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Hi, I'm Terri J and I am:
Married 43 years to the man of my dreams--honestly!
Mother of 7, with all the children out on their own, 4 married, one engaged.
Grandmother (Nanny) to 15 (so far). Our first great grandchild is now a year old.

I've been with Spark for a long time and have lost and regained more than once. Two foot surgeries kept me from walking, which is my cardio exercise of choice and I just slowly put the weight back on--and then some. Since the surgery, I've had an ankle injury and now plantar fasciitis that makes walking for very long--or fast--painful.

I'm not giving up, though! I'm still here and staying in contact with my teams and the friends I've made here. I have learned so much about what constitutes a healthy lifestyle from Spark People that I don't think I'll ever be able to ignore my health again. I WILL get back on track and regain the ground I've lost in strength and stamina and I will re-LOSE this weight and more. I'm not in a hurry--I have the rest of my life to get it done!

Member Since: 10/29/2008

My Goals:
My immediate goal is to be able to move! I want to be strong enough and flexible enough to live my life and enjoy my family.
I want to take this weight off so I don't have to pack it around. I don't have any health issues and I'd like to get rid of the extra weight before I develop any!

*My first goal is to get my weight below 200 lbs.
*Next, to get my BMI below 30--out of the obesity range.
*I'd like to eventually participate in a walk/run event

My Program:
I am committed to walking at least 15 minutes a day, 5x per week. As my feet will allow, I will increase this.

I will watch my portions and try to eat smaller meals, more often, ie: 300-500 calorie meals 4 or 5 times a day with lean protein, complex carbs, and as little fat as is practical for someone who likes meat.

Personal Information:
I'm not one to share much personal information in this kind of venue, but will say that I do enjoy meeting people and interacting with friends.
My husband is my best friend in the whole world and the delight of my life. We've been married since we were kids and are now enjoying his retirement. We don't travel (much), but enjoy having more time together, helping our kids with their home projects and spending time with the grandchildren.
One of my favorite things to do is planting trees and watching them grow. I like marking time by growing things.

Other Information:
I don't lose weight easily! I never used to gain it easily, either, until I began to go through menopause...now I have to work out just to stay even!
I've had problems with my feet and have had reconstructive surgery on one of them.
I had a second surgery to remove the screws that were causing some pain, and all of that really got me off my walking regimen! I've gained back the entire 25 lbs I had lost +10 more!
I'm starting from scratch with the Spark program except that I now have all the information I need. I KNOW what I have to do and simply need to get started. I will take baby steps and build my strength and habits slowly.
I've been up and down on the scale and in activity.
An ankle injury and months of PT and healing.
Time to start from where I am and do what I am able to do. The body doesn't heal and recover as quickly as it used to. Now dealing with plantar fasciitis in my other foot.

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    Thank you for your encouragement on my blog. I really appreciate your kindness.

    Have a Happy Easter full of love!

    Love, Jodee
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    338 days ago
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    Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog. SparkFriends do become like an extended family and just because we meet online doesn't take away how important they become to us.

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    338 days ago
    Thank you for your nice comment on my recent blog this week and may you have a wonderful Easter weekend!
    339 days ago
    Thank you for the support Terri! You're right about my feelings and about finally living the life I want. Have a great week my friend!
    350 days ago
    Thank you for the support and encouragement Terri! You're so right, walking will still be tough but much easier after surgery, and yes I may need a walker for a while but we shall see. Getting the mail is one of my first todos once I can walk as I've not been able to get it in 7 years. I hope you're well. Have a great weekend my friend!
    359 days ago
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