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Years and years of yo yo dieting have made their mark. The epiphany is that I don't know very many morbidly obese old people and I want to live to be really really old...

Favorite quotes:

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

"The greatest calamity which could befall us would be submission to a government of unlimited powers."
-- Thomas Jefferson

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
-- Buddha

"You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses."
- Ziggy

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.
-- Benjamin Franklin

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
-- Lao Tzu

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
-- Maya Angelou

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
-- Joe Namath

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
-- Confucius

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
-- John Wooden

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.
-- Unknown

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
-- Walt Disney

My future starts when I wake up every morning.
-- Miles Davis

It has often proved true that the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
~Robert Goddard, On Taking Things for Granted, 1904

To love and to be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
-- David Viscott

This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine!
-- Harry Dixon Loes

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
-- E.B. White

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
-- Albert Camus

"The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."
- Hugh White

"There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success."
~ George Matthew Adams

We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.
--Tobias Wolff

We lose our souls if we lose the experience of the forest, the butterflies, the song of the birds, if we can't see the stars at night.
-- Thomas Berry

You know, sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left.
~world renowned violinist, Itzhak Perlman

"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it."
�President Lyndon B. Johnson, on the signing of the Wilderness Act of 1964

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.
-- St. Francis De Sales

I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. I am the Lorax, and I'll yell and I'll shout, for the fine things on earth that are on their way out! Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
-- Dr. Seuss

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
-- Audrey Hepburn

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

"When you put your love into action it can quickly change your life. It always begins with self love. What actions (activities) do you do daily that support and strengthen you? Do you make time to restore and relax your mind and nurture and feed your body? Wellness is a choice we make each day. It is a loving choice. When we don't choose wellness we default into illness. Value yourself enough to put your love into action and create a wellness lifestyle."
- Michaiel Patrick Bovenes

"You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts."
- Brian Tracy

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.
- Albert Einstein, physicist

"Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children. "
~ Kenyan proverb

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. "
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"You must do the things you think you cannot do. "
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.
- Ty Cohen

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. "
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become."
~ Jim Rohn

"What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."
~ Hugh White

"Never give up, never, never give up."
~ Winston Churchill

"You just can't beat the person who never gives up. "
~ Babe Ruth

"Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back. "
~ Babe Ruth

"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. "
~ Babe Ruth

"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself"
~ Jim Rohn

"They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are"
~ St. John Chrysostom

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."
~ Henry Ford

"Believe you can and you're halfway there."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose."
~ Lyndon B. Johnson

"To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail."
~ Dorothea Brande

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
~George Eliot

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
~Winston Churchill

The only time you are allowed to use the word "can't" when pursuing your dream is when you are saying the word "miss" immediately after it.
~ Jerry Freking

"You have achieved success if you have lived well, laughed often
and loved much."
- Author Unknown

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." -
-- Albert Camus

There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.
David Burns

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."
- Dale Carnegie

"You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight."
~ Jim Rohn

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."
- Mark Twain

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe."
- Anatole France

Too see your drama clearly is to be liberated from it.
- Ken Keyes, Jr.

If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
- Carol Burnett, 1936-present

"If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another"
~ Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama

"You can't cross a sea by merely staring into the water."
- Rabindranath Tagore

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
-- Judy Garland

"Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it"
~ Irving Berlin

"It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters."
~ Epictetus

"The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then
starting on the first one."
- Mark Twain

In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.
~ Albert Camus

"Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the hell with sugar and spice."

"The belief in a thing makes it happen."
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there... I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow...
I am the diamond glints on snow...
I am the sunlight on ripened grain...
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you waken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of gentle birds in circling flight...
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry�
I am not there... I did not die...
~ Mary Frye, 1932

"Yesterday's failures are today's seeds that must be diligently planted to be able to abundantly harvest tomorrow's successes." - Author Unknown

All good things are wild, and free.
-- Henry David Thoreau

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Member Since: 5/12/2009

Fitness Minutes: 23,983

My Goals:
I want to live to be over 80 and still be mentally and physically fit.

I want to be able to touch my toes!

I want to shop in the 'normal' clothing stores.

My Program:
Log into Sparkpeople EVERY day to track my ins and outs.

Learn what food choices derail me and when I am making those choices.

Create a plan to derail the derailments!

Personal Information:
I have lived in Fort Walton Beach, FL for all but two years of my life. I am married to a wonderful guy and I have a son still at home and a daughter in Texas with twins (boy and girl).

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    Hey girl, just wanted to let you know I have changed my spark name from msbatman to drowininsweat. Have a great day!
    2844 days ago
    Getting back into the groove. How is it going with you?
    3130 days ago
    I came across the following quote while "googling around" the internet a few days ago and think it's message is so important that I want to share it with my friends!

    "All of life is a journey; which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there." From A Little Book of Happiness
    3382 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my blog - A Breast Lift, A Drag Queen and Another Birthday!

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    I appreciate your kindness. You are the bestest! Hugs.
    3387 days ago
    I just dropped by to say hi and to see how you are doing. I hope all is going well and that you continue to work hard to reach your goals and enjoy life.
    It’s knowing that there are people like you with me on this journey that keeps me pushing forward every day. My Spark Friends give me the strength and determination to stay on this journey.
    Stay positive,
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    3396 days ago
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