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I'm a 62 year old native New Yorker who has spent the last 40+ years in Ks by choice. In 2001, I joined the YMCA to use the pool for exercise. My knees needed replaced and I was at 250 plus Lbs. (not sure what I was at my heaviest) A good friend introduced me to Water aerobics and I was hooked. Just doing the exercise, I lost 30 lbs. in a few months. .... But didn't altered eating habits and suddenly was at a stand still. It took me another year to get myself in gear to change my nutrition choices and quit fooling myself that the exercise only would do the trick. I just could not admit that compulsive overeating was an eating disorder.

In the fall of 2002, I started making changes and slowly I lost another 50 lbs. Over the next few years, I'd make a stab at getting down to a really healthy goal weight but I didn't have the motivation or inspiration to do it. Chronic health issues were usually the excuse. I am an emotional eater who can't say no to people's requests and pile the stress on myself.

Last year something clicked. I prayed for guidance. Suddenly I began to see myself as a competent and strong woman who was ready to take charge of her life instead of letting my compulsive eating run my life.
I had a blip on my goal the last few months because of what I thought was a personal loss. I'd forgotten that I was that strong woman who really had found herself and I wasn't going to let anyone's negativity put me down. Still haven't made it under 150 lbs. but it is now going in the right direction. Your support is so appreciated! Thank you Spark Friends!

Member Since: 7/14/2009

Fitness Minutes: 12,576

My Goals:
Complete a mini=triahtlon (May 1, 2010) Done!
Participate in at least two Triathlons (Minis) every year.
Kayak the Orcas Islands, Puget Sound.
Bike Across Kansas 2011

My Program:
I exercise 6 days per week. Some days its just a leisurely walk but at least 6x per week, water Aerobics, 3x per week free weights and biking or running. Love to work in the garden...Kayaking when the weather permits.

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I live In Kansas, small town, not very far from our capital city. Married for 17 years to my wonderful LarryKIds and grands. High school teacher in Topeka..

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"There is no expiration date on fun."

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    2488 days ago
    Happy New Year to you! Brightest blessings for 2011 to be the happiest & healthiest year EVER! I'm so glad that we're SPARK FRIENDS & that we're on this journey to better health & happiness together!
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    2511 days ago
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    Bright blessings to you & yours for the happiest of holidays ever!
    Love, Dawn

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    2519 days ago
    Merry September & Happy Labor Day! I hope that you're enjoying the holiday with lots of fun & fitness with family & friends. I've found that SMILES are contagious. I am trying to start an epidemic. Here's a smile to brighten your day. Thanks for being my spark friend and for being on the journey to better health & fitness with me. Bright blessings to you! Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2630 days ago
    Thank you so much for the crown. I celebrated the day hiking with my dog Kali and being so happy that I am feeling better than ever!

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