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I've been gone awhile. Haven't lost, haven't gained. And I have gotten more fit, taking Qi Gong/tai qi classes twice weekly. They are a workout. And maintaining my walking.

Time to get on with it, again. I hate feeling heavy. I don't like what I see in the mirror, and in videos of myself.

I recognize that I can help my Arthritis pain (which HAS worsened a lot) by losing 25 more lbs.

Japanese proverb-
Fall Seven Times. Stand up Eight.

There is no Elevator to Success. You have to take the Stairs.


. ...Shopping is just unpleasant - looking for cute clothes, and finding the nice ones only in the smaller sizes. It happened to me just yesterday, at Goodwill. They had all these cute cottom blazers (jackets) in great condition, but the size Larges were too tight! Just frustrating and upsetting.

I have had a life-long weight problem, starting with being a chubby baby, and so on... I have Arthritis of the hip/back which can be Very painful. I've been an avid walker for years, and with all the extra weight I've carried, my poor bones/joints show the effect.

I have lost 15 lbs so far.. and regained 5 lbs. Lost 2 of the 5 that I regained. SO I'm 12 down .I have health problems, that affect my energy, so I do my exercising when I have enough energy.

But I am out there walking every day. Thank God my legs are still strong. I am starting to look better.

THIS time, I plan on going All the Way, with the help of Spark and a growing self-confidence!

Member Since: 5/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 235

My Goals:
I want to lose 30 lbs, to be in the 150's.

First goal - size 15/16 dress, size 38 jean.
or a size 16 pants.

2nd goal - shrink the belly and lose the love handles, or at least whittle them down!

3rd goal-be able to say No to sweets, even if they are offered to me, from someone else or at a party!
Free food - my weaknesss.

My Program:
staying away from Sugar and processed foods. Small meals, 4 times a day.

Walk every day, for at least 45 minutes.

Just joined gym - YMCA- and will go 3X a week, minimum.

Personal Information:
I am 59 years old. Born in New York City, have lived in San Francisco, California, since I was about 25 yrs old...I love to sing jazz, for fun and for profit, and I do animal rights volunteer work. I am Spiritual, not religious, and my Spirituality is very important to me. I am passionate about Astrology, have studied it for many years.

Other Information:
I am single, and live by myself. I love to read books on Metaphysics, from authors such as Carolyn Myss, and Dan Millman such as "The Life you were Born to Live". Carolyn Myss wrote "Sacred Contracts". Amazing. I also participated in Oprah's online class recently on the book A New Earth.

I am an Aquarius, with Moon in Sag. and Cancer rising.

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  • v SUNCHIC711
    Hi Ellen! Thanks so much for stopping by my sparkpage and checking out my latest blogs/progress pics! It really means a lot to me for you to leave such a sweet and thoughtful comment!

    I feel like a whole new person!! And everyday i remind myself with pictures like those, why i have worked so hard to get where i am today! I look back at those old pictures, and it makes me so sad knowing how unhappy i was - i wish i could retake all those pics as the new me!! But i suppose you live, learn and grow and make a commitment to take care of yourself better from here on out!

    I wish you lots of success with Sparkpeople! I am still spreading the Spark, and tell others everyday that they, too, can do what i did - especially with the help of SP!

    Much Love!

    4770 days ago
    Thanks for your comments. You're on the right track by finding Spark! There is a lot of motivation to be found by reading the message boards, spark pages, and seeing others' successes (as well as their setbacks).

    At weight watchers, we celebrate the "first 5", and I think it's the hardest, because it took the most motivation - to start! Congrats!
    4771 days ago
    Hi Ellen, Just cruisin around, thought I'd stop by and say hi! Hope you are having a great day! Pat
    4773 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my sparkpage; I'm glad you enjoy my blogs.
    I completely agree w/ you that people generally look better with a few extra pounds on them. I look at the thin little starlets and think "ewww!" Who wants to hug a bag of bones or woman built like a 12 year old boy?
    WHERE are the men who appreciate a REAL woman? Time-travel me back to the 1950s, please. Preferably in Italy.
    And when I look at men, I don't find the thin ones attractive....I like a man who looks like he likes to eat and doesn't spend his spare time in the gym admiring himself in the mirror. I think I'm looking for a MALE version of ME! Where can I find him? ALERT all Sparkers: send your brothers, uncles, friends (and waht the heck...fathers) TO ME!
    4775 days ago
    Hi Ellen, Thanks for stopping by my page. I agree spark is sooo wonderful. The support I get from my buddies is amazing. We're all in this together. Where else can you find a program like this! It's the best!! Have a fun & healthy week!! Becky
    4776 days ago