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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: 159,355

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.

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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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    Good morning!
    The ONLY exercise I'm allowed is walking which I do 2-3 times a day. Yesterday I did over 11,000 steps, but MY body has to have wt machines and strength exercises or my thighs spread out. Unfortunately, it takes only 2 wks for them to make my pants very tight again. I don't gain wt but I gain inches almost over night. After a month at the gym, my pants were loose, etc and I was SOOOO happy. Then came the fall. I can't do anything that would increase pressure in the facial area because my eye socket and maxillary bones are broken. I see the Facial/Maxillary doc on Wed. Cross your fingers!
    I hope you're having a good week! emoticon
    41 days ago
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    Thanks for adding me, friend!!!
    43 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my photo and for the spark goodie. I hope you are having a fun long weekend.
    48 days ago
    Your Sparkgoodie made me laugh out loud! Ah well, now I have my Christmas tree sorted! emoticon
    Thank you for your kind comment and your question on my blog... It was a home actually, not a governement building. There are LOTS of flags everywhere there, mostly American and French, sometimes also British and Canadian, especially in the areas liberated by the British and Canadian troops, further East.
    So true what you are saying about not letting someone like Hitler having power again!!!
    58 days ago
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