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Another fine year ahead of us, I am ending 2013 at least 17 pounds lighter than I started with. I know I've had too much wheat products over the last few weeks, baking Christmas cookies, cinnamon rolls, potatoes... But I'm sure I'll reach goal sometime in 2014. And reaching the end is only the beginning, again.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year for 2014... (12-30-13).

I kind of like keeping my past intros, it gives me ideas of where I'm coming from with my current intro.

So here's another portion of my life. Christmas. This year will be the most different ever. I'm living alone, in the house where my sons grew up and when I was married. So it brings memories back but it makes this time of year totally different than the 28 years I've spent here before.

I didn't know SparkPeople when I lived here before but I'm so glad it's a part of my life now.

All is good and moving forward with my renewed commitment to live better, eat better and become healthier.


I've never really cared for Halloween however MY San Francisco Giants have the colors of Halloween so they fit so perfectly into the Week 5 challenge for BLC23. I'm hoping my decorations will fit into the OTHER category???

Fall 2013 - Cooler weather yeah!

New update... I JUST LOVE SPARKPEOPLE... I'm finding the old grove... very comfortable with all of what SP is about. Community, friends, tools that are so very helpful.

I'm truly looking forward to BLC23. I've never been a part of a challenge. But I love the different interaction with other and the fun competition between teams and team members. The support is welcomed and I hope to support and encourage all for the best outcome.

Just an update, I've put 40 of my 90 lost back on... so not happy with myself and as usual I blame myself for not putting myself first. It's a pattern in my life but at least I didn't wait 25 years this time... I'm back at it and so much happier.

A New Life, Loving the PNW

Wow... I've been at this for 13 months... May 12, 2010. The visit to a dr that changed my life. After a scare of Melanoma skin cancer with NO support from a spouce of 38 year... I chose to change my LIFE. I started walking June 30, 2010. I started to change my eating when I realized my life connections with cancer.

Now I'm at 90 pounds lost... 152,,, WOW.

I've been a member of SparkPeople for 6+ months having joined Aug 29, 2010 at the weight of 218. SP came into my life at just the right time. I'd already started to change my life due to an issue with melanoma skin cancer in March 2010. I started my life changing journey in May of 2010 with a visit to a new physician. A former oncologist who asked all of the right questions encouraging me to come up with the answers. I started changing my diet and then moved into exercising. Tipping the scale at 242 then, his influence in my journey to a better life was truly life saving.

I currently weigh in at 170, I have not seen the 160's since before children, 32+ years ago. My journey includes good choices to be made daily but also knowing I won't deprive myself. If I feel like pizza I find a way to incorporate it into my meal plan for the day. Having gluten issues I've recently found a gluten free pizza crust made with rice flour. Adding it all up and to the nutrition tracker with SparkPeople it's all working out.

I have also entered into a new life living alone, the divorce should finalize sometime in April 2011. Moving to a new community and joining voluteer actities in the new area. Also continued exercise joining a local gym, I'm there every day with the exception of the occasional day when other activities call.

With SparkPeople in my life and the friends I've made here I can say that life is good and will only be getting better.

Member Since: 8/29/2010

Fitness Minutes: 20,901

My Goals:
Goal... to be healthier for the rest of my life... I'm finally in One-derland and will continue to proceed downward and I've finally found a short term goal, to get into those size 14 jeans. DONE!!! Feb 11, 2011

My Program:
I use the nutrition tracker on SP, which I love, also the fitness tracker to see how far I've walked.
SparkPeople has turned into my program. I was kinda winging it before but now I've got a greater sense of where I'm going and SP has helped tremendously. So many tools and so much support, I found SP just at the right time in my life changing journey.

Personal Information:
I'm a retired 911/Fire/medical dispatcher... I love the pacific northwest... I've dealt with melanoma in the last year which has pushed me to eat better and exercise more and try to get my immune system in better shape.

Other Information:
I have twin sons, age 31, they are licensed electricians in business together in No Cal. I have a grand puppy, yellow lab named Murphy and that's about as close to a grand kid as I think I'll get, lol.

I love this quote from Mark Twain:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails, explore, discover, dream.

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    I hope you have as good luck selling your house as we did. Originally we were going to wait and list our house in the spring but our realtor told us even though it was right before the holidays there were people looking and very few houses to show them. We listed our house on a Tuesday, showed it the first time on Saturday and the first people to look make an offer that we accepted the next Tuesday. We sold it in one week!
    2624 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie and the good wishes. We're moving to Grants Pass. We have several friends there and Rod has a cousin in Selma, about 20 miles away. We really like the area and are getting pretty tired of California politics and prices. Also , there was an article in the paper a few weeks ago saying over 50% of Mendocino county gets their income from illegal drugs. The streets here are crawling with homeless people, mostly in their 20's and early 30's who came hoping to find work "cuttin' bud" and ended up on the streets instead. The police department won't do anything about it and I've been feeling for awhile now that if we don't sell now we may not be able to in the future. I was pretty amazed at how quickly the house sold though, I guess we were lucky because the first people to look at it bought it. We spent quite a bit of time preparing to list before we put it on the market though to make sure potential buyers couldn't find anything wrong. Where do you live? From your page I'd guess the bay area maybe? I moved from Hayward to Willits when Rod and I married, it was quite a change. Maybe you can get back to your house in Astoria soon. emoticon
    2629 days ago
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    Merry Christmas!!!! Enjoy your holidays
    2630 days ago
    Where in Oregon did you move from? Where in Northern California do you live now? We're in Willits on Hwy. 101, it sounds like we may be close.
    2657 days ago
    emoticon Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon
    Just dropping by with wishes to all my Spark Friends for a happy, safe, holiday. We're driving to Oregon to spend Thanksgiving with Rod's cousin and then have an appointment on Saturday with a real estate agent to look at houses. We're progressing pretty well with our moving plans, it looks like we'll be ready to list our house here for sale a week or so after returning from our trip. Still no call from the doctor to let us know the date of Rod's back surgery but that will hopefully be coming up soon too. Once we get moved and settled in I should be able to get back to a more normal routine - including SparkPeople.
    Stay safe and warm, you're in my thoughts emoticon emoticon
    2657 days ago
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