Ok, it is August 6 2009 and I am starting over. I had managed to get my self down to 316 a couple months ago, but weighing my self today I find that I am at 330. Of course I weighed my self in the afternoon so I guess I could take a pound or two off, but we will leave it at 330 for now. I have taken some before pictures so that I can get an idea of what I really look like, and I have some old photos of what I would like to look like again.
HI, I am Paula, I am 47 and I am a foodaholic. When I get stressed, I eat, the problem is, then it causes more stress so the cycle goes.
I appreciate all the encouragement that I have received since I started with SP, it is just what the Dr ordered. I think that with the help and encouragement I can lose this weight and get back to a decent stage in my life where I am happy and healthy.
I love animals, hiking, photography, painting, carving and when I had my house I did all the remodeling in it including rewiring it. I love to keep busy and love to see the results of my efforts. I am hoping that as I work on this most important project, that I can see the progress and appreciate where I am going with this journey. I look forward to meeting and getting to know new people and I am excited about being able to be of support as well as be supported by all you who I meet.
I would like to lose about 175 lbs and be more physically active. I plan on decreasing my intake of food and increasing my activity level so that I don't feel so tired after a little bit of walking or what have you.
I am working on decreasing my food intake and choosing better foods to eat. I am a junk food junky and though I had managed to put away most of that stuff for a couple months I got discouraged and started back into my old habits which caused a weight gain of 14 lbs. I plan on getting back to better food choices again and continuing to work at walking for longer periods of time.
I grew up in Colorado, lived in Va for 10 years working with horses, Lived in Alabama for a year teaching in a christian school, back to Co to work on hog farms and then I now live in Maine where I am a student at UMO and I also help my ailing father and his wife.
I enjoy painting wildlife, carving and photography but because of my physical condition with my back, going out onto the trails to photograph things can be difficult, but I am hoping that as I lose this weight and get more active then I will be able to once again take up hiking and camping which I truly loved when I was younger.
I have been single now for 17 years, raising my daughter on my own, there has been good times and bad times but we are a stronger team because of it. My daughter is a terrific kid for a teenager, she is not really that rebellious like a lot of kids her age, she is actually more grown up than some 20 year olds and I am very proud of her for her accomplishments.
My daughter and I really enjoy watching horror flicks, and I like real life stories as well. I love animal stories like Shergar and such, of course I love horses. I use to be a brood mare manager and was there when all the foals were born, and I had the wonderful opportunity to work with them and ground train them, getting them ready for saddle training. I had over 100 head of horses I was in charge of and it was a great job, I really miss working with the horses.
My last six years has been spent helping my ailing father and his wife and going to school, I am interested in helping people in a therapy setting. I suffer from Bipolar Effective disorder as well as sever depression (which is very well treated at this time with meds) and feel that I can bring a lot of empathy and understanding into a session with others who are struggling. I have been where they are and understand how they feel.
if anyone of my friends wishes to e-mail me personaly you can e-mail me at
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Happy Happy Birthday, Spark Friend Dear
Happy things will come to you all year
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A Happy Happy Birthday to YOU from me!
Have a sparkling happy birthday! Love, Dawn
1798 days ago
Count your life by smiles, not tears.
Count your age by friends, not years.
Happy Birthday, and may all the wishes and dreams you dream today turn to reality.
1798 days ago
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAULA!!!!! ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL DAY!!
1798 days ago
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1799 days ago
When we feel the satisfaction of accomplishment we are motivated to take on new challenges. Knowing that the attention and resources we’ve channeled into a certain goal have brought us success gives us the confidence we need to take on more responsibilities. We also have a greater understanding of our own personal strengths, and that knowledge enables us to make good choices about the plans we make, the tasks we take on, and the new goals we wish to set for ourselves. We are ushered along by the momentum of our own success, and greater success naturally manifests as a result. Use today’s accomplishments to fuel you into action by taking on more endeavors, and you will enjoy still greater achievements.
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