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Spike is a REALLY good sport on his first Halloween

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My workout buddies. Jasper is the golden/lab, Spike is the Pit. Notice how he's "carpet-colored"

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(me on R) 2004 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer - raised $1800 to participate. Next time I'll be thinner!

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Ready to internalize this process so the changes I make to my lifestyle will become part of me. I know the drill - now it's time to make this real.

Member Since: 11/30/2006

Fitness Minutes: 30

My Goals:
This has got to be my lifestyle, not just my plan. I've done it before, so now is the time to internalize it and make it absolutely inseparable from who I am. I want to be thinner and fitter so I can do the things that I want to do, and do them without fear.

My Program:
I've made a committment to eat healthy and exercise. That means having whole foods and reasonable portions MOST of the time, but finding ways to keep celebrations or life's transitions and stressing from derailing me. Getting exercise to be part of my routine is one of my goals. I'm journaling as needed to keep me on track, but not daily, since I want this to be a maintainable lifestyle, not a burden. I've eaten healthy and worked out before - done very well at all of this. Now I have to learn how to keep this going for the long haul.

Personal Information:
I'm married for 20 years, and my husband has 2 grown kids (hey- they're my kids too!). Since one of them has 2 daughters, I'm a Grandma, too! I'm originally from Long Island, NY, but haven't lived there since I went away to college. Currently live in Virginia piedmont area. I have a new job, with a very long commute. Makes fitting exercise in even more challenging - we'll see how well I find ways to handle this!

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I've done serious reading in nutrition and food issues, so I like to help others with questions on this issues. I like walking outdoors, but also use the treadmill if the weather isn't nice, it's dark, etc. My profession is conference management, so when I'm working I travel a lot and have long hours at times.

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    Hello fellow dog lover! I've been off of here for awhile i'm back looking straight ahead. I'm doing the smaller meals. Going step by step this time. take care!
    4850 days ago
  • v MAEGANHU09
    Thanks! I am at Hollins U in Roanoke
    4873 days ago
  • v no profile image 3HOURLADY
    Hi Leonore, I want to share my experience with you regarding your mom. I have talked to so many people who said that there comes a point where the sick parent or husband just wants to be alone to prepare for the end. They realize they won't get better, and they know if their spouse or kids are there they won't be allowed to go down that last road. My husband did it, and even though I was right there with him every day, he waited til I went home to get supper and some sleep before he let go and passed away. He actually pushed me away when I tried to give him the oxygen mask. One woman told me her husband waited for her to go out to lunch one day, and then he died while she was away for just an hour. It's hard to accept because we love them so much, but it's not a personal attack against you. It's just that they get very self absorbed because they are getting ready to cross over to the other side.

    I don't know how sick your mom is, and maybe she's still got a lot of time left. She may also have some dementia too. A lot of lung and heart problems cause poor circulation to the brain. Also cancer often spreads to the brain, so they don't operate off a "full deck" so to speak. They act like little kids at times, and seem to be in their own little world. I remember feeling so forlorn because the person I loved so much was like a different person.
    My mom had strokes, and would ignore all her visitors. She was really angry that she couldn't talk or swallow anymore. Her two great loves, eating and talking, were gone, and were replaced with a feeding tube and a pencil and paper.

    If you ever want to talk about this please feel free to chat about this with me. All the best with your job. That's just great you got a job you like.
    4884 days ago
    Your pups are adorable. Wish mine would let me dress them up, but they just don't have the patience for the crazy things their people want them to do. I'm going to add some pics of my kids to my page soon. My pit was a malnourished bag of bones when I got her 10 years ago, so she isn't big like most, but she sure is pretty (okay, I might be a little biased).
    4884 days ago
  • v no profile image ELAGUSIS
    Just happened to see your profile on the dog lovers page...Oh my goodness, your babies are so cute!!!!! You pit looks like it has something else mixed in there too. Adorable!
    4886 days ago
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