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Failure lies not in falling down, but in not getting back up. -- Chinese proverb

5/24/10 - Yes, I'm starting over. It's been 9 months since I've been on SparkPeople last, and almost 18 months since my previous start. I've gained back 25 of the 50 pounds I lost last year.

So what am I doing differently? Well, for one, I'm not doing this to lose weight. This is my life, and I'm taking it back. I want my life.

I'm taking advantage of what worked last time. I learned that I am quite happy on a high-fiber, high-protein diet. I learned that I love fresh foods and that I am not afraid of new foods. I learned that it's OK to want dessert, and it's OK to not always get everything you want. I learned that there are other ways to get chocolate in your diet besides chocolate bars and brownies :)

What didn't work last time was my exercise. I wasn't consistent. I wasn't goal-oriented. I didn't have a plan, and apparently, I don't function well without one.

This time, I'm taking on weight loss as part of my training. I'm doing a 3-day, 60-mile walk for breast cancer in Philadelphia in October. The Susan G. Komen Foundation sponsors the walk and provides all sorts of support programs, including a couple of structured training plans. I'm three weeks into the 24-week training plan, and it's daunting. I know that I can do it, but I also know that in order to be successful, I really have to FOLLOW the plan. What that gives me is twofold: I have a plan that I don't really have to think about, and I have a goal to work toward. Walking 60 miles in 3 days isn't something that can be achieved overnight, but it IS a challenge I can work toward.

I spent too much time seeing this as work. That's changed. I'm going to take it slow, and make real lifestyle changes.

I will still be writing. I don't think I know how NOT to write. But I probably won't share every day. I can't expect to be profound all of the time, right?

Also, the page title is from "Uprising" by Muse.

Member Since: 1/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 12,338

My Goals:
May 24 2010 SW: 323
Final GW: 198
July 31 2010 GW: 310
November 24 2010 GW: 293

Complete Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk, October 15-17, 2010.
Incorporate regular strength training into my routine.

My Program:
High fiber
High protein
5-9x/day fruits and veggies
12c/day water

Follow 3-day training program
Cross-training: Yoga, Wii Fit games, Gardening

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I grew up in South Jersey, and now I live in Central Jersey with my husband and my cat. I am a Senior Scientist for a leading international biotech company, where I focus on product transfers and documentation. I am co-developing and leading an alumnae-student mentorship program for the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted at Mary Baldwin College. I read, I crochet, I do puzzles. I love music. I'm a huge fan of the TV series True Blood.

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