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Whoo hoo, I am 2 yrs and 5mths SMOKEFREE it just seems like yesterday that I signed up at sparkpeople seeking a support system to assist me with my goal of being smokfree and here I am today...STILL SMOKEFREE....yea me, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Now I am setting a new goal: to get my body back. I am currently 60lbs overweight and very very unhappy about it....So I am ready to make start making changes in my activity level and eating habits!! I have been a pretty active person most of my life, I had my three children when I was quite young, so they kept me on the go. Now they are 19, and 15 and I do not have tt chase them around like I use too. But I am really trying to figure our who I am and what do I like to do, now that I dont have to revolve my WHOLE world around the children. I use to play basketball and softball when I was in high school and I love those sports. I also love the great outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing, boating...we are always planning somewhere to do or something to do on the weekends, so I feel like I am pretty active....However, over the last three years I have had a "sit down" job and am stuck on 5/10mgs of predinsone everyday due to my autoimmune disorder. I feel that those two factors play a huge roll in the changes in my body and I feel like I do not have control over my body and what it is doing. Over the last year I have really been trying to make a conscious descision of what I am eating and how much. I hardly ever eat fast food (0nly in a pinch), I dont drink soda, I hardly ever eat sweets(I really like salt) so what in the world is going on here....why am I gaining so much weight.??? And then the Ah ha moment happened, I DO have control to an extent, I can do more to push myself to be more active and eat a lot less and more healthier. I really need to watch my portions and eat MORE fruits and veggies....Also, I am a good cook, but I grew up in the Midwest where everything is MEAT AND POTOTOES...ha and boy do I know how to throw it together and man it is GOOOOOD. Well now that I can see through the glass, it is my cookin and my portions that are out of control. I am so use to feeding an army that I will spend hours in the kitchen making enough for the neighborhood and when I am done I feel like I need to eat ALOT of it because their is so much of it. So I eat and eat till I am so full I cant stand it....that is the problem!! So now I am starting a new journey to REALLY REALLY start paying attention to what I am cooking and how much I am eating; as well as incorporating alot more exercise into my lifestyle. It is going to be HARD because my boyfriend like to eat and eat a lot of stuff that I should not, so I am going to need to find that thing called....ummm..oh ya WILL POWER! And not allow myself to eat what he is eating, that is going to be the toughest change to here I am pouring out my heart and soul and seeking MORE assist me in the Journey to get rid of this 60lbs by my 40th birthday. That gives me one year and five months to do it!! I AM GOING TO DO IT, I AM READY TO BEGIN!! :)

Member Since: 8/25/2009

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My Goals:
#1-Quit Smoking on Aug 30, 2009-Mission Accomplished!

#2 Start exercise and nutrion tracking on FEB 6TH, 2012

#3 Get to ideal weight by my 40th birthday

Maintain my new healthy active lifestyle!! :)

My Program:
Everyone always wants to ask me how I did it "quit smoking" Well this is it...Firstly, I set a quit date- I gave myself three months to prepare. Then I made a list of reason why I wanted to quit, told everyone in my life what I was getting ready to do.
Then I looked up re-enforcements on why I wanted to quit and support groups on the internet. I started to slowly cut myself back and change my routines.
Then I started on chantix a week before my quit date and quit on the day I set.
The best thing I ever did was I used daily for the first few days as a motivator and now I am now 2+ yrs smokefree.

New Mantra: I believe in peace, love, joy, happiness and divine intervention!! :)

Personal Information:
I am a survivor from Southern Illinois and a mother of three, 19, 15 & 15 and I have a wonderful boyfriend who I love love love. I finally finished my B.S. degree in Hospitality Managment in 2006 and looking forward to opening my own business in the future. I am an animated, outgoing social butterfly who is seeking some new friendships outside of this little ol' town. I love to hike, play softball, swim, boat and want to learn how to rock climb in the near future!

Other Information:
I have an autoimmune diease (ITP) since 1994 that I have been fighting, which I have to take predinsone (makes you gain weight) off and on for the last 16 years. I have recently packed on and extra 60 lbs and feel like crap. Plus it makes you a little loo loo if you know what I mean!

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  • v EMMABE1
    Creating the life you want starts with CHANGES
    It’s not what happens to you that matters – it’s what YOU do with it!!
    For your lovely comments on my blog – once you have accepted that it’s for YOUR life – the rest is easy.

    2321 days ago
  • v KGLOVER71
    Hi and thanks for the friend add! I've added you as well. Keep in touch and good luck on your journey! Looks like you've made awe inspiring changes already. emoticon
    2328 days ago

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    Welcome to Journey to a New You SparkTeam! We encourage you to come be an active member of our group. May you find joy and success on this journey to a healthier lifestyle and body. :) I see you're not new to SparkPeople at all! Welcome to our group!

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    2333 days ago
  • v MOBIUS56
    I read your post "My friend, my cigarettes". I think that's the best words I ever read. I printed a copy and keep it on my fridge, in my truck, and in my purse. everytime I want a cig. I take it out or look at it and read it. Thank you amd congrats.
    2484 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/29/2011 5:43:57 PM
    So, you are officially 8 months smoke free?! CONGRATS are in order! Im only 5 Days in after a brief relapse of 2 days. Oh, well. At least one of us got the hang of it!
    Hope you will have a positive week! emoticon
    2959 days ago
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