Me in December 2010 at my brother's band's show.

So far - so amazing!! What a journey!


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Hellooooo Fellow Sparkers!!!

It's time to pick myself up, brush of the dirt (and cobwebs) and start really meaning it. I've got a long but hopefully fun (or at least humorous) road ahead and I know it. Being here on SparkPeople is such a great tool to use on my travels and I haven't been using it lately. Writing a new intro is my way of reconnecting with all that being a Sparker brings.

I'm not looking for a new me, just an all around healthier one. I'm not looking for a great fad diet, just a chain of good choices that I can live with. And I'm not looking for a few good friends, at SparkPeople I can trust that I'll find a huge bunch of GREAT ones!

See you all around!!

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Update - June 2010

On 4/22/10 I had gastric bypass (RNY) after about a year of research and soul search. I've got chronic back pain which is caused by scoliosis that is getting worse and it keeps me from walking or standing more than 5 minutes. So I can't exercise all that much and may need spine surgery. Put that all together with the need to be at a healthy weight for a quicker recovery from spine surgery and the RNY made a lot of sense to me. It's not a fix, just a tool and I'm still new at using it. I am seeing results - real results - for the first time in YEARS and I feel great! I'm hoping that less weight on my back muscles makes for less back pain but even if there's no change I know I'll be a lot healthier!

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Member Since: 12/27/2007

Fitness Minutes: 5,659

My Goals:
I'm falling apart, well not literally, but aches and pains and joints and chronic back issues and I'M SICK OF IT! I want to be able to jog, I don't really want to jog but I want to be able to if I wanted to. I want to get on a horse without help and without feeling guilty about killing the horse. I want to be strong like bull. I want to feel comfortable in my own skin. Jeesh, you'd think it was all about me... well, it kinda is. ;-)

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IMy program is just relearning how to eat with a new gut and following the directions of my surgeon and dietician. So far so good!

Personal Information:
My name is Michelle and I live in Massachusetts and love it here.
I'm married, have five beautiful felines as my kids (Diablo and Buns crossed over the Rainbow Bridge) and own a pet sitting business.

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I'm a fan of a good laugh - humor is very important to me. I'm stuck squarely in the 80's for music, after all it helped me through those tween years, though my ipod has such a variety of music I can't say I don't like anything else. I don't read all that often but occasionally a good book catches me and won't let go. I'm one of those repeaters - if I like a movie or song I'll watch or listen to it over and over so my list of movies I've seen isn't all that long... I LOVE animals and learning, really enjoy history, paranormal studies, the feeling that exersize can bring, life, love and, of course, laughter.

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    Just stopping by to say have a wonderful sparkfilled day! I'm back on spark, it's been 3 years & just wondering which of my friends is still here! Wishing you much success.

    1138 days ago
    Hi Michelle! I am back in the spark world... congratulations on your great loss.
    2620 days ago
    Michelle!! I thought I'd see you in the spring BL lime team but you aren't there?! BOO HOO!! We JUST begun and you could still be an honorary lime--just contact Ginger, Shannon or Susie.

    How are you doing?!! Write when you can and say hi to your wonderful sis. I miss her too!!
    2634 days ago
    I just want to say emoticon on your progress during the Winter Challenge. Let's make this last week the best one yet! emoticon

    And I hope you're joining the Spring Challenge? emoticon
    2670 days ago

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    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"

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    2679 days ago
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