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Hi, I am 54 and on my way to a lighter version. I started at 272 as my highest weight at 5'7. I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Delmarva Peninsula--about 20 minutes from Ocean City. I am a one-on -one special ed. assistant with an autistic boy in a high school. My youngest son attends UMES, a local college. He received a full ride there---only has to pay for books and parking as long as he keeps his grades up. No problem keeping his grades up---last semester he had a 3.8 GPA.
I am now team leader for the Empty Nesters---big step for me since I am a little computer challenged. It really seems strange when my son is away---lif e really is different---sometimes good, sometimes not so good.
Tax Day, April 15, 2009---my first grandchild, Reagann Nicole LeCates was born---7 obs 10 oz., 21 inches long , at 12:50 PM. What a wonderful addition to my family---and oh, how proud my son looked holding his newborn infant in his arms---his face just beamed.
I have been meeting a lot of my Spark Friends this summer. I have done several blogs about our escapades. Hoping to meet up with a few more before the summer is over.
Update--Since I last changed this, I have been meeting with local Sparklers---and have started walking in the park on Saturdays regularly with at least one Spark friend. We have had to move into the Mall a couple of times because of the temps or weather--but we do prefer the outside.
Michael just got straight A's for this last semester. This next semester should be interesting as he takes the 2nd cooking class and only has classes on Tuesday, Wednesday , and Thursday for the upcoming semester.
OUr move to our house sure made last year a whirlwind but we have settled in nicely and enjoyed our Christmas with Reagann--the light of our lives. Onward to a New Year.
MAY 2011---WOW, being named motivator of the day is a little overwhelming----I really enjoy Spark a lot and have made so many good friends on here---some of them feel more like family than just internet buddies. And I really needed a kick in the pants to get back on track and this really helps----so you all are motivating me to get back to the basics. My dh being out of work due to surgery has really put me in a tail spin but I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel---he goes back to work on the 23----Praise God for that. I want to thank all of you Sparklers for being such a great motivation for me.
UPDATE---I am now 56---LOL---and so glad I have the energy to play and take care of my 2 and a half year old granddaughter. After going thru the crisis of losing a good friend to murder, I now realize even more the importance of friendship---whether it be in person or on the internet. Each of my friends are important to me---all of you keep me motivated , amused, entertained: giving me a reason to support you --hopefully I have helped any of you that have read my blogs or my page. I am truly blessed to by your friend.
2012 update---okay---Michael proposed to his gf---Taylar---who we already love---and today he tells me they are getting married next January-----so I have a year to get in to shape and save up the money for the wedding----so definitely got to get myself in order. I am hoping that 2012 is a much better year than 2011---my leg is starting to feel better and I am slowly building up my strength in it so that I can really get exercising again---it is amazing how much I have missed this the past 6 weeks. So onward I will go---and I will win this war---each battle will be fought--and hopefully I will win more than I lose.
2015---had a rough year in 2014 but have started to turn around the scale to the going down position---that is what I plan on working on this year. My word to concentrate on this year in Kindness---to others and to myself.

Member Since: 12/14/2007

Fitness Minutes: 169,677

My Goals:
I want to get down to 175--that's almost 100 pounds--that's like a whole person--to fit in ladies clothing--to feel better when doing things. I am getting ready to buy ladies size pants now---but the top half is not cooperating.

My Program:
I am not dieting--I am making better choices--a lifestyle change for the better---I get up at 5:30 and either walk a mile and a half, do a Leslie Samsone DVD, or the recumbant bike---after school I go to Curves 3 or 4 times a week---that way I get my metabolism reving 2X a day.

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My birthday is May 10. I am 54 years old and will be married for 31 years this May 20--I have 3 sons--29, 28, and 19. We are partial empty nesters as my youngest attends UMES, which is close enough for him to come home often. I am a special education assistant working as a one-on-one with an Autistic high schooler.

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Love to garden, read, do Sodokus, and watch HGTV and TLC. My favorite author is Dick Francis. I love Thomas Kincade pictures. I really am feeling a lot better with 60 lbs gone--I have so much more energy and slowly outgrowing my clothes--that motivates me the most. I love to decorate the outside for summer, autumn and Christmas.--We go crazy at my house decorating both the inside and outside.

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  • v TWEETYKC00
    Sending hugs and love for you all there. Hoping things can get better.
    13 days ago
    Seeing the podiatrist this morning. Hope he can do something. This is going on 3 months now and I'm gaining back the wt I lost. Depressing AND infuriating.

    Thanks for the pedi! It is very much needed. I have "winter feet".

    emoticon emoticon Sun hopefully will nourish your daffodils and put some green leaves on those bare trees soon!
    19 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/26/2018 7:13:01 AM
    Thank you for the "rainbow". Last year we actually had a double rainbow over our house. It probably would have been a good time to play the lottery. LOL

    Going to try to get an appt with a podiatrist (if they'd EVER call back!!). It's very hard to stay :up" when I can't do much of anything. I like being active. I NEED to be active.

    I hope your day is going well and you have a lot of rainbows, too. emoticon emoticon
    23 days ago
  • v PURPLE0906
    Thank you for your comment on the truck. I thought we had one truck running, then the fuel line busted. Just seems there is a black cloud over us. Someday things will get better.


    26 days ago
    Thank you for the gardening tools. I have been transplanting some container plants this week and we've been going to nurseries and Walmart (LOL) to check out plants to go around our lanai. I can't make a decision because everything looks so pretty. Pansies are fragrant but I don't think they last well in our yard.

    I hope you get an early Spring!! emoticon
    26 days ago
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