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My family now (2012) and soon to be future hubby!

Me and my two kids on our annual River Trip. They are the light of my life.


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Update 9/18/12. In reading my old Introduction that I posted on here in 2008, so much as changed, so much!! I am now 4 years older, feel it many days, but so much wiser too. My son is now recovered and in remission and attending college, I got engaged and am about to be married and I finally found my mojo when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. What I have learned through my last four years of life: Don't EVER give up. Be OPEN to change. SEEK a different way until you find THE way. In the last year, I have lost 18 pounds just by not eating processed food and started playing tennis again, just recently have started a swimming program. I'm hoping those last 15 to 20 will come off, but I only weigh in about once every 6 months....I'm totally going off how I feel and not the scale.

The difference of four years. 2008 Intro - The title of my page, Broken Open comes from my favorite book written by Elizabeth Lesser, because I have truly been broken open. Soon after starting my Spark Page membership and trying to be a leader of the group, my 14yo son was diagnosed with Brain Cancer 2 months following the death of my mother from Breast Cancer. To say that 2008/2009 were some dark days, if anyone could only know (other cancer parents know), but now my son is recovering, right now is cancer free and we are coming up for air.....my weight sky rocketed up 25 pounds (at least) and I feel so bad, but months of sitting in a hospital and stress eating have taken it's toll. Now that his chemo is finished, he has to eat exceptionally healthy, and I want to as well. I want to get back into the world of feeling good....I have missed it.

Member Since: 2/15/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,011

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To stay healthy and be strong.

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I have gone through many diet programs, and now I am not on one at all and never will again, I just gave up processed foods and exercise 2 or 3 days a week. My weight has gone down about a pound a month, and that's fine with me.

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I've now been remarried for 2 years, my son is still doing well, a daughter graduated, now I face empty nest syndrome. Each year of our life brings about change. Right now, definitely in a happy place.

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Books I loved: If you have been changed by life events, check out "Broken Open" by Elizabeth Lesser. Beautifully written book, can help when life slaps you down.

Fast Food Nation

Forks Over Knives

Jamie Olivers Food Revolution

Film that changed my perspectives: Food Matters

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  • v KTTYK713
    Thanks so much for your words of encouragement and inspiration! I am trying to focus more on my overall holistic health, but because my weight is so high and heart disease/high blood pressure/diabetes runs in my family I'm trying to work hard to get my weight back into a healthy range for someone my age. :) I'm so happy to hear that you've had such great success in your journey so far! Let me know if I can be there for you in any way, shape, or form! :)
    2070 days ago
    Promise Yourself

    Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

    To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

    To make all your friends feel like there is something in them.

    To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

    To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best.

    To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own

    Have wonderful day and make it Healthy!

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    2070 days ago
    God bless you, your son and your mom!! Love to be a Sparkfriend!
    2640 days ago
    thanks for the flylady.net tip! it looks like it has some really good information.
    3047 days ago
  • v LADYDI2049
    Hi and thank you for taking the time to read my blog. It's nice to know there are other women out there is the same situation. I was doing so good unitl I had to see him again. I know from my son's comments that his dad is not happy so he got what he deserves. I will get through these feelings before the wedding in December. I have a wonderful family and a wonderful life. I love my future daughter-in-law and we get along great. She is the daughter I never had and I know she loves and admires me. I have so much to be happy and thankful for. As they say "This to shall pass." The blogging really helps me. Thanks for adding me as your friend.

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    3112 days ago
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