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Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa. The girls and their parents at the Field of Dreams set.

Falyn and Madisen with their dog, Molly at Easter 2016.


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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: 69,023

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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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    Hope your eye is better. When my allergies get bad, my whole eye can turn red. Then I use special otc eye drops-Zaditor for it and within a couple days it is gone. Thanks for your well wishes for my husband...he is doing good so far. Next week the results should be in on the biopsy. Glad you use sure was a wake up call to he is wearing long sleeve shirts & gloves when mowing. We bought all new sunscreens too.
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    Looks like your weather will be improving this coming week! Ours is starting to get hotter again. We had such a gorgeous week last week, except for the tornado that hit 50 miles south of us. We just got an inch of rain with that storm, intense lightning and 40 mph winds. Have a good week! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Thank you for the goodie! Hope that snow doesn't stay around too long! I remember the 13 inches we got in April in Ohio melted pretty quick, like in a couple days! Have a good week. Drive safe! emoticon
    210 days ago
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    Glad you liked the dancing flamingo pic! How your been? Was the weekend fun with the GD visit? Have an awesome week and bet you are happy spring is here...warmer weather on the horizon!! emoticon
    217 days ago
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    He conquers who endures. ~Persius

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