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At 48, my life is full of ups and downs. Sadly enough my weight has been more of an "UP" than a down since my marriage in 1995. I want to feel pretty again, and feel better in general. Now that I have grandchildren, I am more concerned about living longer and watching them grow. Gardening is my favorite hobby, but baking and cooking is a close second.

I find that I blog more on my regular blog page
than I do on the spark blog. Feel free to check it out if you want to read about my life away from food.

I have a very important deducation to attend in September and would therefore like to lose 20 lbs. by then. I plan on using mini-goals instead of my end goal because I feel like I can actually ACHIEVE this goal. Little by little, my weight will change.

This CAN be done. And it will.

Member Since: 1/5/2007

Fitness Minutes: 1,907

My Goals:
1. Look good

2. Feel good

3. Be able to wear cute clothes again!

4. Delay the effects of osteoarthritis as long as possible by exercise, healthy eating, and a full 8 hours of sleep each night.

My Program:
I am not grazing between meals, which has already made a big difference. Soda is no longer part of my life, even though it was diet for the most part. My workout tapes will now be used 3x per week.

Personal Information:
My name is Shelly (I go by Shel) and I am from central Illinois. My life is a series of mini-dramas on a day-by-day basis as I have elderly parents that are in bad physical condition due to an automobile accident. My grandson is an important part of my life as well. Even though I'm nearly 47 years old, I am going to college (just a few classes at a time) in order to reach one of my "Before I Die" goals, which is to get a degree in Horticulture. I really don't know what I want to do with my life professionally.

Other Information:
Take good care of the Earth, as she is the only one that we have.

Being a grandma ROCKS!!!

Be thankful for something every day.

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    I can't thank you enough for your supportive note today, in the wake of my Dad's death. I'm sorry I made you cry at work, and am also kind of honored that my words about Dad had that kind of impact. I'm also sorry for what you are going through with your father. The Spark caregiver team has been so incredibly supportive, and I'm very grateful. When I was pretty new to Spark, I was feeling very low about caregiving one day, and wrote a long email to someone who had posted a comment on my wall. She has become, in a matter of weeks, a real source of support to me, and I was able to open up and say things to her that I could never had said to anyone else, because I didn't feel constrained by the community and the reputation of my family and didn't have to worry about whether something I said would get back to my Mom. If you ever need a shoulder, or want to talk about your situation -- for any reason -- I am here. Best, Ali
    3828 days ago
  • v BAMAGIRL58
    Happy Birthday Shel! Hope you are enjoying your special day. Please come by and visit us at LWL - we Miss You!
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    4062 days ago
    Hey I just wanted to come by and say hi - because it's been a while! How are you? I'm just getting started again...again...again.. you get the picture! I have to keep looking for my motivation every single day and some days are better than others! See you around...
    4194 days ago
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS and may you be blessed with...

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    ((¸¸.•´ .. ♥´ JOY-:¦:-
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    ((¸¸.♥´ ..•´ LOVE-:¦:-
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    ((¸¸.•´ .. ♥´ PEACE-:¦:-
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    *~*Stay Active and Be Motivational*~*

    4418 days ago
  • v SAYARD
    It was so great to meet you and just have an evening to laugh! Hope your water gardening went well today.
    4482 days ago
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