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Maps are like dreams: both describe desire, where you want to go, but never the reality of the destination.

~ Kathy Acker

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we have been waiting for.�

~ Message from the Hopi Elders

There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There's no such thing as life in-between.

~ Pat Riley, basketball coach

Update: 7/19/11
I'm getting married!!! I'm so excited! My boyfriend proposed on Sunday night and I can't wait to share the rest of our lives together. But now for the fun part. I get to work on fitting into a wedding dress!!! So now is go time!!!

I've been with Sparkpeople for over 3 years now and I've lost and gained more than I care to admit. It's not alot compared to what others have lost in a shorter amount of time, but I'm proud of myself. I've never given up. I've slid quite a few times, but never gave up. I've always gotten back on the wagon and that's what Spark has taught me. That this process is always full of learning, slipping, and forgiving. And I think the last is the big one. I've learned to forgive myself for my slips and mistakes. It's not the end of the world or the end of my hard work, but just a bump in the road on my way to a lifestyle change.


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

- Author unknown

It is the friends that you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. -Marlene Dietrich

As long as you believe in yourself, others will.
-Cynda Williams

No one can figure out your worth but you. -Pearl Bailey

It only takes one person to change your life--you.
-Ruth Casey

The only thing achieved in life without effort is failure.

The change of one simple behavior can affect other behaviors and thus change many things. -Jean Baer

Be yourself. You're the only one who can do it right.

If you're going to fly by the seat of your pants, make sure they're not torn. -Anon.

We can't all be shining examples, but we can at least twinkle a little. -Anon.

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. -Anon.

Goals are dreams with deadlines. -Diana Scharf Hunt

Don't take anyone else's definition of success as your own. Jacqueline Brisken

Member Since: 11/30/2007

Fitness Minutes: 9,579

My Goals:
I would like to eventually make it down to 150 lbs. but I would be ok at 175lbs. for now.

220 pounds: Spend $10 at iTunes

210 pounds: A new yoga mat

200 pounds: A new tattoo on my right leg! (I can't wait!)

185 pounds: A completely new outfit.

175 pounds: A shopping spree at Sephora.

My Program:
Just trying to get by day by day.

Personal Information:
I'm a woman in her mid-30s who is trying to lose the baby weight from my daughter who is now 2.

Other Information:
I love to read and cook. I adore Nora Roberts and J.R.R. Tolkien. I love to peruse cooking websites.

My mom, who has lost over 60 pounds is my total inspiration. I think the last time I talked to her she was close to losing 75 pounds. I'm so proud of her!!

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    emoticon Happy birthday, Done Girl!!!

    2703 days ago
  • v JAUDON
    Hey girl! It was so easy. My treadmill has horizontal arms (not all do), so I was lucky. I bought a $7 board at Home Depot (made for building shelving) that fit perfectly. And we used foam insulation to raise it (and need to raise it more, it's not quite comfortable so low). So, if your treadmill has horizontal arms it will be super easy! If not, do a google search - there's tons of ideas out there.

    Hope you and that little cutie are doing well!!
    2857 days ago
    The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb

    Whatever "tree" you're planting right now, may the roots run deep!
    Hope to see you over on The Healthy Lunch Club!!

    2915 days ago
    oh boy oh boy! I just say you joined a new spark team.....Congratulations!!!! emoticon

    3000 days ago
    Oh my! I just saw you on the due dates list. Congrats :) I'm due in October.
    3001 days ago
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