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I've made some great life changes (Thank you, God), and am on a long, slow road headed in the right direction through some great scenery. That's fitting, because I'm an aspiring endurance riding competitor. It's a good metaphor for my life.

I am the queen of the Yo-Yos. You name the diet, or eating disorder, and I've probably done it.

Most recently. I was successful at losing +/- 85 lbs a year and a half ago, but backslid this last year, and re-gained 40 of them. I refuse to go back to where I started (I quit weighing myself at 220), but as my disease of food addiction/overeating changes, so do I need to mindfully change my approach.

What tripped me up last time, was the reality that even 85 lbs lighter, my life still had its same pressures and challenges, and though I looked and felt a lot better, I still wasn't "perfect". That made it easier for me to rationalize the return to binging on the flour/sugar stuff. It's very familiar behavior for me when I'm feeling down.

I like myself so much better when I'm not succumbing to destructive eating behavior. I want to live constructively in the second half of a very blessed life.

Now I'm not in it for "Cinderella Magic", I'm in it for life.

Member Since: 12/21/2007

Fitness Minutes: 11,881

My Goals:
To establish a daily routine that puts healthful behavior first in my day:
1. God/Spiritual
2. Food/water
3. Exercise/training
4. Family/Relationships
5. Work / Money

My Program:
To be completed by: 12.31.07

Short-term goal 1: Create a week's worth of meal plans.

1.a. Plan realistic meals that can be taken on trail rides without refrigeration.

Short-term goal 2: Buy the plastic ware to store prepared meals.

Short-term goal 3: Cook and prepare a week's worth of meals.

3.a. Document all food/water.

Short-term goal 4: Time how long it takes me to ride my bike to work in the morning.

4a.: Find or buy cold weather gear and strobe reflector to make biking to work safe and reasonably comfortable.

Personal Information:
I'm Carrie. I'll be 50 in April.
I am a joyful long-distance grandmother to a 1 year old adorable grandson.

I teach English Language Development to Limited English Proficient middle school students. They are sometimes adorable.

I'm in my second year of training my Arabian mare, Jazzy, for endurance competition. She is cute as a bug's ear.

I have two Australian Shepherds, a Red Heeler, 2 fat tabby cats, and one unemployed 23 year old son at home.

All are also in various states of adoration, depending on my mood and whether or not it's shedding season :-)

Other Information:
I've been active in, and have gathered great support and strength from various 12 step fellowship groups.

I'm willing to share my experience, strength and hope about my food addiction recovery after I have achieved 90 days of abstinence from addictive eating. This started 12.21.07. Thank you, God.

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    Welcome to the Horseback riding team!!! Wow I was reading your page and it looks like we have TONS in common. I think I keep my horse in an identical situation. Some of my friends want me to ride in winter but when my guys live in a 10 acre pasture with the down wind side of the trees for a shelter I can't risk getting them all sweaty and expect them to just hang out in the pasture all night. We are getting better weather soon though!!
    I also commute on my bicycle! (in summer)....actually today was the first day I used the bike this spring. We still have lots of snow, but the roads are clear.
    I hope you are enjoying Sparkpeople!
    3329 days ago
    Hi Carrie,
    It's Cyndee (stopping on Hanna) here, you stopped by my page a few weeks ago and I have been meaning to visit you.

    I am turning 50 in May and have fallen off the wagon a bit and your visit has motivated me to get started again. emoticon

    I have a four year old mare out of Hanna that am planning to show this summer and really want to get down to a reasonable weight so that I can be proud of our stop photos!! I have only rode her a few times (my trainer showed her a couple times last summer). We will be starting training in February, I amvery excited!!

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    3404 days ago
  • v GECKO140
    Thanks for your 3 Bean Salad recipe. I've saved it and will try it soon. It looks delish. I make a good 3 bean salad, but what came right to my mind when I read your recipe was stirring in about a cup of sugar in mine and having to stir and stir to get the sugar dissolved. Hope all is going great with you. I'm headed back up to read your blog -- I see it said "Back in the Saddle Again" so I hope you've been able to get out a ride. Finally I think winter is beginning to break. Oh my wish is to see that first daffodil. Have a great weekend.
    3756 days ago
  • v RACHEL630
    I dropped by your page and just wanted to say hi! I saw your post in a cutting costs for grocery bills and I thought what you had to say was great. So, thanks!
    3765 days ago
    Love your two tag-line quotes. I may put one or both of them on a workout t-shirt. Thanks.
    3765 days ago
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