MICKEYMAX   33,971
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Me & Paulie. One of these years, he'll be Dr. Paulie.

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Step Out in Faith & Leave the Fear Behind!


Reinventing myself requires a fresh perspective, the ability to overcome obstacles and dogged determination.

I am building up all of these things in myself.

I am dedicating myself to being the healthy, vibrant, caring, compassionate, amazing woman that I am and that I was meant to be.

I am exactly the person I choose to be.

Changing myself is absolutely up to me.

NO matter what curveballs life throws at ...

Reinventing myself requires a fresh perspective, the ability to overcome obstacles and dogged determination.

I am building up all of these things in myself.

I am dedicating myself to being the healthy, vibrant, caring, compassionate, amazing woman that I am and that I was meant to be.

I am exactly the person I choose to be.

Changing myself is absolutely up to me.

NO matter what curveballs life throws at me, I am worth every single effort to take care of myself. I am a keeper.

SPARKPEOPLE is a gift I give myself! The energy and inspiration abounds and overflows!

I AM D-O-N-E being the fat girl! I am done seeing myself this way also! WOO HOO!

UPDATE: Sept 2012
After a short lived detour working with an online coach who was so not my style, I am giving Sparkcoach a whirl. I'm checking out the 2 week trial. We'll see what happens from there. :)

I am working with two coaches/personal trainers who are helping me to transform my life. I am learning to ask for and receive help. My life is changing, and I am the one making the changes!
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 current weight: 426.6 

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Member Since: 2/16/2010

SparkPoints: 33,971

Fitness Minutes: 27,346

My Goals:
To remember I am a great person.

To believe in myself.

To not panic when I sit in a chair, worrying that it is not going to hold me.

To stop holding myself back from social situations.

To wear a dress (and feel comfortable in it)

CLIMB easily

GET DOWN TO A SIZE I am happy to wear


To be agile and limber


To look hot. :)

My Program:
Make carbs count.
Drink lots of water.

Learning to treat my whole self as sacred.

Candy is not a food group.

Going to double team with the hubby on clean-ish eating.

The serenity prayer

Personal Information:
Very happily married to Rick. We are two peas in our pod.

Live in Pennsylvania.
(and I still have to think about how to spell it)

I laugh a lot - and loudly (yes, Iam THAT person)

Other Information:
Things I Love

Reading books, reading blogs, flea mkts, yard sales, beads, friends, asking lots of questions, recycling old jewelry into new things, craft blogs, writing, making new friends from random strangers, laughing.

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Member Comments:
3/17/2014 2:06:24 AM

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☻/.... Just stopping by to cheer you onward!!!
‘|\...... You can do this!!!

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♥The true way to live an abstinent life without addiction to food
is to enjoy every moment as it passes, to keep oneself busy,
and to witness the everyday things around us to realize
that the beauty of life lies all around us as well as inside.

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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small*´¯`.¸¸.☆
⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆
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´*.¸.•´♥ Have a bright sunshiny day. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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3/15/2014 1:55:17 PM

Haven't heard from you in a while and just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you.

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3/12/2014 1:25:34 PM

Saw this and knew I needed to post it for you.
Yes, you. The one trying not look in the mirror after a shower.
The one breathing heavy from the exertion of bending over to dry your feet. You move slowly, you breathe hard and your lack of balance makes you cringe. You're sure taking a shower should be listed as exercise. You towel dry your hair and head for the door.

Why won't you look at me?

You dress shyly hoping your clothes fit remembering the time you were flopping on the bed because could zip your pants. You pull on your blouse and suck in you tummy as you button the buttons. You slip into your sensible shoes and dream of the ones you saw in the store. You didn't buy them because you know your feet hurt at the end of the day. You promised yourself, someday I'll be able to wear those.

Pretty shoes would look awesome on you.

You head for the kitchen, your favorite room in the house. You plan your meals, weigh your portions, count your calories and pack your lunch for work. You always include fruit and veggies. You include 2 bottles of water. You are embarrassed because your lunch bad is as big as an overnight case. It's so big that you hope no one in the lunch room sees you with it.

That healthy lunch looks tasty.

You head off to work. On the way, you become aware of other people but don't give them eye contact. You try to make yourself small as you sit on the transit. Your sure everyone is annoyed by the fatty taking up too much space.

You forget, you are smaller than you were last month.

You are frustrated by the effort of your journey. Your inner voice is beginning to whine. "This is too hard. Why do I have to do all this stuff?" Your answer is always the same. "I'm on a journey." I know you want fast comforting food but only healthy food will get me there. You try to never talk to anyone about your problems but you listen to other peoples.

You are awesome to face these challenges.

If you’d look me in the eye only for an instant, you would notice the reverence and respect I have for you. The adventurous journey you have started is tremendous. It will give you better health, to renewed confidence and to a brand new kind of freedom. Those gifts will far exceed the gigantic effort it takes. You show up, face your fears and bravely set out in front of others with that lunch bag. You try to move more each day.

You are powerful and strong.

You no longer accept living a life of numbness and passivity. You have made a difficult decision, but one that holds so much promise. Every hard breath you take is actually a tad easier than the one before, and every step is ever so slightly lighter. Each push forward leaves the former person you were in your wake, creating room for an improved version, one that is stronger, healthier and forward-looking, one who knows that anything is possible.

You’re a hero to me. And, if you’d put your head up for more than a second or two, you would notice that others on this journey, probably the ones that make you feel so inadequate, are in awe at your determination. They, of all people, know best where you are coming from. They've heard the resolutions of so many others, who vowed to eat healthy and improve their health, “starting next week”. Yet, it is YOU who makes the effort each day, who digs from deep inside to find the strength to face the day and to come back again tomorrow.

You are powerful.

You are relentlessly moving forward. You are stronger than even you think, and you are about to be amazed by what you can do. One day, very soon, maybe tomorrow, you’ll step outside and marvel at your capabilities. You will not believe your own body, you will realize that you can do this. And a new horizon will open up for you.

You are a true inspiration.

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3/7/2014 10:56:25 PM

Walked for 1.25 miles today and you were my inspiration. Today I read the most inspiring message in a blog and thought I'd post it for you.

Who knew that losing the weight could be so complicated? But it sure is worth a little confusion. The real reward is peace. It's not a reward that I can see or touch like new clothes are, but I can feel it and that's enough. That is more than enough. Awesome, Unconditional love of self!
I want that. How about you? Put that up against a measly slice of cake and I'd grab it with both hands.
Have a great weekend.

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3/6/2014 8:54:49 PM

Thanks for the comment on my blog! You are wonderful!

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