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At Jersey shore - 9/22/2012

My daughter Sharon and my baby, George (he's the one in the middle LOL)


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My old mantra (getting skinny is more fun than getting fat) was getting stale, even though it is still true. I have begun to suspect that I have an eating disorder (binge eating) and that my focus on sugar, while noble and not wrong, may be missing the mark. If I can really not eat unless hungry (with some exceptions, of course), and if I can be reminded of this every time I open my spark page, I think I will see more success than I have over the last two years as I have watched my weight creep up a little.

I have been a proud and happy member of SparkPeople for 8 years. It is an extremely important part of my life. I feel like I am the ultimate work in progress. After an initial loss of 40 lbs. in 6 months, I have struggled. My struggles have included gaining back some of the weight and just bouncing around at a certain level. I think things are finally moving in the right direction again.

I have been plagued by the sugar monster. I have made quite a few false starts in my efforts to control my sugar consumption. However, I have read many books and watched many videos about the dangerous effects of sugar, and they are finally beginning to sink in.

Another goal I have for 2016 is to become a better role model for my fellow sparkers. I hope you get some inspiration from my page.

Member Since: 12/4/2007

Fitness Minutes: 180,390

My Goals:
Weigh less than 200 lbs. - achieved 4/20/2008

Weigh less than 190 lbs. - achieved 5/20/2012

"Do" a 5K - achieved 4/28/2012

My Program:
- Follow the nutrition guidelines outlined by SparkPeople

- Work out at the health club - 3-4 days per week

Personal Information:
I have lived in Northern NJ for most of my life. I have two great kids, a 30 year old daughter (attorney and aspiring tri-athlete) and a 27 year old son who is an assistant basketball coach at a junior college. I have also been married to the same guy for 38 years.

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For most of my life I was not much of a reader. At some point I started listening to audiobooks and loved them. I especially liked Michael Connelly and Sue Grafton. But recently I haven't done it so much, partly because I currently have a relatively short commute.

I work as a technical writer in the pharmaceutical industry. It is contract work, so I am not sure how long my current job will last.

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    Hey girl, need your help to get that 5% off this challenge so I can be close to Onderland. Let's have a rocking great challenge.

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    Oh BTW...did you see that my Cardinals are playing your Yankees next year?
    2 days ago
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    Thanks so much the goodie, sparkversary well wishes, and sweet message. You made my day special....

    The Fall Challenge is about to begin. Looking forward to journeying together toward a healthier, fitter lifestyle. See you at the gate in just hours..... emoticon
    4 days ago
    Welcome back to the Champions in the Kitchen team. I know you know the drill but.....Please join us in the fun of chatting, games and mini weekly challenges. Our team has a lot to offer so please check it out. Your leadership team is here for you, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask any one of us.

    If you have not done already there are two things you should do right away
    1. Fill out the introduction questionnaire (harvest your friendships & get to know your team!)
    2. Fill out your weekly weigh in template (harvesting a weight loss weekly weigh in forum)

    Have some fun and good luck during the Fall challenge

    Champion EL
    4 days ago
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    ☻/.... Stopping by to cheer you onward!!!
    /▌...... Wishing you all the best during this 5% Challenge!
    .★´*。.☆¨¯`*★¸.• Let's finish stronger than we start!

    ☆-:-☆Give 100% This Weekend!☆-:-☆

    4 days ago
    Never late to have good wishes! YES! He's 95 and now we're working on 96 and Beyond....

    Like everything else, it's ONE day at a time.

    How're you and how is your Mom doing? Ray's memory is getting worse but he doesn't have Alzheimer's so that is a blessing.

    He had been depressed over me having to do the bulk of outside work and the Dr put him on Zoloft. Thank the Good Lord, the VA takes 2 weeks to fill any new prescription. I googled and discovered that fruits & nuts should do the trick and they did! 1 Banana and 1 Orange daily and however many nuts he wants to eat. Cashews are natural mood lifters and he loves cashews!! I did NOT put him on the Zoloft when it finally arrived as he is doing well naturally.

    Yes, I am tired and getting forgetful myself. I work at taking care of me too - I don't need to fall into "caregivers rut" either.

    Thank you for stopping by and for the goodie - it made my day and made me smile - a lot.

    7 days ago
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