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Petey-what a pup! He is feeling his oats in this pic. He loved his t-shirt so much.

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Larry's shower-the first year.

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"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet....Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up." Stephen Hawking TAKE ACTION TODAY = ACT your way to right thinking; CREATE new habits; TAKE STEPS FORWARD no matter how small; INITIATE desired changes; OPENLY WELCOME SUPPORT NEVER GIVE UP on yourself As of Oct 2019, I am still maintaining and managed to lose 12 more pounds to reach a new low weight I hadn't seen since 1993! I am doing IF, usually at least 12 hours per day and up to 18 hours per day to regulate my blood glucose. It is a day by day thing, but overall, I meet my goals! SP has truly saved my life! As of 2017, I have maintained 100+pounds weight loss! Love all you ladies and gents for your support on this journey! ******* As of January 2016, I am focusing on my blood glucose and movement. In 2015, I had to add rapid acting insulin which, as it is a fat promoting hormone, caused me to gain 15 pounds. I took off that 15 pounds in 2015, and am still struggling with the insulin and my weight. I was successful in my goals for 2015-moving at least 10 minutes per day, and honoring and listening to my body. I will continue with those goals. **** Update: As of January 2015, my new goal is least 10 minutes each day, and more if possible. I aim to do what I can each day. I will honor and listen to my body. A trickle down effect occurs once one starts healthy habits. Things will get better. Persevere! **** Update: As of July 2014, I finally got to 260! New goal 240. **** Update: As of April 2013, I have met a few goals. I got rid of "stuff"--a lot of stuff. I am proud of that. I went from 269 to 280, and I am proud that I cut off the weight gain at that point. I am now 267. I am proud that I've gone through two major changes to my way of eating. I went gluten free, and began my happy descent from the 300s. I have made lots of good changes, even through severe illness, and kept off 75 pounds. That is a win-win scenario for me. Now, I commit to do my physical therapy maintenance each week, walk in the park each week, and carefully count my carbs in my carb and blood glucose tracker. ******************* Update: As of July 2013, I finally hit the 260s--269 to be exact, from a starting weight of 345. I cannot wait to get to 260. Then my next goal will be 240. My words for today, "you can take a rest from time to time, but never ever give up!" There is always room for improvement. ******************* Update: The end of March 2013 has me maintaining my weight loss at 280.2. I've been ill lately and unable to exercise much. I believe once I start exercising again, I will start to lose again. I am maintaining my gluten free lifestyle about 95 percent of the time. I guess one cannot be "perfect" with anything. A little imperfection is what make life beautiful, anyway. Here's to a great year! We WILL meet our goals! ***************************** As 2013 begins, I weigh 283.8 pounds. My goal for this year will be to weigh 260 pounds. I will give myself a year to meet that goal, as I am incorporating permanent changes into my life, little by little (baby steps) so that I will be a "whole" person on the other side of obtaining all my planned goals. This "whole" person will enjoy having a life again and enjoy the increased physical activity. I've made great progress under adverse conditions (knee injury and subsequent knee rehab). My good pal said that I was the only person she knew who lost weight after being injured and having mobility issues; hence, it can be done! I am dedicated to making changes for the better, and I WILL be the best I can be! My other goals consist of: 1. getting rid of unnecessary "stuff," 2. volunteering for a good cause, 3. starting my own jewelry business, 4. pursuing my art, and 5. learning to work a pottery wheel. I love textures and working with my hands. I also look forward to playing the violin and the piano again. Goodbye analytical career and hello artistic career. In other words, a former career left brainer attempts to be a right brainer.

Member Since: 4/1/2011

Fitness Minutes: 37,299

My Goals:
I want to live well, and not just sustain the status quo.!

I will track my carbs and walk at least three times a week, even if it is just around the block.

Life is to be enjoyed!

My Program:
I am counting carbs and calories, and eating gluten free foods with plenty of fresh veggies. I joined on April Fool's Day 2011, and been baby stepping it ever since. I will increase my physical activity and learn how to be spontaneous again---to live life to the fullest.

Personal Information:
I want to be creative again.
How does a career left brain lifer become a right brainer again?

I will walk in nature first, and look at the trees--such inspiration!

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I am known for my perseverance a.k.a. the ability to hang in there when the going gets tough. I AM making the lifestyle changes necessary to be healthier!
"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."

