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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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