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I'm 59, widowed, no children, live in Columbus, Ohio with my 14.5 yr. old dog, Tucker.

I've struggled with my weight since about 2000 and at my lowest, got down to about 140, only to gain it all back. It's the eternal seesaw! Never had a weight problem growing up, I was the puny, overly thin child and weighed 98 lbs all through college and could not gain. Age, ailments, and certain meds I take caused me to put on the excess weight.

I have been around Sparkpeople more years than I care to remember, most years I have been on a team. I like the feeling of camaraderie that a team offers.

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Member Since: 11/14/2012

Fitness Minutes: 38,892

My Goals:
To get to 130 and stay there; and trim off excess belly fat. Right now, this summer, I have made it my goal to just stay at 140. It is hot in summer, and I feel less inclined to exercise in hot weather, and tend to eat more cookout type foods.

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I have GERD, and am not supposed to eat for a half hour to an hour after taking my GERD meds, so I go walk in the park for an hour most days (which is next door to me). If I can, I also try to do more intense exercise on top of that such as my elliptical, stationary bike, or treadmill. I don't really watch too much what I eat, as I pretty much eat the same things day in and day out. If I find myself gaining, I cut back, or add more exercise.

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I'm bipolar type 2, which makes losing weight doubly hard at times, as when I fall into depression, all motivation goes out the window! :(

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    I saw where you were battling a mouse. I was supposed to be a 'lefty' but I'm old enough that they still 'corrected' you and forced you to use your right hand. That causes 'cross domination' and creates all sorts of issues. Glad you were able to avoid that. I'm back on Purple Passion Team. I hope you will have a terrific Tuesday.

    "At the age of thirty-seven, I was fat, and since the age of thirty-eight, I have never been fat again. That's the whole idea of effective weight loss-it's permanent because it's part of your lifestyle and the way you think about yourself, with pride and a sense of accomplishment. The goal you achieve is your own-you own it."-Jean Nidetch
    13 days ago
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    28 days ago
    Thank you for adding me as a Spark Friend. I just did the same. I look forward to traveling this journey together. I hope you will have a wonderful week.

    “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world.”-Harriet Tubman (1820-1913); Abolitionist, Humanitarian

    28 days ago
    Happy New Year!

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    “As I start the year, I focus on moving away from whatever has been holding me back. I declare that every negative thought pattern in my consciousness is now being cleared out and released. As I fill my mind with new, positive thinking, I take the first steps toward my bright future!” ~ Louise Hay Affirmations Calendar

    Let’s make 2018 our best year yet!

    78 days ago
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    Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year!
    89 days ago
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