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I was born at an early age (or so they tell me; I can't really remember it all that well). Time passed, life happened, I got taller, and here I am!

Member Since: 5/18/2010

Fitness Minutes: 17,894

My Goals:
Firm up and rebuild my energy and strength after cancer treatments.

My Program:
Not worrying if I do turn out to be the slowest Slowest Loser, because I know I WILL get there... eventually...

Celebrating victories, no matter how small.

Making smarter choices: focusing on fruits and veggies, trying new things, yet not depriving myself totally of my old favorites (read: dark chocolate).

Averaging at least 10,000 steps per day every day, and exercising regularly.

Personal Information:
My real name is Diane, but I've been "Torka" online for going on 25 years now. I answer to either one.

Why Torka? I'm a huge Monkees fan, have been since the 1960s, and Peter Tork was always my favorite. Back In The Day on AOL, my screen name was "Torkaholic," which some friends shortened to "Torka," and there you go! I've been Torka online ever since.

Funny thing is, almost 25 years ago I actually met Peter and over time we've become friends. He knows my nom de net is "Torka" -- and thinks it's amusing.

Nowadays I've got a husband and an 11-year old academically-gifted son. We live with three cats in a semi-rural area near Raleigh NC.

Used to be underweight (a looong time ago), but several decades of chocolate addiction, a slowing metabolism, big weight gain when I was pregnant with my son and nearly a year of chemo left me... uhm, "fluffy" and lacking the energy I used to have.

Now I'm on meds which have the side effect of weight gain, so

Other Information:
"I'm betting I'm just abnormal enough to survive!" (The Tick)

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