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Another fine year ahead of us, I am ending 2013 at least 17 pounds lighter than I started with. I know I've had too much wheat products over the last few weeks, baking Christmas cookies, cinnamon rolls, potatoes... But I'm sure I'll reach goal sometime in 2014. And reaching the end is only the beginning, again.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year for 2014... (12-30-13).

I kind of like keeping my past intros, it gives me ideas of where I'm coming from with my current intro.

So here's another portion of my life. Christmas. This year will be the most different ever. I'm living alone, in the house where my sons grew up and when I was married. So it brings memories back but it makes this time of year totally different than the 28 years I've spent here before.

I didn't know SparkPeople when I lived here before but I'm so glad it's a part of my life now.

All is good and moving forward with my renewed commitment to live better, eat better and become healthier.


I've never really cared for Halloween however MY San Francisco Giants have the colors of Halloween so they fit so perfectly into the Week 5 challenge for BLC23. I'm hoping my decorations will fit into the OTHER category???

Fall 2013 - Cooler weather yeah!

New update... I JUST LOVE SPARKPEOPLE... I'm finding the old grove... very comfortable with all of what SP is about. Community, friends, tools that are so very helpful.

I'm truly looking forward to BLC23. I've never been a part of a challenge. But I love the different interaction with other and the fun competition between teams and team members. The support is welcomed and I hope to support and encourage all for the best outcome.

Just an update, I've put 40 of my 90 lost back on... so not happy with myself and as usual I blame myself for not putting myself first. It's a pattern in my life but at least I didn't wait 25 years this time... I'm back at it and so much happier.

A New Life, Loving the PNW

Wow... I've been at this for 13 months... May 12, 2010. The visit to a dr that changed my life. After a scare of Melanoma skin cancer with NO support from a spouce of 38 year... I chose to change my LIFE. I started walking June 30, 2010. I started to change my eating when I realized my life connections with cancer.

Now I'm at 90 pounds lost... 152,,, WOW.

I've been a member of SparkPeople for 6+ months having joined Aug 29, 2010 at the weight of 218. SP came into my life at just the right time. I'd already started to change my life due to an issue with melanoma skin cancer in March 2010. I started my life changing journey in May of 2010 with a visit to a new physician. A former oncologist who asked all of the right questions encouraging me to come up with the answers. I started changing my diet and then moved into exercising. Tipping the scale at 242 then, his influence in my journey to a better life was truly life saving.

I currently weigh in at 170, I have not seen the 160's since before children, 32+ years ago. My journey includes good choices to be made daily but also knowing I won't deprive myself. If I feel like pizza I find a way to incorporate it into my meal plan for the day. Having gluten issues I've recently found a gluten free pizza crust made with rice flour. Adding it all up and to the nutrition tracker with SparkPeople it's all working out.

I have also entered into a new life living alone, the divorce should finalize sometime in April 2011. Moving to a new community and joining voluteer actities in the new area. Also continued exercise joining a local gym, I'm there every day with the exception of the occasional day when other activities call.

With SparkPeople in my life and the friends I've made here I can say that life is good and will only be getting better.

Member Since: 8/29/2010

Fitness Minutes: 20,901

My Goals:
Goal... to be healthier for the rest of my life... I'm finally in One-derland and will continue to proceed downward and I've finally found a short term goal, to get into those size 14 jeans. DONE!!! Feb 11, 2011

My Program:
I use the nutrition tracker on SP, which I love, also the fitness tracker to see how far I've walked.
SparkPeople has turned into my program. I was kinda winging it before but now I've got a greater sense of where I'm going and SP has helped tremendously. So many tools and so much support, I found SP just at the right time in my life changing journey.

Personal Information:
I'm a retired 911/Fire/medical dispatcher... I love the pacific northwest... I've dealt with melanoma in the last year which has pushed me to eat better and exercise more and try to get my immune system in better shape.

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I have twin sons, age 31, they are licensed electricians in business together in No Cal. I have a grand puppy, yellow lab named Murphy and that's about as close to a grand kid as I think I'll get, lol.

I love this quote from Mark Twain:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails, explore, discover, dream.

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    Your page is AWESOME! Gotta love the Pence man!
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    Let's climb that ladder and take get 100% participation in the week-end challenge. We can do it!
    1642 days ago
    Thank you for your Spark mail message and your kind thoughts and prayers.

    The weather here in Northern California has been pretty nice for the last few weeks although it started to change some today. We heat our house with a wood stove and built our first fire of the season last night. We're trying to get as many outside projects done as possible before the rain sets in so have been pretty busy.
    1643 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/25/2013 9:11:00 PM
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    Let's get a 100% on Week #5 Challenge!!!

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    1643 days ago
    Week 4 of BLC-23 is coming to an end... remember to post those LCW numbers on your tracker... "Go Charlie Company"! emoticon
    1646 days ago
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