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This will be the 3rd time I've returned to Spark People in hopes of losing 60+ pounds. I'm almost 63 - kind of scary. I'm a retired high school biology teacher and I miss the daily interaction with the kids. I recently decided I really need to try this AGAIN. My biggest fear is failure - AGAIN which makes it really hard to motivate myself everyday to keep going. I think I must be a little self destructive that way. I had my thyroid removed in 2001 so I often feel I'm fighting an uphill ...
This will be the 3rd time I've returned to Spark People in hopes of losing 60+ pounds. I'm almost 63 - kind of scary. I'm a retired high school biology teacher and I miss the daily interaction with the kids. I recently decided I really need to try this AGAIN. My biggest fear is failure - AGAIN which makes it really hard to motivate myself everyday to keep going. I think I must be a little self destructive that way. I had my thyroid removed in 2001 so I often feel I'm fighting an uphill battle because of that. It seems that no matter what I do and how hard I try weight loss remains elusive. Since having my thyroid removed I have steadily gained 3 pounds a year and can't seem to stop or reverse it. That's only about 1/4 pound a month so it's hard to see that I'm gaining. I also have arthritis in both my knees, my neck, my hands and to a lesser extent in my hips and shoulders, this provides a real exercise challenge! I recently moved and now spend a lot of time gardening in our 1+ acre yard. I don't often see my woman friends, my husband is really supportive but my weight issues are something I don't feel comfortable talking about with him so I enjoy the interaction I find here with other women.

I don't give up easily but I AM getting frustrated...




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Member Since: 8/18/2011

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My Goals:
I don't need fast weight loss, just consistent but that doesn't seem to be happening no matter what I try. I would like to lose 60 pounds - right now that seems impossible!

My Program:
I am watching my calories by eating only "healthy" foods in accordance with my doctor's recommendations and trying to get more exercise. I think I own about every exercise DVD and Wii program out there and also recently bought an activity tracker. I'm trying to walk a lot more as my main form of exercise. For me the secret is audiobooks - I only listen when I exercise so I'm motivated because I want to hear more of the story.

Personal Information:
I was widowed in 1999 and remarried in 2002. I spent the next 5 years teaching High School biology in a very small school 67 miles from home until I retired in 2008. We recently moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, a difficult move because my husband had lived in our other house for over 40 years. Now we're looking forward to our new life in our new home.

Other Information:
I love to read, I own a lot of audio books and like to listen to them when I walk. I mostly like fantasy, mystery, or young adult novels. I got interested in YA books while teaching high school and continued reading them after retirement. I also try to keep my mind active by playing RPG computer games.

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ZANNACHAN
4/20/2015 12:59:33 PM

Thank you so much for the goodie--and the advice! I've moved often enough that some of it I know (like putting the boxes as much as possible in the room where the stuff inside goes) but this move has just been beyond crazy and it's good to have the reminder to just breathe and take things one at a time.

I know part of the reason it's so stressful is because the only way this house works for us is if we turn the basement into a family room (or rec room, whatever you want to call it)--gaming space, exercise space, crafting space, library space. Until the basement is done, though, all the stuff that GOES in the basement is in the living room and two of the upstairs bedrooms, making the 2 bedrooms completely unusable (they are packed nearly wall to wall with furniture and boxes that go elsewhere) and living room only marginally usable. But we're getting there... the subflooring, the roughouts for the water and electrical, and the dry wall is in place, and the walls have been painted. Next my husband is putting in a drop ceiling and the rest of the electrical (the actual lights, switches, etc.) and then finally the flooring, and then we can start putting cabinets etc. in place.

In the meantime, we've gotten some stuff unpacked but yeah... overwhelmed. emoticon



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PAULAAUTUMN
4/16/2015 9:04:23 AM

Love the page update very Hogwartian emoticon keep the magic flowing, have fun see you around the Castle



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IMIN2GENES
4/12/2015 8:46:35 PM

Thanks for adding me back! *giggles* Sorry I forgot to leave a comment. I'm rushing to get myself to bed. I'm an early riser... LOL! If you're up for an adventure, we just started one. Check out the Campus Grounds.



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DINGDONG55
4/8/2015 11:24:55 AM

Just stopping by to say hi and hope you will have a smile on your face all day, because your day will be awesome!
Grace:) emoticon



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SHARON10002
4/3/2015 11:54:09 PM

emoticon H - Have some chocolate today.
emoticon A -All work and no play can make you a basket case.
emoticon P - Putting all of your eggs in one basket is never a good idea.
emoticon P - Paws and reflect on how green your grass actually is.
emoticon Y - You have to break out of your shell to find out who you really are.

emoticon E - Every bunny loves somebunny some time . . .
emoticon A - A cute little Easter bonnet can tame the wildest hare.
emoticon S - Some (chocolate) bunny is waiting for you.
emoticon T - There’s no such thing as too much chocolate!
emoticon E - Everybunny needs a friend who is all ears.
emoticon R - Remember to keep your paws off of other people’s jellybeans or chocolate.



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