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I have had a weight problem ever since I was a child. I remember how focused my family was on it. When I was in fifth grade, I met a pediatrician who got me a diet I could manage myself and I became pretty empowered and lost a great deal of weight. When I went to college, when most people gain weight I lost and kept it off pretty well until after my first child. About the age of 40, I mentally became tired and threw in the towel. Unfortunately the pounds started to sneak up on me. At 55 I got on the scale and realized I could be considered obese. Also my blood pressure was up and my liver enzymes and my calcium levels were out of whack. I knew I had to gain control again, or I won't be able to enjoy my grandchildren.

I been with Spark People for just over five years now. I am not where I want to be but my doctors have seen a radical improvement in all the things that were going bad. I had a very emotional year a while ago and gained back a good chunk of what I lost. I try not to dwell on that. I am still working toward my goal weight but enjoying life as it comes. I appreciate all the support that I have received from my Spark Friends and am committed to keep at it.

Member Since: 1/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 77,989

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I hope to walk each day.

I want to drink 64 oz. of water each day.

I want to write a journal.

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I am using the food tracker almost daily and have put Spark People on my work as well as my home computer. I have decided to watch my portions as trying to fix two different meals at meal time isn't going to work. Most of all I am making a commitment to get up and exercise.

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I am a school teacher from rural southeastern South Dakota. I have taught all my working life, except for the six years where I worked with handicapped adults. I have been married for 35 years. have two children and two grandchildren, and one very spoiled pug dog.

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I love classical music, mystery novels, photography, sewing, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and a job well done....

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  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Did you get to see any of the eclipse today? We saw the partial here. Was really cool to see it through the special glasses. Hope you are doing good these days! I am finally over my sinus/respiratory infection and now Bob has it! Sigh.
    Have a good week! Glad you liked the sunset pic! Thanks! emoticon
    1 day ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    That was so nice of you to say I have a gift with my photo taking. Glad you liked the sunset. I think the sunsets where we go are the best we have ever seen! My fave thing to take photos of! Hope your weekend was good! Ours was busy, but fun, now I am super tired. emoticon
    Have a good week! Keep up that tunnel walking! emoticon
    30 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Let me know how the biopsy went and when you get the results. Just saw your comment on the I am thinking of you. Hoping all will be ok. emoticon
    42 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    That's good you made sure Bella and Capone got along. When we got our second dog, we didn't know is they would get along. They did and when the young one acted up, even though he was 3 times the size of her, she would do a body slam to the ground and growled at him! It was hilarious how he behaved after that! Dogs have a funny way of communicating with each other. I think Bella rolling her eyes, so to speak, is one indication of that. Sounds cute!
    Now you have two dogs to keep you active! emoticon emoticon
    43 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    How does Bella feel about Capone being there? Bet that is interesting! I commented on the pic...glad to see you posted one of Capone...good name by the way!
    Be careful with those big, strong dogs! My Australian Shepard was 75 pounds full grown and he pulled my back out a couple times going after bunny rabbits while on the leash! emoticon I trained him, but those animals that would come into our yard, he couldn't abide by that! Showed me how not well trained he was after all. UGH.
    With two dogs, that should give you more exercise! emoticon emoticon
    48 days ago
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