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Hello, my name is Monica. I use to be a part of SP years ago. Now I am back and this time going to do things smart and right not fast and wrong!



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I forgot to introduce myself the other day. I am Debby, and I am going to be 63 in 2 more weeks. Since somewhere around 35- 40, I began gaining weight. My highest was 270 lbs. I have lost over 350 lbs in my adult lifetime, only to gain most of it back(not all at once ...thankfully). I retired (for the second time) last September, and have been working on my weight issues since then. I lost about 25 lbs from Sept. to January, and another 44 pounds since then. I am about 34 lbs from my goal weight, and on a real mission. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 2 years ago (no family history) and subsequently developed high blood pressure. With the weight loss, I have returned to a prediabetic state, been taken off my diabetes and blood pressure medication, and feel better than I have in years. I am determined not to fall back again, and that this time is my last time to lose weight. My plan is to reach goal, and keep it off this time. I have issues with arthritis, and need both knees replaced, but I push myself through the pain and walk most days. I have only made 10,000 daily steps about 5 times since February, but I do ride my exercise bike, and swim. Living in Florida makes it easy most of the year to exercise, unless it is too hot, but mall walking is good on those days. I am wishing us all the best with whatever our endeavors are...weight loss, better general health and the like. emoticon emoticon

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8/3/15 11:46 P

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Thank you Mirage...You are so right about surrounding yourself with Positive...I surely will not hesitate when and if I get stuck or in trouble...

"To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world."
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Welcome, Missie!
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Forget the past. I had to! I surrounded myself with positive, started changing my habits, and started challenging myself. Focus on yourself, short term goals, and embrace all that is a healthy lifestyle. Slowly, you will become one! Know SparkPeople is a support group! Ask every question you need to be successful! You are not alone!
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8/2/15 6:32 A

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Hello...My name is Missie...Residing in Clay County within the sunshiny state of Florida...I am so glad to have been talked into joining SparkPeople...The last two weeks I have been hopping around getting to know the site...by doing so, I have created a routine...

I have created my spark page, set some long term goals and some short goals, been learning about foods, tracking my foods, learning about streaks and setting some up, and created favorite fitness exercises I know I can handle and tracking fitness holding myself accountable for at least 10 minutes a day...

Now is the time to buckle down and start with right choices with food, more exercise, and hydrating with water....I am choosing to do this not only to lose the weight for good, but because I choose to live the rest of my life healthier...I am blessed with so much, it is so sad that I have wasted so many years, not able to give back...deciding to live a more fulfilling life will be one of the best decisions I have ever made...

If anyone would like to add me as a friend by all means please do...I intend to be here for life cause I am all about changes for the better...this site to me is a gift from GOD...

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Hello Team and Mirage!! Just stopping by. Still on SP but this summer has been so hard to get a significant weight loss.However, Im still trying. I find that I get into little habits along the way that are positive. I don't want to give up.

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6/28/15 8:31 P

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Thank you Mirage. I made those changes on my page! Rock on!

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Welcome PoolMermaid!
As a new member, your SparkPage is set to be private. If you go to it, select to edit your SparkPage, look at the SparkPage Options, and insure the top three boxes under More Options are not checked, then all can read your SparkPage, and support you on the journey.
I literally changed my lifestyle and realized I could accomplish my goals. Know that you are not alone on this journey! Don't hesitate to holla if you have any questions. Let's rock!
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6/28/15 6:48 P

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Hi my name is PoolMermaid. I just joined. Hope to make some friends here.

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Thank you!