Helen Keller

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  • v no profile image ANEWCHANGE4ME
    Each of us encounter trying moments throughout our lifetimes, when we are tempted to give in to our fears and give up on our dreams. In these defining moments, where the decision to give up or continue going forward must be made, too often we take the easy way out.

    After we have run up the white flag or tossed in the towel, having called it quits, we reassure ourselves that we gave it our best. Truth be told, we left our best untested. And after we have given up and packed it in, we console ourselves, taking comfort in the good try we made. Not just a good try, but a really good try.

    When it comes to making your life the exciting, exhilarating, electrifying adventure ride it could be and should be, the name of the game is just getting it done. Trying doesn't count. You can try to live a fabulous life but settle for second best - or you can just go out there, grab life by the horns and make it happen. You can try to accomplish your goals and aspirations and predictably fall short - or you can bring them to life by giving it everything you've got to give.

    How many times have we fallen into the trap of trying or not even trying, repeatedly using the excuse that we 'tried' as a cop-out for not really going for the gold or putting forth our very best effort? Probably way too many. And how much more of the best things in life are we willing to miss out on by trying and not doing? Hopefully not much more.

    Rather than leaving the back door open, why not shut it good and tight? Slam it and lock it once and for all. Then throw away the key. Who needs an open back door when a wide open world of opportunity awaits, ready to grant you each and every dream you've ever held in your heart? You certainly don't. Instead of living a life of doing without, taking solace in a potpourri of excuses and reasons for not trying, why not live your life the way it was meant to be lived - getting the best by giving your best?

    So why try? Why indeed, especially when you can do, achieve, experience and enjoy the best life has to offer. The moment you stop trying and start doing, you'll stop doing without.

    3514 days ago
  • v no profile image ANEWCHANGE4ME
    Without question, the #1 healthy habit that you absolutely must acquire is the habit of having fun. In fact, that should more accurately read having a ton of fun. OK, but what exactly is fun? I guess it depends on who you ask.

    Is fun having a lot of money or having a lot of nice things? Could it be a fancy car, a nice house and a lot of stylish clothes? Maybe, and then again, maybe not.

    Without a doubt, happiness and fun do go together. Fun and happiness are more the state of mind in which you approach life than they are material possessions. It is difficult to have fun without feeling good and it is next to impossible to feel good without having fun.

    In order to fill your life with all of the fun and happiness you deserve, you need to feel good about yourself, your life and those around you. In fact, you need to fashion a life that allows you to feel good about everything you say, think or do.

    Are you having fun yet? Are you living a happy life full of fun times, fun things, fun activities and fun people? Your life needs to be a ton of fun. In fact, it has to be. You need to make a healthy run at having fun every day, filling each precious moment with purpose and passion.

    Why waste even one more day living a life you don't want to live? Why don't you decide, right here and now, to start living your life the way it was meant to be lived, with all the fun and happiness you could ever imagine?

    The minute you do, you will pleasantly discover that having fun is a habit you can learn to live with.

    Now go out, enjoy your day and have fun! You deserve it!

    3515 days ago
  • v no profile image ANEWCHANGE4ME
    “Sing a new song; dance a new step; take a new path.

    Think a new thought; accept a new responsibility; memorize a new poem.

    Try a new recipe; plan a new adventure; entertain a new idea.

    Learn a new language; blaze a new trail; enjoy a new experience.

    Make a new friend; read a new book; see a new movie.

    Climb a new hill; scale a new mountain; launch a new career.

    Find a new purpose; fill a new need; light a new lamp.

    Exercise a new strength; grasp a new truth; practice a new awareness.

    Add a new dimension; encourage a new growth; affirm a new beginning.

    Discover a new answer; envision a new image; conceive a new system.

    Dream a new dream; chart a new course; build a new life.

    Open a new door; explore a new possibility; capture a new vision.

    Start a new chapter; seek a new challenge; express a new confidence.

    Write a new plan; turn a new page; follow a new direction.

    Watch a new program; be a new person; radiate a new enthusiasm.”

    Written by: William Arthur Ward
    3518 days ago
  • v no profile image ANEWCHANGE4ME
    Have not heard from you in a while and I wanted to drop by to see how you are doing. I hope you have been well and I hope you have a good day today and conquer any challenges life presents.
    3520 days ago
  • v SLEANNES66
    Just checking in again. How have you been doing? How's the swimming and water aerobics going? I just got a YMCA membership so I think I'm going to try the water aerobics. Well, keep in touch. I've been wondering about you.
    3521 days ago