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I am coming back to Spark People after 4 years. I divorced and moved and have been living a very sedintary lifestyle.
I am an American living in Pakistan for the past 18 years. I have 4 children and work as a primary school teacher. I've struggled with weight all my life, going up and down as long as I can remember. My highest weight was 286 pounds, lowest adult weight, 157. 5 years ago I took a drastic step, having a gastric bypass surgery. I had great hopes that it would work, however, I had it done here in Pakistan with a doctor who wasn't so familiar with the procedure. I lost 50 pounds immediately, but have gradually gained most of it back. Furthermore, my weight has shifted to my abdomen so I now resemble a fat chicken with skinny legs. So that's why I'm getting started...again.

Member Since: 6/9/2008

My Goals:
My goals are to lose 60-80 pounds that are hanging on for dear life, to start getting active again by walking, swimming and doing some regular working out, and to quit smoking.

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I'm keeping track of my daily intake of food.

I'm tracking my daily amount of activity.

I'm posting daily on the message boards.

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I'm from Minnesota originally but have been living in Pakistan off and on for the past 18 years. I just past my 40th birthday. I love reading books, watching reality TV programs playing Farmville and talking to my children.

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Favorite book to date is Wuthering Heights.
Favortie movie is currently How Do You Know.
Favorite TV shows are Gray's Anatomy, Glee and Family Guy.
Favorite music is classic rock, Eagles, 80's pop and anything by Sting. I also love poetry and enjoy writing when I feel the words itching to come out.

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    1526 days ago
    Asalam'alaykum sister,

    Just saw you on the Muslim Sisters group and thought I would leave a comment. I'm also a Minnesotan and I'm of Pakistani descent! :)
    1535 days ago
    Hi, Maren :)

    How cool! Our weights and goals are very similar. We can know what each other are going through. This includes the weather issues. Heat in PK and cold in MN.

    1604 days ago
    glad to see someone from pakistan here. i was beginning to wonder if im the only one
    hope u've lost some of the weight thats been bothering you
    Are you in Karachi?
    2356 days ago
    Sorry, I have seen your comments today and glad to find SP in Pakistan, We may share our experiences in everyday life specially on HEALTH, I am an engineer in PTVC and remain mostly on tours to other places with in my country in connection with my job, thanks with the hope you shall contact me soon and share,
    2778 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/17/2009 2:20:17 AM
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