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Seven years after I first started at Sparkpeople, I am back and seven pounds heavier than when I started the first time (now 270). I am not sure I feel ready for anything "long haul" but I plan to take baby steps until my head's in the game. I don't even know where to start but my health is at stake. I need to adopt lifestyle improvements to have the future I want to live.

I'm a 52 year old mother of three (two of whom have left home). I hope the Sparkpeople program's multi-pronged approach will help me on my path to a healthier life. Natural energy kept me going until a couple of years ago. Since then I have "felt my age" -- achy joints, always tired, etc. I need to give my body a break:)

I was normal weight until I had surgery 5 months after the birth of my first child. My weight skyrocketed, and it has been a seesaw battle ever since.

I am on the slow to moderate weight loss program, which I am really enjoying. It is generous in terms of flexibility, and unlike other attempts at weight loss I've been on, I never feel desperate in terms of hunger or energy levels. This feels sustainable!

Here is a deeply important question that BOOKWORM27S discovered. It absolutely applies to my life as well.:

"Are you wanting to eat out of OPPORTUNITY or NECESSITY?" Seems obvious, I know ...

Here is a quote I particularly like:

"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life." -- Golda Meir

Interim goals:

250 by Christmas *DONE!* (249)
245 by husband's birthday (Feb. 9) *DONE!* (243)
240 by March Break. *DONE!* (239)
233 by June 25/11

As Sparker YOOVIE says, "I'm going to practice daily victories!"

Here are a few quotes from my sparkpal Pat:

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

"People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel!" ANON.

I very much admire her kindness and attitude toward life -- you rock, Frosty99!

It's official. There are at least two family weddings (both nieces) coming up. Dates are August 27, 2011 and July 12, 2012. Just two more motivations to keep working on the weight. Just added: Two more weddings! September 10 and October 2011.

Here is a challenge I have to do: "The Weekend Project"

"Remember truly successful, happy people all have one thing in common. They own their lives. When they make bad decisions, they face them head on, create a plan, and focus on overcoming any obstacles in their way. Owning your bad choices leaves you free to learn from your mistakes. It helps you move past them and improve your future.

So I am going to leave you with a project this weekend. Make a list of five things you don’t like about your life today. Think back and ask yourself what were the past choices you made led to each of the five. Decide today on a plan to change all the items on your list. Create concrete goals, whether it is to lose weight, pay off your debt or get a better job, realize only you control your future."

Member Since: 10/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 17,467

My Goals:
I'd like to embrace a more healthy lifestyle in terms of nutrition and physical activity.

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I am starting slowly by committing to walking the dog 5 days a week, and am using the Nutrition Tracker.

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I love to read. Here is a short list of some books I've read and enjoyed recently: "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese,
"Plainsong" by Kent Haruf, and
"Burnt Shadows" by Kamila Shamsie.

I used to love sports -- a ridiculous dream is to lose enough weight to find a team and sport to play for fun. I love the ocean -- we have a cottage in PEI. BTW, my Sparkpage background is the view from our cottage, and my daughter wrote the poem "Gentle Island".

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    Hello dear friend! It took me a while but now I am back also!! Woo hoo! xoxo
    So good to see you!!!
    6 days ago
  • v KATHY024
    How wonderful to be planning a 60th wedding anniversary!! I really like that idea of the family history stories being told by each member. What a hoot! I know it would be like that in my family too, as my sister 6 years older than myself always steals my adventures and makes them her own. I keep telling her she must have had a ho hum childhood! I hope all goes well with you celebration, I'm sure your parents will have a marvelous time remembering it all.
    9 days ago
  • v FROSTY99
    H Deidre Nice to hear from you. Hope all is going ok in your world. It has been crazy here. Not sure when I last wrote but our office manager at the park quit in Mar and the board hired a new gal which the previous manager & I spent 3 weeks training and she gave her notice this past Mon. They let her go on Tues as no sense in wasting any more time in training her, Sharon is a snowbird now and she also left on Tues so I am managing the office on my own for now. I am working to get things straightened out from the gal who quit in Mar.

    Bill has had some health issues and the board knows if he needs me he is my 1st priority so praying it doesn't come to that. He had an iron infusion on Thur and will get a 2nd one on Fri. He is wearing a heart monitor (actually an outside defibrillator) to see if he needs a pacemaker. He has had that for 5 weeks now. Got it after his last stay in the hospital at the end of Mar for congestive heart failure.

