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Henna art work from years ago, done by a pro - not me

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Me (1990), hard to believe that my dd (the one in the swing) is now a high school grad.

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Snack Time with Grandma, his mom is in the 1990 pic with me pushing her on the swing.

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My basic goal is to have a healthier lifestyle for myself and family.

It took switching doctors, but I finally got real answers. My problem was not a torn disc. Rather early arthritis, and an allergy to anti-inflammatory meds.

I have finally recovered mobility and can almost walk a full mile again without a walker. Pilates was a huge contributor to that mobility recovery, along with determination. This also means that I can again stand in the kitchen for more than 5 minutes at a time to fix meals, and am slowly getting back into the habit of cooking for us.
Life on hold, after a fashion as I continue to recover from what the Specialist thinks is a torn, but not herniated, lower disc.


We moved last summer so biking to work is no longer an option. Still do pretty good at the basic meal planning, and feeding us healthy foods, on a tight budget. Where I really need to focus is getting into a daily habit of exercise.

Some of the changes I am making to achieve this are by doing the following, cycling to work, and improving the quality of our food. I am hoping that by my example of working to take better care of myself, my family will start to make some healthy changes of their own.
~(10/26/08 its starting to pay off in tiny bits, even tdd who *loves* junk food is eating a few more vegies and a little less junk food than she used to :) and DH actually likes and requests some of the meals from the spark menu planner 8) . He even let me set up a profile for him, so I don't underfeed him by accident when going from my menu.)~

I have grown as an individual past the frustration I was feeling at the time because of the knee injuries. I have learned to pace myself better with my exercise, and have been driving my tdd nuts every time I get excited I reach a new goal.

Here is a small piece from today's blog
Imagine Oompa Loompas singing with me/you
Revised (Agustus) lyrics

Oompa Loompa, doompadee doo
We have a perfect puzzle for you
Oompa Loompa, doompadee dee
If you are wise you will listen me

What do you get when you drink down water?
Eating as much fruits & vegetables as you want?
What are you at getting for all that exercise?
What do you think will come of that?
I like the look of it

Oompa Loompa, doompadee dah
If you're not greedy you will go far
You will live in happiness too
Like the Oompa Loompa doompadee do
Doompadee do

1/1/09 Updates
Today starts the new year (..can you hear the Muppet's shouting hooray in the background...), and I've got my drive back. Last Night while waiting for the clock to hit midnight I made my list of goals for the year, I was aiming for 3 and ended up with 4.

Changed ticker to reflect this am's weight as starting weight.

DH is on his annual no junk food/soda kick, this will last anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month. ;) Gotta love him ;)
He still likes the menu I use from spark with alterations for him. Part of what is working against him is his job, he works swing, and may have to move to graveyard. His current shift has been eliminated, will see which one of the ones he applied for he gets.

.......... and now if Monster will give us a drum roll I present .........

*** GOALS For 2009 ***
(up dates in () added on 10/31/09)
#1 Reduce Debt!!!
Action Step 1) Pay extra to cc with highest %
Action Step 2) Don't cary any cc's on me, and no new ones
(down by 1 ..... party ..... everybody bring something to share :) , I'll provide the water and unsweetened tea )

#2 Make sure I have enough set aside for the summer, when I don't get paid.
Action Step 1) Set aside a little each month.
(accomplished, plus worked a summer position to help.)

#3 Be A Healthier Me
Action Step 1) Eat right, plan menu's
Action Step 2) Exercise Daily, 15 minutes minimum
(ummmm ............ work in progress ............ yeah that's it......)

(due to unexpected home changes #4 is on hold for at least 1 year while everything gets settled down.)
#4 Pass Classes Needed For AA (On Hold, but not forgotten)
Action Step 1) Set aside $ for tuition & enroll in classes
Action Step 2) Meet with the transition counselor
(Ps, This was completed in 2012. :)
The 2nd part of completing a BA, is probably not going to happen due to the unexpected onset of early arthritis, it's kinda hard to master in metal smithing if you can't wield the tools anymore. :) )

Last year so-so results on my goals.
I am continuing to work this year on the same goals, because they are important to me.

Member Since: 5/10/2006

Fitness Minutes: 27,722

My Goals:
*** GOALS For 2019 ***

same as '09 sort of

#1 Reduce Debt!!! - Updating to Pay of student loans

#2 Keep up Pilates exercises to maintain mobility

#3 Be A Healthier Me

#4 Not back slide into bitterness over lost dreams, rather find the positives and build new dreams

*** 2008 ***

Get back into a healthy BMI range, and a healthier me.

2008 recap - I lost 13% of my weight, and reduced debt by 1 bill.

My Program:
**Updated 8/4/11**
Slow and steady. Small sustainable changes over time. After all I didn't get unhealthy over night, so it won't be coming off over night.

I no longer use multiple trackers. We upgraded phones back around January to Androids. I now have SP to go on my phone, this has really helped me.

I have added the Menu Planner from to my tool list, I use it to see where I'm at on my food groups for the day, not for calories. I need to work on my consistency of using them. I'm using this tool less and less as I get more comfortable with identifying proper portion sizes.

Personal Information:
I am a wife to a wonderful man, mother of 1 dd, step-mom of 3 wonderful children, and myself at all times.

Of our 4 dk's two have successfully completed high school. Yay, for them. The other 2 will be finished in a few years.

Other Information:
Enjoying my journey towards healthier me.

One day at a time.

One change at a time.

One pound at a time.

One habit at a time.

Have a blessed day, week, month, year, life.

Peace, M

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  • v WILDKAT781

    on the Class Of 2006 team. Please come join us in the “Keeping the wheel turning” thread. And our Halloween challenge.


    2769 days ago
    Merry Christmas and sending you the empowerment of support toward all your successes in 2013! emoticon
    3034 days ago
    When we feel the satisfaction of accomplishment we are motivated to take on new challenges. Knowing that the attention and resources we’ve channeled into a certain goal have brought us success gives us the confidence we need to take on more responsibilities. We also have a greater understanding of our own personal strengths, and that knowledge enables us to make good choices about the plans we make, the tasks we take on, and the new goals we wish to set for ourselves. We are ushered along by the momentum of our own success, and greater success naturally manifests as a result. Use today’s accomplishments to fuel you into action by taking on more endeavors, and you will enjoy still greater achievements.

    3525 days ago
    Thank you for the happy face Sparkgoodie!
    3565 days ago
  • v -CEEG-
    The SIMS team challenge for the first week of July has been posted. The theme for this week is Motivation.
    3573 days ago
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