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Hello Ivana!
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Welcome to Tampa. I live in Dunedin in Pinellas County. My Tri Team is sponsored by Outspokin Bicycles. They have a store in Tampa on Dale Mabry. They also do weekend bike training rides. You might want to check that out. Tampa Bay is a Bike rich area! Enjoy!
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Welcome to Paradise, Cori!
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Tarpon Springs Tri 091215
Brain Tumor Alliance 25K Cycle
Clearwater, FL 091915
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6/22/15 10:35 A

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Hi everyone. I am Cori and I am new to Florida and this team. I have been active on Spark for 8 years and had been successful in my weightloss journey. But last year I fell on the ice (we lived in Indiana then) and hurt my knee. Long story short, over the past 18 months I couldn't do any physical activities and gained an additional 25 lbs on top of what I had already gained back. I ended up having to have partial knee replacement surgery this past March and am just now able to start working out again. My husband and I are starting a new chapter in our lives here and we are ready to get back to being fit and healthy. I look forward to interacting with all of you!

~Cori~

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emoticon GATORMA1968!!

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Your Welcome Isness. Look forward in seeing you!

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Thank you, SharonSunshine :)) I'll write. I know where now :))) thanks foor posting the plan for runners AND HAPPY WEEKEND!

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Hi, I'm a newbie to Spark! Have lost 40 lbs thru Treasure Coast Wellness in Stuart. Need to continue my goal is more! Feel so much better and getting healthier! That is the the most important! Am addicted to sugar! Hope to learn more heathy eating with creative recipes. NOT GIVING UP!

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ISNESS, there is a daily thread on the FL team where people have been interacting and sharing about their day.. You might want to check it out too.

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Thank you, Sunshine! Yes, 'getting lost' - regularly! :))) it's great here...

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Welcome ISNESS.. And welcome to Tampa.. I think you will love the area. When we first moved to Safety Harbor I had so much fun exploring and getting lost. I was on Pinellas side and they have so many bike/ running trails you might want to check out..

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6/16/15 9:04 A

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Hello, I am Ivana in Tampa and new here in Florida, I relocated from Heidelberg Germany. I don't know anyone yet in person here but do road cycling every day. I look forward to you guys, and to read what is happening here.
I love this sparkwebsite!

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GOOD MORNING!

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I'm not new....been a sparkpeople for a while but sometimes life gets in the way. living in Volusia county and am a beachwalker since I am on the east coast. I have 38 lbs to goal and am losing about 2 lbs a week, "move more and eat less" is my mantra. love giving and getting tips.

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I'm new here. I've retired from 3 different companies and now I am a volunteer tour guide at an aviation museum in Titusville. I try to stay active walking through nature preserves.



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Good Morning. Have a wonderful day.
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Hello everyone! I'm new to Florida and back on SP in a new state. Loving life down here so far and want more energy to be active!

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Hi everyone. Happy Easter Sunday!

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4/5/15 8:35 A

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Welcome! just started a new business myself! There are AWESOME people here so I am sure you will meet MANY new friends! We are here to help each other. Good luck and stay positive!

New Year and New Life


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4/5/15 7:31 A

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I'm new to Spark and I'm looking to make some new friends and hopefully find some support as I enter in to this new exciting phase of my life. My life is in a huge transition phase right now....all of our sons are away at college (leaving me a huge empty nest), I just finished college myself (after 4 1/2 long years), I'm about to start a brand new career, and we will be moving to a new city in a few weeks for my husband's job (leaving behind my friends and family). All of this change has me feeling both exhilarated and terrified at the same. It seems like all of the pieces of my life are finally falling into place and I'm ready to start this new phase in my life..... but I want to go into it looking as good on the outside as I feel on the inside. I have battled with my weight for the last 15 years and I'm finally ready to take control of it once and for all. Any help or guidance that you can provide will be greatly appreciated!

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Hey everyone have a great Saturday.

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3/13/15 8:34 A

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Welcome Chelle! Love the tats! We are here for you so ask questions when you need to. You can email me anytime. I have a lot more to lose but am trying to keep doing my trackers everyday to keep me accountable. I am doing pretty good so far and I love all the advice we get here. Good luck on your journey!

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Hi and welcome. Best wishes on your journey.

