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Update to my page -- I've been away from SparkPeople for way too long. I even forget how to track things and make changes on my SparkPage. I guess you could say the highlight of my year was the major back surgery I had in April. Afterwards, I wasn't allowed to do ANYTHING for almost 4months, not even bending over when I dropped something. Between that and all the comfort foods I treated myself to, I found myself up to 189 lbs, by September. I was then given the go ahead to have physical therapy to learn exercises for strengthening my core and to ride my stationary recumbent bike. I'm proud to say I've lost 24 lbs. back as of today, so I weigh 165.1 -- almost the same as when I last was on SP. I'm back and I'm not ashamed to admit, I need help from any of my old friends who I feel like I abandoned. I wouldn't blame you if you don't want anything to do with me... but I will help you, if you help me!!


I started this program in August 2011 at 191 pounds. I was also on blood pressure medicine and Metformin (1000 mg. daily) for my type II diabetes. I wanted to lose weight, not only just to look better, but also to feel better and to help lower my blood pressure and my diabetes numbers (my A1c). I have accomplished that with the help of SparkPeople and my Spark Friends. My diabetes is better and my doctor recently took me off my Metformin, as a test to see how I do without it. (So far, so good! )My blood pressure is so much better, I'm totally off the two pills a day I was taking for it! And the best part is, I'm having fun and I've made some great new friends in the process!

I've been retired from a public library for over 6 years now and take care of my 88 year-old mother who has lived with my husband and I since her stroke in 2005. SparkPeople also has been my lifeline to the outside world, since I only get "out" two days a week, when my mother goes to Adult Day Care for Seniors.

With SparkPeople, I've found a "way of life" diet! And a healthy -- physically and mentally -- way of life as a bonus! Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'll be around here for quite a while!

Thank you SparkPeople!

�Inspiring people are vitamins for our spirits. They come in all kinds of disguises and descriptions. If you open your heart to being inspired, they will appear.� -- Sark

Member Since: 8/17/2011

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My goals are to lose weight to help with my diabetes and arthritis. I'd also like to let the "skinny girl" inside me back out! :)

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I've worked my way up to 45 minutes a day on my stationary bike and lifting free weights every other day. I've also discovered the joys of Wii boxing! I need help with my upper arms, so I'm hoping the jabs will help!

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    PT sounds like a Great Start. When I had my lower back pain I went to PT and they did show me some great stretches and workouts to help with the pain.


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    754 days ago
  • v GLORYB83
    Hi Marsha, I do remember you! I'm so sorry to learn of your mother's passing and also your husband's father. Such a sad time the summer would have been for you and hubby!

    Good to see you again and maybe now you'll be okay and able to get back on track. I know you'll get those unwanted pounds off!
    754 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/28/2014 1:22:53 PM
  • v ANDI571
    Hello there, So sorry I have been MIA for such a long time. I just haven't been on here much all summer. Thought I would check in and see how you are. Hope all is well.
    787 days ago
    I hope you are doing great! I am actually doing quite fab. I have been working out an average of 4-5 times a week, and improving my health by doing so. Woo hoo! It is funny how that works, isn't it?
    818 days ago

    You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!

    Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!

    Again, Congratulations Beautiful!
    890 days ago
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