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Wild Geese
By Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

I'm Amy. I am 44 years old and a single mother of two very active 7 year olds, both of whom have multiple special needs as a result of being born extremely premature. My main motivation for losing weight is to be healthy, first and foremost. I need to be to keep up with my kids!

I want to lessen the pain in my knees and other joints and I want to avoid getting diabetes.

Beyond that, I'd like to achieve a weight where my body is fit and comfortable being as active as I want to be.

I prefer to measure my success in terms of increased fitness and general health more than a number on the scale. I'm not doing this to be "skinny" or to achieve somebody else's ideal of beauty.

After a long period of upheaval and change, life has finally reached a point where I can focus on taking care of me.

When I joined Spark People last October, I was just looking for a way to track my calories. This site offers so much -- a really well-designed system of rewards and reinforcement and community, as well as the science of fitness and nutrition. Its become a huge positive addiction just to cheer for the success of real friends (even if I don't know their names), commiserate with their setbacks, and watch the Spark Points add up!

Member Since: 10/11/2010

Fitness Minutes: 21,548

My Goals:
I want to be healthy and happy in my own skin.

Weight-wise, I plan to be at or below 190 by my birthday in December.
ACHIEVED - Wt 189 12/19/2010!

Continue the positive momentum of healthy changes in my life, by continuing to make tiny incremental changes, building those into habits that add up to monumental change, easily, an inch at a time.

Be at or under 175 by my children's birthday - 2/28

Be light enough to use my son's indoor therapy swing (the weight limit says 175, but I think I want to be substantially smaller than that - probably 150 at most!)

My Program:
Eating less and moving more.

Tracking what I eat and how much I exercise.

Following the recommendations of the weight-loss study I am enrolled in to eat between 1200 - 1500 calories each day and to exercise most days of the week, gradually increasing in duration and intensity.

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    hope you are doing well with your progress! just checkin' in!
    2771 days ago
  • v FANTASM01
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to leave a comment. I think we all have issues that hold us back and yet we're all brave souls since we're here fighting the good fight. We want to change ourselves and be the best we can be. We're all brave warriors! emoticon Have a great weekend!
    2796 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog. I believe you're right -- engaging in a struggle against something is so much more difficult in every way than striving toward something. Also, it lends the mind to thinking in such broad, undefinable terms-- we never know when we've achieved the goal, so we continue feeling inadequate and dissatisfied. Also... I LOVE the Mary Oliver poem. It's great to know we're in this together. Have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2797 days ago
    Thank you so much for your comments on my blog! That means a lot to this Bear Family :) LOL!
    2826 days ago
  • v SHINY5711
    Thank you for your comments on my blog. It is amazing how liberating it feels to understand something way down deep. I love your quote! Thank you so much for sharing it with me.
    2828 days ago
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