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Alice, Patricia and Mama October 2016

I am 7 months pregnant in this picture... but its the most recent one I have.

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I guess its way past time for me to update my spark page.

I live in Africa with my four children, on a little farm way out in a remote village.

I had initially lost 125lbs when I moved to Africa, gradually, over two years, without doing anything in particular. No diet. No special exercise (but a very active lifestyle.) For a couple years, I felt great. I had two babies in that time - yes, my miracle babies, because I was told I would never be able to conceive naturally. But after the birth of my last daughter, things kind of took a down-hill turn. I started to feel not-so-good. A lot of my "old" problems, from 300+ lbs started to plague me. Migraines, muscle and joint pain, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, really low immunity... and the weight started to creep back up. I haven't been able to test myself, but I also suspect that my diabetes is "back" (after no symptoms and no high glucose readings for 4+ years). Of course I am terrified that I am going to end up right back where I started from, morbidly obese, and a ticking time-bomb with a long list of co-morbidities... and here I am in Africa with no medical support. So I came back to the place it all started for me... logged back into Spark on New Years 2017. Here we go again!

Member Since: 12/23/2009

Fitness Minutes: 9,504

My Goals:
My real goal is to get back to that place where I FEEL GOOD in my body, where I have only one chin, and I wake up in the morning feeling human. But if you want to talk NUMBERS... I am still striving for 60kgs (132lbs)

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My plan is to eat whole, unprocessed foods, eliminate sugar (especially in my beverages), eliminate wheat, and reduce other carbs over all. Eat more fruits and vegetables, drink more water. Get deliberate exercise (aside from the "functional fitness" I get working on the farm) in the form of walking and stretching to start. Eventually I think I'd like to try jogging... but I'm not there yet.

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    Thank you so much for the comment on my blog.. truly encouraging.. and motivating.. it made me remember that before I had my first baby 20 years ago, I always rode my bike and of course I did not ride when I was expecting and about 2 years after she was born then I needed to upgrade to a bike that would be able to have a child seat on the back so I put my road bike away and purchased a "normal bike" and put a child seat on it I would take her for long slow and easy rides.. those where the best rides I had.. and good exercise too.. Thanks again, have a great weekend
    1673 days ago
    Wow, that sounds so exciting living in Kenya.
    A big change indeed. You have a beautiful family.
    God bless you sweetie. emoticon
    1673 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my blog, it's nice to meet you!!! I just started getting up early last week tomorrow will complete two weeks of doing this and I feel so much better starting my day with calories burned! :) But, I totally know what you mean by not getting up early... its still an adjustment for me.
    1673 days ago
    When did you have the baby? boy or girl?
    Your first? I love babies. Congratulations.
    What state are you from? I'm a Jersey mama.
    my babies are 32, 31 and 28, I know they are older, but
    they're still my babies.

    By the way, thanks for the info on the mona lisa.
    So cute.
    love ya,
    1679 days ago
    HOPE....oh my gosh! looooooooooooooong time no hear. How in the world are you??
    1752 days ago
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