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I spent years trying to lose weight. In 2010 I took my father to a doctor's appointment for a minor procedure. I was with him in recovery when he crashed. The next few weeks were literally hell. My father needed surgery, but was not healthy enough for it. Lots of prayer and tears later the surgeon finally gave him a choice, stating very plainly that there was only a 50% chance of survival. He chose the surgery, and I'm happy to report that he beat the odds and is living his second chance at life.

I realized that I could be facing what he faced one day, so my health goals shifted from "losing weight" to "caring enough about my family to care for myself." It is through this mindset that I have been able to have some success. I've also decided to choose life. My father spent about 4 seconds making his decision to face the surgery. I want to live with that kind of conviction.

Member Since: 5/31/2006

Fitness Minutes: 9,276

My Goals:
I want to be able to take the stairs to my cubicle on the sixth floor at work and not be in pain.

My Program:
While paying attention to portion sizes and types of food is a factor, I choose to focus on getting more exercise rather than obsess about food.

My choices are geared around heart health and diabetes control.

Personal Information:
I'm a paralegal working for Arkansas state government. I live and work in North Little Rock, Arkansas. I'm single and live alone in the house I bought in 2002. I've written over 40,000 words of fiction and participate in writing groups online.

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I have two pet guinea pigs, Bennie and Bingo. I got them as babies in 2006 and they're both as happy and beautiful as the day I brought them home.

I work during the week and do household chores and cooking during the weekend. I like classic hard rock, kids' shows and cartoons, and science fiction movies. I also like dramas, and am drawn to "slice of life" stories such as "Julie and Julia."

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