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October 7, 2008: I started on SparkPeople on December 6, 2006 and have been active on the site since I've started. The first nine months were great, lost 43.2 lbs., then I went downhill for over a year. Guess I could come up with several excuses, but I know that they all go back to the same thing: emotional eating.

June 19, 2012: Well, still struggling with my weight, not even attempting to do anything right now. It has been an extremely emotional 2 years with the death of my youngest daughter. However, I am healing and though not attempting to lose weight, not a day goes by that I don't think about 'getting it together' so I can get back here and try again.

In the meantime I've been studying and am now a Professional Counsellor. See my website at:

The image to the left, called Through The Darkness, text on bottom right reads: This is the ego shining through, the energy they couldn't destroy, the light that led me through the darkness, the sense of touch that calms my soul.

Member Since: 12/6/2006

Fitness Minutes: 35,990

My Goals:
JUNE 19, 2012:
To get back the incentive to make the changes necessary to get back on track and start eating healthy.

My Program:
1) Setting up streaks for No Junk Food.

2) Remember that every day is a new day (instead of every week)

3) Log my food intake right after work, and on weekends as soon as practical after eating, so I am less likely to go overboard on the calories.

4) Include more strength training exercises in my routine.

Personal Information:
I'm 57 years old, have two daughters (one deceased), two cats, one ferret and wild raccoons that drop by for feeding.

I live in Vancouver, Canada.

I enjoy drawing, handyman work, writing poetry and nature. Also enjoy collecting minerals.

I am a Digital Production Artist and Professional Counsellor, and love my work.

Other Information:
One of my favourite movies is: Pay It Forward.

One of my favourite songs is: Let There Be Peace On Earth.

Both are favourites as they reflect my values.

Another favourite song is: Where My Heart Will Take Me – it represents my growth from therapy and the freedom from abuse.

I love rainbows, thunder/lightning, stormy oceans and have a childlike awe for nature.

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