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Lady Red Wolf -Anne

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Sisters at Heart---Friends for life.......Lady Red Wolf & Pig Lover on Holiday June 2008

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Boot Camp Graduation Day for my son the Airman 5 June 2009 ~~The 65th Anniversary of D-Day

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In November of 2007 just after Thanksgiving, I became a member of Spark People. At first, I was skeptical. I learned quickly a new dirty 4 letter word.....DIET.... That is what I was on with 2 other programs & while I did lose weight, it all came back At the time I didnt understand why but now I do. There is a difference between a diet and Healthy Lifestyle living & choosing things wisely. Other programs I tried basically taught you how to select prepackaged foods from their menu but not how to cook healthy with better ingredients & discouraged eating out which was not only unrealistic in life but VERY FRUSTRATING~!!
MY EYES were opened with SP! What a tremendous difference it has made in my life!
While it is a slow journey for me, there is this concern about losing weight too quickly like I had in the past & gaining it back and more.' I won't fail this time. I can't fail because taking it off slower means it will stay off! IM SLOW and STEADY like the Tortoise as he raced against the Hare. As we all know, the Tortoise won in the end.
Along the way, Ive learned to read & understand label content, choose more wisely especially when dining out, cook healthier & take time to enjoy & savour the flavour of my food; as well as portion distortion control. The most important thing is I can live a normal life & go out while making better choices when I do, & not feel guilty or be made to feel guilty by others. I AM IN CONTROL not the food, nor am I being told I have to choose my meals from a list of prepackaged foods. Those prepackaged healthy meals are in the store for convenience when I am in a rush & don't have time to make a meal.
While the scales may be slowly moving downward, the positive changes are the most important. Starting out at a size 22 pants, I reached my goal for my 46th birthday ( Dec 2008 )to be in a size 14 pants! WOW was I ever surprisingly happy to see that! One thing I learned is do not just go by the scales....see how your clothes fit. Muscle replacing fat weighs more.
Noticeable improvements I see are : a more positive attitude, improved cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, more energyu and stamina! I am also a lot happier.
What a life altering program this is, & has been for me thus far. There are ups and downs as there typically is in life, however; learning how to deal with them in a positive way makes all the difference in the world.
I made the commitment perservere, be patient when times get rough & persitiant in persuing my goals one step at a time. I know I can do this just like the little engine that had to tackle going up the steep hill. He thought he could, he knew he could and he did....and so will I!
Along this journey, I have met some really wonderful folks from SP in the area & made new friends both on & off line. The support is just phenonmenal! I look forward to forging new friendships as this journey moves forward into my second year as a SPARKER!

Rainbows are so pretty after a rainstorm. The air is fresh & smells so clean, the grass is wet & cool beneath one's feet, and the sky filled with an arch of wonderful colours.
Each & every team member brings a colorful array of personalities & gifts to each team & thus: YOU are all the colours of the rainbow & brighten the day like the rainbow after the rain.
That Pot of Gold lies at the end of the Rainbow, & we each have a share of it waiting for us~

"God puts a tear in your that you can see a rainbow." Unknown Author

My favourite song is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," & was sung by the famous Judy Garland.

Judy Garland's character Dorothy Gale said it best, "There is no place like home."

Favourite Quotes:
"May you grow to be as beautiful as God meant you to be when HE thought of you first." George MacDonald

"Great men are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The crosses we bear are not supposed to be heavy enough to crush us, ....but they are heavy enough to bend our knees."
author unknown

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

"The heavens proclaim God's glory, the sky displays his handiwork. One day to the next shows proof, one night to another gives evidence. No word is spoken, no voice is heard."
Psalm 19:1-4

"The Ultimate Love has nothing to do with the quality of the person. It has to do with the quality of the love."
Nathaniel Bronner, Jr.

Member Since: 11/27/2007

Fitness Minutes: 13,669

My Goals:
1. Lose weight to feel good about myself.
2. Prepare foods in healthier ways using healthier ingredients.
3. Exercize regularly at home & outdoors.
4. Decrease the dosage & if possible eliminate medications needed for some health issues.

My Program:
1. Increasing my exercising.
2. watching my calorie intake & keeping track of it.
3. focusing on eating healthier foods & substituting ingredients for better choices in recipes.
4. Motivating myself with music while I work out or clean house.
5. Keep a positive attitude & stay motivated.

Personal Information:
I'm Anne from Virginia Beach. Originally, I am from a small town in central Massachusetts.
Moved to VA in 1990 when Rog was assigned to a squadron in Norfolk. He's retired from the Navy & travelling all over the states & other countries for his employer.. I retired as a nurse to stay home with my two children. Ive been married to Rog Jr. since 1986.
We adopted an aussie shepherd border collie from the spca, & have a rabbit & a herd of cats!!

Other Information:
"Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it within us or we find it not." Ralph Waldo Emerson

I enjoy reading books of fiction, romance, and poetry. Enjoy the Harry Potter Series-books & movies.
My interests are gardening, walking, home decorating & writing poetry & photography.

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    .´*.¸.•´♥ Have a nice day, Jessica
    3189 days ago
    Parts the brush with my paw to push my way into the clearing to send greetings!

    I feel a lone wolf these days but decided to get into the forest of here LOL, at least a little while still not having net to get on a Lot!

    Missing you my friend and tell the pack I am alive and healing too. I pray you are getting better as well.

    Huggles to you my friend,
    3950 days ago
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    Hope you have an exciting Fourth of July !! emoticon emoticon
    4334 days ago
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    I hope that you are feeling better and that you enjoy the visit with your son!!
    4365 days ago
    I hope to see your garden one day. But till then I see it in you. Have a wonderful and productive weekend. Huggles, Diana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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