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***May 12, 2016***
It's been over six years since I was introduced to Spark People. I have met some pretty awesome (cyber) friends whose support is remarkable. I'm just not at all where I want to be with my weight. I lost 20 pounds the first year but since then, I have yo-yo'd up and down gaining all that back plus another 20. I've tried multiple ways to make a plan and stick to it but I seem to keep falling back into my old habits.

I was a skinny child....too skinny. I think this may have been due to the fact that we were very poor and food was not always available. I 'm not making excuses...just trying to pin-point where I went wrong. I have battled with my weight my entire adult life. I slowly started gaining when I was a senior in high school. When I saw myself in a picture wearing a bathing suit, I vowed to do something about the 40 pounds I had gained in the 4 years following high school. I found success by joining a gym with a friend; drinking plenty of water and a diet consisting mostly of Lean Cuisine frozen meals.

I can hardly stomach pre-packaged frozen meals any longer. My grandmother was my rock and savior during my horrible childhood. In the last few years of her life, she pretty much lived on frozen meals and ended up contracting stomach cancer. I believe that it was mostly due to those Banquet Dinners that she ate because they were cheap. She was blessed to have lived 97 years, 4 months and 10 days on this Earth spreading her wisdom and love onto others and I do miss her dearly.

Overall, I am healthy except for my weight. I have had my share of trauma from childhood through adulthood but I believe that I am stronger by learning to survive through all of the turmoils. I think my mother taught me at a very young age to turn to food for comfort. I was taught to clean my plate because you never know when you'll get a chance to eat again. My mother was extremely obese and that was the ultimate cause of her death at the age of 67. My biggest struggle has been to overcome this. I know that food is plentiful and wasting food on my waistline is so much worse that throwing it away.,,,it's just hard to change.

I love to exercise but find the older you get, the harder it is. I have tried to become a runner but my feet will not allow. I do as much walking as I can and try to make every effort to do at least 30 minutes of cardio/strength training on weekdays. My biggest struggle is food. I eat too much and make too many bad choices. My plan is to eat healthy by trying to stick to a clean diet.

I am happily married for over 30 years. We are blessed with two wonderful daughters who have graduated college and are working hard in their "big girl" jobs. I thank God everyday for my blessings and pray for strength and guidance to make this world a better place for all.

Member Since: 7/27/2009

Fitness Minutes: 28,746

My Goals:
I really need to put more focus on myself and getting into shape. I have to feel better about myself and be able to look at myself in pictures without wanting to cry.

Goal 1 - lose 10 lbs
Take it one baby step at a time adding a goal after each is met

Ultimate Goal: feel comfortable in my own skin.

My Program:
Incorporate exercise in everyday activities as much as possible
Eat 6 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day
Limit sweets - and eat clean
Drink at least 10 glasses of water each day
Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

Personal Information:
My name is April and I have been married to my loving husband for over 30 years. We have two beautiful daughters. We live in the country on a few acres of land with our dogs who love to run and explore.

Other Information:
I love exercise and feel great when I've accomplished a challenge.
My biggest challenge is eating. I'm not a binge eater but I have a hard time staying on track. It's too easy for me to eat out with friends or family and fall back into the same routine that got me into this shape. I'm trying very hard to limit portions and make healthy choices.

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    Wowie...I am SO lucky to have you for a wonderful and supportive friend! That cleaning service is SO appreciated. When we had the big construction business we had a cleaning service...but the funny thing is my hubby told me I cleaned before the cleaners came...I was always picking up stuff...I think that is the least you can do so they can just jump in and just's hard to clean with clutter around heh..heh!

    So how is everything in your neck of Spark~s~ville? We are busy with customers but sales are really down. I'm a little discouraged about the whole retail business model right now...all sales are seeming to go out of the brick and mortar stores and on-line. I keep trying to think of something I can do on-line...thinking cap officially on!!
    4 hours ago
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    C'mon! Stay active on your teams! SHOW ME your commitment to yourself!
    4 days ago
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    As women, we face challenges with weight loss that men don't have to worry about; like varying hormone types and levels that cause fat to store differently on our bodies ... and that makes it more challenging to get rid of.
    Fat tends to settle on our hips, thighs, and can even cause belly fat. We have to endure monthly cycles, not to mention the water retention and bloating that comes along with it ... all of which affect our ability to lose weight.
    Women like us have a tendency to carry more overall body fat than men because we have a higher percentage of fat storing hormones.

    Even though these are the elements we must endure----NEVER GIVE UP!
    7 days ago
    Have a healthy day!
    9 days ago
    Wowsa...thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for that fabulous dinner my friend! You are the sweetest of the sweet of my sparkling friends! I hope our 2017 is the best EVER! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    10 days ago
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