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Gypsy... one of my adopted "furry kids"... Rottie-Lab mix... real sweetheart!

my 2 kitty kids... Lucy and Oreo, both adopted


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Welcome to my page...I may be a choclaholic, but I'm determined to lose weight and get in better shape with the help of SparkPeople.

Visit my photo gallery to help you get to know me and my "furry kids" (all are rescued pets who "adopted me" at the local animal shelters ).

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Member Since: 3/4/2007

Fitness Minutes: 31,945

My Goals:
Lose a total of 60 pounds.

Have lost 20 pounds so far since joining Sparks. (Feb 2013 started weight "ticker" at current weight after that first 20 pound loss to "reboot" dieting incentive)

Get in shape for some hiking and backpacking trips both locally and to some of our National Parks. (Plus I just need to lose those pounds, trips or no trips!)

Give away all my "fat" clothes, never to be worn again!

My Program:
Follow a heart-healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and veggies... keep track of what I'm eating, stop the late night "tv snacks" of junk food.

Exercising: Minimum of 60 min. exercising per day at least 5 days a week by walking outside if the weather permits...adding a bit more distance and time each week. (Want to work up to a week long backpacking trip this summer)

Personal Information:
Live "out in the country", retired school teacher, ....I never used to have to worry about my weight, but several years ago I was diagnosed with thyroid disease and due to treatment and the medications for that I quickly packed on 60 pounds that I just can't seem to lose, no matter how hard I try.... Next I completed chemo for two battles with cancer, & the drugs used also caused weight gain :-( Recently, I had knee sugery for total knee replacement of both knees, But that was a "good thing" because now I'm able to do more hiking, backpacking, and kayaking among other outdoor activities that I love!

I enjoy outdoor activities: scuba diving, kayaking, hiking and camping, gardening, cross country skiing, snowshoeing,
...anything "outdoorsy"

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  • v KELPIE57
    Thank Choc, for reading and commenting and just being there. It helps. And I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers too.
    454 days ago
    emoticon -26 degrees??? Are you figgin' kidding me? Oh my gosh, I would die in that! I know you are accustomed to the cold.... but I worry about you!!! Good Grief, and I complain when it's 50!!
    Take good care- and WARM UP SOON!! emoticon
    ***SNOW*** (brrrrrrrr) emoticon
    1099 days ago
    It's a new week and I know you can get back on track!
    1102 days ago
    Oh my goodness, you're so fantastic! A spa visit is EXACTLY what this body needs! Thank you so much, Choc. Have a great day! HUGS!
    1138 days ago
    You are an extremely awesome woman...... I do esteem you and your courage to tackle whatever life throws at you...(even a "curve ball".)
    Thanks for your words and thoughts for my friend, you are a good source of support through your own successful experiences!
    Love u, ***SNOW*** emoticon
    1209 days ago
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