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I've recently had a huge loss. My husband passed away from a massive heart attack. He was 43. By all appearances he was the healthy one. Especially given my weight problems. We have four amazing children, and I don't want them to have to go through the loss of a parent again for a very long time. I'm hoping SparkPeople will help me have some positive loss (of weight) for a healthier future for myself and for them. UPDATE: It's been almost a year since I lost my husband. During that time I gained some weight, some perspective, this site, and the great people here. I've also lost almost 50 pounds! I've moved slowly but surely toward a new life. I've looked ahead more than backwards, putting one baby step in front of the other. Oddly enough, one thing I didn't expect to find found me. New love. UPDATE 2: New love lost due to the distance, but I've also lost almost 25 more pounds. Life is about the good and the bad. I'm moving on. UPDATE 3: I started dating again 8 months ago and after a few months I found Joe. We've been together for about 6 months and I do believe I've found the other half of my heart :) Weight-wise I've plateaued at 89 pounds lost, and even though I want to lose more I haven't felt happier and healthier! UPDATE 4: It's been a while and I've gained a bit. Some good, some bad, some great: Joe and I got married (the great!), I got a wonderful job I love (the good), and I gained back some of the weight I lost (the bad). So, I'm back to tracking, since it's what works for me.

Member Since: 8/2/2011

Fitness Minutes: 22,407

My Goals:
I've set an initial long term goal of losing 125+ pounds. Anything else is one day at a time.

I started this journey 8/1/11 Go me!

My Program:
Goal 1 Track daily, lose 8 lbs, add fitness to daily tracking. *Goal met 8/12/11*

Goal 2 Track daily, lose 18 lbs *Met 10/20/11*

Goal 3 Track daily, lose 28 lbs *Met 11/24/11*

Goal 4 Track daily, lose 38 lbs *Met 12/31/11*

Goal 5 Track daily, lose 48 lbs *Met 2/22/12*

Goal 6 Track daily, lose 58 lbs *Met 5/6/12*

Goal 7 Track daily, lose 68 lbs total *Met 8/3/12*

Goal 8 Track daily, lose 78 lbs total *Met 11/10/12* (Hello ONEderland!)

Goal 9 Track daily, lose 88 lbs total *Met 2/14/13*

Goal 10 Now only overweight BMI! *Met 2/14/13*

Goal 11 Track daily, lose 98 lbs total

Goal 12 Track daily, lose 108 lbs total

Goal 13 Track daily, lose 118 lbs total

Goal 14 Now at healthy BMI!

Goal 15 weigh 150 lbs or less!

Personal Information:
I am an eclectic writer, mother of four, newsletter editor, education student, and amateur photographer. In my spare time I research my family's history.

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My favorite words to live by:

Live life fully while you are here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect--just an excellent example of a human being. ~Anthony Robbins

Carpe Diem.

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  • v KRYS210
    Welcome to the Teachers Learning to Lose team! Looking forward to getting to know you. Spark research has shown that people who use the threads and posts tend to lose more weight on average than those who do not. So what are you waiting for? Start posting and get your weight loss going!

    Krys + team leaders
    385 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    Happy Belated Birthday, DONE GIRL

    In Sagittarius the Sun is idealistic and optimistic. Sagittarius is the sign that espouses such high principles as universal love and world peace. As this period of the year is associated with the spirit of giving and good cheer, the Sagittarius personality is recognized for its generosity and expansive demeanor. Sag loves to buy gifts for others. Sag is ruled by Jupiter which expands, so the Sag woman can be a big spender, but she works hard and can make a lot of money. Her health area is around her hips, so she can have nerve pain, joint or groin issues. She wanted to be like her Dad, so she loves being outside, and therefore she really isn't cut out to be a Stay-at-home-Mom. She is a hard worker, but she really doesn't love doing housework. She is a Tomboy at heart and a true athlete. She can have a weight issue, since she can overeat, but she really isn't cut out to be fat as she loves to stay active. She loves animals and can work at a job with animals. She can be a college Professor or a tour guide, as she loves to travel. She is very smart. She does have a blunt mouth, so don't ask her for an opinion unless you want to hear it "straight from the horse's mouth." She never keeps a grudge but tells you to your face what she thinks.
    You are very gregarious, enthusiastic, and open, in all that you do. You have an ability to understand a broad perspective, and to see everything from a total point of view. Your foresight and an ability to visualize the big picture make matters work out well for you most of the time. Always thinking in broad abstract terms, you usually have trouble focusing on details that arise.
    In many ways you are spontaneous, but with this comes an inclination to be bluntly honest and frank, or at least, straightforward and much to the point. You never intend to hurt anyone, but the truth is all important to you, and you never hesitate to tell it like it is. Tact and restraint can be issues of concern, but you probably don't care. You are so independent. You can rarely be pushed an inch in any direction unless you decide the direction your being pushed is where you want to go.
    These blows are softened only by your warm, jovial and outgoing friendliness. Even when you stick your hoof in your mouth you can recover and show up as a winner. Often "lady luck" just smiles on you. Sagittarius has a happy-go-lucky, honest, cheerful, and ever optimistic approach to life; but then can turn right around and be so careless, restless and extravagant.
    You have a natural love of the outdoors and may develop strong enthusiasm for sports and outdoor adventure. Sagittarius is the sign most often associated with sports, and you are inclined to physical activity and active endeavors, particularly outdoors.
    Future-oriented, you rarely allow problems or setbacks to get you down for long. You put disappointment behind you and start working toward your next adventure. Never satisfied with moving along in slow lane, you want to set the pace on a grand scale. Whatever you set out to do, must be the biggest and best. You want to live life to its fullest. You can work well with anybody, accepting them for what they are. You are the natural, open-hearted extrovert, an easy person live and work with. Relying on your glibness and complete self-confidence, you are a natural in the world of selling. Still in the area of organization and perseverance you may need help from other factors in the chart. If you are like most Sagittarius natives, you can be down right irresponsible and unreliable at times. Your personality is such, however, that people don't get upset about it. It's that natural Sagittarius charm that carries you through the tough spots.
    Sagittarius is the sign of higher education. You live to expand your horizons in every possible way, wanting to see the world and experience it. You want to meet interesting people and try everything. Your curiosity is boundless and your desire for knowledge is paramount.
    673 days ago
    emoticon Happy Belated Birthday Done Girl! emoticon
    676 days ago
  • v TURTLE69
    Happy Belated Birthday Done Girl! emoticon
    676 days ago
    Happy Belated Birthday DONE Girl!!! Hope you had a GREAT day and got to spend it with those that mean the most. emoticon
    678 days ago
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