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I am a single mother of two children and have a man in my life I adore. I am entering a different phase of my life where I am making changes for the better... I am going to LIVE and ENJOY the second half of life!! Losing weight will help in that in many ways... physically, mentally and emotionally. I want to be the best person I can be for ME.


Part of who I am is being the parent of a special needs child. I came across the following essay that describes that journey and my hope is that it will touch someone else as well....

Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this...

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm suppose to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."

But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills.... and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was suppose to go. That's what I had planned."

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things.... about Holland.

Member Since: 8/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 282

My Goals:
Physical: Lose 50 pounds and be physically fit

Emotional: Accept the positive qualities about myself

My Program:
1500-1800 calorie/day diet

Cardio exercise at least 5x/week

Weights at least 2-3x/week

Drink 8 glasses of water daily

Name 2 positive things about myself daily

Personal Information:
I am a 39 year old mother of two children. My daughter is a teen with Juvenile Diabetes so diet and exercise are especially important. She is an incredible person and has dealt with many challenges. I also have a son that is mentally challenged who has taught me the real meaning of life and many lessons that only he could have taught me. I am in a relationship with a wonderful man who sees the beauty in me when I don't always see it in myself. He has been a real encouragement and motivates me to love and accept myself. I have been a nurse for 14 years. I currently work with children with neurocognitive problems which has been rewarding.

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