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Let me start out by being totally honest about the fact that putting myself out here in front of "the world" like this is waaay out of my comfort zone. I have literally spent my entire life trying to present myself as always in total control of any situation. How is that working for me? The answer to that is pretty clear: I will soon be 63 years old and I have at least 140 pounds to lose.

SP was suggested to me by my cardiology nurse practitioner. One of the biggest walls I have been trying to fight my way through is the belief that at my age, and with so much to lose, it's too late for me. On SP I have found that I am definitely not alone. I can't claim my mental block has magically disappeared, but now I do have hope; and I am working very hard at setting aside my "all or nothing" usual way of approaching everything in my life and accepting that daily small steps in the right direction will get me to my goals.

Unlike many, I have not had a life-long struggle with my weight. When I was married 42 years ago, I weighed 210 pounds less than I do now. My downhill slide began about15 years ago when I quit smoking at the same time a number of other, and totally unexpected, stressors hit me. Obviously I turned to food to replace the cigarettes...started gaining weight...got all stressed about the weight gain...ate even more...gained even more...

I have 3 fabulous kids who all lead healthy lives and are worried sick about me. I have 4 (soon to be 5) beautiful grandsons who have no pictures of their grandma because she won't let any be taken. I have a job I enjoy but that is a real challenge to do at times, especially when travel is required. This is not the legacy I want to leave... SO now is the time to create change.

Member Since: 7/27/2012

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My Goals:
I want to regain my health and my ability to enjoy life. I want to greatly reduce the number of medications I need to take. I want to fit into restaurant booths and airplane seats. I don't want to be an embarrassment to myself, my children, and my grandsons.

My Program:
I will track my food and activity.
I will make the changes I need to make in my habits to get the nightly rest I need.
I will learn and practice strategies to deal with stress and the mind/body connection.

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I have a passion for learning, so I do a lot of reading on the SP site and everywhere else. I love a lively, detailed discussion. I am really interested in meditation, guided imagery, and practices like qi gong and yoga.

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