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I'm Linda.

I was an active skinny kid. When my parents separated & divorced when I was 9 or 10 years old, Mom & my 2 brothers and I moved in with Mom's parents. My brothers and I weren't allowed to leave their yard and all activity ceased. There's only so much you can do in a backyard where the whole yard is covered with rose bushes and flowers. Our days were spent sitting and shelling beans & peas from their 2 gardens.

According to my school report cards, I ...
I'm Linda.

I was an active skinny kid. When my parents separated & divorced when I was 9 or 10 years old, Mom & my 2 brothers and I moved in with Mom's parents. My brothers and I weren't allowed to leave their yard and all activity ceased. There's only so much you can do in a backyard where the whole yard is covered with rose bushes and flowers. Our days were spent sitting and shelling beans & peas from their 2 gardens.

According to my school report cards, I would gain about 5 pounds a year. I was about a size 10/12 by this time... My grandmother made all of my clothes and she was the one that put the idea in my head that I was overweight. She was constantly telling me that I was HUGE!! I wasn't.

I finally went away to college....where all the girls in my dorm suite were about the same as me. But my mind was so filled with my grandmother's comments that I visualized myself as huge like she'd told me for 8 long years. I went on every diet that my dorm mates tried. In January of one year, my roommate and I went on a 30 day fast. It worked. I lost 30 pounds and I felt great!! (but it wasn't a healthy way to lose) Guys were noticing me!! I'm not sure what weight I got down to because there wasn't a scale to weigh on.

I got married . After I got pregnant years later, I was weighed at the doctor's office--185. OMG!!! All of a sudden I felt HUGE again. After my daughter's birth, I was back into my pre-pregnancy clothes in about 5 days. I stayed that size about 2 years, then I started slowing gaining. Then the divorce came and the stress was out of my life for awhile. Finally stopped gaining after 3 years--I was up to a size 20 now. Got a job that was totally sedentary.

In the early 90s, I got down to a size 14/16. I don't know what triggered the weight gain this time. I married for the 2nd time 10 years ago. I've gained about 60 pounds. Along with the 'menopause 20' this is just not a good healthy way to be. I'm not comfortable with the way I feel any more.

I'm looking for plenty of motivation and encouragement to lose weight and if I make a few friends along the way, that's even better.

I know I need to exercise... I've got to get motivated to move again. I need to focus on me. I've never done that before. My focus has always been on doing everything for every one else in my family. I took care of my mom's parents until they both died...then I took care of one of my younger brothers until he turned 21 and moved on and out. (Mom remarried when I was 17 and had 2 more children .)

I don't know how to focus on me. Any ideas??

I have health problems that need me to focus on me.

My grown daughter is my only support.

My husband is no support at all...he likes me so big that I can't waddle away from him. Maybe a jealousy issue on his part? Hmmmm....or to justify him flirting & setting up dates with other women?

I am in this journey for me. For my life. For the grandchildren I hope my daughter will have one day.




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Member Since: 10/30/2007

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My Goals:
My goal is to lose 150 pounds. That's a fairly huge goal. I want to be able to wear the clothes I have before I give them away.



My Program:
My plan is to walk 3x a week or more. Then eventually do some work outs with weights.

Personal Information:
I'm 53 and I'd like to live quite a bit longer. I currently live in Pearl, MS. I've been married 10 years and have 1 daughter. I have a 5 year old Yorkie--I can only walk her for so long then I have carry her in the puppy pouch.

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8/12/2012 3:53:16 PM

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8/13/2010 9:01:56 AM

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Happy Birthday to You!!

Born Aug. 12, you have a creative streak that is not always fully explored or developed, but when you do decide to tap into that store of remarkable energy and vision, you almost always get results that are remarkable, memorable and quite often lasting. You are also realistic, pragmatic and businesslike in your affairs, and this provides a leg up in many of life's situations, whether routine or quite unusual. And of course, when you do have the opportunity to combine your creativity and your pragmatism, you are virtually unbeatable.

Even though you are able to play the game and do things as expected, you do tire of repeating the same things over and over again; you crave variety in all things -- even in your relationships, which is bound to create tension now and then when you and a special someone do not see eye to eye.

Hope your day was wonderful!

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