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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!

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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 SOPHIEMAE2007
    I just read your comment on my page. Isn't it amazing what stress can do...not that is a good thing, but geez....I don't remember what I specifically wrote, but it took me a long time for things to catch up with me too. I am sorry for the loss of your son. I can't imagine what that is like, but even losing my dad was hard. At the time, I didn't get to grieve because my life was "to busy' with work and school. It took me about 6 years to finally actually grieve. He would have been 87 tomorrow, June 20th. We are going to go to his grave with mom to put flowers down. It is a great idea about having a garden in your son's memory. I have dogs and I consider themmy children, closest I have been able to come to having children. I had a memorial marker made for my dog, Joey, when he passed away 2 years ago...it is in my pictures. He was the best dog, the once in a lifetime dog! He had an attitude but he was soulful and I miss his stare! He always stared at me....probably trying to figure me out!

    Well I am not happy about being back on medication for depression, but I know it helps. Hopefully, I won't be on it long. It hasn't kicked in yet, because yesterday was a terrible day for me. I was very anxious and depressed. Today is better, except for the rain!

    Hope you have a great day!
    4274 days ago
  • v SOPHIEMAE2007
    I looked at your page to see what team(s) you are on that I am also on...the Sleep Challenge...

    I like finding new teams to join or lurk about for a little to see if I want to join them or not... I found that you are on Beating the Recession Blues. I am on Debt Haven and may want to join this one for other "ideas and suggestions".

    Thanks again for the smile to brighten my day! emoticon
    4274 days ago
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    Hi Friend!

    Great SparkPage!

    Stopping by to WELCOME you to Your Quickfire Challenge Team and to Congratulate you for adding One more tool to your belt!

    You have chosen to be part of a New and Radically different SparkPeople Team Approach. So happy to have you part of this Special Fitness Team to help You Achieve Your Goals!

    Please check in daily for your "Quickfire Challenge Of The Day" found on the QFC Team Front Page under "QuickFire Challenge Of The Day Forum" - listed by date. When you get time, please review the "General Team Discussion Forum." Also, check in on the Announcement Tab for all New and Relevant Team Information.

    Have a GREAT journey... and remember to eliminate excuses that keep you from attaining your goals and you WILL get there, One QuickFire Challenge A Day.

    Keep Sparking! =0) Kelli, Wendy and Mic!

    Nike ~
    "If you went running when you first started thinking about it, you'd be back by now."

    "Others aren't staring at you. They're thinking how they should be running, too."

    "Someone who is busier than you is running right now."

    "The road to hell is paved with couches."

    "It's easier to sleep than run. That's why sleeping isn't an Olympic sport."

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    4275 days ago
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