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Hi I'm Chelle
Still trying to get organized in the workout department, but my food tracking is going well.
I have between 20-30 lbs to lose. I'm do yoga. I recently started doing some home workouts I found on youtube.



I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.

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It sounds like you are really feeling well. Take care. emoticon

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I am doing pretty good today! I walked for about 30 minutes in the nice breeze. Then I done my weight workout for about 20 minutes. Cleaned my house and put supper on. Now I am thinking about a relaxing swim. Ambitious I know! But I had all this extra energy today and decided to us it for my own good. So far so good. Hope everyone is having a good day

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Glad you liked. Feel better.

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Love the keep pushing emoicon! That is what I needed to see today!

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Thank you for your warm welcome and the good luck! I am working out everyday so far and trying to eat clean to detox. Doing pretty good today and feel great! I live in Florida so it is 80 outside but that helps me keep on my working out and walking program. I have tomorrow off so I can finally get in the pool too. I also do weight workout with 5 pound weights and that seems to be helping. Please feel free to send me advice and ideas and I will keep posting and working at it too. Thank you for your help in advance

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Best wishes recuperating and taking charge of strengthening your muscles. emoticon

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I am new here but not only to getting healthy. I had a gastric bypass 10 years ago that saved my life. I was sick and getting sicker and now all my health issues are gone except this last 75 pounds. I swim, lift weights, walk and do a little yoga. I have seasonal allergies but not bad. My main thing is that after losing 150 pounds my muscles are mushy and I am weak. I am going into this full steam ahead because I want to be strong. I was an athlete in high school and college so I know what to do. Just need to do it! Every thing I do gets me closer to my goal so I will not give up! Any ideas or advice anyone wants to share I am here to learn. I hope I can inspire others too. Thank you for welcoming me and I look forward to this journey together

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I am new here but not to getting healthy. I had a gastric bypass 10 years ago that saved my life. I was sick and getting sicker and now all my health issues are gone except this last 75 pounds. I swim, lift weights, walk and do a little yoga. I have seasonal allergies but not bad. My main thing is that after losing 150 pounds my muscles are mushy and I am weak. I am going into this full steam ahead because I want to be strong. I was an athlete in high school and college so I know what to do. Just need to do it! Every thing I do gets me closer to my goal so I will not give up! Any ideas or advice anyone wants to share I am here to learn. I hope I can inspire others too. Thank you for welcoming me and I look forward to this journey together

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Hi! My name is Caitlin and I just joined SP. I live in Hillsborough county but was born and raised in Pasco county. I've struggled with my weight and depression since I was a teenager. I'd tried to lose weight before but never stuck with it. Something just finally clicked in my brain and now I am dedicated to being healthy. I haven't had soda for about a month now and I feel better already. I've lost about 6 pounds and need to lose 64 more. I have a lot of health problems but I'm hoping losing weight and eating healthier foods will help with some of my symptoms. Looking for some encouragement and accountability on here. I hope to encourage others too. Have a blessed day everybody!

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HI, I am new to the team too. Have a great day everyone.

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Newbie from South West Florida!!! I have 80lbs to lose.. Nice to meet yall!

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Thanks Julie!


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In April I'll be participating in the Orlando Walk MS. I'm walking for my sister and my son who both have MS. Click on the link if you would like to donate to the MS Society to help end MS!


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Hi Jennifer,
I hope it's not too late for some muscle! I am 56~ Either way, I'm working towards health as you and all of us are. Best of luck to you!
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Hey Jesi~

Congratulations on your degree!!! What a feat~ Sending good thoughts to you on your other goals.
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Hi group! My husband and I moved to Florida in September. We are semi-retired and using the extra time to get in shape. I've been using SP since 2007 and go back and forth on my weight, working out, etc. I'm 53 and hoping it's not too late to gain muscle!


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In April I'll be participating in the Orlando Walk MS. I'm walking for my sister and my son who both have MS. Click on the link if you would like to donate to the MS Society to help end MS!


