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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: 68,638

My Goals:
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
    Good luck with the eye-guy!
    266 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Thank you for the salad spark goodie. Our weather has taken a dive in temps, so Hot cocoa is good too right now.
    Hope you are feeling ok. Sad about your news about the student. Did you know him personally? In your school?
    Have a a good night and Thursday. emoticon
    267 days ago
    Thanks for the Spark Goodie! Happy New Year!
    271 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Oh, you will enjoy Downton's new season! Didn't know you were a fan too. I may watch it over. Like those restful Sunday evening TV watching too! Glad you are liking my photos. I sure hate to hear you are that cold now! Yikes! We are warmer this winter than ever before..record breaking temps. UGH! But, really not complaining, that is why I moved to FL. to get away from winters like you're having right now. Hang in there...spring will be here before you know it. I mean, look how fast 2105 went by! emoticon emoticon
    275 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon for the goodie and well wishes. Have a good week...going on a bit of a break. See ya later..... emoticon
    281 days ago
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