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Updated 2/8/11: A friend sent this to me - it was part of a chain e-mail but the message was so wonderful, I didn't want to lose or forget it:

May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.

Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.


Borrowed from another Sparker:

Being fat is hard
Being fit is hard
Choose your hard


My story:
Among other things, I am working to prevent the onset of diabetes - a killer in my family.

Sounds like a great goal, doesn't it? But truth be told, it's my more immediate needs that have spurred me on to make changes in my life and healthy goals.

I decided last year, after a more than 30 year hiatus, that I wanted to take dance lessons - Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap - whatever I could find that worked into my schedule - with the ultimate goal being that I increase my skills enough to audition for local theatre - maybe. I also hoped that the looming threat of a dance recital would jumpstart better eating habits. Well, as you can see by the picture (see May 2010 Recital Photo in pictures), while my activity level increase, my eating habits remained the same or worsened ["Oh, look at all the exercise I've gotten this week - of course, I can eat [amounts omitted to protect the guilty] Meximelts, Mexican Pizzas and Chalupas"].

Then a friend sent me a link to an article in Sparkpeople. I should have been able to read the article from the e-mail without registering but for some reason I couldn't - the universe at work. The rest, as they say, is history.

Inspiration from others (from AHEALTHIERME9's Page):

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
- Albert Schweitzer

Member Since: 6/21/2010

My Goals:
To complete the March 2012 10k in at least 101.5 minutes and move to a walk/jog group. - Well finished but was significantly slower (sigh) and no jogging - 2:02 min. but I finished!

To jog a 5K by September 2012

To learn to cook at least one new simple, healthy meal a month in 2012.

To record my food daily & stay within my caloric range at least 6 out of 7 days a week.

To become an "after" story.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.”

My Program:
Nutrition: I track everything through Sparkpeople. I eat 3 meals and 2-3 snacks daily.

I take 4 -5 hours of dance a week:

Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet Stretch, Lyrical

I am getting back into walk/jogging 3-4 times a week and I am planning to add strength training back into the mix (haven't done any in 2.5 months).

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"The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor." -Martha Graham

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  • v DEB2448
    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2014!
    1612 days ago
  • v BLUEROSE73
    Happy Monday. Hope you've had a great weekend. Are you doing everything you can today to reach your goals tomorrow? You know no one can do it for you - it's all up to you. You can do this. I believe in you
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    1763 days ago
  • v MKELLY72
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I love knowing that I may have sparked someone! That helps to keep my accountable, and that will help my maintenance journey.
    2279 days ago
    Just dropped here to say hi and emoticon on getting you fitness certificate emoticon .
    2544 days ago
  • v EMMABE1
    Thank you for spending the time to read my blog - I think having just put that blog together - the first time I have actually put the developing story together like that and now the penny has dropped - and I am beginning to realise what I have done!! So - I'm just a bit slow in the uptake!! LOL!!
    However it has proved one thing to me – that if I can do it anyone can do it and you will find that the results are way beyond your wildest dreams!!

    2547 days ago
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