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Me and my husband with our 4th grandchild. He is wonderful and supports me in everyway!


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I am 58 years old. Weight has not always been a problem for me. In fact when I was a child and teenager and into my 20''s, I was really under weight. But, after 2 babies, a failed marriage and other life happenings, the weight piled on....a whole lot of weight. I have many health problems due to my obesity. I am definitely an emotional eater. I am married and have two grown children and two handsome, precious grandsons and two beautiful, wonderful granddaughters. My grandchildren are my inspiration. I want to live to see what they become.

Member Since: 6/22/2006

Fitness Minutes: 10,370

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I have approx 90 pounds to lose and I know the road will be hard. I also want to start exercising when I can (I have severe arthritis that limits that), but want to do what I can. I want to be healthy and not have so much pain. I am a diagnosed diabetic taking medication.

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Getting and STAYING active on SparkPeople. The staying part is the hardest for me. Since being diagnosed with diabetes, my doctor has always recommended a low carb diet to help control my blood sugars. No more than 30 carbs per day. Also my heart muscle doesn't relax....more meds. I also have severe arthritis in my knees which makes exercise difficult, but try to get out everyday and do at least some kind of exercise. I've done all of this to myself over years of being overweight. It is just not about choice any longer, it's about living or dying.

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My name is Beth. I need to make some serious changes in my life. I quit smoking 3 years ago which I'm very proud of. But, now I have this weight that I just can't seem to get motivated about and it is killing me slowly but surely.

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I like flower and cactus gardening, TV and reading. I had to stop working due to my arthritic body and depression. I never wanted to feel this bad in my 50s.

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    How awesome for you!! I'll bet you had a cheek aching smile on your face. :-D
    91 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my check-in.
    Re: the grits... think of the avocado slices resting on top of the mass of grits, as a creamy condiment. It wasn't utterly amazing or anything, but worth a try! (I like to experiment!)

    116 days ago
    So true!! LOL. I have had some celiac issues today so I may just go back to bed and rest. LOL.
    116 days ago
    You asked what I thought about the premium SP. I paid the one time fee, more because I wanted to see what Spark Coach added than to get rid of ads, they slowed down the page load, but that's about it. As to spark coach, I think if you really read a lot of the articles available here for free, you will get the same info. Maybe feeling like it is directed at you specifically will motivate you to be more involved and get more out of it. I haven't emailed a coach yet, and not likely to do that, but nice to know it's available. A one time fee of $30 seems pretty reasonable, as 1 year of monthly payments would be $60. If you go to the SparkRecipes, you still see all the ads. So for me, I am enjoying it, but not sure it will really change my journey much.
    118 days ago
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