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This was taken 10 years ago at 360 lb.

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This is me with my friend at her 100th birthday. She looks better than I do at my highest (380)!!

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My husband and me taken 12 years ago. He's lost about 30 lb. since--I went up a little after this.

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I've lost and regained thousands of pounds over the years, including 100 lb. twice and 180 lb. one time (that one nearly killed me as it was too drastic). I'm a stress eater and raising kids and later being the sole caregiver for my mother were stressers (excuses) that I used to not take care of myself. When I was 22 years old (and thin) I had a bad fall which damaged both my knees. Over the years, that restricted my exercise and now my degenerative arthritis and the added weight has totally destroyed the joints. But at my current weight I'm not a candidate for knee replacement surgery, so I just sit and keep hurting. But NO MORE! My kids are grown and my mother died a year ago. After grieving most of the past year, I'm coming back to the person I was meant to be. Mom never gave up in spite of her own health limitations, and I'm not giving up either. This is my time to get the weight off once and for all and get healthy. I may not be able to walk or do much exercise today, but I can start with what I AM able to do and build on that. My husband is very supportive and will prepare his own meals or eat what I eat. I was in to see my doctor last week and she gave me the go-ahead to get started. So this week I'm getting rid of the processed foods that will tempt me and stocking up on healthy foods. I'm going to start drinking more water, move a bit more each day and start recording my food intake and exercise daily. And I'll be reading blogs from others who are on the same path to keep my motivation and inspiration high.

Member Since: 4/24/2012

Fitness Minutes: 12,678

My Goals:
My immediate goal this summer is to lose another 50 lb. and get back in the habit of exercising in the pool each day. I'd like to build up so I can walk again without my cane.

My Program:
I'd lost 30 lb. before coming to SP. Now I'm using the Optifast program to lose the next 50 lb., then I'll switch to healthy portion-control meals to continue losing. If I get stuck on a plateau I may return to Optifast to get another 50 off, etc. until I'm at a comfortable weight. My exercise is limited as I'm mobility impaired and had several serious injuries in a fall last October. It's limited, but not impossible, so I do what I can and try to do more each day.

Personal Information:
I'm retired and married 33 years. My husband and I relocated to the desert nearly 7 years ago. I love the warmth all year and could never return to snow country. Our kids are grown and live a few hours away, so we see them on holidays. No pets, no plants, no responsibilities. Just free to come and go as we please and take care of ourselves.

Other Information:
My current passion is learning to play bridge well. We play contract bridge (party bridge) two days a week and it's very challenging. I enjoy giving my brain a workout with the game, as well as the social contact with our friends. Until I get a firm grip on the diet thing, I'm avoiding other social events as they all involve food, which I find tempting--and our friends are a bunch of good cooks.

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    Wishing you a day filled with much Happiness!๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ
    545 days ago
    Have a fun filled weekend!๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŽƒ
    551 days ago
    Checking in sweet friend! emoticon

    I am so sorry about your loss of DH!
    Hang in there and know I am still in your corner!
    595 days ago
    I still track my food, weight, etc. daily on Spark, but I rarely comment any more. Been very busy lately. Still losing, although very slowly. Down 182 pounds now and switched to strict ketogenic eating a little over three years ago. My husband died of cancer on Thanksgiving Day 2016. Itโ€™s been hard since then, but Iโ€™m thankful he doesnโ€™t suffer any more. I still am mostly chairbound but have become pretty much independent since he died, as he was also my caregiver. Itโ€™s amazing what you can do when you have to and Iโ€™ve been blessed by good friends and neighbors who helped me get strong enough to do things on my own. It was a tough transition, but I was able to stay in my house and manage pretty well, making my Social Security check stretch from month to month.
    951 days ago
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    Hi Cherie. Wanted to stop by and say hello. Hope you are still around. Miss you.
    952 days ago
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