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"Life is not perfect. It never will be. You just have to make the very best of it, and you have to open your heart to what the world can show you, and sometimes it's terrifying, and sometimes it's incredibly beautiful, and I'll take both. Thanks."

~ Graham Nash

"After a While"

After a while, you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't always mean security.
And you begin to learn
that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.
After a while, you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn...

© 1971 Veronica A. Shoffstall

Member Since: 6/19/2016

My Goals:
Reach my goal weight by the end of the year!
Abstain from sweets a streak at a time.

My Program:
Track everything I eat.
Walk as much as possible and continue my neck, shoulder, and back physical therapy at home.

Personal Information:
My husband and I have been married since June 1995. (Together since May of 93) We are blessed with a wonderful son. All three of us were born in NYC in the same hospital. :)

Other Information:
I've been on Sparkpeople since August 25, 2008 under a different account.
I love mysteries, thrillers, suspenseful audiobooks and movies.

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  • v VTORIA3
    Good morning, buddy. emoticon

    Thanks so much for the zumba shoes. I am looking forward to doing Zumba again ... my last class was so awesome..... may be this one will be too.

    Pulled out the weights for some strength training yesterday. A wee bit sore this morning, so I know I did something good for my body to challenge it.

    Back to the M-F structure....know how we both love it. Wishing you a great week! emoticon
    1685 days ago
  • v VTORIA3
    Morning, friend. How's your weekend going?

    I am looking forward to a quiet Sunday, after Friday's afternoon outing with MIL for shower gift buying and lunch (unplanned), and Saturday's engagement party for niece. I'd say I am on social overload, and this introvert just needs some down time now. Exercise awaits me....yet I am procrastinating. Guess I better lace up and call and get some productivity in play.

    Enjoy your Sunday! emoticon
    1686 days ago
  • v VTORIA3
    Good morning, buddy..... It's cooler, but still very humid today. I got caught in the rain while out walking, sunshine is here to greet me. Rose much later than I wanted, so I am much behind the 8-ball. Ah well, I need to focus on productivity today.

    Let's keep fighting the good fight! You are looking so awesome in your "after" photo! Nice, NICE momentum......keep up the good work, friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1688 days ago
  • v VTORIA3
    Morning. emoticon Here's a cup of Joe to launch your day. It's raining here now, but I hope to squeeze in a short walk before Arden arrives. And some client work.

    Hope your day is an easy, healthy and fit day! emoticon
    1689 days ago
  • v VTORIA3
    thanks for posting to my blog buddy....appreciate the support so much. Ahem....must lace up, walk. It is time for me to try and match at least 1/4 of your productivity! emoticon
    1690 days ago
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