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My family at the Star Trek exhibit in Detroit.

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My Goals:
To not be the fat one in the family photos;
Stop avoiding family gatherings and parties because I'm unhappy with my looks;
Spend more time quilting;
Spend less time thinking about food;
Spend more time riding my bike;
Keep logging my food into the Nutrition tools;
Get some fitness points everyday (no matter how few);
Finish more quilt projects;
Blog once a week on SparkPeople and The Quilt Doctor;
Get back on the wagon when I fall off;
Seek help from SparkPeople when my motivation sags;
Worry less about keeping everyone else happy;
Spend more time doing what I want!

Growing up, I was a skinny kid. I started to fill out in high school, and although I wasn't skinny anymore, I was at a good size. Then came college, marriage, motherhood and the weight kept sneaking up about 5 pounds a year. By 2000 I was over 200 pounds. When I peaked at 212 (about 2004) I joined weight watchers and got down to 172 lbs. I made the classic mistake of thinking I could do it on my own. So, gradually the weight came back and after Christmas 2009, I hopped on the scale and was at 198. I know I didn't want to ever see 200 again and I didn't want to spend the money to rejoin WW, so I searched the web and found SparkPeople.

Member Since: 1/19/2010

Fitness Minutes: 36,741

My Goals:
I want to buy clothes that aren't plus size.

My Program:
I'm tracking all my food. I'm staying away from processed food and restaurant food on a daily basis. I'm tracking my exercise.

Personal Information:
I'm married to the same great guy for 30 years and have two fab daughters and one bad dog. I live in the center of Michigan and work at a museum by day and am a quilter, evenings and weekends. You can follow my quilt activities at: http://quiltdoctor.blogspot.com/

Other Information:
My favorite authors are: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Trollope, and J.K. Rowling.
My favorite movies are all on Turner Classic Movies. I love Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, James Cagney, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.

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    How can you say that? Boomer looks like a *great* dane!
    Congrats on losing 5 lbs forever!!

    Welcome to SparkPeople and welcome to Your Class Team!

    Thank you for adding me as a friend! I am honored and feel privileged to be able to add you to my friends as well.

    This will not be a quick journey my new friend, but it will be a very rewarding one! You will find many forks in the road and you might falter - but I will be here to pick you up and help you back on track!

    If I can help you in your journey, I am here for you!

    This is a one day at a time program, but if you do the SparkPeople Program Steps, it really does work. I am terribly average, it's the SP program that is extraordinary.

    You CAN do this! SparkPeople works!!

    Leader: By The Numbers
    Class Team Jan 17-23, 2010
    Class Team Mar 29-Apr 4, 2009
    At Goal and Maintaining

    4167 days ago
    Just wanted to say hi and welcome. I have only been here for a few weeks but really have enjoyed the support and accountability. I live in Alabama now but am originally from Michigan and still have 4 children that live there. We had one daughter that moved here so we followed to get out of the cold! Good luck on your journey!
    4167 days ago
    I've been exploring your blog, some of the links, all the photos etc.

    I loved my Danes..we had three whose lifespans overlapped. They have been gone for many years now...replaced by dogs dumped on our farm or rescued by my family. Only one still residing here is a golden lab who was pushed from a moving red jeep..they didn't even stop to let her out!!! She was an adolescent then..is a ten year old lady now.
    4168 days ago
    I am delighted that you joined the EQ6 team (of course you are welcome..esp if you know how to USE the software). Sure wish central Michigan were next to middle Tennessee!!!

    I have a daughter that is tall and willowy like your two, used to have Great Danes. Time to quilt is limited but I love the whole process...hmm..could go on but will stop here.

    Welcome to EQ6 team
    4168 days ago
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