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"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy." (Sarah Ban Breathnach)

Three years ago it was all about turning 40 and not letting it bring me down, but to be empowered by it. Well.... it didn't get me down, but I also didn't feel like I had it going on either. This year there are going to be some serious changes. For years, I've put myself in a box and went by strict rules on everything, but I'm not good with rules. I like doing my own thing and thinking ...
"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy." (Sarah Ban Breathnach)

Three years ago it was all about turning 40 and not letting it bring me down, but to be empowered by it. Well.... it didn't get me down, but I also didn't feel like I had it going on either. This year there are going to be some serious changes. For years, I've put myself in a box and went by strict rules on everything, but I'm not good with rules. I like doing my own thing and thinking outside the box. This year I'm not only putting myself back on my list, but I'm at the top.

I have been on a battle with myself because of my weight. This has been going on for years and the weight has been winning majority of the time. No one is at fault for it, but me. I've allowed myself to rely on magic pills, diet fads and down right skipping meals to sabotage me. Of course none of those really work only allow a quick fix for a few weeks. I have no excuses because it's been all me.

For many years the pounds have added on to where I'm at now over 200lbs, which is a hard pill to swallow being that I once was 110lbs, as an adult. This extra weight doesn't make me look or feel good, but does that make me lose the weight? Nope! Type 2 diabetes runs on both sides of my family, including my own Mom. My blood sugar level is around 120 which is not good, but that hasn't really scared me enough to drop the pounds. Well, maybe a few pounds here and there. What will actually do it for me? A doctor's visit has done it. The weight, type 2 diabetes and other small healthy problems combined could be a killer problem waiting to blow up.

I can't continue to look the other way and kid myself into thinking I'm okay this way, I'm not. So, I'm turning over a new leaf and vowing that from this day on I Paula will take care of myself and lose not only the weight, but become a healthy me.

2013 is all about a new journey and discoveries about myself. I'm not perfect and I will hit roadblocks here and there, but as long as I never quit on myself, that's what counts.
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"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it." (Mother Teresa)

"Transformation happens when you dare to be awakened to greater heights. When you stay open no matter what. Letting each experience, especially the tough ones, strengthen you and add depth and wisdom." (Oprah Winfrey)

"Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it." (Julia Child)

"The greatest boundaries that we face in our lives are very often the ones we ourselves create in our minds." (Ellyn Spragins)


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Member Since: 10/23/2007

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My Goals:
1. Eat Healthier
2. Healthy Cooking
3. Stick to a workout plan
4. Meatless days
5. My Love/Hate Relationship with Pop
6. Tell Satan (scale) to Take a Hike
7. Miles, miles, miles
8. No excuses
9. Allow myself a sweet, but only made sugar-free.
10. NEVER GIVE UP!



My Program:
I'm cooking healthy using all the different cookbooks and recipes that I have and re-vamping them into a healthier recipe.

I love cooking and that means changing what I use. I found a great cookbook called "Great Good Food" by Julee Rosso that is low-fat cooking.

My Workout routine will consist of 5 days a week and at least 45 minutes each time.

Personal Information:
My name is Paula, 43, single, no kids, Latina from Denver, Co. I have the cutest beagle named Bella.

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I love, love, love the New York Yankees, big die hard fan.

Cooking is my passion and love. I love taking some recipe and making it healthy. I love watching cooking shows on Food Network, Cooking Channel and PBS.

My TV shows of choice are WWE shows, The Biggest Loser, What Not to Wear, Downton Abbey, and The Bold and the Beautiful. I love, love old classic movies on TCM.

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-SUGARKISSES-
5/3/2016 8:30:58 PM

emoticon Hello my spark friend! I've been away for awhile, and am trying to get started again. Stopping by to tell you that I appreciate you, and wanted to spread a little sparkle of inspiration your way! emoticon



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EAZYPEAZY123
4/27/2016 3:40:59 PM

Hi! Thanks for the welcome message on my introducing me post and message on my personal page.

Hope you're having a Wonderful Wednesday.



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RETRO80SCAT
4/25/2016 7:01:42 PM

It was wonderful to receive such an encouraging and practical message from you. Thank you for that. I am in total agreement with making smaller more manageable goals that will lead to the bigger picture down the road. I am going to work on taking it a day at a time and staying active.

Thanks for the great advice and your support as I begin this journey!
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MUSICHOUR
4/22/2016 3:29:55 PM

Thank you for your warm welcome and suggestions! I'll be taking them to heart. I needed the reminder about creating small goals in particular...



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JANICEB0414
3/31/2016 8:55:27 PM

Hi, I have been away for a long time taking care of my husband who had Cancer. He passed away May 21st of 2015. It has taken me a while to come back to Spark People but I remember you as a good Friend going back to when we first met eachother on the Biggest Loser Website. If you want to know what has happened to me over the past two years, you can read my latest blog about my Miracle Man. I know he would want me to take care of myself and get on with my life. I know that Spark People Friends like you have always been there for me. I am glad to see that you are back too. Happy 40th Birthday. 40 is a great age. Enjoy it you are still very young! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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