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I was a chunky child, slightly overweight in my teens, but lost it all AFTER I had my children! I stayed slim for over 20 years. Then middle age crept in and settled in places I never thought it would...I'm on a quest for a healthier, better version of me for this particular time in my life.

Member Since: 4/13/2008

Fitness Minutes: 168,098

My Goals:
It seems I'm always starting over! I have more determination this time around. I know I must exercise, drink all my water, and watch my food intake better. Four years ago I became a grandmother---of a boy by marriage one night and twins born the next morning! --- and I need to be the best me that I can! My children have added 3 more little ones since then!. I can't be of great use to others if I don't take good care of myself.

My Program:
Having recently moved to a new home (to me!) in an over 55 community, I have a variety of exercise classes and 2 fitness rooms at my disposal...all that I need to be the best me I can be. I am enjoying Line Dancing and water aerobics, as well as walking with neighbors. Portion control needs to be a big part of my plan! I will go back to drinking water like I used to. I know what to do, I just need to rededicate myself.. I've started being a Loser because of determination!

Personal Information:
I recently retired from teaching 1st grade at a small private school. I followed that retirement with a 2 year stint at my church's Mother's Day Out as Story Lady. I am fully retired now. My husband of almost 38 years passed away right after Christmas in 2010 and I'm learning to be a new 'me' and to find a 'new normal,' as one friend keeps reminding me. I have so many wonderful friends, Spark Sisters and a great family. My journey for better health all around begins every day.

There was a motivational quote from Pope John Paul II here at SP. It's just what I need for my own motivation: "Consult
not your fears, but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you have tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do." I will look ahead to better health and better life experiences.

Other Information:
I love to read---you'll usually find me with a book in my hand! I am years behind in my scrapbooking but I still try...and I love making greeting cards. I need to get a grip on cleaning my house...but these other things always beckon...

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  • v LYNNES6
    Mary, thank you for my SparkGoodie. I can use the motivation. I enjoy your posts and seeing your pretty face on the boards. I hope this will be a happy, healthy-eating weekend for you.

    4835 days ago
  • v AFWIFE78
    Thank you for the goodie! It brightened my day! I cannot wait til the end of May when school is over. The hard part is knowing that next year a new group of kindergarteners come in needing to be "trained."
    4836 days ago
  • v no profile image WALKINGAL
    Hi Mary, thank you so much for your support, when I needed it the most. I really appreciate it. Hope to be there for you too and I know you'll look great in your mother of the bride dress. Take care and keep up the good work.

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    4837 days ago
  • v LYNNES6
    It looks like we have a several interests in common. We are on two SparkTeams together. We are avid readers. Where, when, how, and why did that "middle age spread" happen, and what are we going to do about it? emoticon

    I taught in a private school for years and loved it. emoticon

    So, onward and upward to see the numbers on the scale go downward. emoticon

    You're doing great.

    4840 days ago
    thanks for the goodies! i still haven't figured out what my 100 lb reward will be. i need to hurry and come up with something, because i know it will be any day now!
    4841 days ago
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