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My name is Jesi I am 30 years old. I am a mother of two, a college student (until Feb. 2nd) and as of today a substitute teacher in Citrus County. I have another spark account which i have successfully failed at maintaining. I weigh more now than I did when I joined the site thanks to college and two surgeries a year ago.

Today I started a new chapter in my life and decided that it deserved a new spark page (i don't remember the log in for my old one anyway). I finish my Bachelor's degree in 3 weeks and walk in May, which is why I am now geared up for weight loss.

I hope to make some great friends here!!

since when is skinny the only pretty? I'm beautiful just the way I am, I'm just not happy! I don't want to be skinny, I want to be happy!


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Welcome back and congrats on reaching goal.

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Hello. I was originally Shrinking_Lily, but since I am currently within my goal range I have changed my Username. I finally lost 133.8 pounds doing Jenny Craig. It took me 2 1/2 years. :) I have been a member of SP for several years. I was inactive for a while, but lately I have been going back and forth between SP and another site. Once, I was a co team leader for the now defunct team Jax Sparkies.

I live in Jacksonville.

Let's stay steady on the course together.

Susan (Sue)

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I have been a member of this team for a while but not really posting or following too closely. My name is Melissa and I have over 100 pounds to lose but taking it a little at a time. I have lost some already but it has been really difficult but along the way I'm learning something new everyday. I walk often since Florida is such a nice place to get outside, especially today. Hoping all is well with you and if you'd like you can visit my sparkpage and say hello. Best wishes to you and your endeavors and those resolutions.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.� ~Theodore Roosevelt www.fitnessforweightloss.com/helpful
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Welcome to the team. It is really hard to eat right when you spend all your time at the hospital. We went through that when our grandson was born 2 1/2 months early. Remember you do have to put yourself first so that you are healthy enough to take care of others!

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Hello My name is Kalina. I joined last night and this group was added. I live in Hillsborough County

I am married and have a 5 month old son with down syndrome and a heart defect.
When I had my son, my husband and I put on a lot of weight because we were in and out of the hospital with him so we ate out a lot.

I want to lose the weight and be able to run around with my son and not feel like im dying. I joined this site because I need to be held accountable in order to reach my goals. My current goal is 50 lbs by June, but I am taking it one day at a time.

I am excited to begin my journey!!!!

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Welcome, Julie. Try the spark golf/bowling game down near the bottom of the page. Also the Jacksonville team.

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1/4/15 5:10 P

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Hi Everyone! This is Julie from Jacksonville. I never even knew Spark People existed until yesterday but I'm glad I found it. I realize that some people are probably working on some New Year's Resolutions, but I hope to be active on the forums and learn, commiserate and finally get a handle on a permanently healthy lifestyle with y'all!

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I'd rather be covered in sweat at that gym then covered in clothes at the beach!


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Hello Floridians,
I changed my goals to re-start some tracking for the new year and Spark signed me unto the team. I had been a member before but the team was not really active. I plan to check in and give it a try.

Cassie, Port St. Lucie, FL
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Hello everybody
I am a Florida native, born and raised here in Jacksonville. Actually living in the house my parents bought in 1954. One tour navy vet, with interest in the appalachian trail, gardening, cape cod, lhasa apso dogs, and married to a damn yankee. Since mid january I have lost 68 pounds with more to lose. Lifelong WW fan and recently found Spark. I do love to cook and being recently layed off I have plenty of time for that. Hope everyone has a great Christmas and new years.

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Welcome, Michelle!

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Hi, team. My name is Michelle... Im in Palm Beach County, born and raised. Ive been actively using spark since October, but have a long way to go!! Look forward to going on this journey with all of you!

"Be so good they cant ignore you" - Steve Martin


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I agree with a post a ways down this list- I must have been under a rock to not have ever run across Sparkpeople before this. I am enjoying exploring the site. Newly retired, I am anxious for the social support I am finding here.