    I seem to be running on almost empty lately and last night ran a low grade fever and had chills. Think it is from not enough rest and the stress of trying to manage everything. Oh well, this too shall pass.
    17 days ago
  • v KATHY024
    I finally slogged my way through Wuthering Heights again. emoticon Such a depressing story, one has to wonder how she came up with such characters. Definitely not the book to read unless you are in your "happy place". Iknow It didn't depress me as much when I was 17. Hope our new selection goes in the other direction.
    28 days ago
  • v KATHY024
    Hi Deirdre,

    Your comment was funny!! I did the same thing last night editing my students paper. I finished it and wrote an e-mail with my comments and then attached the wrong paper. I was tired too. I received a text message from her this morning kidding me that what I attached was last years interview. She receives her Masters in Public Health in May. I think that I will be done unless she decides on a PHD. I've been her tutor since she graduated high school. She has a slight learning disability in reading comprehension due to not be able to read black type on a white background. It's interesting that if I type all in red she does a lot better. What I would love is an e-reader that you can change the type color and type face in. I know the Kindle and Nook can't do that. Tablets aren't small enough for her to carry with her. Ever seen something like that there?

    I will check out the book you mentioned. I'm always looking for something interesting and different. Our book club throws in some classics every few months and this month we are reading Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Last time I read this I was looking at it through 17 year old eyes. Ah, the perspective one gains through the years. Heathcliff is still one of the most morose characters in literature I've run into!

    Yes, I am making progress on the house. I've gotten enough put away in the office that I could move the equipment into it. Not sure whether it will stay this way or not. Depends if our working pattern will be as I thought. If we run into each other a lot, I'll be moving it all around again. I have realized through the years that I am very fortunate not to have had my husband as a office buddy. He would have had a short life! He piles papers everywhere hogging up all the real-estate! Most couples argue about money....we never do, we argue about the paper piles and the temperature in the room.

    You were interested in the house by the sits in a gated community on an acre and a half of land and is of Spanish design. Driving into the area it was just beautiful and manicured perfectly but the minute we drove into the driveway it was like a shroud fell over me. The trees were over grown and even though the home was white in color it had an dark evil feel to it.. The entry and formal living room were immense with the arched windows on one end. It had a better feeling to it but going into the kitchen and family room area I sense a lot of unhappiness and rage. That feeling of rage and doom continued on into the master bedroom. I found I was just uneasy the whole time, but I just chalked it up to the house sitting empty for quite a few months. But as we moved along in the purchase that feeling got worse every time we drove up to the house. Then one day we went down to the county offices to do our homework on the history of the property. As I sat back and was reading about the land being a Spanish grant to the American Gov't after a few years of arguing about it. Back then it sat on a waterway and was used the the First People of the Ohlone tribe. It was in this area that Father Junipero Serra talked the the tribe into helping to build the missions around here. To say the least the good Father used force to persuade the tribe. After the Ohlone left the area it was a vast cattle rancho belonging to a gentleman from Mexico. And after that it remained a cattle ranch until the ranch had rail lines laid to it and it bcame a city. Park of the land was bought by a developer who put a world class golf course on it and built this enclave of high end homes. The home was built by a couple with three children. He was a ceo of a company. Shortly after moving into the home the marriage started to go downhill, the police were called many times for domestic violence disputes between the spouses. The husband finally moved out and the wife stayed in the home for awhile but she could not afford it and it fell into bankruptcy. They moved out in a hurry and the home just sat there while the bank went through their processes and then it was put on the market. Reading all that still didn't make me feel very good. My DH said it was a good buy even if we lived there for a short time and resold it - all spruced up. Two days before closing of the deal we drove up and I just couldn't stand the feeling anymore so I told my DH what I was feeling and that I didn't want to own that evil place. Thankfully he didn't think I had lost my mind. I was so glad when we left there and the gate closed on all those bad vibes. emoticon There you have "the rest of the story".

    A year later in our search this home came on the market and we fell in love with it the first time we saw it.

    Oh, about veggies.... I was reading in the organic magazine the other day that the health benefits you receive by eating yams can only be unlocked by making sure you have it with oil. Either fixed with olive oil or having a salad with vegetable or olive oil. Only that type of fat has the chemistry to make it yield it's anti oxidant powers. Interesting...

    I wanted to say too how sorry I we were to hear of the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Bronco's hockey team. So many young lives cut short. Very sad.

    Take care - Kathy

    42 days ago
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