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I am a wife, cat-mom, caregiver, volunteer and quilter. My weight and eating history? You could say I was born a fat and had a set back. There isn't enough money in the world to get me to go through childhood again, unless I could go back with the knowledge, tools and self acceptance I have today. I battled with food and fat all of my life until I realized that I couldn't fight it anymore. I had to become willing to accept what I needed to do in order to be healthy, to pick up and use the tools needed to reach that goal, and to change the mindset I had that food was both my enemy and lover.
Today I start each day with gratitude, thanking God for the bright shiny gift of life. I believe that it's Gods will for me to have a healthy, balanced life filled with joy, enthusiasm and service. If I choose then to abuse myself - my body, mind and spirit, with excess food or by practicing unhealthy and chaotic behaviors, then it seems to me that I am throwing that gift back in Gods face. Am I perfect at accepting and taking care of this valuable gift everyday? No, I'm afraid I am still a bit careless in how I treat it sometimes. But every morning, so far, I've been granted another try. Thankfully, God has abundant patience!

Member Since: 9/26/2007

Fitness Minutes: 8,636

My Goals:
Attain a healthy balance in my life, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Slow down enough to enjoy the lessons, the scenery and the people in my life.

My Program:
Follow a healthy food plan, go to water aerobics 3 to 5 days per week, walk, attend a support group meeting, drink water, take time for friends, to journal, pray & meditate, take time to play, to rest and to do service for others. Attend 5 retreats per year to focus on recovery.

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I was born and raised in Northern California, but my spirit has always been Oregonian. I have been blessed to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest since 1990.

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    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"

    3799 days ago
    Spark friend!

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    LIFE is like an echo..............

    YOUR choices always come back to YOU!!!!!!!!!!

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    May you make healthy choices today so you are one step closer to a successful journey to your ultimate goal!

    Please "copy and paste" this message and pass it along to at least 5 of your Spark friends for a little mid-week motivation! Perhaps your post will help them continue leading a healthy lifestyle. Your words of encouragement and support could motivate them to keep fit through exercise and nutritious food choices!!!!!

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    PASS IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    3907 days ago
    Thank you very much for the goodie and your kind words.
    3908 days ago
    LOVE your kitty profile image! Makes me smile every time I see it.

    3925 days ago
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    Hello and thanks for making me one of your friends! I hope we can become "real" friends and help each other with our goals. Geri emoticon
    4069 days ago
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