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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
    We decided to see the new Pirates Movie instead of Wonder Woman. What a fantastic movie! Best one of all of them we thought! Have a good week...hated to see our vacation end !
    Hope you are staying cool emoticon emoticon
    72 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Hope you enjoy your much deserved time off from school! How you doing? How is the weather up there? Hopefully not as hot as it is here! Have a good day! emoticon
    84 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon for being happy for us. Sure was a huge relief to hear his heart is ok. After having stents put in two arteries 7 years ago, it was worrisome.
    Sounds like you had a nice dinner out too! They have several restaurants there on that lake in the pic I posted. So crowded, long waits to get in there. I saw a pic online of the place you talked about...such a pretty view of the river. They even had sunset pics on the page for the guide and fishing service of Allen's. Hope your weather is much better! Looks like ours is getting ready to really get hot next week. Too soon for me! I like the mid 70's we've been having! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! emoticon

    150 days ago
  • v MSLZZY
    How is the basement project coming along?
    153 days ago
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