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Here I go yet again...and again....and again. I have lost this weight before. I have gained it all back. Plus more, each and every time. I have reached the point where it's my health more than my appearance I worry about, but that doesn't mean I don't want to look good.

I am 50, I have 3 wonderful boys. Ages 30, 23, and 22 . I have been blessed with three adorable grandsons, and a granddaughter. I don't want to be hiding from the camera anymore. I want to be in those pictures, and not sickened by what I see.

I have "disappeared" from family photos. What memories am I leaving behind? Memories of a Mom and Grandma that hides from the camera? Things have to change. They will change. I don't like what I see in the mirror, but at least now, I can begin to move forward. I know I am doing something positive for me. This is for my health. It's for my life. Looking good will be a wonderful BONUS, but not the most important part.

This is my fourth go round at SparkPeople. The site works, it's fantastic. I'm the one who didn't follow through. My SparkFriends have always been here for me, no matter what. They have continually reached out to me, even when I wasn't active on SP. I am one of the many who have been blessed because SparkPeople exists. There is no amount of money that can buy the support system available from this caring, giving, community. This totally FREE site offers all of the support anyone needs, plus such a wide array of tools and learning opportunities. It is truly amazing!!! It is here just for the taking!!! You better believe, I'm taking it!!!

I am going to do my best to hang on this time, no matter what roads life may take me down. This time I KNOW I will succeed. My plan is to not only learn how to eat healthy, but to put it into practice, and keep it there. No more "dieting" for me. Healthy eating, healthy lifestyle. Exercise will become a permanent change, not a temporary fix. I plan on using the fitness plan that SparkPeople so generously provides, and I will stick to it this time.

I have to make these changes if I want to live my life. As it is, I haven't really been living for a long time. I have been so down and discouraged. What kind of life is it when you don't want to go anywhere? When you are embarrassed instead of happy when you run into an old friend? When you never want to be in the family photos? When you KNOW everyone is staring at you in the checkout line at the grocery, and it's not your imagination? That is no kind of life at all.

All of that is changing. I feel good knowing I am making the right decisions for my health. It is rubbing off on my husband whether he likes it or not. I will not set myself up for failure by cooking unhealthy meals all the time. Yes, he can still have his favorites. So can I. Just not every day. There is room in a healthy diet and lifestyle for the occasional splurge. Occasional being the key

Member Since: 3/4/2006

Fitness Minutes: 3,955

My Goals:
Lose weight, get healthy, make friends!!!

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I'm a 50 year old homemaker. I'm lucky to live with the love of my life. I'm a true Gemini, there are definitely two distinctly different versions of me!!!

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I'm a perfectionist, and it drives my family crazy!!!

"I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle, but if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." Marilyn Monroe

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  • v EMMABE1
    Just dropped by to say - Hi. and welcome you to “Team ~INDYGIRL” emoticon
    We aim to create a friendly, and supportive environment in SparkPeople land!! - Please feel free to jump in and join in the message boards. It has been proved that people who contribute regularly to message boards and blog regularly lose more weight, more easily than those who don’t, so come on in.
    It is a great place to be and you will find lots of friends, and ideas to help and support you at all stages on your journey, so please don’t ever be afraid to ask questions. Even if it seems a small thing it is important to you – and someone will have the answer, or will have been there.
    I hope you succeed in all the goals you set
    Please leave your Sparkmail on for this team as ~Indygirl sends out a new challenge each week
    Enjoy the journey
    emoticon Hi from Australia
    Ann (Co-leader Team ~Indygirl, and Chair Exercise Team)

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    Catch a smile - be part of the SMILE EPIDEMIC!!

    3288 days ago
  • v NIXY72
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    Today you have the choice to be amazing. Today you can do more than just try. You can succeed. You can be victorious. Today, you can rock your world. You can look yourself in the eye and smile... because you know that you are fighting for an amazing cause: YOU. And YOU are absolutely worth fighting for.

    You can also do the same thing tomorrow.

    "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." - Vince Lombardi

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    In honour of the upcoming Summer Olympic Games this Saturday in London, I give to you the Olympic Creed which is as true for the games as it is for achieving our own goals and dreams each and every day:

    "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

    Today, you are a superhero, a survivor, a warrior, and a beacon to others for honouring yourself, your mind and your body; for making the choices that will make you an even better person tomorrow.

    Today you are one step closer, because you decided to be. Fight strong, fight well, fight fair.

    "Never, never, never, never give up." - Winston Churchill

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    3292 days ago
    Hey Mary,
    Just checking up on you? Hope everything is going well emoticon
    3303 days ago
  • v NIXY72
    Today is the unofficial "take happiness into your own hands" day. It's unofficial because I just made it up! (*grin*) But it seems like a great idea, right? Today, try not to be controlled by others... decide to be happy, decide to be great. Move forward as if all your dreams could come true today with no barriers standing in your way. Smile, laugh, and be amazing...

    emoticon emoticon Because you ARE. emoticon emoticon

    “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.” - Groucho Marx
    3307 days ago
    Your very welcome! I love blueberries, too! emoticon
    3312 days ago
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