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An interpretation of Psalm 27 that I find helpful on my low self esteem days.

You, God are my light and salvation. Whom should I fear?
Within your fortress, what can threaten me?
Even when everyone is against me - even myself-
I'd be a fool to fear when you call me friend.
I ask only to live all my days in your house,
sheltered from all that seeks to ravage my soul.
No matter what comes, I will face it, head held high,
No matter my frailty, you, my God, have chosen me.
William J. O'Malley

I'm a "temporarily retired" high school English teacher with 44 years of experience. I joined SP 4 years ago and did pretty well for a couple of years. Then life got in the way, and I made several false starts at rejoining. I'm pretty determined to make it work this time. I've been married for 38 years, and we have two grown children. One lives in Tokyo with his sweet wife. Our daughter lives in Seattle, and her wedding is scheduled for Oct. 5, 2013. I'm so glad to be back!

Member Since: 7/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 10,277

My Goals:
First Goal - lose first 39 lbs

Second Goal - 40 lbs gone

Next Goal - 50 pounds Gone
Reward: Refurbished
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Ultimate goal - BMI 24 or lower
Reward: Health and

My Program:
Following the Spark page generated recommended nutrition guides with my own food choices.

Using a pedometer to get to 6,000 steps per day + 10 minutes cardio daily.

Personal Information:
I'm from Seattle. I'm super impressed with Spark People - the site and most of all, the people! I've been "dieting" since I was 8. Now maybe I can just be healthy.

I love my husband and children as well as my students. Even though it's really a lot of work to be a teacher for 40 years, I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to do it.

Other Information:
"Get clear on this: being fat is not disgusting. Child abuse is disgusting. Tying up a dog outside all day and night in every kind of weather is disgusting. Homelessness and starvation and weapons of mass destruction are disgusting. Overweight is a state. A situation. An inconvenience certainly. A threat to health in many cases. A sign, perhaps, of self-indulgence or indifference or emotional distress. But not disgusting." - Victoria Moran

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    emoticon emoticon Happy Belated Birthday DONE girl!! Hope your day was fabulous!! emoticon emoticon

    Sorry I'm late!
    3058 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
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    The little Pisces girl is born to a mother who is a worrier and the little Pisces child picks up all the tension that is in the family and she believes she is to blame. Often the family uses her as a "scapegoat" for its problems saying in effect "If it wasn't for her we'd have life on Easy Street", but she isn't the real problem at all. Pisces escapes to her dream world and finds safety in pets or food. Yes, she can have a weight issue, but she can just as well be a dancer, runner or lead an exercise class. She can be a wonderful artist or a teacher of small children as she knows how to communicate with them.
    She gets along best with Scorpio, Cancer, Taurus, Capricorn or Virgo. She can be a great beauty like Elizabeth Taylor. When asked what was different about her from Marilyn Monroe, she answered "No one ran my life but ME." That is what a highly developed Pisces woman needs to learn to say.
    Pisces health issues are often with her feet. She can have boils, anemia, skin conditions, allergic reactions to drugs, lymphatic system, problems with the mucous membranes or her liver. Practicing Yoga can be a great help to her.

    In Pisces, the Sun is sensitive and idealistic. You are "tuned in" to your environment, and aware of everything happening in your world, and to everyone around you. Pisces is the dream sign of the zodiac. You may be one of the true dreamers of the world, often getting caught up in impractical plans and ideas. You absorb the ideas and the mental outlook of those around you, for better or for worse. The decisions that you make may be workable, if sometimes emotional and erratic. Often these decisions are made on hunches and feelings with little or no foundation in fact. Creative, spiritual and often a bit mystical, you can be impractical and illogical.
    You're a moody and introspective person, and it's hard for others to understand you. It may be hard for you to understand yourself sometimes. Your temperament varies from being optimistic to being acutely pessimistic.
    Although you may be very shy and unassuming, you care deeply about your stature and succeeding in your endeavors. You may feel vulnerable and anxious when you are unsure of your status and circumstances. You have a deeply hidden inner pride and when this is attacked in any way, you react emotionally.
    Compassionate, tolerant, kind, and loving, you are easily influenced by others because you don't want to hurt anyone. Always charming and likable, you are good to those in distress. You are as fond of animals as you are people. You are sympathetic to the world's unfortunate, including every stray animal and helpless soul you meet. You are more concerned with others' well-being than your own, and you want to save people from themselves. You are easily taken in by a hard-luck story and often leave yourself open to be used. You are always there with a shoulder to cry on for your friends in need. Frequently people take advantage of this compassionate nature.
    If you are a typical Pisces, you're likely to suffer from an inferiority complex. You probably lack an adequate sense of self-confidence, as you are so very sensitive, shy and introspective. You never feel that you do enough, so you often overwork, putting stress on your physical body. In your quiet way, you accomplish much. Having a natural tendency to become a workaholic, you must have a generous amount of escape time, preferably with total solitude.
    Pisces, more than any other sign, draws strength or weakness from the rest of the horoscope. The nature of Pisces is very adaptable and pliable. You may have to fight for a sense of stability and to resist the impulses of the moment.
    3060 days ago
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    Belated Happy Birthday Wishes to you. Hope the celebration was DONE just right!
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    3061 days ago
  • v JYM82002
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Belated Birthday Done Girl.

    Hope you had an awesome day.

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    3062 days ago
  • v EILEA73
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    Happy Birthday DONE girl!! Hope you have a fabulous day!
    3063 days ago
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