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At 52 -- actually 53 in exactly a week -- I feel like I'm finally coming into my own in some ways. Unfortunately it's taken years spent coming to terms with and healing early childhood abuse; the death of both my parents and birth of my son 11 years ago, when I was 42, my husband's cancer 13 years ago and sudden death 2 years ago from a heart attack, and now my son's diagnosis with Aspergers, and the need for me to be his advocate, sole support, and sole disciplinarian at the same time-- it's taken all of that to get me to the point where I've had to really dig in and get serious about "being all that I can be," and quit wasting time while I not-so-slowly grow old. I'm working hard now -- trying to get some writing done so I can get a book published in the not-too-distant future; trying to lose a whole bunch of weight, trying to get more fit in a long-term, sustainable way, trying to live life as much in accord with my highest ideals as possible. I'm eating better -- and less -- and exercising more, particularly swimming -- but I need support and reassurance to keep on keeping it all up. I'm also happy to share any support I can.

Spark on!

Member Since: 11/19/2009

Fitness Minutes: 55

My Goals:
1. Lose at least 35 pounds by December 2010.

2. Swim at least 3/4 mile to 1 mile at least 2, better 3 times/week.

3. Fill in with Wii Fit at home when I can't get to pool 3 X a week, and eventually on most or all non-swim days.

My Program:
I keep telling myself that no matter how busy I am, investing my time in the activities above will pay off in increased energy, focus, happiness, etc. -- all the things I need to be more productive and resilient.

Personal Information:
53-year-old nice Jewish girl, married 25 years until I became a widow in 9/07; have 1 son who will be 11 in February 2010.

Other Information:
I love Bob Dylan, great books, travel, especially to archaeological sites, taking a big picture view of life -- I majored in philosophy in college, after all!

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