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"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." ~ Michael Jordan

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." ~ Michael Jordan


I wrote the following piece on 1/8/08 in honor of all my SP friends. I have been so inspired by your determination, diligence, and kindness. Regardless of the various stages we are on our journey of good health, I'd like to let my friends know that your inner beauty is shining through our virtual connection on SP.


My eyes are beautiful not because they are bright and perfectly shaped.
They are beautiful because I see the beauty of the world God has created.

My lips are beautiful not because they are full and luscious.
They are beautiful because they offer words of comfort to those who are down.

My bosom is beautiful not because it fits the ideals of Hollywood.
It is beautiful because inside beats a heart that loves and forgives unconditionally.

My hands are beautiful not because they are soft and manicured.
They are beautiful because they reach out to those in need.

My torso is beautiful not because it is flat and toned.
It is beautiful because it carried a precious baby from conception to birth.

My legs are beautiful not because they are shapely and tanned.
They are beautiful because I dance to the beat of my own drum.

In spite of my tired eyes, thin lips, sagging bosom, rough hands, flabby torso, and pasty legs...
I am beautiful!

Member Since: 8/15/2007

Fitness Minutes: 112,365

My Goals:
I want to lose 30 lbs. just to squeeze into the healthy range of the BMI. Then I want to lose 15 more to be in the middle of the healthy range.

8/15/07 start SP: 165 lbs.
9/21/07 lost 11.0: 154 lbs.
9/29/07 lost 15.5: 149.5 lbs.
10/29/07 lost 21.5: 143.5 lbs.
11/5/07 lost 26.5: 138.5 lbs.
11/20/97 lost 30: 135 lbs.
1/10/08 lost 35: 130 lbs.
7/3/08 lost 40: 125 lbs.

Due to setback, I have regained some weight. However, I'm NOT giving up.
2/27/09: 140 lbs.

My Program:
These are the group classes I am currently taking:

SUN - turbo kickboxing
MON - Zumba and weight training
TUE - turbo kickboxing
WED - Drums Alive and step aerobics
THU - turbo kickboxing
FRI - body challenge (50% cardio, 50% weight training) and step aerobics
SAT - weight training and step aerobics

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Other Information:
I am a social person, and I'm the same way when it comes to a fitness program. I love group exercise classes. Fun and variety are vital to my fitness motivation.

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    Hey there, SW! Thanks so much for your post to my page. Needless to say... I'm enjoying your game posts as well. You're a tough act to follow, girl!

    And judging by your journal posts, you're an inspiration lifestyle-wise, as well. I've spent the past week in Oregon with my sister... sorting through our departed-Mother's stuff... and eating like deranged teenagers. We've made a pact to start/re-start logging our food and staying within range. We'll see just how committed we are.

    See you at The Games! Keep up the good work, SW.
    5052 days ago
    Thank you for your support!
    5053 days ago
    Hey STARTWALKING...I wish I was a little closer to you. It would be a lot funner to take these dance classes with someone....Then you can laugh at each other's brilliant moves. I envy you! I told the dance school to let me know when they teach any adult beginner dance classes. I found a wonderful web site that gives free teaching videos of pretty much anything including all types of dance including: hip hop, salsa, African, swing,waltz etc. Check out and type in any style of dance in the search engine...and et voila! I was really glad to hear from you. Have a nice night.
    5054 days ago
    I loved you post today!

    "I consider myself lucky because I have the power to better myself. Everyday is a new beginning, a new opportunity."

    Be the best You!
    5055 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend :)
    5056 days ago
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