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The first and most important step toward success is the feeling that we can succeed.

Nelson Boswell

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

-Carl Bard

When desirous of a life change or any kind of a change, it's wiser to start from a place like: "I am who I am today, where I am today, because this was my choice and it has served me well. However, it no longer serves me, my choices have changed, and I give thanks for the amazing changes that now sweep through my amazing life."

Rather than, "I don't know how I got here. I hate this. I must be sabotaging my own progress. I just won't accept things as they are any more. I'm desperate for a change. By this time next year my life will totally rock!"

Member Since: 4/22/2004

Fitness Minutes: 1,332

My Goals:
Eat the healthiest I can at each meal and use my new treadmill 5-6 times per week, working my way up to 45 minutes each time.

My Program:
I am doing a nutritionally sound program with no crazy eating or dieting crap - real food, low fat, low sodium. I do have some "free days" when I splurge but it isn't a major issue. It keeps me on track most of the days knowing I can eat something I really love occasionally.

Personal Information:
I am a Mom with two kids still in college and living at home -my husband died Sept 2011 unexpectedly and it was a big blow after 34 years together. I am finding my way back to spark to help with more than just my eating habits

Other Information:
My husband was a wonderful man and every time I started a new "diet" he said the only failure is the failure to try, you can fail a thousand times, you only have to succeed once.

It is a good thing to remember.

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    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"

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    3525 days ago
  • v PRERIE
    I posted this on our discussion board, too.

    JACKIE... I haven't said hi to you for too long! I'm sorry. I was thinking about you recently guessing what your thoughts would be on this common advice: "To get something done, ask someone who is busy." I think of how busy you are, how much you accomplish, how fulfilled you have made yourself. Some days it takes me forever to get started, but once the momentum gets rolling, accomplishments tend to be fun. Some days the stress could just break me. Anyway, here's to stretching to the max and flexing those muscles, even those in the business world!

    4449 days ago
    Hi Honey,

    Thanks for checking in with me. I haven't won any awards lately for weight loss, hoping that the summer brings motivation!


    4491 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend. That's an honor, and you're my first, so that's very special!

    You're doing so great! I love your quotes/comments on your SparkPage and copied and pasted them to a file of my own so I can reflect on that when I need to - hopefully you don't mind. I like to think of things that way, too, and I'm happy to be in a healthier place in my life right now. :o)
    4494 days ago
  • v KITT52
    Thank You Jackie for your encouragement.
    I do appreciate it.
    Please let me know if you have any questions.
    We have a great group of ladies about your age and with lots of weight to loose if your interested in joining. I find the groups really help keep me motivated.

    Have a happy and healthy day.

    4494 days ago
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