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Twenty Seven Years Ago - Honeymoon in Florence, Italy

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Twenty Seven Years Later - I think that I need a new hairstyle! It is the same as the Honeymoon.

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Mary and Chef Lizz check the turkey - Thanksgiving 2010


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Whatever path you choose don't expect someone else to pave it for you .

Failing is only failure if you quit.

Update on 1/19/1011

I lost 35 pounds on Spark in 7 months. I felt great - confident, healthy. I thought that I had learned how to eat moderately and with good nutrition in mind. But it was so easy to fall back into old eating habits when the stress began and the novelty of eating well and being at goal wore off. Now it is a struggle to lose the 10 pounds that I regained and to really make it about moderation and consistency. This is the tough part of this journey - where the proverbial pedal meets the medal. Realizing that the chips and crackers are not there for stress reduction. That exercise is forever.

It is about me because I am the only person responsible for eating and becoming active. No excuses, blaming, just personal responsibility for healthy decisions. And I want to be healthy for me because I want to feel like I am worth taking care of.

I am 54 and struggle with anxiety issues. I have always struggled with my weight especially since having children and that just feeds into my low opinion of myself. I am hoping to become healthier in mind and spirit. I don't want this to become a diet where I lose weight only to gain it back when the diet ends or my motivation does - Like the last ten times. I want this to become a life long way to live and to connect to other people who share this struggle.


Member Since: 5/3/2008

Fitness Minutes: 13,139

My Goals:
My goal is to lose 35 pounds and become more mindful about what I eat and how I care for my body. Short term goals:

5 pounds - done

10 pounds - Easter - done javascript:%20void(0);

15 pounds - Daughter Graduation done

20 pounds - new goal for graduation - done

25 pounds - July 4th Family Reunion - done

30 pounds - August

NEW - 33 pounds - Vacation - 148 - one pound shy of goal. Oh well it is summer.

Each five pounds - try on old clothes to see if they fit. - I am obsessively doing this weekly so this is a stupid goal - but fun.

My Program:
Eating - I am really trying to become mindful about what I eat. I don't crave sweets but salty crunchy is my downfall. I am looking for ways to work around those cravings by eating smaller meals and just saying no to food after dinner.

Exercise - Whatever I am capable of after my 2 year rehab and really whatever I can bring myself to do. Mainly Treadmill and Elliptical for cardio. Mainly resistance bands for strength. I am trying to combine intervals of cardio with intervals of bands to have a high cardio strength workout.

Personal Information:
I am 54 and 5'7"

I am originally from Delaware but now live in Maryland near DC. I am married and have three children. Two are in college and one is still home with me in high school but he is a junior so we are looking at colleges. I love my cat, Jordan, and the beaches in Delaware. I also like to read and watch tv.

Other Information:
Weight Tracker:

2/15/10 - 180
2/22/10 - 177.2
3/1/10 - 175
3/8/10 - 176.8 - bummer
3/15/10 - 175.2 - bummer
3/22/10 - 172 - yeah
3/29/10 - 171.6
4/5/10 - 169.2 - yeah
4/12/10 - 167.4 yeah
4/19/10 - 166.4 yeah
4/26/10 - 165 yeah
5/3/10 - 162.6 yeah
5/9/10 - 161.6 yeah
5/16/10 - 159.6 yea
5/23/10 - 159.8 ok
5/31/10 - 157.0 yeah
6/7/10 - 157.6 wedding
6/14/10 - 157.5 beach
6/21/10 - 153.6 yeah
6/28/10 - 152.6 yeah
7/1/10 - 152.4 CT
7/5/10 - 151.8 low water in CT
7/12/10 - 150.8
7/19/10 - 151.6 parties and CT cousins
7/26/10 - 148.5 beach
8/3/10 - 148 Lizz party
9/13/2010 - 144.2 that was unexpected!

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  • v FIT4GOOD3
    Have yourself a merry little Christmas! Let your heart be light...

    Warm wishes to you and yours, dear Spark friend! I couldn't resist adding one more message here for old times sake...
    2768 days ago
    I added you again as a friend so let's see what happens so you can get on my spark page!

    Worked outside for an hour on my newly designed Christmas tree, we shall see how it turns out but I managed the cold fairly well. What I can't figure out is why I am so hungry. I ate a very healthy breakfast with good protein which is what I need to keep from getting hungry but I just came in and I'm starving! going to my nutrition page to see what they recommend for me. Yesterday I went over on calories and I do not want to do that again today! emoticon Another warm hug for you. My DH's brother lives in Maryland and yes it really gets cold there so snuggle up and hug whomever comes your way to get some of their warmth! emoticon
    2780 days ago
  • v BUGGYS
    I f you look on the challenge part of our team you'll see the basic challenge which is very simple and starts every Wednesday with the points system and then Andi throws in little extra's fun...take a look. I have only had one name here but maybe you just have to resign your old name and you won't have problems.

    Sugar was a big issue with me as well as portion control...I just cut out sugar for a couple of weeks and I no longer craved it...I need to eat more slowly so that I don't overeat and I am working on that. I'm slowly becoming more consistent in the exercise department and I am going to treat it like brushing my teeth...if I don't get it done first thing in the morning, I'll never do it. You are the one who said several months ago that we have to be ever vigilant on this journey, and we do.It is a constant effort but the rewards are hard to beat!!!
    2780 days ago
  • v ANDI571
    It's been a long time, and I wanted to let you know I hope you are doing well.
    2791 days ago
  • v BUGGYS
    Just stopping by to let you know that I'm thinking of you...hope you're doing well!!! Happy Halloween! emoticon
    2822 days ago
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