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March 27, 2010~UPDATE:

I started the FWIC challenge with a vengance only to lose steam at the end & yo-yo right back up to where I started. Then during the Wintering through til Spring Challenge I managed to make a little progress in the beginning only to yo-yo back up to an even higher weight. This has all been very discouraging, but I am NOT going to give up. Giving up is a sure-fire way to NEVER reach my goal! So now I'm Springing into Summer with my fellow Cute 'n' Shady Sweeties! Here's to a wonderful season of success, ladies!!!

September 24, 2009~UPDATE:

I can't bring myself to erase my old entries in this section, but I wanted to bring my new update to the top...because that's where me and my fellow Shady Sweeties will be at the end of the Fall into Winter Challenge!!! I'm so grateful to Pamela for inviting me to join the Done Girl team because that's where I learned about FIWC! It's the first ever challenge I've joined on SparkPeople, and it's taken me a long time to become this committed. I quit smoking on July 25, 2009, and I feel more empowered each day that I make the choice to not pick up a cigarette! So, why stop there!? I will NOT let my past define my future. I will, however, leave it there to reflect on and see how far I've come.

Upon joining over 2 years ago~April 2007:

My name is Mary. I am a single mom of an 11 year old boy. I turned 30 this past September, and I am really scared about my health. For the better part of the last 11 years, I have been overweight. There's been a few instances of significant weight loss here and there, but I have never been able to make it last. There are a lot of reasons that I failed to maintain my previous weight loss. Bottom line, though, I am now ready to make the changes in my life that are necessary to be healthy. Both of my parents are Type II diabetic, and my fate is the same if I don't get it together.

September 1, 2008~UPDATE:

Well, it's September again, and I still weigh the same as when I started here...a pound more to be exact! That's okay, though, because if it weren't for this site and all the wonderful people that I've met here I would be weighing many pounds more than I do now. Maintaining is an accomplishment, and I'm going to treat myself accordingly! I've learned a lot this year, and one of those things is that beating myself up over my slip-ups is not the way to go. All that accomplishes is making it longer before I refocus my energy on the positive changes that I'm making in my life. That's what this is about...a lifestyle change...not being on a diet! I turn 31 years old in 12 days, and this is going to be my year for BIG changes! I'm here to stay, and I'm taking care of myself...body, mind, & soul!

January 22, 2009~UPDATE:

Ugh. Well, so big good ones anyway. My grandmother died 11 days after my last post...just an hour after my birthday had passed. That, among other things, sent me into a spiral, and I hopped off the bandwagon COMPLETELY! I'm still not giving up, though. I know that if I keep at it I will eventually reach my goals. I really feel like this year is a new beginning in SO many ways. I am making small changes & taking it one day at a time.

June 24, 2009~UPDATE:

Still at it!!! I will NEVER quit! It can be done. It will be done. It is being done. It will take time...LOTS of time...the rest of my life, in fact, if I am to maintain it! Slowly but surely healthy living will become me. It must!!!

Member Since: 4/26/2007

Fitness Minutes: 1,344

My Goals:
7-25-09: quit smoking

My Program:
Stay hydrated.

Keep track of cardio & strength training progress.

Make informed nutrition choices & eat mindfully. Track in food diary.

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31 yrs. old

single mom

college student

chemistry tutor

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I love my classes when they're not stressing me out. I actually enjoy tutoring chemistry. I have a 13 year old boy whom I love dearly and who tests me on a daily basis. I love all kinds of music, television shows, movies, and books. I am working on figuring out how to make all these activities ACTIVE, so I can still enjoy them but be healthy, too. I look forward to becoming physically fit and being able to enjoy the truly active things in life like camping, hiking, running, skating, swimming, etc. I quit smoking on July 25, 2009, and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made! Now to make more of those...

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2013!!!
    Where are ya, Done Girl!? I hope no matter where you find yourself in life, you are definitely enjoying it this birthday!!

    All the very best,
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    The Virgo girl is born to a mother who isn't happy with the money the father makes, so the child grows up in a family with a critical parent, so she learns to be critical especially of herself. The father is a good man but rather passive so the shy little Virgo child goes inward for quiet as she doesn't like over-stimulation. She learns to be frugal as money has always been a worry in the home. She doesn't want to be criticized so she works hard to always be ready so she isn't found unprepared. This leads to a lot of stress for the Highly Sensitive Person. Virgo needs alone time and rest. Virgo works well behind the scene helping others look good
    Virgo gets along with Pisces, Cancer, Capricorn, taurus and Scorpio, but when a relationship goes bad she will walk out and not look back as she is very capable of living on her own. She often finds a man who is the "bad boy" so she can try to improve or change him, but that doesn't work since he finds her a "nag". She is better off staying with intellectual men who want to be a success and finding one she can help get to the top.
    Weight can be an issue for her as she can turn to sweets for comfort, but her sign rules the Sixth House of Health, so she makes a good nurse caring for others. She LOVES to show others the right way to live, so she can be a health coach.
    The symbol for Virgo is the Virgin, denoting the puritanical demeanor usually common to those of this sign.
    In Virgo the Sun is orderly and thoughtful. With the Sun in Virgo you are predisposed to be hardworking, conscientious, and well-organized. Modest, discriminating and thorough, everything you do, you do well. Practical and down to earth, you are a diligent worker with a competent, discriminating intellect. You are highly analytical and exacting, especially adapted to handling projects with painstaking perfection. Thus, you are fond of good workmanship and the utmost in quality. You are dependable because your approach is always one based on common sense and a realistic and analytical assessment of the problem.
    You give much attention to detail, but you can carry this to extremes, becoming fussy and critical, sometimes interfering. Large-scale projects can overwhelm you because of your insistence on perfection. Unless you can deliver such quality, you may become frustrated and discouraged. There is always the tendency and danger with Virgo that the big picture idea will be missed in search of minute details. You expect yourself and everyone around you to be perfect, often setting yourself up for disappointment. Your outlook is too negative and picky sometimes.

    Modest and unassuming, you are usually content to live in the background. Your attitude, at times, can become puritanical and prudish. You consider yourself an ordinary person, and you are never given to any airs of pretentiousness or showing off. There may be a tendency for you to see your role as one of service and "behind the scenes" support activity.

    You have a serious attitude toward refining your mind and acquiring knowledge. With your highly varied interests, you can gain a remarkable amount of data about different subjects. You instinctively know that you must grasp all parts before you can fully understand the whole. Systematizing and detail organization are your strengths. You are idealistic, but always practical and reasonable. You're not likely to make general statements based on too few facts.
    You may be somewhat health conscious, for you have an instinctive sense of balance in diet. You're very sensible in taking care of your health, and for that matter, the health of others. Often, the Virgo becomes exceptionally neat and orderly, even a bit neurotic about cleanliness. You're likely to be susceptible to stress related problems because you do tend to worry too much.
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