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Years into being on Sparkpeople and really working on living more healthy and losing a bunch of pounds, I'm still trying to still figure out how my body works and being here on Spark is a great way for me to be "mindful" what I do and what I eat and staying focused on living healthy.
So, I'm here walking the line between a focus on my body at the exclusion of the rest, and the living with the exclusion of my body; I'm just trying to find that place where I need to be.
I'm also dealing with a body I've got to take care of as it's the only one I've got! It's got a left knee miniscus that's a bit pinched at times that I have to watch out for and a lumbar region that acts up if I gain extra pounds: maybe it's my body's "self defense system" making sure that I take care of it or else!! :-D
So here I am, at 46 and about to turn 47, living in Italy close to my two children and enjoying in particular my marvelous baby boy!
As for my struggles with my body they all came to head in 2007 and 2008, when I found myself not happy, way overweight, with a marriage that failed and getting in debt; I needed to make a change and in part I initiated the change and in part I suffered it.
I found out in the end that I suffer from depression and a lot of my issues are rolled up together.
So, I started in 2008 to restart my life and I have found that the weight was a symptom of other issues and unhealthy ways of living and a way of my dealing with my emotions.
I have found out that to maintain my healthy living I'll have to face working at it on a day to day basis for the rest of my life, but it is a hurdle I can face; I am worth it! Though I'm far from perfect, I am getting better and better at taking care of my body. This is also a part of my process of taking better care of me and in being a better person to those around me :-)
Work, money, responsabilities and all the rest come along for better or for worse, I am a constant, and I need to take care of me to also be there for others and to deal with all that life gives me.

Member Since: 2/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 38,110

My Goals:
Now that I have reached my goal weight, I'm working on living healthily, enjoying life and feeling good about myself, and be ing there for my two children, working, and, yah, swim ming and running faster if I can ;-) :-D

My Program:
Running and stretching. Weights and sports outside like alpine skiing. Logging in all the food that I eat and making choices about what I eat, instead of being controlled by food and the emotions behind my food choices!

Personal Information:
I'm an American that grew up on the US west coast (Seattle and Southern California) but for the last two decades I've been living outside the US. I currently live in Northeast Italy.

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"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."

- Dale Carnegie

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    "...I raise my glass of wine and celebrate the New Year with you too"

    How wonderful, Thomas. You're the best "New Year's date" I've had all day. It's only 6:22 p.m. here in New York's East Village, though, so who knows what may be headed my way?

    While you have a view of the Slovenian coast, I can walk a few blocks and see the East River. In the opposite direction, the Hudson. Walking farther south, New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

    emoticon The Statue, sort of???

    2494 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/25/2014 6:26:38 PM
    Hey, Rascal, how nice to have you stop by and receive your New Year greeting. Are you well? Taking care of yourself? All that stuff? If you need a friend or feel like saying anything at all -- whether funny, silly, goofy, friendly, whatever it may be -- just whistle.


    2495 days ago
    hey my friend!! sunshine for today all this ttentionwish i felt better but right now that is a lie and i hurt all over lol
    loves and hugs
    2495 days ago
    Hey! Thank you for the vote of confidence!
    You are right, I can do it, I've done it before! emoticon emoticon
    Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! emoticon emoticon
    2597 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/15/2014 1:45:15 AM
    You rascal, where have you been?

    Whoa, hold the phone. You show up now and immediately make me cross with you? Are you aware that the two beauties just below, Tina and Lisa, are among my friends? Are you further aware that they heard from you before I did?

    What do you have to say for yourself? You better explain yourself, Tommy-pie.

    2597 days ago
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