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I lost close to 50 pounds 7 or 8 years ago and have done a pretty good job of keeping it off. That is, until this year when I realized all my favorite clothes were a little too tight (I refuse to buy new clothes!), that I didn't want to socialize that much, that my "oomph" and "chutzpah" were M.I.A., and that even I wasn't all that thrilled to spend time with me.

This uncomfortable me wants to feel like she did 10 pounds ago -- confident, beautiful, invincible & content. Though I don't have age on my side as much as I did then, I know what it takes to be fit and healthy -- physically and emotionally. I know I can do it. I just need a few kicks in the pants...a nudge with an elbow...a push out the door...a reminder that I'm worth it, maybe a pat or two on the back every now and then, and some side-splitting laughter along the way! As one who doesn't always find it so easy to give herself a break, laughing is such a good way for me to get some perspective, to just let it go....

It was either the famous painter Van Gogh or the author George Elliot who once said "Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."

Those words are still so powerful, so they must be true.

This I must remember -- to get where I want to go is pretty simple. I just have to put one foot in front of the other, one day at a time.

Here's to great things, wearing my favorite clothes again, letting go, building strength on the inside and the outside,

...and to being a BIG loser!

Spark On!

Member Since: 7/30/2010

My Goals:
To lose 10 pounds!

To boost self-esteem!

To build physical and emotional strength!

To treat myself with kindness!

To make my own choices!

To get the sleep I need to be the best I can be!

To firm up so I can fit into my favorite clothes!

To be more organized and to manage my time better so that I can do more of what brings me joy!

To feel more connected to me!

My Program:
I am tracking nutrition and eating a more balanced diet.

I am exercising at least 5 times a week -- cardio and strength.

I am drinking waaaay more water.

I am learning to rely on others for support more than I ever have!

Personal Information:
&I am...

vowing to live each day to its fullest in precious memory of my dearest friend Kay, my real-life guardian angel, who just passed away from breast cancer on 12/24/10. I love you, Kay.

an administrator & teacher ( workaholic) at a private school for kids with LD,

an aunt of 2 handsome young nephews and one sweet as pie niece,

an animal lover, reader, computer nerd, movie-watcher & go-er, & exerciser,

pretty quiet and shy at the core (unless I REALLY know you -- then, I talk a lot more),

an independent spirit (sometimes too much!),

my own biggest obstacle (& working hard to get out of my way!) :-)

Other Information:
My favorite season: Summer (don't have to work!)

My favorite color: blue

My favorite time of day: morning

My favorite brand of coffee: Pete's

My NEW favorite food: almond butter (for me, better than chocolate!)

My favorite fashion: belts, pocketbooks, and boots (cowboy, preferably!)

My favorite thing to do on weekend mornings: wake up and listen to NPR while I'm drinking coffee and reading the paper (or wandering around SparkPeople!)

My favorite fruit: watermelon

My favorite candy: m&ms

My favorite TV shows: Law & Order, Criminal Minds, HawthoRNe, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Oprah

My favorite feelings: contentment, accomplishment, sure, grounded

My favorite sounds: kids laughing, rain, the silence after it snows, my cat meowing

My favorite flower: daffodils (they're happy!)

My favorite comic:
Far Side

My collections: model Corvettes and elephants

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