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I don't miss the snow or the cold of Upstate New York, but I miss the people and my family. The Arizona desert and mountains are beautiful and keep me inspired. Sparkpeople keeps me motivated to reach my goals.
Since I started Sparkpeople so much has happened. My parent's did celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 1st 2006! And then in September 2010, my dad passed away. Mom has been missing him so much but at age 92, she keeps on finding meaning in life.
My 64 yr old sister Laurie passed away in March 2015. She was the co-leader of Sparkpeople "Moving Forward Through Grief and Loss" Spark team. My family misses her so much, but memories of her make us smile.
I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, reaching my goal weight in 1990! Yes, that 1990! Now I am heavier than ever and am ready to release everything that is holding me back from my true self.

Member Since: 2/1/2006

Fitness Minutes: 5,853

My Goals:
Mind, body, spirit balance through exercise, eating right, positive thoughts and meditation.

My Program:
Portion control, eat more veggies (wish I liked veggies more!), exercise, embrace my imperfections, celebrate my successes.

Personal Information:
I have lived all over - preacher''s kid, I am - but I call Rochester NY my "home" even though I live in Phoenix, Az. Email is msmack55@yahoo.com.

Other Information:
I am a social worker who has a passion for therapeutic horseback riding (equine therapy). I used to sing opera, retired from American Airlines 10 years ago and am in my "third life" now that I am a social worker.

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  • v no profile image NEWPLAN4ME
    Hi Mary!
    I am on Long Island.
    I lived in Phoenix for a year.
    I loved going to Sedona.
    Scotsdale was nice too.
    4752 days ago
    Mary.. former NYer... and friend... so glad we have met ... and then the circle of friendship led you to Bev.. she is a gem of a person... and now we are b oth home owners. We can share our enthusiam for home repairs now!! Hope the coming year brings you whatever your he art desires and ofcourse a great weight loss too... Maybe when the IRDS move more westward we can meet at one of them... I love TOPS and the support I get is so great.. hope you continue in the g roup... love, Barb
    4777 days ago
  • v BOSSMARE_13
    Hi, Mary. We have more in common than our names. I have worked with therapeutic riding for several years (although I'm not involved right now), and served on the Boards of Directors for two separate therapeutic riding groups. When I was involved in the Southwest Quarter Horse Association, we had classes for challenged riders at every show. It's a wonderful work, and I'm glad you're involved in it.
    4929 days ago
    It is great to meet you. I started out riding just the way you do it, riding in exchange for work at the barn. Makes you appreciate what you are getting, and also gives everyone at the barn a chance to know you're serious and trustworthy.

    Go for it, and don't give up. Even when there is the darkest dark around you, somewhere there is a light.

    4930 days ago
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