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Shirley & Joe July 2010

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I'm a 64 year old male, married to Shirley (who has had a gastric by-pass and has lost over 208 lbs.) I was contemplating having the same surgery, but then I came across SparkPeople. I've been at it since 2008. Even though I've had some set backs, I know that SparkPeople works for me. I had set a goal of losing 50lbs., but have found that what is working for me is to go smaller and more realistic with short term goals. I see my diabetes numbers coming down and hope to get off the oral medication and the insulin that I am on currently.

I found a good quote for me in one of the Spark articles:
"Never give up… keep fighting for your dreams! "

Member Since: 7/30/2008

My Goals:
Long term to lose 50 lbs.
To be able to control my diabetes only by diet and exercise and get off my insulin and oral medication!
To make right choices in foods and portion sizes.
To increase my daily activity.
Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

My Program:
I am still with it. Even though I've had times of moving backwards, I realize I need to look forward and not give up. I'm human, not a superman.
I need to log in every day because I need accountability.
I am trying to get more activity in my day instead of sitting at my desk for hours.

Personal Information:
Associate Pastor at Calvary Christian Center in Harborcreek, PA
My wife and I have been married since 1977.
We have 2 Yorkshire Terriers, (Contessa Maria and Tor-eh Amadeo).
I lead Worship and the Music Program at the church.
I teach private Voice lessons.

Other Information:
Degrees earned:
B.A. Philosophy from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
M.Div from St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe PA
M.M. from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Ordination Certificate from Calvary Ministries International.

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    WELCOME to the............. ANGELS TOUCH TEAM.

    You will LOVE THIS TEAM! It's amazingly positive and supportive. The members here are always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. They have done it for me and they will do the same for you!! We are here to support and encourage you on your journey to success. All the best to you on reaching your goals.

    Welcome on board for some fun and challenges.

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    1461 days ago
    Hi Pastor Joe,
    Thanks for the Spark Mail. I didn't mean to send all my friends that Spark mail but when I hit send, away it went. i feel awful about it.
    You know that you and Shirley are our very good friends in the
    "REAL" world. Irene, my good friend on Spark, is the one I'm closest to in the "COMPUTER" world.
    Dave and I thank you for your loving support and we are counting on both of you and know you'll see us through with your thoughts and prayers, love and concern. We love you and pray for you 'guys' every night. Thanks for being there for us. You're the best!
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    1833 days ago
    Hi! Saw your Yorkies & had to tell you what cuties they are. We have two rescued Yorkies now. We've owned Yorkied for 20+ years & done Yorkie & Silky rescue for 15 years before retiring to AZ.
    1863 days ago
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