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DD Aubrey & GD Sierra Ready for their first bike ride together!


MIMAWELIZABETH is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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I'm now the Big 6-0 years old, have been married three times, have children and grandchildren, and am happily married for 17 years. I'm also physically disabled from a brain and spinal injury in 1994. My main goal on Spark is to live a healthy lifestyle by eating wisely and being active. Food, I do well; exercise, I need better consistency. My beloved son Scott was killed in February 2008. I will always grieve the hole left in my heart, and am forever changed by his death... However, I also found a wellspring of faith I didn't know I had. There is no doubt I have been very blessed. I hope you'll take a look at my Photo Gallery, and share those special times, past and present, spent with my wonderful family. The latest are of my new grandbaby, Sierra Elizabeth! My DH Bob is a wonderful, affectionate and caring man who has always loved me just the way I am. Since we got together in 1996, my Life has had a calm center I'd never known. DH was diagnosed with ESRD (kidney failure) and started dialysis in 2011, forcing him into retirement. Since January 2015, he's had countless health setbacks and complications requiring numerous ER visits, sixteen hospitalizations, and several surgeries. Now living in his childhood home, we're able to have our own pets. Tabitha and Blackie, our two "rescue" cats, are great comfort and fun! It's tough with the ups and downs, but we're doing fine. As DH's health is now stabilizing, we're working on a "New Normal."

Member Since: 4/9/2007

Fitness Minutes: 146,475

My Goals:
My initial ambitious attempts on Spark triggered my usual self-sabotage, crash- and- burn pattern. I decided to take my time and learn to use Spark's tools, going for a long term goal of eating and living healthily, but not worrying about weight loss. That continues to be my main focus.

I've been very heavy (obese) for over 30 years now, except for a short time 15-17 years ago. I quickly lost 105# and had maintained for almost two years. I was doing very well, but "lost it" - the panic, depression and inertia of PTSD, prompted by retrauma of CSA, caused a complete reversal and I gained over 50# in 4 months, plus 20 more over 3 months, going on to gain 115# total.

How could I have regained so much weight, after all that work? Because our emotional and mental components will determine the ultimate result of our physical condition. I've definitely learned that, which is why "losing weight" isn't as important to me. I'm enjoying the journey!

My Program:
I'm doing well now as far as using the tools on Spark. I weigh and measure and honestly track ALL my food every day. That's the bottom line for me, the most basic of steps, and IMO the most important tool.

I love to do Spark activities; but reading and posting on my teams' message boards is a source of support and comfort, and an outlet when I need one. I try to remember to turn to Spark when I start floundering, and I've spent many a night on Spark, reading, posting or journaling, instead of binging.

I have "Silver Sneakers" and use the pools at the local gyms for water-based physical therapy. My biggest challenge is exercising consistently. The problem is just as much a mental block as it is physical limits.

Personal Information:
I have two biological children from my first two marriages. Often, they were my only reason for living, and remain my heart and soul. Son Scott would be 36, but he died in February 2008 (details in my blogs). Daughter Aubrey, 31, married in 2007; photos of this wonderful day are in my gallery. She and SIL live in Colorado with their daughter, my precious Sierra Elizabeth, born March 2015. My amazing DD is undoubtedly my best friend!

DH has a grown daughter with three children (one step, one bio, and a new step). We are "Mimaw" and Grandpa to Kaile, age 12, who has been a big part of our life since her birth. We live in southern California.

I was crippled in a fall in 1994, disabled with a brain and spinal injury. My children suffered greatly, financially and emotionally, made worse when abandoned by my second husband in 1995. Slowly, I rebuilt my life with my kids. Meeting my DH is the icing on the cake of life!

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PTSD from violent sexual abuse in my childhood has hindered me all my life. With the death of my son, I am dealing with a whole new set of devastating emotions. When I started on Spark in 2007, the wonderful and caring community made a huge difference in my life. I feel stronger and more grounded, and have had more successful days and weeks in the last nine years than in ALL my years before! Also, I know I would not have survived the death of my son without Spark in my life, and unending support of my wonderful Sparkfriends.

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  • v FREEMONT12
    Hope you are doing well.
    12 days ago
    So glad to see you are still losing on your ticker. I got lazy but have restarted and it is working. Losing feels so much better.
    19 days ago
  • v LINDA!
    I am happy that you used the pic. I loved the pic and happy that you do too. emoticon
    29 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/21/2017 11:56:23 AM
    HI Elizabeth !! Thought I'd drop on by and WAVE MY PAW!!

    I am going to hop on ovah now the Leader In Between team and see who's UP to playing during the break, but first I wanted to stop on in and see how you are?

    I had the WORSE kidney stones which lasted for 3 days shy of a month. THANKFULLY they put in a stent (HOPE I NEVAH EVAH go thru THAT Again!) and after 10 days things were taken care of,,, than another 5 days before I felt better.

    Now I AM UP AND A RUNNING!!! MaryAnn(gi) our CL is coming down over the Labor Day weekend!! YO!! I'll be SO BUSY!! We are going to a Sea Dog game, doing a sunset cruise, going to the Lobster Shack (One can NOT come to Maine and NOT have a fresh lobster!! A friend came from Chicago. She ordered 2 lobsters. She's a tiny thing so I was curious as to why 2. BUT!! QUICKLY realized why. When they put them down in front of her she literally JUMPED OUT of her seat and SCREAMED "THEY HAVE EYES!!" of course the restaurant became DEAD SILENT during this. Than you heard various ones laughing, shamelessly I was among them. I was simply besides myself with tears flowing so hard and had the HARDEST time "TRYING" to be sympathetic, but NO WAY!! It was BEYOND me!! She explained in Chicago she had only seen the tails and did NOT know you could EAT most of it. I do not like it, but was kind enough to show her how to break them in half and what can, shouldn't, not to eat.

    HAHAHAHA I STILL break out in a HUGE grin when I think of this!! MaryAnn though is only 3 or 4 ish hrs away from me in NH so she will not have that same reaction. Though it IS FUN to watch a country, small town girl in the city. Wonder if they will sleep? I live on a main street in the Greater Portland Maine area.

    We are also to go on the Duckboat! I've NOT been on it though I see it all the time. I wonder who's more excited?
    36 days ago
    emoticon On your emoticon Capital A Day. Hope you enjoyed your day, and that it was a Blessed one. May the rest of 2017 be emoticon for you!!

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    38 days ago
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