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Believe in yourself. Keep trying. Never Give Up. You Can Do It.

Many things in life are unpleasant. Most are far more irritating than the day to day process of losing weight, and few yield comparable benefits. Controlling your weight holds the key to a reward no amount of money, no degree of knowledge, no position of power or influence can bring: a longer life and better health to enjoy it more.

Hi! I'm Donna - I'm a 45 year old single mom and business owner - struggling with weight issues my whole life. Now I own a cafe/coffeeshop with yummy desserts and great soup/sandwiches so it's been even harder for me since we opened last August! To anyone who's reading this profile - nice to "meet" you, and good luck!

"Every night before you fall asleep, give heartfelt thanks for the wonderful day you just had (no matter what kind of day you had). Think about the next day, and intend that it is going to be wonderful. Intend that it is going to be the best day of your life. Intend that it is going to be filled with love and joy. Intend that all good is coming to you and everything is going to flow perfectly, etc. Then when you wake in the morning, BEFORE you get out of bed, again declare your intentions for the day and give deep thanks as though you have received them all. As you do this, you will begin to create your life deliberately, and you will experience firsthand the power that is within you to create the life you want."

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Not choice, but habit rules the unreflecting herd. --William Wordsworth

A stranger is just a friend I haven't met yet. --Will Rogers

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing. That's why we recommend it daily." ~Zig Ziglar

"what you're for"
WHAT we say to ourselves makes ALL the difference in our outcome. If you can only remember one MIND STRETCH, keep this one constantly in the forefront�

"what you're for strengthens you, and what you're against weakens you"

Make a conscious decision RIGHT NOW to STOP saying what you don't want and START saying what you do want.

I don�t want to be fat anymore
I miss eating dessert
I never have any time to exercise
I�ve only lost 5 lbs..

Each moment of each day presents an opportunity to move towards being fit and trim
I choose to have dessert in balance with all of my other personal choices
Each day I�m given the gift of 1440 minutes, allotting 30 minutes for exercise is easy and rewarding
How cool is it that I�ve been able to burn 17,500 calories off my body

Thinking and saying what you really want establishes an automatic shift in your mind which then pulls you in that direction. A subtle shift in thinking makes all the difference in the world. (this came from

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

A Return to Love - Marianne Williamson

4/01 171.9 Started high-protein/low calorie
4/20 168 Started SparkPeople and JUDDD
4/23 166
4/25 163
4/29 163
5/01 162.6
5/03 161.8
5/08 159.8
5/10 159.4
5/12 162.8
5/13 161.2
5/14 160.2
5/21 160.6
5/29 159.4
6/7 156.8
6/14 160.2
6/16 156.8
6/17 155.8
6/29 154.4 Happy Birthday to me!
7/04 157.0 Time to get back on the horse!
7/07 159.4
8/20 152.5
10/1 157.0
10/15 159.0
11/28 162.7 Going backwards! Gotta get a grip!
11/30 158.0 After 1st day of vlcd & hcg! 4.7 #. Wow!
12/8 152.5
3/2/09 162.6 After a few months of eating absentmindedly.
3/13 163.4 Dang! Gained 11 pounds since December. Hope it's mainly water!
4/26 165.0 Time to get back in control!
1/12/10 165.8 Here we go again!!!

Total lost since starting Sparkpeople in late April 11.2, for a total total of 7.4 since mid-March last year when I began my weight loss journey! I can do better than that!

Member Since: 4/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 840

My Goals:
Fitness. Good Health. To be Grateful Always. To make my cafe a huge success!

My Program:
Well I've tried a bunch of quick-loss diets and now I'm just going with calorie counting. If I can stay below 1200/day most days, well...sounds good to me!

Update 1/12/10 - One month raw food challenge!

Personal Information:
My weight's been like a yo-yo - up and down from 145-181 since the birth of my daughter 12 years ago.

Other Information:
I live in a cabin on an island in the beautiful Pacific NW with my daughter, mutt dog Dusty, and my gorgeous half-wild cat Sakura. I just opened a coffeehouse in August and am loving it - hoping the economy gets better soon, tho - and just met a wonderful man so wish me luck with that one!

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    Donna!! Where have we both been for the last many years??? How is your coffee shop business going? My life has taken a few turns I had not planned on...and have gained a fair amount of weight back - need to get with life again!! Would love to hear from you! Julie
    3097 days ago
    I am so glad to hear from you!! Every day is a good day to get back into it! I decided to join a yoga class to help maintain my weight loss - first class is tonight! Good luck Donna, one day at a time!!
    4112 days ago
    Hey Donna - how goes it?? I havent' been on SP FOREVER and had a few minutes to check on folks and their progress! How is your coffee shop doing? I can't believe how time flies - I updated my page a little if you have time to visit! Have a great day! Jules
    4118 days ago
    Hey, thanx for the comment.

    Yes, the Hacker's Diet discussions are pretty slow at the moment, but membership is growing pretty fast, actually.

    I've been adding a lot of interesting links - they're oriented toward data-hungry geeks, LOL

    4137 days ago
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    Hi Donna and Happy Birthday to you-may it be a fun filled happy day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4329 days ago
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