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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 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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SCOTMAMA
10/21/2014 11:18:10 PM

Sorry to hear you are having problems with arthritis in your hands. I have it in various places and for awhile it was so bad in my right hip that I had a hard time walking (not so much to just get around, but for taking walks for exercise). I have been taking the Glocuisimine and Condroitine for a long time, and recently (about 6 months ago) I also started taking a supplement called Instaflex, which comes to me in the mail every month. You take 3 per day, cost is $34.95 which I think is a little high, but it has given me marvelous results, I can get around without pain and I really feel very healthy. When you consider the results, small price to pay, I feel it's worth it and I'm a cheapskate. lol

If you want more info, I'd be happy to send it. You can probably just enter Instaflex on Google and all the info will pop up. I told them I couldn't afford their original price and they lowered it to $29.99 plus shipping for me.

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FORMYDARLINGS
10/21/2014 8:14:33 PM

Hi There. I used to be on 55+females team with you. I kept scubscribed to your blog and read your last one and WHalla!!!! we are friends. LOL


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GRANMALINDA
10/21/2014 8:07:19 PM

Another emoticon !!!

Keep asking questions. I have had some confusion with what is in the instructions compared to what is being communicated on the chat thread. A work in progress for sure. We have some great cappies who are trying their best to provide a great experience for us.

My DD lives six hours away with my grandson, her DH and his son. His two daughters are grown, one out of college, the other a sophomore.

My DS lives three hours away with his wife, their twin boys who will arrive in early December and a rowdy grandpuppy. Yes, I wll be there when the dudes arrive, unless she goes into labor and delivers in less than 4 hours. (An hour to pack, that was what it took us to get on the road when the three year old was born, and yes, we made it with hours to spare!)

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YJNANA
10/21/2014 3:05:18 PM

Love your Sparkpage :)

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10/21/2014 9:31:48 AM

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