2002 - 279 lbs.

2004 - 179 lbs.

2010 - 193 lbs.

2011. - 130 lbs.

2015 - 187lbs. ...and renewing efforts!😃



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Welcome to the team! I understand the feeling of not wanting to buy new clothes only too well.

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New to this site today. I lost 22 lbs two years ago and have gained about half back. I REFUSE to buy new clothes again! It's making me miserable! I work out pretty regularly but eat alot due to boredom. I'm single so there is nobody watching! This is bad timing with the holidays coming but I can't wait until January. Now is better!

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the week before the 'snowman' lol I did build a sandman. I figured the snowman was my northern friends and family laughing at me for posting the sandman while they were freezing

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add a little water and you should be able to build a sandman-those sand sculptors can build most anything!

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Thank goodness that the voting is over. It was giving me such headaches.... I love this time of year in Florida but Summers are HOT & HUMID. Please I came to Florida to get away from the snow....Can you make that Snowman a Sandman? emoticon

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thank you! I do love it here! it is so cold right now thought it doesn't feel like florida. hope it doesn't get all crazy like last year, I built a snow/sleet man on the beach

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Welcome to Florida and the team! Our oldest daughter lives in the panhandle and also loves it out there. This is a great site with lots of help so you can reach your goals so long as you are ready to emoticon

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I am new to SPARK but my dietitian suggested this so I am doing whatever it takes, or trying to. here is how I got to today......i have struggled with weight issues my entire life. as long as i can remember. i was an abused child and the weight and baggy clothes were my way to cope and go unnoticed as much as possible. as you can imagine that led to other issues. my mom signed papers so i could go into the military at 17 and i learned about physicaly fit lol but still always a struggle. in my early 30s i thought at one point i was FINALY getting it right! the weight seemed to just melt off. i had switched to second shift at work and walked every day the 4 miles there and back. i was wrong. it wasn't me and my hard work and determination at all. i had stage 3b/4 cervical cancer and a grapefruit size tumor was taking all the nutrients. omgosh, that was the hardest part of my life. i didn't think i would survive, 10% survival rate and i am by no means a lucky person lol. i had 2 small children and all the sick days had cost me my amazing job. i sent kids to their dad so i could focus on surviving. broke my heart but i knew it was right. i did NOT want them to see that so young AND i couldn't get a job (chemo radiation, sick all the time, no hair high absenteeism, probly die) nobody was going to hire me so i was essentialy homeless. i survived, still, always in the background was this struggle, the day of my last oncology visit, 3 months after last treatment the dr gave me the all clear to go home to my family yeahhhh! i had HUGE dreams of a reunion with my babies, reconstructing my devastated family, and celebrating with my family and friends. plus due to chemo i had a handle on my weight......or so i thought.
disaster struck on the 495 mile trip home, a freak accident left me in a coma for 5 months and then a rehabilitation/nursing home for about 7 months. then i spent a year in bed with iv antibiotics (cause your bones pick up 'stuff' while layin out and about in the grass) then 4 years in a wheel chair and another year with a walker and crutches re learning to walk.
all these years of immobility and still eating has taken a toll and not only did i put on a lot ALOT of weight, i lost a lot of core muscle from not being able to even sit up. plus by the time i was out of the wheel chair my kids were grown and gone, on their own way and i am left once again to journey on in this struggle with an additional burdon of anger and a bit of bitter.
honestly, it is so hard sometimes i feel so cheated! i get so angry. i missed so much. but then i remember all the things i learned not only from the cancer and fighting for my life but also from the accident and fighting for my ability to live it. sure i did missed so much but then again i still have so much. i am blessed truly blessed and i will fight on every day and every chance. even the bad days are good and i remember i fought to live them all and they are worth it
I moved to northwest florida after a bad fall on the ice and the doctor said one more break and they may not be able to save it. I love it here

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