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Okay, so I still rock, because I'm always worth loving myself. But it is interesting to lose all the weight you want and then turn around, lose a little focus on what got you to your goal in the first place, and then have to come back and try again.

The good news: Trying again, getting back on your feet after you fall - that's all healthy and normal. Giving up or giving in isn't an option. And really, it's only about five pounds. I'm NOT right back where I started from. Not even close. Sure, my clothes are a little tighter and I don't like the way that feels, but I KNOW what to do about it and it's just a matter of doing it.

I jumped back onto the Spark People site, which I realize I never should have jumped off. It's true - it has to be a lifestyle change or it's just not going to be a long-term success. I really don't want to have to go up and down the scale (and up and down emotionally) every few months. It's not healthy and I'm worth more than that.

What got me to my goal was relatively simple: log my food, eat honestly, stay connected to the support of my Spark friends and my own family, and exercise (even when I'd rather sit in front of the tv and eat something sweet).

Most importantly, I'm not looking at this as a step backwards. If you count all the years I spent doing seriously unhealthy things to gain and to lose weight, then this is really just a learning process and nothing more. I'm not a failure - far from it. I'm human. I'm a learning, thinking, ever-changing person who is never going to get it all right - not even close! However, if I don't give up and I don't give in (which, remember, I said was NOT an option), then I'll come out the other end of whatever I need to learn a stronger, healthier, happier me.

Did I mention I was worth that???

Member Since: 1/13/2009

Fitness Minutes: 26,762

My Goals:
Exercise, eat right, fit into the clothes, and get healthy!!!

My Program:
Tae Bo at least three times per week, strength training a couple times per week, and logging my food every day.

Personal Information:
I'm from Southern California in the Temescal Valley area of Riverside County. I've got a great husband, two healthy kids, and a home I love.

Other Information:
If I don't laugh often on a daily basis, I feel like I'm not truly living. Have you made someone laugh today??? What about yourself???

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  • v PIPPAUK87
    Hey hey, just thought I'd leave you a comment on your page just to let you know I'm still about! Hope all is going well! emoticon
    4384 days ago
  • v QLISAB
    Hey! We've been partnered up for the FF&F March challenge! How can I help you? :-)
    4385 days ago
  • v no profile image LLAMA*OF*OLY
    What does 'All or Nothing" mean???? LMAO!!!!

    I'm a recovering alcoholic (don't worry....not the big book thumper type....obviously I have MANY friends who drink rum!!!!) who is bi-polar!!!!

    For years I thought dieting meant you don't eat ANYthing!!!! So, I'd have to eat compulsively for 2 days after 2 days of starvation!

    Before I had kids my house was so clean I knew which book was where EXACTLY on my bookshelves!!!

    OMG...I am the queen of 'all or nothing'.....I bet I can beat you in most categories...Oh, yea, add recovering gambler!!!!

    I have learned to embrace this & ALL my weirdness.

    I'm with you on the turning forty thing! In my twenties I thought I knew everything & I didn't need to be taught anything. In my thirties I realized MOST of what I believed to be true was not (having Mikhail did that!) & I thought I knew nothing. Now I know I have a lot of knowledge & am very smart but still get taught EVERY day!!! I love my forties!
    I'll be 42 in March & it doesn't bother me a bit....well there might be a couple of thing I could do w/o!!!

    Sorry I keep writing books on your page but I'm very 'talkative'!!!
    4387 days ago
  • v no profile image LLAMA*OF*OLY
    I love your 'guess' at my name! My friend Sharlene pronounced it llama o' foly. I had SO many people ask if I owned llamas that I put it on my page.

    WOW...you really are a teacher & mom....'nurturing' our friendship??? LOL!
    I wanted to be a teacher but life went a little differently....well you know.... So instead now I am my son's 'learning coach' on WAVA (WA Virtual Academy) & teacher to ALL who know me...yea, well!?!(It's my own little world....I get to have it the way I want it!!!)

    I love that you burst into song about random things...I do that too....& I usually get my way if I STOP too!!!! LOL!!!
    One of my favorie things to do it make up little stories about things. Mikhail will ask something like 'why do trees bloom in the spring' & I'll start with 'well, when dogs could fly'.

    When Mikhail was a baby (now once in a great while) if he started to cry I would talk to him in a Russian accent & say 'Oh, baby why do you cry when I finally got you to America....remember how we had to climb the Urals in the bitter cold , swim across the oh, so cold rivers' & on & on.

    I'm almost always a clown. I can't imagine life w/o laughter!!!
    I REALLY can find humor in ANYTHING....yes, even death. Nobody else even needs to be around....I can't tell you how many times I have been alone & collapsed onto the floor in a fit of laughter at my own thoughts!!! emoticon Sometimes Lenny just shakes his head!
    Everywhere I go tho people remember me!!!
    4388 days ago
  • v no profile image LLAMA*OF*OLY
    So far I see many things in common....supportive family, oddness, sense of humor. I think we'll be good friends. I look forward to getting to know you better! If you need ANYthing reach out to me....I can be a great motivator, encouragement source, an ear to vent, & ALWAYS for a good laugh!!!!
    4389 days ago
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