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Hello, welcome to my page! I've always been an active person but realize my fairly recent weight gain has been due to being a stress eater. Dealing with trauma that has come back to haunt me from my past, a move that has taken me out of my element and after listening to my Mother's remarks about my size, I have decided for the LOVE OF ME I need to make some changes. Any words of encouragement to aide me in my struggle will be greatly appreciated!. Bright Blessings!



Go placidly amid the noise & haste, remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story. (*) Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. (*) Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism (*) Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. (*) Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. but do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. (*) You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. (*) Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. (*) With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.


"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
-Clarence Budinton Kelland

If I Had My Life To Live Over
by Erma Bombeck
The following was written by the late Erma Bombeck
after she found out she had a fatal disease.

If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television - and more while watching life.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."

There would have been more "I love you's".. More "I'm sorrys" ...

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute... look at it and really see it ... live it...and never give it back.

© Erma Bombeck

Member Since: 2/17/2008

Fitness Minutes: 20,256

My Goals:
My goal is simply to get back into those cute little clothes I used to wear not so long ago....what happened when I hit 40 is beyond me but did it hit! After raising two children, a divorse a move and doing virtually everything for everyone else...THIS is for ME! And I am going to succeed!

My Program:
My program is fairly simple particularly after finding this site, it's the way I'd always lost weight. It's a simple adding up calorie intake verses calorie output, along with some rigorous step classes at my gym, walks on the beach with my husband and magic just common sense and a little effort.

Personal Information:
I'm happily married to a FABULOUS and supportive man, the absolute love of my life and my soul mate for seven years now. It feels more like a few months. Along with that I have two grown adult sons who when I look at them help me realize these are my greatest accomplishments, such endearing young men.

Other Information:
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, a garden patch or redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have suceeded. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • v HONEYBEE56
    emoticon emoticon Greetings from EATING HEALTHY (VEGETARIAN/VEGAN)!
    I just wanted to pop in to encourage you! I used to be on Sparkpeople faithfully every day but after several moves and life happenings, I got out of the habit. I’m trying to make a comeback now and renew my Sparkpeople habit. I’ve begun to use the nutrition food tracker to keep track of my food intake and I’ve been at it only 4 days now, but I’ve only been back for four days! Ha! I’m using the weight tracker too and trying to keep log into Sparkpeople at least once a day to record my stuff although I may miss one day a week…I plan to make the other 6 days a habit! I was kind of hoping you’d join me in this endeavor on the team.
    Have a great weekend and eat healthy! emoticon emoticon

    1027 days ago
  • v 1AVERY
    Just a little note to say hi and miss talking to you. Hope to hear from you soon. Teri
    2625 days ago
    I have been reviewing my OLD blog posts, from the year 2008, and you commented on one of them. I am glad to see that you are still here. I have found that many who commented have not stayed active with sparkpeople. Good luck to you.
    3169 days ago
    Came across your page....wanted to say hi and wish you a good day!
    3236 days ago
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    Just wanted to stop by and wish you a VERY happy birthday! I am SO sorry I missed it yesterday. Things have been rather crazy around here and my internet was down for 2 days.
    I hope you had a great day though. Happy belated birthday!

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    3276 days ago
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