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This was and is hard work but each day I learn something new and it feels great

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Me on the right with a 25 inch waist finally

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It has been a while I turned 50 life had given me some knock downs but I finally got back up and said its a lifestyle choice each day. I moved to Florida and went to work without once again putting myself first or finding time, I found excuse after excuse not to put myself first or make choices I already knew worked for me, this time its harder I gained over 45 lbs from being sedentary and eating fast food in the car and not paying attention to myself. I had enough the one constant that I know works for me is spark people. I noticed all my old spark friends are gone.I have been consistent for a week that was my first goal to just get on the path, so I choose the morning elliptical for a hard 35 min cardio session and swim at night for relaxing and I cleaned out the kitchen and went on to eating clean again and sticking to it. Packing my foods and getting okay with saying NO and choosing daily to have my lifestyle back. My hardest challenge is the choice, the choice to say this is for me and I have to make it priority each day. I bought a new gym bag and packed it its in the car for the quick hit on the way home from work for the strength training. I know better and I feel more energy when I start my day out with a good sweat, but let me say I feel the ugh when the alarm clock goes off but I remember how proud I was of myself each day I earned that body and age has nothing to do with it, its attitude of choice. I know in a few weeks I will see small results that is okay this time I can do one step at a time and in time I will reach my goal.

Member Since: 5/9/2008

My Goals:
To discover who I am
To run more 5ks
To Get to the gym a few days a week
To Get fit by my 50th Bday 2 year goal
To learn to say NO

My Program:
Cardio 5 days a week
LIFT 5 Days a week
Clean Eating
Drink a gallon and a half of water
Positive Thinking
Meditation and Prayer
Pray and be conscious of what I want to achieve

Personal Information:
50 years young, living in Florida the sunshine state and enjoying creating myself and finding out what the universe still has in store for me to explore and create. Creating the golden years of being happy and fit and full of possibilities.

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I love helping and motivating others and I love sharing my enthusiasm.. I love sparkpeople IT is great and it has changed my way of thinking and I sha
Being my personal best because "It matters to me."
I will survive and define who I am.

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    Hello. I'm a member of the SW Florida team & saw you joined! Sorry we've been on hiatus because of Irma. I went up north & Lynne didn't have any power until today. She lives in Ft. Myers & I live in Naples. We want to welcome you! Please join in on our chats when you have time! We'd love to hear from you!

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    1374 days ago
  • v no profile image BETHANY112
    I can totally identify with you. I recently got married and with the new lifestyle came back a lot of the weight I lost. My husband is not a gym goer and if he can avoid it, he will. I am slowly trying to get back into healthy eating and fitness.
    2153 days ago
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    Hey there girl, just checkin in on some of my spark friends, I am sorry to hear about the divore, I too was a single mom raising my son all by myself with no help from his dad. I had to work a full time job and all the things your gowing thru. It makes you stronger and rely on the power of god more and more every day to get thru it.
    You will get thru it.
    Keep the faith and stay strong. My son is 21 this october and turned out to be a great young man and he and I have a very strong bond and that you will never loose and always cherish.

    3626 days ago
    hang in there.... divorce sucks.... but in the end - you become a much stronger, happier person!
    3750 days ago
    Hey stranger just wondering how you were doing since I never heard back from you. Hope all is well.
    3949 days ago
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