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It is never too late to change living habits. We are what we think. If I think I can then I know I can. Determination comes from the inside - experience. Knowledge is power. I am not a mind crippled by religion. I am a mind escaped from religion and evolving into a free and strong lover of life. Music and color is my therapy.
Your world is what you think it is. If you can change your thoughts you can change your world. Life's challenges help you discover who you are.
Forget the past. This is a new day, and a new life for those who change their habits.

Member Since: 3/7/2010

My Goals:
This year I WILL change my life. My first goal is to break the 200 pound stone wall. My long term goal is to weigh 115 - 120 pounds. My other goals are to change my eating habits, lose weight and get rid of the fat forever, learn to like exercise, get stronger, become independent, improve my memory, find an honest mechanic to fix my car. I want to lose most if not all of my overweight by my 60th birthday. My biggest problem is eating at night before going to bed. If I do not feel full I cannot sleep. I need to find a way to change that habit.

My Program:
My program is:
Stair climbing, dance, and light weight lifting, along with eating only things that are good for me. I will allow myself to eat whatever I want one day a week - if it is something that is bad for me I just won't eat a LOT of it. I will eat a salad every evening before dinner. I will not count calories. This is about changing what I eat, not about eating the same and just eating less of it. I also want to try and get at least 6 hours of sleep a night. I have been trying to do this for years now and have not been able to achieve it yet.

Personal Information:
Greetings to everyone who visits me. I am 59, pushing 60 and about to change my life, starting with changing my body. If you have the same desire to change your body, then please join me in this adventurous journey.

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This is my journal of a senior body makeover and changing some bad habits into better habits, and logging the thoughts and feelings the changes helped surface, while staying encouraged and becoming stronger.
I started at 237 (I am 5'2")almost a year ago and lost a little weight, getting down to 210. Then I hit the doldrums - a stalemate -a plateau - the weight loss just stopped. I know I have to change my habits to something healthier that I can live with the rest of my life with joy, because just eating less and walking is not working anymore.
I am a liberal advocate for green energy, OBAMA, atheism, freedom, and lifetime learning and changing. I would like to see the world get healthier and smarter, not more stupid. I love my sons, my dog, colors, painting, music, gardening, animals, chess, poker, bowling, pool, NFL football, crochet, atheism reading, science, astronomy, sci-fi movies, contemporary style, abstract art, snow, the mountains, waterfalls, and wine with dinner.

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    Hi Free...I'm checking in to see if your better!!! Please know that your sparkfriends are here for you when you come back. emoticon
    3497 days ago
    Hi there,

    I'm sorry to hear you've lost your motivation. I know exactly how that feels, although your reason is because of a physical injury, which is more understandable than my "can't-be-arsed" situation.

    There are lots of exercises you can do that don't involve walking or running or jumping about. One of my great SparkFriends, EMMABE1, has mobility issues and does all of her exercising in a chair (she's the leader of the Chair Dancing team). She's lost a tremendous amount of weight and it's all thanks to chair dancing. You might want to contact her and ask her about her exercise routine. She can probably advise you on what to do that won't hurt you while your knee is healing.

    I hope you won't let this minor setback defeat you. I know I'm not in the best position to be dishing out advice, but this is a case of "do as I say, not as I do!" The sooner you tackle this and get back into a routine, the sooner you'll start to feel better about yourself. I've allowed myself to wallow for far too long, which is why I've been at a standstill for as long as I have been. Don't make the same mistakes as me. Even if you are restricted to upper body work, concentrate on that until your leg is better. There's no harm in toning up your arms and abs in the meantime, is there?

    I hope you pick up soon, sweetie. Take care of yourself.

    3504 days ago
    Let's hope you can get recharged this week, and battle on!!! Come on you can do it!!!! And your friends will help you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3504 days ago
    for the comment on my's working for me too!
    3504 days ago
    Thank you so much for adding me as a friend! I love what you say on your page. I have a lot of the same philosophies only I haven't been able to express them as well as you have. I need to jump start my weight loss again. Last spring I lost 42 pounds down to 237 and then gained them back over the fall/winter. So I am starting again and hoping to be successful this time. I also am not counting calories-it makes me crazy and then I stop because it is too hard.

    I hope to get to know you. It really helps to have others going through the same thing.


    P.S. I just saw the comment you left on my page. I am so glad my page inspired you! I just changed up my wording a few minutes ago. I tend to do that once in a while. Thanks for the comments on my pictures. I try to find things that make me feel good. The blue water is so calming to me and makes me feel like I am at peace.
    3504 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/18/2010 2:29:11 PM