my grad from teachers college in Buffalo in 2006 - I hate this picture!!! I look huge - a reminder!!

a family collage - my pets, kids, hubby, brothers, mum, dad and their partners

somewhere inside all of us is a super hero trying to get out!


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I am a 42 year old mother of two. I have been obese for more then half my life now and do not want to be fat anymore. My biggest problem is that I am looking at losing over 100 lbs and it is imtimidating. I have a hard time getting started and staying motivated.
My nickname comes from the fact that I am a part time potter. I sling clay!!! I haven't done much of it in the past couple of years because I went back to school to get my teaching degree and am now intent on finding a job - no luck yet! =o(

EDIT (Sept. 20th): I am currently working as a kindergarten teacher 30 minutes from home in a county school. I have 2 classes of 21 and 23 kids coming every other day, all day. The position is only for a year as I am covering a maternity leave.
EDIT (Sept. 2007): I completed that maternity leave and left the school very sad as I had made some great friends and met some great kids. This year I am covering a sick leave for someone and am in a school within London. Higher needs and a different position - I am looking forward to it. I am also looking forward to starting with Spark People all over again! I have managed to keep off 25 of the 45 I lost last summer.

Member Since: 7/6/2006

Fitness Minutes: 490

My Goals:
I want to get and stay motivated. The weight is one obstacle but being healthy and able to move without pain is my number one goal. I want to be able to have fun with my family at the water parks, amusements parks and playing sports. My kids have only ever known a fat mother.

My Program:
As of right now - trying to stay motivated. Trying to DO what I need to in order to get started.

I am NOT weighing and measuring, I am aware of how big 4 oz is or one cup. If anything I am cheating myself and not eating enough but if I start using a scale and measuring cups etc. I set myself up for failure. I HATE dieting so I need to change what I am doing without making it seem that I am on a diet.

Personal Information:
I live in London Ontario and am a supply teacher for our local school board after working for 5 years as a teacher's assistant (educational assistant).

I am a potter part time which is where I get the name Clayslinger.
My children and I also do living history and re-enact the war of 1812. I sell my pots at 1812 events as a sutler.

I have a daughter 15 and a son 10 and have been married for 21 years this year (2009) but we've been together for 27 years - over half my life!

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My personal philosophy:

KISS keep it simple stupid

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
(cause in 100 years it ain't gonna matter anyway)

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    Hey there! Just stopping by to say hi, hope you're doing well! :)
    2694 days ago
  • v ANGELBABE155
    Girl I am sooo glad to see you on here again! I hope that you are doing well and that you will find success as I have! I am doing GREAT! I have never been this happy in my entire life! I have started loving myself again and the weight is coming off! I also have a new love interest and he is terrific! Things are finally starting to look up for me! Keep in touch hun! I want to see you start loving yourself too and watch the weight fall off ya! Love you!
    3165 days ago
    Hi! thanks for dropping by my page. Yes, the profile pics look familiar. Oddly enough my name on every other site I go to is "pottermom" and for some reason I didn't use it here.... go figure.

    I'm always willing to sling clay but am stuck with handbuilding right now as I just had shoulder surgery. Hopefully in a month I'll be back at the wheel!

    Here's to slinging/throwing that weight away!
    3696 days ago
  • v F8CONE8
    Hey Clayslinger! I just love your name, i have slung a pot for awhile but I am with you in the studio in spirit. Glad you are part of the Artist Spark. Keep up the good work. Carol
    3698 days ago
    Welcom back to the group! You were greatly missed and I am so happy that you are back. I look forward to reading your posts. Be sure to check out the end of the year challenge that we have going on.

    Again, welcome back to Spark!!

    3827 days ago
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