00 P

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Hi! What an inspiring group you all make!
I'm Sharon. 40 years. Share a house on a small island in Puget Sound with my sister and her boyfriend. They're supportive and fun in all their ways!
I'm the community organizer at shelter programs for vulnerable women experiencing homelessness. I talk about them a lot because I've been working with them for a long time and they've taught me everything I know about grace and gratitude.
I also have a fantastic chosen family of friends who give me tons of support, but nobody seems to have the weight struggles that I do, I heart people, so I heart Sparkpeople!
I have no problem getting myself to work out: 30 minutes of plyometrics 5 or 6 days per week, 12 flights of stairs with my co-workers every day, 4 mile walk during my commute, and I drink lots of water. My everlasting challenge is to not eat myself into the diabetes and heart problems I could easily inherit from my family if I'm not careful. I'm trying to prevent having to do the weird medical things they're having to do. Yikes!
I've been Sparking for a year and have lost around 15 pounds. I've accomplished A LOT that's helping me find and respect my own process. I'm excited about this team helping me clean up my eating habits and respect my body's need for balance, especially during the holidays!
I'm looking forward to sharing our journeys!



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11/12/11 1:16 P

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Hi, my name is Ann. I know Maha from the Thanksgiving team, although we tend to follow each other around as we visit random sparkpages. If we were neighbors, my world would be a better place.

I will be 57 on February 4th. I’ve been married 36 years, some happier than others. I am Grandma to my virulent joy-germ Sophia, who is not quite 4. To my delight, we spend most days together.

I’ve got the “diet” thing figured out. I know very well what works for me. I also find myself seeing the same 15 lb. come and go, after an initial 45 lb. loss. My biggest obstacle in the weight arena is chronic back pain. When I am mobile, my weight stays in an acceptable range. When movement is restricted, it goes up not only from inactivity but also emotional backlash. I long for this to change.

I needed this challenge, a good poke to get moving again and clean up my eating/drinking habits. This will also be an exercise in interaction for me, as I am a quiet private person. I may add that to my list and post it by my desk...


The body is a sacred garment.
It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor.
~Martha Graham




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11/12/11 11:50 A

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Hiya, I am jespah or jes or Janet if my mother is calling.

I will be 50 at my next birthday (Is everyone in this team supposed to be born in a year ending in 2?). I live in the western end of Boston, an area called Brighton, which I like to refer to as The Gateway to the Galaxy. This is because I am a geeky sci-fi buff.

I blog every week, often with little more inspiration than some song I heard or a riff on some weird dude I saw on the bus that morning. I am a dog lover; my avatar is not my doggy (haven't had a dog in over a decade - no time!).

Hubby and I live with a lotta dust mites. No kids.

Oh and I work as a Financial Analyst in a large financial services company and I am bored silly. So you will hear (er, read) me ranting about that. A lot. I also have a boatload of fitness minutes as I have been doing this since, erm, '07 I think, and log just about everything. I also recently finished my 24th 5K but don't hang any medals on me. I tend to be dead last. I have lost a good 130 - 135 lbs. or so (it varies) and still, technically, should lop off another 65 - 70 but man I have been doing this, seemingly, forever and I am tired and my brother won't stop kicking the back of my chair (even though he lives in Maryland) and the sun isn't shining and the wrong songs are playing on the radio and you get it, I am sure. ;)

Onward to, if not thinness, then light and all that and if you read nonsequiturs from me that is totally normal.

Look, a squirrel!

Edited by: JESPAH at: 11/12/2011 (11:52)
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11/11/11 9:32 P

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I'm Maha, who got us into this mess emoticon

A few factoids:

~ friends call me Maha, the world-at-large calls me Valerie

~ I like to think of myself as an itinerant gypsy, living now in the mid-south near Little Rock

~ I'll be 70 on my next birthday Feb 23; I'm purdy damned healthy and I wanna stay that way

~ I've been a lacto-ovo vegetarian since 1980, and I have acquired great amounts of information on how to eat whole organic foods and stay healthy...and that's exactly what I do...in BOUNTEOUS quantities!

~ I've been climbing up and down a 20 lb. ladder since my major 80 pounds weight loss some years ago, mostly because I can't quite figure it out (OK, that's a *bald-faced* lie and we all know it! Like Ann I know what to do...I just DON'T want to do it, and THAT'S a fact! And I definitely need to change that approach.)

~ I've been taking around 7-9 units per semester and will likely finish a second BA in Dec, 2012, in Spanish

~ I have a grant-funded limited term job with the Univ. of AR, evaluating "Hispanic Entrepreneurship workshops, resource materials, and lessons participants implemented from the workshops" to help pay my Whole Foods shopping bill!

~ I frequent three Teams, two to post daily gratitudes
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and a *private* Team I was invited to join (aren't I special), "NOT Food Nuns with Shrinking Buns"

(I joined the other Teams to let people know my preferences and interests more than anything!)

Edited by: VALERIEMAHA at: 11/12/2011 (17:12)

Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
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