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I've been a member of Spark people for a few years, and have not done anything much with it until the BLC23 Challenge which I'm glad to be a part of. I live in the Seattle area with my husband, adult son who just graduated from UW, and a wonderful and very eloquent fluffy black cat. I have two other grown kids, and two grandsons.

I've been very overweight for a very long time, and have felt pretty out of control of my life over that. As of last winter I weighed 271-275 pounds. Yes, many years of denial and overeating! And thyroid problems.

This summer (2013) we rebuilt a shed and it was such an incredible feat for me to even be on my feet for 20 minutes at a time. whew. I did lose 10 pounds during the shed project, and trying to do construction work, over several months, really put me in touch with my physical limitations. Not just being fat, I was so out of shape everything hurt. Stand up for 2 minutes=pain. Touch my arm even lightly= pain. I would say I was flying down a slippery slope to permanent disability.

August 18th, 2013 I woke up and told my husband "we need to go on a diet and exercise program and get healthier. " He said great, let's do that, and we've been doing it ever since-- almost 2 months. I'm determined to get back to my much happier pre-pregnancy weight of 130, within a year. So far I've only lost 16 pounds, but it has helped very much, mostly that I now know I CAN lose weight, and how to do it! It is all written down in my notebook. Lots more to burn. My constant pain has improved or rather, diminished!

Quitting sugar has been the most important thing for me to control my food because I have binge eating disorder which seems to be fueled by unstable blood sugar levels. I also cut way way back on fat, trying for a 10% fat diet but usually it is between 15-20%. I'm keeping a diet log, constantly, and trying for 1500 cal/day. Am walking as much as I can despite a lot of foot from toe to heel, and arch, pain.

I have more dreams than accomplishments, and have let my weight and poor self-esteem over that (probably over other things too, but being 150 pounds overweight was a really convenient excuse!) stop me from doing many things. I hope to do a lot more things in my life. I am an aspiring sailor, boat builder, mechanic, home builder, fisher, hiker, backpacker and camper.

I do make great homemade soap, have been an amateur herbalist for decades, and am told I give great massages. I have a community garden plot that produces unbelievable amounts of organic produce in spite of me. ;) I sew, although I haven't been inspired to sew clothes for myself since I got fat. Halloween is my all time favorite holiday even though I don't always make costumes. I recently started knitting, but am not very good at it but people still seem to love getting hats and socks.

I believe in the importance of Truth and the search for it, however elusive, kindness, charity(love), preserving nature, human freedom and rights, the rule of law (versus corruption), liberty, and personal property ownership (versus the belief that the greatest warlord owns everything and can parcel it out as he/she likes) I also believe everyone has the right to the sanctity of their own thoughts and beliefs, as long as they are not harming anyone else.

I picked my name Pi n sky because losing weight always seemed like a "pie in the sky" dream. I hope to change my
name someday.

Member Since: 10/31/2009

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  • v KATI5668 your comment on the team page about thinking of leaving.
    I been there..& close to doing that...but all I would ask is give this go round a complete ride. If at the end of this session you decide it is not for you..then you can walk away head high knowing you did your best & figured it just isn't a good fit!
    It is at times discouraging to try to keep up with it all..
    Do you use the food tracker & the exercise tracker here on SP?
    I found that without it (during break) I did not pay as close attention to what I ate. My activity stayed about the same..but without the challenges I tended to not give it that extra lil boost!

    No matter what your got to do what is right for you.
    However I do hope you will hang out & hang on for the next 6 weeks . Let me know if in anyway I can be a helping hand or just a shoulder to vent on!!

    We are all here for each other..but in the long run we are indeed
    here for ourselves. We are doing this for a better life..a more enjoyable life..a healthier life. & I know .. emoticon

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    1569 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/2/2013 8:28:52 PM
    Thanks so much for adding me.... I've added you right back! oh and sis? I hear ya on the plantar fasciitis! OUCH
    1581 days ago
  • v TURTLE69
    Welcome to Plantar Fasciitis Team! emoticon Feel free to add me as a friend. If you need any support or just someone to talk with, give me a holler.


    1584 days ago
  • v COOLMAMA11
    emoticon Hi Nicole, you can delete your post, just go to the bottom of the post where it says edit your post, click, when it opens just click on end of message and keep backspace button down till message is all erased, then go to emoticons and place an emoticon in the box, if you don't do that the message will repost. Good luck if you have a problem let me know!
    1591 days ago
  • v KATI5668
    the whole thing your best...don't worry about the rest!

    Like Jane said..participation not perfection!

    each of us is just doing what we can when we can & thas all anyone can ask!

    Good Job..pat yourself on the back & dig in for the weekend challenge..

    This one is an easy one!

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    1605 days ago
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