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***May 12, 2016***
It's been over six years since I was introduced to Spark People. I have met some pretty awesome (cyber) friends whose support is remarkable. I'm just not at all where I want to be with my weight. I lost 20 pounds the first year but since then, I have yo-yo'd up and down gaining all that back plus another 20. I've tried multiple ways to make a plan and stick to it but I seem to keep falling back into my old habits.

I was a skinny child....too skinny. I think this may have been due to the fact that we were very poor and food was not always available. I 'm not making excuses...just trying to pin-point where I went wrong. I have battled with my weight my entire adult life. I slowly started gaining when I was a senior in high school. When I saw myself in a picture wearing a bathing suit, I vowed to do something about the 40 pounds I had gained in the 4 years following high school. I found success by joining a gym with a friend; drinking plenty of water and a diet consisting mostly of Lean Cuisine frozen meals.

I can hardly stomach pre-packaged frozen meals any longer. My grandmother was my rock and savior during my horrible childhood. In the last few years of her life, she pretty much lived on frozen meals and ended up contracting stomach cancer. I believe that it was mostly due to those Banquet Dinners that she ate because they were cheap. She was blessed to have lived 97 years, 4 months and 10 days on this Earth spreading her wisdom and love onto others and I do miss her dearly.

Overall, I am healthy except for my weight. I have had my share of trauma from childhood through adulthood but I believe that I am stronger by learning to survive through all of the turmoils. I think my mother taught me at a very young age to turn to food for comfort. I was taught to clean my plate because you never know when you'll get a chance to eat again. My mother was extremely obese and that was the ultimate cause of her death at the age of 67. My biggest struggle has been to overcome this. I know that food is plentiful and wasting food on my waistline is so much worse that throwing it away.,,,it's just hard to change.

I love to exercise but find the older you get, the harder it is. I have tried to become a runner but my feet will not allow. I do as much walking as I can and try to make every effort to do at least 30 minutes of cardio/strength training on weekdays. My biggest struggle is food. I eat too much and make too many bad choices. My plan is to eat healthy by trying to stick to a clean diet.

I am happily married for over 30 years. We are blessed with two wonderful daughters who have graduated college and are working hard in their "big girl" jobs. I thank God everyday for my blessings and pray for strength and guidance to make this world a better place for all.

Member Since: 7/27/2009

Fitness Minutes: 27,201

My Goals:
I really need to put more focus on myself and getting into shape. I have to feel better about myself and be able to look at myself in pictures without wanting to cry.

Goal 1 - lose 10 lbs
Take it one baby step at a time adding a goal after each is met

Ultimate Goal: feel comfortable in my own skin.

My Program:
Incorporate exercise in everyday activities as much as possible
Eat 6 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day
Limit sweets - and eat clean
Drink at least 10 glasses of water each day
Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

Personal Information:
My name is April and I have been married to my loving husband for over 30 years. We have two beautiful daughters. We live in the country on a few acres of land with our dogs who love to run and explore.

Other Information:
I love exercise and feel great when I've accomplished a challenge.
My biggest challenge is eating. I'm not a binge eater but I have a hard time staying on track. It's too easy for me to eat out with friends or family and fall back into the same routine that got me into this shape. I'm trying very hard to limit portions and make healthy choices.

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    Thank you SO much for stopping by my last few blogs. I know you know the feeling of sudden and great loss. Your sweet words gave me great comfort...thank you my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    10 days ago
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    emoticon Thanks for the support on my weight loss journey! emoticon

    17 days ago
    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for that fabulous massage sweetie pie! I love it and am so thankful that I have such a wonderful friend like you that would treat me to one!

    I hope you are doing well...I'm counting calories....AGAIN. We'll see how that works out.

    I am trying to find the time to go get a bunch of blood work done so I can check my thyroid and get started on bio-identical hormone therapy. I was going to do it a long time ago but we got too busy at work.

    I'm hoping if I can get my crazy hormones straightened out that I start losing some may be wishful thinking...but I'm willing to leave no stone unturned. emoticon
    37 days ago
    Happy Tuesday my friend! Long day at work today. Time really DRAGS by when we don't have many customers. I'd rather be about ANYwhere but in the shoppe on slow days.

    Hope all is good with you. I'm still on my chopped veggie kick but I know I need to move the ole body around a whole lot more.

    I have to keep the faith though and so do you my friend! Lets do our best and support each other along the way.
    38 days ago
    We stayed home...if those ying~yangs weren't polite enough to answer back my was just as well!

    I liked the movie but wasn't blown away by it...pretty run of the mill...blow em up...shoot em up...and Ben Affleck is a ho~hum actor if you ask me. Talk about a little fame going to his head..he basically seems to just walk through his roles lately. Matt Damon is SUCH a much better actor and they both came up together.
    53 days ago
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