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Woman refocuses on 100-pound goal

Published May 1, 2005

ST. PETERSBURG - Cindy Glennon is refocused. She has halted her recent food binge and dropped 5 pounds - 2 of them regained when she fell off her three-month diet.

She is pleased.

"I got back on track," she said Wednesday.

"I'm feeling better. The blueness is going away. I'm back to journaling everything I eat, which makes a big difference. It's like, oh, do I have to put that down?"

Glennon, 48, who made her weight loss struggle public in February, had been making steady progress in her attempt to lose 100 pounds. She walked, stretched, sweated and dieted away 16 pounds, as well as several inches from her chest, waist and hips.

Two weeks ago, though, she had a setback. A series of problems - a pending divorce and a confused and unhappy 7-year-old - started to take a toll.

She quickly fell into old habits.

"It's like an alcoholic. You keep going back to the food or whatever. It's like a magnet, but it's the biggest source of your problem. I was getting back to peanut butter and things like that," she said.

A professionally trained chef who over the years has found herself in an endless cycle of weight loss and gain, Glennon decided to seek help this year. Besides losing 100 pounds, she also wanted to get off the half-dozen psychiatric drugs she'd been prescribed. In the months since, the medications have been reduced from six to three. But two weeks ago, the dosage of her antidepressant was increased.

The adjustment has helped her get through the recent slump, Glennon said, but so have her prayers and those of friends.

She has resumed the weight loss and fitness regimen designed by friend and personal trainer Debra Schoofs. Schoofs is the woman she turned to in desperation at the beginning of the year. The personal trainer assembled an army of helpers, including a yoga instructor, dietitian, acupuncturist, massage therapist, chiropractor, Bible teacher, walking coach and Pilates expert.

Glennon said she is grateful for the support.

"It is pressure, because I do have so much help and I don't want to let them down," she said.

"I said to the counselor that I feel this is my last chance. I will never have all this help again. I asked God to take the love I have for that food and replace it with love for him and obsession for exercise."

She's planning her meals again. Mornings begin with a vitamin shake.

"I do it about 7:30 and I use frozen blueberries and strawberries and flaxseed oil and organic apple cider vinegar," she said of the concoction that's added to a commercial powder.

"Once you put the frozen fruit in it, it's not too bad," she said. "I don't make a huge blender-full of it."

Breakfast is at 9:30. There's a snack at 11 and lunch about 1 p.m.

"I've been doing some nice little wraps with veggies," she said, describing her lunch.

Another snack follows at 3. Dinner is at 5:30.

It's hard not to eat again for the day, she said.

"Bad habits are hard to break."

In recent days, though, Glennon has renewed her resolve. She planned to participate in the Arthritis Walk at the Pier this weekend and is working out again, despite shoulder pain.

Things have been going better in other areas of her life also. Last week she completed refinancing her home, which she says will ease her financial difficulties now that her marriage is over. She has started a new Bible study class. The one she had been attending required too much homework and added stress to her life rather than easing it, she said. Her 7-year-old daughter, Eryn, is seeing a counselor.

After her stumble, Glennon said it's time to redouble her efforts.

[Last modified April 30, 2005, 23:59:18]

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