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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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  • v MISSG180
    Hills are a beast, but if you start riding you will eventually conquer them. Think of the thighs of steel you'd have!
    1662 days ago
    Hope your having a great weekend.. keep on reaching high. you can do it
    1669 days ago
    I accidentally came upon your page when I was on another Spark Friend's. So glad I did, as I love the quote about the 8th deadly sin.
    Congratulations to you and your family on the birth of your daughter. Good for you to pick up on Spark again also.
    I have dreamed of visiting Africa one day. I know the movie "Out of Africa" romanticizes it, but I would love to see those vistas and learn about the cultures first hand. I sponsor an orphan elephant at the David Sheldrick Trust and would like a visit there as well.
    I would like to add you as a Spark friend, but will wait to hear from you if that is OK with you.
    All the best from a fellow New Englander.

    1675 days ago
  • v COOP9002
    thanks for stopping by my blog. as far as the long run goes, i went about 17.5 yesterday, and am hoping to bump it up to 19 next week. with the marathon about six weeks away it's time to get serious.
    1677 days ago
    Wow. You look great. Congratulations on your accomplishment so far. Keep moving forward!!!
    1678 days ago
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