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Twenty Seven Years Ago - Honeymoon in Florence, Italy

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Twenty Seven Years Later - I think that I need a new hairstyle! It is the same as the Honeymoon.

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Mary and Chef Lizz check the turkey - Thanksgiving 2010


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Whatever path you choose don't expect someone else to pave it for you .

Failing is only failure if you quit.

Update on 1/19/1011

I lost 35 pounds on Spark in 7 months. I felt great - confident, healthy. I thought that I had learned how to eat moderately and with good nutrition in mind. But it was so easy to fall back into old eating habits when the stress began and the novelty of eating well and being at goal wore off. Now it is a struggle to lose the 10 pounds that I regained and to really make it about moderation and consistency. This is the tough part of this journey - where the proverbial pedal meets the medal. Realizing that the chips and crackers are not there for stress reduction. That exercise is forever.

It is about me because I am the only person responsible for eating and becoming active. No excuses, blaming, just personal responsibility for healthy decisions. And I want to be healthy for me because I want to feel like I am worth taking care of.

I am 54 and struggle with anxiety issues. I have always struggled with my weight especially since having children and that just feeds into my low opinion of myself. I am hoping to become healthier in mind and spirit. I don't want this to become a diet where I lose weight only to gain it back when the diet ends or my motivation does - Like the last ten times. I want this to become a life long way to live and to connect to other people who share this struggle.


Member Since: 5/3/2008

Fitness Minutes: 13,139

My Goals:
My goal is to lose 35 pounds and become more mindful about what I eat and how I care for my body. Short term goals:

5 pounds - done

10 pounds - Easter - done javascript:%20void(0);

15 pounds - Daughter Graduation done

20 pounds - new goal for graduation - done

25 pounds - July 4th Family Reunion - done

30 pounds - August

NEW - 33 pounds - Vacation - 148 - one pound shy of goal. Oh well it is summer.

Each five pounds - try on old clothes to see if they fit. - I am obsessively doing this weekly so this is a stupid goal - but fun.

My Program:
Eating - I am really trying to become mindful about what I eat. I don't crave sweets but salty crunchy is my downfall. I am looking for ways to work around those cravings by eating smaller meals and just saying no to food after dinner.

Exercise - Whatever I am capable of after my 2 year rehab and really whatever I can bring myself to do. Mainly Treadmill and Elliptical for cardio. Mainly resistance bands for strength. I am trying to combine intervals of cardio with intervals of bands to have a high cardio strength workout.

Personal Information:
I am 54 and 5'7"

I am originally from Delaware but now live in Maryland near DC. I am married and have three children. Two are in college and one is still home with me in high school but he is a junior so we are looking at colleges. I love my cat, Jordan, and the beaches in Delaware. I also like to read and watch tv.

Other Information:
Weight Tracker:

2/15/10 - 180
2/22/10 - 177.2
3/1/10 - 175
3/8/10 - 176.8 - bummer
3/15/10 - 175.2 - bummer
3/22/10 - 172 - yeah
3/29/10 - 171.6
4/5/10 - 169.2 - yeah
4/12/10 - 167.4 yeah
4/19/10 - 166.4 yeah
4/26/10 - 165 yeah
5/3/10 - 162.6 yeah
5/9/10 - 161.6 yeah
5/16/10 - 159.6 yea
5/23/10 - 159.8 ok
5/31/10 - 157.0 yeah
6/7/10 - 157.6 wedding
6/14/10 - 157.5 beach
6/21/10 - 153.6 yeah
6/28/10 - 152.6 yeah
7/1/10 - 152.4 CT
7/5/10 - 151.8 low water in CT
7/12/10 - 150.8
7/19/10 - 151.6 parties and CT cousins
7/26/10 - 148.5 beach
8/3/10 - 148 Lizz party
9/13/2010 - 144.2 that was unexpected!

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  • v WHATAGRL42
    Hey, thanks for reading my (frustrated) blog!
    What you suggest is kind of what I'm doing (ie: circuit training) short bursts of cardio interspersed with short bursts of weights. A trainer did develop my 2 circuit workouts, but maybe it's simply time for me to up the amt. of weight during the lifting portion of my circuit workout. Or maybe I need to do more than 1 or 2 of these workouts per week. I can't give up my yoga, because I teach the class several times a month. I could try adding a high protein shake each day. It's all so mysterious!
    Lisa in CA
    3700 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my recent blog post. You've given me a lot to think about.
    3701 days ago
  • v JOY1918
    Thank you for commenting on my blog today. Upward and on ward. emoticon emoticon
    3705 days ago
    Welcome to the EE team!!

    I’ve belonged to a lot of teams here on spark-- i really do believe that the Emotional Eaters team is one of the very best, it’s a great group of people- very supportive and encouraging-- and it is very refreshing to talk with people who "get" what you're going through!!

    Spark has a lot of great tools, and you will learn which ones work best for you. The best tools are the people tho, always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. That has made a world of difference for me. I hope you have the same success!

    ~~best of luck to you on all of your goals!!!
    4161 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    Don’t say “I NEED to lose weight, I HAVE to lose weight, I’ve GOT to lose weight.”

    During quiet time say to yourself:

    I can’t wait to lose this fat.

    I want to lose this weight.

    I’m one-hundred percent committed to losing this weight.

    I know that sometimes I’m going to fail, BUT I know I will learn from the mistakes and go on, because it will be so enjoyable to live my life like this.

    I’ve decided to lose this weight. I will feel so much better, if I make this change. I can’t wait to transform my body, so I can wear pretty clothes, so I can feel more attractive. I want to feel stronger, healthier and more alive.

    I feel so excited to lose this weight.

    I’m 100% committed to becoming thin.

    I know if I commit to eating well and exercising, my body is going to transform and I’m going to feel better about myself. I’m going to feel more alive and I’m going to enjoy wearing pretty clothes. I’ll be more confident in social gatherings.
    I’m going to talk to myself with love about why this will be such a great change for me. emoticon
    4358 days ago
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