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Updated 2/8/11: A friend sent this to me - it was part of a chain e-mail but the message was so wonderful, I didn't want to lose or forget it:

May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.

Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.


Borrowed from another Sparker:

Being fat is hard
Being fit is hard
Choose your hard


My story:
Among other things, I am working to prevent the onset of diabetes - a killer in my family.

Sounds like a great goal, doesn't it? But truth be told, it's my more immediate needs that have spurred me on to make changes in my life and healthy goals.

I decided last year, after a more than 30 year hiatus, that I wanted to take dance lessons - Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap - whatever I could find that worked into my schedule - with the ultimate goal being that I increase my skills enough to audition for local theatre - maybe. I also hoped that the looming threat of a dance recital would jumpstart better eating habits. Well, as you can see by the picture (see May 2010 Recital Photo in pictures), while my activity level increase, my eating habits remained the same or worsened ["Oh, look at all the exercise I've gotten this week - of course, I can eat [amounts omitted to protect the guilty] Meximelts, Mexican Pizzas and Chalupas"].

Then a friend sent me a link to an article in Sparkpeople. I should have been able to read the article from the e-mail without registering but for some reason I couldn't - the universe at work. The rest, as they say, is history.

Inspiration from others (from AHEALTHIERME9's Page):

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
- Albert Schweitzer

Member Since: 6/21/2010

My Goals:
To complete the March 2012 10k in at least 101.5 minutes and move to a walk/jog group. - Well finished but was significantly slower (sigh) and no jogging - 2:02 min. but I finished!

To jog a 5K by September 2012

To learn to cook at least one new simple, healthy meal a month in 2012.

To record my food daily & stay within my caloric range at least 6 out of 7 days a week.

To become an "after" story.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.”

My Program:
Nutrition: I track everything through Sparkpeople. I eat 3 meals and 2-3 snacks daily.

I take 4 -5 hours of dance a week:

Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet Stretch, Lyrical

I am getting back into walk/jogging 3-4 times a week and I am planning to add strength training back into the mix (haven't done any in 2.5 months).

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"The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor." -Martha Graham

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    just dropping by to say welcome to the" KNEES TEAM "
    wishing you well with you lifestyle changes,as we journey together.............
    we are here for you............if you need any help don't hesitate to ask..............
    looking forward to getting to know you better...............blessings and hugs..................lita
    296 days ago

    It’s hot outside, but Fall is coming! Are you ready to join a Challenge and work on your healthy lifestyle goals? The Biggest Loser Challenge is looking for members for it’s next Challenge starting the first week of September. The challenge consists of 11 Teams that participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate.

    If you would like to be a member of this challenge you can copy and paste the link below, or click on my username to leave me a message or you can click on the BLUE BIGGEST LOSER Icon on my Spark page. Join the team and sign up for the next challenge on the Fall Waitlist thread.

    *. When copying and pasting the URL you will need drop the https:// and sometimes everything before sparkpeople depending on your device.

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