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Angus passed away this February with canine cancer. RIP my precious pet





Meet "Opie" our Jack Russell Terrier...or should I say TERROR in stead! What a guy!





Introducing "Mya" our Shih Tzu. Sweet girl but believe me she can keep up with the rest!



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I have been with SparkPeople now since the first part of August but I didn't find the motivation to start my weight loss program until the end of September. Well you can see how well I have done thanks to the wonderful tools provided to us by the SparkPeople team and the network of friends that I have made since I started. Just to give you a little history of my life since I first lost 85 pounds about 10 years ago but gained it back and more after attending college at the age of 45. ...I was ...
I have been with SparkPeople now since the first part of August but I didn't find the motivation to start my weight loss program until the end of September. Well you can see how well I have done thanks to the wonderful tools provided to us by the SparkPeople team and the network of friends that I have made since I started. Just to give you a little history of my life since I first lost 85 pounds about 10 years ago but gained it back and more after attending college at the age of 45. ...I was going through menopause and was suffering from major anxiety and depression, and to make matters worse, my husband was diagnosed with Hep C and was told his liver was in very bad repair. He got this virus from a blood transfusion about 20 years prior to this date during a back surgery. His health failed in every aspect and at that time he was also the owner of an insulating business. He had to be put on some very harsh medical treatments to hopefully rid himself of the Hep C virus which took him down profusely over a 6 month period of time. This man is my "soul mate" and I simply just fell apart. Then to make matters worse our business failed and the person we had put in control of it was not a trustworthy person. We found out after the fact that he was collecting income without our knowledge among other underhanded dealings. Needless to say all in the same year we were forced out of business, had to file personal and business bankruptcy all while my husband was under going very heavy treatments. My depression and anxiety crescendoed into nearly a total mental breakdown. One day I walked into my work place and broke down crying and couldn't stop so I made a mad dash to my doctor at which time I was put on some medication to ease my anxiety. I gained a mountain of weight over that period of so much stress and upheaval. There is a silver lining to every dark cloud though and I have come a long way over the past two years. I have learned that material goods aren't important and life is to short to sweat the small stuff! I have also learned that the most important thing is my loving family, friends and to love myself. Today I feel much wiser and stronger and I also feel like I have found my niche with SparkPeople. I have taken control of my life now and I am more then ready to reach the goals I am striving for but I also feel like I can help others. I have been through many many ups and downs in my lifetime and for that very reason I feel I can offer people support, helpful advice and maybe a smile or a giggle to see them through the "darker side" of life. It is never to late to be proactive about life and all it offers...the good as well as the bad! I know I will attain my goals now and I have all of you to thank for my success! I will become that person that can look at,be proud of and smile at the slimmer lady in the mirror!! Thank you SparkPeople and all that I have met in my journey here thus far!!! God bless all of you!
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Member Since: 8/4/2009

SparkPoints: 16,206

Fitness Minutes: 4,472

My Goals:
my goal is measured by each pound I lose and each choice I make at a time, not putting pressure on myself like before. I am striving for steady but reasonable progress on my weight loss. Drink enough, track my eating and EXERCISE!!

My Program:
I track every thing that goes in my mouth. Drink 8 cups or more of water a day.
Cardio workout- 20 minutes on my Nordic track ski machine 5 days a week.
Strength train on my total gym 3 days a week.

Personal Information:
I am from north central Iowa. I have been happily married for 32 years. We have 4 1/2 acres full to the brim with animals ...our little chunk of heaven on earth!

Other Information:
I love my Grandson above all and looking forward to the next one that is on the way!
Animals are my main interest in life although I love fishing, camping, trap shooting...basically anything to do with being outside and enjoying nature. I have a degree in Computer Networking and love working on computers. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
~ Immanuel Kant ~

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”
~Anatole France~

"Music, the greatest good that mortals know. And all of heaven we have below"
~Joseph Addison~

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WILDHORSEANNIE
11/6/2014 12:28:50 AM

hey wake up! its update time!!

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emoticon on the "Country/Farm" Lifestyle team!



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MAJONES1225
2/4/2013 12:54:21 AM

I love the pics of your dogs.



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HEALTHYBEAR24
12/23/2012 6:26:52 PM

Hello I'm Esther and pleased to meet you. Happy Holidays.



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10/1/2012 9:09:01 PM

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