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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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    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
    4739 days ago
  • v KRZYKAT3
    Welcome to VOW!

    Please be at home and join in the posting! We love sharing and look forward to your new ideas!

    I can relate to the arthritis and life time weight issue - been at it for 41 years myself! LOL

    4740 days ago
    hello ellen, thank you for your praises and encouragement on my blog!
    i can understand why you resisted taking a medication, i resisted searching for treatment altogether, and for too long i think. i am feeling a big difference by now, and i am more focused and balanced.
    yes, i have noticed those "special" side-effects you mentioned, but they seem to be managable and i have a boyfriend who deals with this very sensibly.

    it seems you have had a good start those last few weeks. 5 pounds down already - you must be doing something right! good luck with your goals, i think you will find that it gets a lot easier after a few weeks and that you will find confidence in your new habits. have a great week!


    4741 days ago
  • v AHHHME
    Hello Ellen :) Thank you for stopping by my blog! I'm glad that I was able to brighten your day. Please let me know if I can help you with anything. Best wishes, Melissa
    4741 days ago
  • v GLOMO20
    Thanks for the words of encouragement on my blog!! It was very sweet of you - I admire how you've walked - for me, it was a struggle to get into it. You sound like you're well on your way to accomplishing your goals - Congratulations!
    4741 days ago
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