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Me, Erin, Steph & Cheryl, So. Oregon Sparks 4/15/14



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This will be the 3rd time I've returned to Spark People in hopes of losing 60+ pounds. I just turned 61 - 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 just turned 61 - 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. I also have arthritis in both my knees, my neck and to a lesser extent in my hips and shoulders, this provides a real exercise challenge! I recently moved and 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.

I'd like to find a weight loss "buddy" who would like to e-mail about other things besides just weight loss issues, as I said above, I don't know any women my age close to where I live so I think loneliness plays a part in my weight loss depression. I think support comes from friendship, I don't think I'd feel comfortable opening up to someone unless I felt they were a friend, not just someone paid to be supportive. I find that even doing this profile is highly stressful to me.

My doctor told me, "With your family and medical history weight loss will be very difficult if not impossible" so I feel I'm fighting an uphill battle. It's a battle I want to win though so I'll keep trying until I find something that works for me.
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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 tracking my meals daily and trying to get more exercise. I think I own about every exercise DVD and Wii program out there and also recently bought a pedometer. 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.

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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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1BEACHWALKER
4/13/2014 12:18:05 AM

I think the moles are on their way to TX now! LOL! You are so funny! Guess what we saw in the yard today, while hubby was mowing and I was washing the car? He called me over and there hunkered down in the grass was a baby Florida box turtle. About the size of my hand and was soooooooo cute. I picked him up, he stretched his neck all the way out, looking at me and his little feet were like swimming in motion. I was talking to him, while I took him closer toward the pond. When I sat him down he went so fast he looked he was hopping! Highlight of my day! emoticon



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4/11/2014 10:44:28 PM

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ZANNACHAN
4/11/2014 11:59:01 AM

Weird because I had also thought you already had, too (I friended you ages ago) but cool that we're now officially friends *grin*



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4/10/2014 4:19:17 PM

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" If you really believe in what you're doing, work hard, take nothing personally and if something blocks one route, find another. Never give up."
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1BEACHWALKER
4/9/2014 3:00:44 PM

Always good to hear from you! You have such a really nice new place there! I heard you mention gopher problems...we are now getting mole problems tunneling through our flower gardens! Grrrrrrrr emoticon
We have some plans for the working on that and other things around the house on vacation this week. As well as our walks, discovering new places in FL. Hope you can share some new areas you discover as time goes on in Oregon! Have a good day! Be strong! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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