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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: 79,059

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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 MSLZZY
    How is the basement project coming along?
    186 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
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    218 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    We have a mall nearby if we want to walk indoors, but like you would prefer outdoors. Even we had to cut short or not go out at all in our weather this weekend! Brrrrrrrr, windy and 50's! Yes, that seems balmy for you, but for us wimpy Floridians that is like 25 degrees to us! Next couple nights going down to the high 30's! I just can't get warm enough!
    Have a good week! Keep moving! emoticon

    238 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    I thought you worked at a school? Is it next to the hospital you walk at? It sure is nice to have that kind of place to walk inside for endless amounts of time. Only thing is I would be worried to pick up a germ! We are supposed to get a temp change of a drop of 25 degrees by end of next week. Geeze! Was really enjoying this 80 degrees right now! Hope you don't get anymore bad weather! More emoticon and warmth.
    246 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Glad you liked the flamingo pic and that is a warming thought! 5 degrees! emoticon I think now I would be a frozen block of ice if I was in that! I freeze down here when it hits 50! Crazy weather! Hope you have a good, restful weekend! Thanks for always being here and on my feed. emoticon
    282 days ago
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