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It used to be fairly easy for me to stay at a comfortable weight or to lose extra weight after pregnancies. I didn't think much about what my body looked like when my kids were younger.

But several years and way too much loss and trauma later, I'm grateful to say that I feel content and even HAPPY again! I've learned what's truly important in my day-to-day life. My kids, my pets, my job—and some of the little things are important too. Now in my mid-40's keeping my weight stable takes real effort, requiring both watching what I eat, as well as daily exercise. Effective stress-management is key, and scheduling time to exercise and have fun are important parts of that. Staying involved with my kids and enjoying them while I still get to see them regularly is a top priority.

In 2002, when my youngest son died, one of the things that helped me process my grief for him (and truly, I think it kept me sane), was planting a memorial garden for him. Each year it grew—I added new plants and flowers that I felt were significant to his short life and innocence and my love for him. I made new graveled garden paths and added a couple benches to sit on. Maintaining his garden is still an important part of my day-to-day life. Every year, on the anniversary of his death (October 23rd) Liam’s maple tree—the first thing we planted in his garden, with some of his ashes—is a beautiful vibrant red! It’s one of the special things that helps me get through that difficult time of year.

More recently, I've found that I enjoy making creative changes to my home when I can, one room at a time. From painting, installing new light fixtures and laying laminate wood flooring, to adding or replacing a piece of furniture here and there. I've got this new idea to make collages out of some of my kids' artwork from their growing-up years and frame it this summer. Doing all of these things has gradually made our home into a special and comforting environment, and each time I finish a project it feels like a great accomplishment!

Being a single mom and "on my own" doesn't scare me anymore, and in fact I think it's been good for me—but staying healthy and managing stress are a big challenge sometimes. I can see how Sparkpeople could be a great tool to help me with these things. The better I feel about myself, the more I have to give to the important people and things in my life!

Member Since: 4/24/2009

Fitness Minutes: 50,270

My Goals:
Lose 25 pounds. Enjoy my kids! Do my job well. Stay in touch with good friends and family. Laugh several times a day. Steer clear of trauma and drama. Be happy!

My Program:
Daily stretching. Cardio exercises 4-5x/week. Strength exersises daily. Paying attention to the important stuff and not sweating the small stuff. Really LISTENING to the people I care about. Scheduling time for exercise and fun!

Personal Information:
Long-time resident in the mountains of AZ. Single parent. Mom to three awsome kids -- 20 y.o., 16 y.o., and 2 months forever.

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

~ Margaret Mead

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  • v no profile image KALVINS_MAMA
    Hi and happy Monday! I hope today is a great day for you!
    3921 days ago
    Thanks for watching my video and stopping by my page! :)
    3925 days ago
  • v no profile image KALVINS_MAMA
    Thank you for sharing my joy. Man is he a cutie! He weighed 8lbs.and2 oz.
    3927 days ago
  • v no profile image KALVINS_MAMA
    Thank you for the generous spark goodie. It reminded me of the foot gift package I have bought for myself. After a good soak I had hubby rub the pepppermint lotion on my feet.It felt wonderful! I hope you are doing well today,yesterday and tomorrow.
    3937 days ago
  • v no profile image KALVINS_MAMA
    Thank you for adding me as your spark friend and thank you for your kind words. Have a wonderful day !
    3948 days ago
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