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"We'd worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do" ~ Ethel Barrett

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Peach from Finding Nemo. I often quote Dory. "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming ..."

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Patrick Starfish. Enough said.

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Welcome to my page! I'm a thirty-something mom of three with a great husband and a demanding full-time job. This is my third (yes, third) time on SP. I'm learning from past mistakes to make this time stick. ;)

A young man was walking along the ocean and saw a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish had washed ashore. Further along he saw an old man walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean. "Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?," the young man asked.
"Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don't throw them further in they will die," replied the old man.
"But, old man, don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can't possibly save them all, you can't even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won't make any difference at all."
The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and throw it into the sea. "It made a difference to that one,” he said.

I really like this story. I use it with my students when discussing global warming. It's overwhelming, but every little action is better than doing nothing at all. I guess the same can be said about losing weight. Every little change in my lifestyle, every good choice, every ounce lost is a step in the right direction.


"If you think you're too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito!" - unknown

"Do the thing you think you cannot do" - Eleanor Roosevelt

Member Since: 3/2/2007

Fitness Minutes: 2,725

My Goals:
Overall: I want to be healthy. I want to stop feeling self-conscience around people. I want more stamina in order to be more active with my kids.

Specific: 50 pounds by Christmas.
100 pounds by July 2010.

My Program:
Limit Calorie intake to 1200-1500.
High fibre, lower fat.
At least 3 fruits and 3 veggies a day.
Increase water intake.
Walk 5x per week.
Start doing some Pilates.

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I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, Sudoko puzzles, doing crafts with my kids, and sparking!

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    You seem to be AWOL. I can say this, because I was AWOL myself for about, oh, 4 months!

    Come on back, girl! We miss you!
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    3830 days ago
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    Just checking in to see how you are doing.....I've been off Sparkpeople for 13 days! I was sick, sick, and more sick. Sore throat, head cold, aches. Couldn't shake it and couldn't bring myself to even get to my computer. Must be a record for me. But let me know how you are doing. Hope all is well.
    3968 days ago
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    Just checking in to see how you are doing!!! emoticon
    3982 days ago
    I have always loved the starfish story - I used it to think about this process when I started losing weight 5 years ago and I still use it today. Trying to lose a 100lbs or trying to maintain a 85 lb loss is too huge if you look at the whole thing - like the man with the starfish, I can make a difference in my maintenance today and that is doable.

    Best wishes as you get back on track - YOU can do this - truly you can!
    3984 days ago
    Hi Marie! I love your sparkpage - the seascape and the starfish are so pretty! Anyway, welcome to the redhead team! Come join the fun - we're a bunch of weirdos, but then isn't that part of being a redhead? Have a great week!

    3986 days ago
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