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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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    Thank you for adding me as a friend, I am thrilled to add you to my list of friends, especially after reading your intro. You are so inspirational that I can't wait to see your blogs!

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    2586 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/19/2011 7:05:24 PM
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    Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
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    2590 days ago
    Just checking to make sure you doing well and having fun changing what needs changing.
    I liked that Chain letter message.
    It is such a positive message that I wish we all can practice every single day. emoticon emoticon
    2596 days ago
    Start flexing those butterfly wings and focus on you for this challenge! You are worth every healthy choice you make! emoticon
    2601 days ago
    Just stopping by to say welcome to the Spring 5% Challenge Butterflies team. I know we will soar toward our goals. I look forward to getting to know you as we progress through the challenge. Drop me a note any time. Happy flying.
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    2602 days ago
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