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I've got a lot of bad habits to break and a lot of damage to undo. I'm 50 and I'm just getting ready to go back to work after 18 months. I resigned from my federal civil service job (24 year career actually) due to health problems. Between Bipolar syndrome and fibromyalgia, I was sleeping about 20 hours at a time. That made me late for work, when I was able to go in at all. Fibromaylagia is still not an acceptable disability and my shrink refused to say that I was even seeing him much less that it could have been affecting my work. He said that it would come back to haunt me later. It took over 8 months to find a new job. I had an unofficial offer in September but I haven't gotten an official offer so I started looking again and found one nearby. I think that sealed the deal was that I offered to start on a year's probation. If, at the end of the year, my attendance was unacceptable, I would leave.

While I was sick, I lost my mom and my cat of 15 years. Don't worry, my mom would understand why she and Jake where mentioned in the same sentence. I also developed a bit of agoraphobia. It takes a substantial effort for me to leave my condo. Weeks go by when I just talk to my dad (daily) and one friend (weekly). One of my last supervisor's problems was that I didn't come out of my cubicle and chat with the other people so it is nothing new that I don't interact a lot but it is something I have to be aware of. You may have noticed that I stanrted off describing myself by my career. I am my job - I'm not supposed to say that anymore.

I hate to exercise, although I used to love to walk and bicycle. My main problem with dieting is that I haven't been eating. It is hard to eat when you are asleep. With my weight, my estimated calorie goal is very high. I'm having trouble getting anywhere near it.

I used to make quilts (no hand quilting) and I'd like to get back into that. I used to be active in the church (before I moved here) and I miss that. When I'm manic, I buy linens and pillows. I have one bed and 30 quilts, comforters and blankets and 27 pillows - at last count. I used to save. I'm New England frugal and used to make a very good living. I was all ready for retirement at age 55. I'd like to get financially comfortable again. Being out of work really digs into your savings.

I have a weird sense of humor. I am also a font of useless information. I can repeat lines from sitcoms and court cases on government contracts but I don't have any control over what I remember. I was a history major as an undergrade (MBA after that) but I never could remember if it was Pipin, Charlemaine, Pipin or Charlemaine, Pipin, Pipin.

Member Since: 3/8/2008

Fitness Minutes: 0

My Goals:
1. Keep my thighs from rubbing/Have someone tell me I'm beautiful
2. Climb stairs without being winded/ Not feel/get sick all the time
3. Start my dating scene
4. Fly, ride a roller coaster or go to a movie without feeling squashed or using a seatbelt extender

My Program:
1. Get to a normal sleep pattern
2. No fast food or junk food
3. Keep kitchen full of healthy stuff so I'll eat
4. The walk from the metro to the office will be enough for a while but I'll be looking for more exercise soon

Personal Information:
I've lived in the DC area (Alexandria) for almost five years. I've lived in a lot of different places including 2 years in Hawaii and six months in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. I'm educated - BA, MBA. I have almost 25 years into federal Civil Service which made all the moves possible. I have a short attention span which is horrible for a dieter.

Other Information:
I like Garfield comics, reading mysteries (Robert Tanembaum, Patricial Cornwall, etc).

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    emoticon Ooooh, I regret that it's taken awhile emoticon to officially say hello emoticon , but I promise I had good reasons (explained below)!

    emoticon you for commenting on my April 5, 2010 daily Spark, "Envisioning Your Future with a Collage and Some Friends." Quilting your vision collages was so creative!

    I've added you as Friend, and look forward to learning about your Vision Collage journey since then...or, if life's been too busy, of offering my hand and inviting you to take that next step this autumn, through my favorite Vision Collage medium, SoulCollage®.

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    Okay, okay, I've been MIA emoticon after jumping into the Spark pool last year in spring emoticon . But, hey, a baby arrived emoticon (grandson) who needed "daycare," so my absence has been honorable (and fun!). On top of that, I've recently rescued a Golden Retriever emoticon . I call them my two golden B-Boys (Brock and Bradyn).

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    3350 days ago
    Hi, I saw your post about the Gym Pet Peeves. You totally rock by saying that to those braindead barbiedolls. You have more balls than that gymowner!

    Take care! Ida

    3798 days ago
    Welcome to SP and the FMS team/teams. It's so nice you found your way here. Be sure and check out the topics: Spark America, Bio Feedback, RealAge and Chiropractic treatment for pain and sleep in the teams General Discussion forum page.There is a wealth of good info in there for those of us with this disease. Info that will really help. Stop in and visit our pages and get to know us better. Use your Spark Points page to help you use and learn all the great tools we have here and again, welcome to SP and the teams.
    3941 days ago
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    Hi. I saw your sparkpage and thought I would say Hello. I hope you are doing good with sparkpeople. Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2009. If you are looking for a buddy, stop by my page!

    3949 days ago