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Saw Bigfoot on our ride yesterday.



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Keepin my eyes on the prize . . . and that prize is the gift of good health.

No more DIE-IT for me!!! This is my LIVE-IT plan!
I'm half way to my goal and I'm loving my LIVE-IT plan.

Like so many other SparkPeople, when I first joined in 2012, I started out with a blast, and before I realized it, I had achieved my goal! Within 3 months, I was where where I wanted to be....

I maintained that original loss for a few months . . . but before I knew it, one pound at a time, the old habits were right there to take me back into that vicious circle where I had been all my life . . .

The scale went up and down, down and up, again. One step forward, two steps back. . . but rather than inching down, the scale kept inching back up . . . and so did my waist, and hips, and . . .

And then it happened --- I was busting my all-time high weight record. . . . and sailed right on by it. . . . on my way to a NEW all-time high.

Besides the horror of setting a new, all-time-high-weight record, what was even worse that that, I had failed myself again.

It took me a while to get the courage to try again. But on December 26, 2015, I'd had it with myself. I was sick of myself and all the excuses. It was time to just do it.

While the number on the scale does not define me, it is a good indicator to my all-over health . . . and I knew that the risk for diabetes, osteoporosis, etc, etc. . . . was just waiting to bite me.

I have already proven that I can lose the pounds . . . I just haven't been able to keep them off.

If I want a to have a healthy life, I have to start living it.

The fact is, there are no quick, easy fixes.

If I want it, I have to work for it.

I have to move, if I want to keep moving.

I have to eat healthy if I want to be healthy.

So, I have determined that at this point in my life, I can do it if I really want to.

I have also determined that I don't want another 'bandaid' . . . I want to make good choices, and I want to keep on making good choices.

I don't want to start something that I am not prepared to continue for the rest of my life. One day at a time. This is a life-style change. A 'forever' program.

For example, if I thought I had to give up eating chocolate or peanut butter, I already know I would be setting myself up to fail.

I am learning how to incorporate the things I like into my 'forever' program. Definitely not to the regularity and magnitude that I used to consume them . . . but in some form or fashion that will not cause me to suffer withdrawals and send me into a feeding frenzy.

So, since that disgusting weigh-in on December 26, I am now 10 pounds down . . . back to where I started when I 'started over' the last time.

Time will tell if I want it badly enough. . . . but way down in my heart of hearts, I know I can do it.

One good decision at a time.

I've made it half way . . . I can do this!

Member Since: 10/2/2012

Fitness Minutes: 85,166

My Goals:
My Dr said "You're doing good . . . you can kick it up a notch."

Remember that I am doing this for me.

I want to be the best that I can be.

I want to have quality of life as well as quantity of life.

My Program:
Stick with the good program.

Track my food . . . if it goes in my mouth, it gets tracked.

Minimum, 6,000 steps per day.

Personal Information:
I love living in the beautiful forested Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon.

Married to my best friend. Still newlyweds after 8 years. We do everything together. God definitely saved the best for last.

I'm mom to two spunky Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies) . . . one is 11 year old, 6 pounds of love and cuddles named Bad Leroy Brown; and our baby, 9 month old Buster Brown who keeps us on our toes . . . and in stitches. What a couple characters!

I love making jewelry, especially copper and am learning metalsmithing, etching, wire working, etc.

I love artsy/craftsy stuff; to read; take walks & hikes.
I love music; and I really love to ride those tight twisty roads on Lil Red, my Can Am Spyder.

Other Information:
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather skidding in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'WOW, what a ride!' "

"It's never to late to live happily ever after."

The best is yet to come!

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  • v BARBIEE52
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    You're picky about the car you drive.
    You're picky about what you wear.
    You're picky about what you put in your mouth.
    Be pickier about what you think.
    ~Abraham Hicks~

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    **~**Have a great day!**~**
    8 hours ago
    Your Yorkies are so cute! My daughter has a Yorkie and he is so sweet! I don't have my Cairn Terrier anymore, I had to find a home for her when I sold my house, long story. I really miss her, I loved her so much! She was a great dog, tenacious, energetic, smart, so cute and a great personility! He did crazy things like attacked spiders, would run out in the rain, shooting back and forth across the yard, biting at the rain.Cairns can change color a few times in their life, they don't shed, their hair doesn't get as long as a Yorkie, so really wouldn't have to be clipped, I use to clip mine twice, in the spring and fall. Oh her name was Scruffy Kogee Toto, because she was black and looked the Toto on the Wizard of Oz. Sorry for going on and on, I really miss her.I appreciate you friending me, I did the same. Yes it would nice to encourage eachother!

    Talk to you another day!
    19 hours ago
    Thank you for the SparkGoodie, that was nice of you! I love to ride motorcycles! I have never had my own, that is cool that you have your own cycle. Do you two ride cycles much, have you traveled on them much? emoticon
    19 hours ago
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    Once you see the light, you come to understand just how deeply in the dark you have been. Amethyst Wyldfyre
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    “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature
    is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming
    of some magical rose garden over the horizon –
    instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our window today.”

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    2 days ago
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