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I've been gone awhile. Haven't lost, haven't gained. And I have gotten more fit, taking Qi Gong/tai qi classes twice weekly. They are a workout. And maintaining my walking.

Time to get on with it, again. I hate feeling heavy. I don't like what I see in the mirror, and in videos of myself.

I recognize that I can help my Arthritis pain (which HAS worsened a lot) by losing 25 more lbs.

Japanese proverb-
Fall Seven Times. Stand up Eight.

There is no Elevator to Success. You have to take the Stairs.


. ...Shopping is just unpleasant - looking for cute clothes, and finding the nice ones only in the smaller sizes. It happened to me just yesterday, at Goodwill. They had all these cute cottom blazers (jackets) in great condition, but the size Larges were too tight! Just frustrating and upsetting.

I have had a life-long weight problem, starting with being a chubby baby, and so on... I have Arthritis of the hip/back which can be Very painful. I've been an avid walker for years, and with all the extra weight I've carried, my poor bones/joints show the effect.

I have lost 15 lbs so far.. and regained 5 lbs. Lost 2 of the 5 that I regained. SO I'm 12 down .I have health problems, that affect my energy, so I do my exercising when I have enough energy.

But I am out there walking every day. Thank God my legs are still strong. I am starting to look better.

THIS time, I plan on going All the Way, with the help of Spark and a growing self-confidence!

Member Since: 5/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 235

My Goals:
I want to lose 30 lbs, to be in the 150's.

First goal - size 15/16 dress, size 38 jean.
or a size 16 pants.

2nd goal - shrink the belly and lose the love handles, or at least whittle them down!

3rd goal-be able to say No to sweets, even if they are offered to me, from someone else or at a party!
Free food - my weaknesss.

My Program:
staying away from Sugar and processed foods. Small meals, 4 times a day.

Walk every day, for at least 45 minutes.

Just joined gym - YMCA- and will go 3X a week, minimum.

Personal Information:
I am 59 years old. Born in New York City, have lived in San Francisco, California, since I was about 25 yrs old...I love to sing jazz, for fun and for profit, and I do animal rights volunteer work. I am Spiritual, not religious, and my Spirituality is very important to me. I am passionate about Astrology, have studied it for many years.

Other Information:
I am single, and live by myself. I love to read books on Metaphysics, from authors such as Carolyn Myss, and Dan Millman such as "The Life you were Born to Live". Carolyn Myss wrote "Sacred Contracts". Amazing. I also participated in Oprah's online class recently on the book A New Earth.

I am an Aquarius, with Moon in Sag. and Cancer rising.

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    Hi, Ellen -- I'm thrilled that you have found a church that you like and that feels right to you! I have heard of Unity and there is just one in Vermont, up in the Burlington area.

    Commitment is, indeed, elusive. I started tracking again but realized that I didn't like it and that it wasn't sustainable. I may still do it -- to get this weight off again -- but for the moment I am trying to do some measuring and counting on my own (no tracking) and eat with consciousness and enjoyment.

    And I'm trying to remember that I am what I eat and I wanna be healthy!

    Happy spring! Keep in touch!
    3182 days ago
    So good to hear from you and so happy you enjoyed your Easter music. I am loving spring.
    3183 days ago
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    3188 days ago
    Hmmmm... setting goals and sticking to those. Yep! I set goals. And then I mainly just see how long it takes me! I'm not having a particularly good day today, but seeing as it's another "anniversary" (last year was pretty bad).. I suppose I am really ok.

    So, the sticking to it part? That's why I'm here on SP. To try to set myself up for success. It really comes down to making clear choices and taking care of yourself. Being very honest about what's going on and committing to stick it out.

    I'm not very big on the "drill sargeant" style of self-discipline because it only goes so far with me, and that's not very far. I'm more into taking a deep breath, listening carefully, then going ahead with what feels right at the time. It generally works out.

    So... what do YOU think?
    3206 days ago
    I was drawn to your page by something you posted on Spiritual Awakening & Psychic Awareness... maybe to be support? Maybe to be a friend? Dunno... just following my instincts. Hope you're having a GREAT Sunday!
    3213 days ago
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