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Jalex®'s Profile

I hesitated to write this profile because I didn't really know what to put in and what to leave out.

I am not overweight, but my challenges are at least as damaging as potential obesity.   And I smoke. 

All of my life, I have fought to not go "off the rails".  I have gone off the rails in terms of spending, smoking, staying up late and getting up early, staying up late and not getting up in time for work or school, missing dental and doctor's appointments, not paying bills on time, not paying bills at all and on and on and on.

I appear to have a conservative life.  For most of my life this has been a facade.  It still is in terms of how I feel about things, i.e., I am much more open-minded than those viewing me driving my children around in a minivan  would think.

I don't know why, but in the past three years I have become fed up with the facade.  I mean, it was time to either make the facade real, or go off the rails permanently.  I decided to do the former.

I joined HL largely because of Sheryl and puzz, both of whom I had met and both of whom were such wonderful people that I just wanted to spend more online time with them!   And after reading the start page and some journals and realizing that Healthy Living is about reconciling yourself and thereby achieving emotional peace- to accept who you are, improve who you are on YOUR terms and at YOUR pace,  I decided that if I were to succeed, this is probably my last best chance.

Some things I had already changed.  I became a fiscally responsible person.  I bought a daytimer and stopped missing appointments.  I have lost some weight, I have rejoined my gym, my house is sort of clean (!!! a near miracle!!!)

I still struggle with other areas of responsiblity, but I feel obligated to my HL friends to "grow up" once and for all.  And with their help, I am...

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