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Growing up, I was always too thin, but when I was 19, I suffered a severe back injury. The resulting surgery worked and gave me back the ability to walk, but the whole experience scared me. I used that fear as an excuse to stop getting any exercise. I gave up sking, windsurfing and many other activities that I enjoyed because I was so afraid of re-injuring myself. Then I got married, quit smoking, got divorced and gained a few pounds. Got married again, gained a few more, had a few kids and gained A LOT more. For the past few years, I've been so inactive, I've practically been comatose. But in early January, 2009, something snapped in me. I lost the "I should" attitude and suddenly actually wanted to loose weight and eat healthier. I bought a half broken down, used exercise bike and started pedaling. Next, I bought myself an ipod and began listening to my teen's "angry" music while I pedaled. I tried to keep up with the beat of that angry music and lost 10 lbs and an inch from my trunk in 1 month. That really motivated me, so last week I joined a gym. Not only will I get exercise at the gym, I also won't be able to afford to buy groceries for the next few months. That ought to help with the weight loss. LOL Then last night, I discovered SP while searching for a calorie calculator and here I am going public. I guess I really have to do it now. :) So, that's my story. So far.

Today's quote - The difficult we can do at once, the impossible may take a little longer.

Member Since: 2/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 8,320

My Goals:
Long term, I want to reach 150 lbs.

Weekly, I plan to exercise at least 6 days a week.

Daily, eat more veggies and learn to like fruit.

Run and swim long distances

My Program:
I'm looking at this as a lifestyle change, not a diet. I'm eating healthier foods and am getting up off the couch. I joined a gym in Feb. 09 and it was the best decision I've ever made. I can not believe how quickly and totally I have fallen in love with exercising. I've started wearing a pedometer and keep track of the the number of steps I take each day. I'm also keeping a running tally of the distance I travel through all forms of exercise.

While exercising, continuously repeat "You can do it. Nothing to it."

Personal Information:
I'm a 46 year old homeschooling mom with 2 kids. I enjoy reading, knitting, scrapbooking & other forms of paper crafts. I also love anything to do with the water - swiming, sailing, sking.... I'm looking forward to being able to do those things again - perhaps even this summer.

Other Information:
Things to Brag about:
2/25/09 walked a 15 minute mile
2/27/09 swam a 6 minute quarter mile
3/3/09 rowed 1 mile and biked 8 miles in 30 minutes
3/4/09 Swam a mile in 43 minutes
4/23/09 Swam 2 miles in 62 minutes
4/27/09 Ran my 1st mile, non-stop
4/25/09 Walked a 5K MS Walk
4/29/09 Ran 2 miles in 26.12 minutes

Distance traveled as of 4/26/09 - 454.3 miles

"Today is the day."
Mel Fisher

If its to be, it's up to me.

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    That's right, I got the Kindle!
    3493 days ago
    Hehe, when I talk to people now that were giving me the "oh it's a piece of cake" advice, almost every one of them has said something like, "I think they gave me more drugs."


    On the 4 vs 5 incisions, the procedure this surgeon does has three small incisions, two on the side and one over the navel, and then the larger one in the navel.

    When I hobbled through the front door on Monday, she went straight to me sat in front of me and started sniffing that navel spot. I assume it was mainly because of the antiseptic wash they use to sterilize the site. She isn't sniffing me much any longer, though she is getting a little miffed about not getting to crawl up in my lap. She's an 85 pound lap dog.
    3495 days ago
    Wishing you a great Mother's Day! Your blog about the Kindle had me leaving some hints for family with regards on what to get for Mother's day. We'll see...
    3495 days ago
    My phone was hiding in the car....right on the front seat under some papers I had neglected to carry in...yeap...the battery was dead as a doornail by the time I found it. Those sneaky rascals!
    3495 days ago
  • v JLITT62
    Knowing money is tight for you, you're probably better off not being real interested in clothes! I do spend too much on clothes. It's genetic, I think.

    I've always loved clothes - my whole family does - but out's taken me many yrs & lots of watching what not to wear to develop my tastes!
    3499 days ago
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