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Hi, I'm Spirit!
After Roux N Y gastric bypass surgery in 2008, I sped 150 lbs, 95% of the weight I had to lose then gradually put it all back on again because of emotional eating and lack of movement.
Technically, I'm morbidly obese and malnourished as well. And I've had two back surgeries with have disabled me. Thank goodness for yoga, qi gong, aquatic, and chair exercises.
Also I take several medications that make it challenging to lose weight. And ...
Hi, I'm Spirit!
After Roux N Y gastric bypass surgery in 2008, I sped 150 lbs, 95% of the weight I had to lose then gradually put it all back on again because of emotional eating and lack of movement.
Technically, I'm morbidly obese and malnourished as well. And I've had two back surgeries with have disabled me. Thank goodness for yoga, qi gong, aquatic, and chair exercises.
Also I take several medications that make it challenging to lose weight. And I comfort myself with food when unable to sleep as well as to try to energize myself.
I am a survivor, just a giant, economy size survivor! And as my body and mind come into better focus, I will find more joy and reach more dreams. Theoretically to tangibly.
My life is exhilarating, and I am so thankful to be alive. I am a published writer of a children's book, a photographer, a Reiki master, an award-winning poet, and a Florida Gator with a master's degree! I taught elementary and middle-school children for 33 years in public, private, and laboratory schools. Best of all, I have two loving sons who really care about me. And I have a new daughter-in-law and baby grand daughter!
Although it seems difficult sometimes, why give up?! Little by little, life moves on, and change is made. I am getting fit for life!
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Member Since: 4/24/2012

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My Goals:
to improve balance

to increase energy

to develop healthy ways to handle stress, boredom, anger, and loneliness

to find fun ways to exercise

to enjoy healthy eating

to decrease medical bills & prescriptions

to contribute

to increase longevity.









My Program:
Phase one:

to sign in to Sparkpeople 3-5 x/wk.

to eat 1200-1500 c. a day;

to measure proportions;

to eat 5 fruits & veggies a day:

to eat no less than 60 gmas. protein a day;

Phase Two:
to reduce my nighttime eating by one day a week;

to interrupt binge eating with healthy substitute foods;

to reduce stress by 20% in healthy ways;

to write a blog when I feel worried or stressed at least 3 times a week.

Phase Three:
to receive clearance to exercise;

to exercise 10 min./day;

to attend a yoga/qi gong/aquatics class 1-3x/wk.;

Phase Four:

to volunteer with children or animals;

to publish another book;

to practice public speaking;

to sing with a new band;

to try improv;

to travel
Glacier Park
Crater Lake
Devil's Mountain
Alaska
Scotland
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Personal Information:
military brat
retired teacher
mother
grandmother
animal-lover
tree-hugger
family geneologist
poet
children's book writer
amateur photographer
Reiki Master
knitting, crocheting,
embroidery
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I live in Colorado
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Cheyenne, Wy,
E of Boulder on
The Front Range by
Rocky Mountain Nat'l
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"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."





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BEWELL48
11/24/2012 6:33:42 PM

Stopping by to say hello! Hope you are feeling okay and keeping some balance in your life! Be Well from bewell48!
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KALANTHA
11/22/2012 2:26:49 PM

Thanksgiving – All In A Word

Author: Unknown

T for time to be together
Turkey, talk and tangy weather.
H for harvest stored away
Home, and hearth and holiday.
A for autumn’s frosty art,
And abundance in the heart.
N for neighbors and November,
Nice things, new things to remember.
K for kitchen, kettle’s croon.
Kith and kin expected soon.
S for sizzles, sights and sounds,
And something special that abounds.
That spells THANKS – for joy in living
And a jolly good Thanksgiving!

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KALANTHA
11/15/2012 6:34:19 PM

Just a line to keep in touch
Because you are on my mind so much
And even though, I’ve nothing to say
You’ll know I thought of you today!

Have a Sparkly day!!!

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KALANTHA
11/10/2012 11:24:49 PM

Yes, you CAN do this!

Yes, you ARE strong enough!

No, it's NOT an option to quit!

KEEP MOVING!!!

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KALANTHA
11/4/2012 9:49:40 PM

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." (Albert Schweitzer)

Thank you for being my SparkPal and experiencing this adventure with me. You support means more to me than you'll ever know.

Kath
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