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3/29/08 7:19 P

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My name is Linda. I am a teacher in Utah. I teach college students about tourism. I am a newbie to SparkPeople, but not to "weight loss plans." I have tried so many and almost always fail or slip back into old habits. Therefore, this time it is not a diet . . . it is a new lifestyle, the "Sparkle Lifestyle" for me! Like so many of you, I have found myself focusing on other people rather than myself. Two of my sisters fought a brave battle with breast cancer. One was just older by 18 months and the other was just 3 years younger than me. I had lost my two best buddies, my confidants. I went into a deep depression because I felt I had lost my family . . . my two closest siblings were now gone. I have lost my father to diabetes related heart failure. So when it comes to having all the health related reasons, I have them all!

Gee it is difficult to admit that I am in the worst shape of my life. Following my first sisterís battle with cancer, I did everything possible to ensure my health. I worked out . . . had a personal trainer, walked 2 miles every day, and swam a mile every day. So I was in the best shape of my life when my second sister was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Her battle was short and painful . . . just 11 weeks. I spent as much time as possible with her until my doctor found something suspicious with my own breast. I had surgery just one week before my sister died. I could not tell my family about my surgery even after I got the good news that the results were benign. But I slipped into such a deep depression for several years. I tried to hide the depression by throwing myself into my teaching. Working 70-80 hours a week and eating whatever was easy and quick was a way to avoid dealing with the impacts on my mental and physical health. Now as I look at the photos of me over the past 4 years I can see the weight creeping on to my body. I know that my sisters would never approve of my excuses. Recently my doctor sent me up to have a MRI instead of a mammogram. What a shock! I hardly fit into the MRI machine and it was so tight I could not do it! I panicked. Even though I know this is the best way to detect breast cancer, I could not do it. Finally, I realized that my life was out of control. So it is time to take back control of my life.

I am on a life quest for a healthy lifestyle. This is not a diet, it is a life plan. I want to ensure that I have done what I need to maintain my health, to hike a mountain without being short of breath, to enjoy being with my family and friends, to learn to say No to work and Yes to Me!
My first health goal is to lose enough weight to fit into that MRI without feeling like I was going to get stuck.

My first fitness goal is to get into sufficient shape to join the Susan C. Komen Race for the Cure on May 10th. I use to participate every year, now is the time to get in shape to return to the race. During the past 3 years I have contributed in my sisters names, but now it is time to run for Cozette and Kathy. Participating will demonstrate that the United States Congress needs to fund research at greater levels of commitment. that women need to ensure that they are proactive.

May we all be successful working together, supporting each other through this challenge! Our quest has begun!


Favorite Quote from Space Quest:

"Never Give Up -
Never Surrender"

The quest for a healthy lifestyle has begun and the battle will be won by never giving up!

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3/3/08 9:25 P

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Just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. I am glad I found this team especially today. My dad was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in September of last year. In October they found 3 lesions on his brain. He had the Gamma Knife Surgery for the lesions and we thought that they caught it all. He got his MRI Scan back today from last week and they found 7 new lesions. Please keep him in your prayers.

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. - MLK Jr.

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