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'Tis Myself!

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This is me in 2000 -- I want to look like this again.

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I have made decisions all my adult life that are in the interest of others. It's past time I focused some energy on helping myself. I am tired of feeling fat and tired and achey.

I am only 45 years old and want to enjoy life again in ways my current size prevents. My fibromyalgia and depression struggles make weight loss more challenging, but the weight makes these issues worse as well. The downward spiralling madness has to end.

I have repeatedly tried to commit to a lifelong journey of healthy living, but until now have done so only in fits and starts, which has been very frustrating. This time, however, something wonderful just clicked into place for me and I just know that I am in this for the long haul. My focus isn't on the results anymore, but on committing to positive change, so I know the results will follow.

The first picture to the left is my face about seven years ago. The third is from 10 years ago... and I know I can look like that again.

The middle picture is of my Vision Collage. It might look like a confused hodge-podge to you, but each and every image has a very specific motivational message for me. It uplifts me to look over it all to remind myself of where I am headed.


Member Since: 12/27/2005

My Goals:
I am in this for the long haul, transforming my lifestyle to be healthy overall.

Along with losing 50-70 pounds, I want to have healthy eating habits, be a habitual exerciser and generally be an active and more energetic person.

My Program:
For weight loss my new healthy lifestyle plan includes eating smaller portions of healthier food, but I am an emotional eater, so this is tricky.

I get my cardio exercise through walking (with or without dogs) biking and hiking. I just embarked on the Couch to 5K running program, too. I wish I could figure out a way to add swimming to my life as well.

Accountability is key, so I am trying to recommit to tracking my intake and exercise here, as well as getting back to regular blogging habits.

I am also looking for work.

Personal Information:
I am Donna, 45, married for the second time, have three kids (ages 22, 19, 16), three dogs, and one cat and live in Alameda, CA. Humor drives my life... Otherwise I'd probably go nuts!

Other Information:
I love movies and am an avid reader. My favorites are too numerous to list! I tend towards science fiction, fantasy and mysteries, but also love a good piece of dramatic fiction, biography and many of the classics.

I am trying to balance a job search with my responsibilities at home with my personal goals-- especially my weight loss. Stress surrounds me and it's NOT EASY.

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  • v no profile image LISASAYERS
    Welcome to The Secret Team. We are so glad you have joined our group and I'm sure you will find it very uplifting! I can't imagine living across country from my husband...but I'm sure you will make the best of it! Have you ever done any research on using natural progesterone cream to help with your fibromyalgia?
    Make it a great day!

    4604 days ago
  • v GERRYD8784
    Welcome to Spark Bookworms, Donna, and good luck on your journey to better health and fitness. It's hard work, but it can be done. Be patient with yourself, and stick with the SP plan, and you'll reach your goals.

    4611 days ago
    Donna, Thanks for your encouragement on my blog! You are absolutely right about exercise. It makes all the difference--if I walk or work outside or do yoga, I sleep like a baby. I need to remember this!
    Guess what! We might live near each other. I live outside of Pottstown (Chester County side). Are you near here??
    Good Luck in achieving your goals. I get a lot of motivation from Spark People and it keeps me going even when I am having a rough time!
    4615 days ago
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