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Hi! I am 45 years old, married, with a daughter that is 22. I have struggled with my weight all of my life. When I was in grade school I was heavy, and suffered through the bullying and name calling. When I reached high school I went on Nutri System and lost 70 lbs in one summer. I looked and felt great. But as soon as I went off the diet the weight started to creep back. A few times I would crash diet and lose a little and then it would creep back. I had my daughter at 23 and got married to a wonderful man from a terrific family. My new extended family used food as a reason to get together. There was always some big family dinner we were attending. As a new wife I thought every meal had to have meat, potatoes, and bread. Soon my husband, daughter, and myself were all obese. I have been miserable, and tired of living this way for too long. My blood pressure is up, My husband is now taking medication for blood pressure and diabetes. I have to change what I am doing if i want to have any quality of life left, and get more years with my husband and family. I am committed to making a change and I hope and pray that this group will be one more stepping stone on this path to good health and happiness.

Member Since: 3/23/2015

Fitness Minutes: 851

My Goals:
I am trying to lose weight. I don't want to put a number on it because I get too overwhelmed. 50 lbs. by September sounds possible. But I need to lose more than that. I need to learn healthy ways of cooking, and a fitness program I can stick with.

My Program:
I have started on a low carb diet prescribed by my Dr. 40 gms of carbs a day. At least 20 minutes of cardio daily and 8 glasses of water.

Personal Information:
I am from central Missouri. Married with one daughter that is 22 yrs old. A challenge I have is that I work night shift. It is difficult to eat normally on a crazy schedule like this.

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    Wishing you all the best in your efforts. Spark People is a wonderful tool when you are wanting to lose weight or just make healthy changes in your way of eating. I've been a member since January 2008 and think it's the best thing ever. You get everything that Weight Watchers offers on their website but thanks to Chris Downey, it is FREE for all us. Love Spark People!!

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    1747 days ago
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    Welcome to Sparkpeople, there are not enough wonderful words that I can say about it; it is motivational, helpful, great ideas, great workouts....and just an endless supply of knowledge at your finger tips. Lots of challenges and friends to make! Nice to meet you! emoticon emoticon
    1749 days ago
    Thank you for adding me to your list of friends.

    Please feel free to visit my page whenever you want or to send me a message when the going gets tough. It does get tough. But i can tell you again and again, it is so worth staying the course. Since I retired, I travel a lot. At 312 pounds, I was miserable on a plane. I needed a seat belt extender. Asking for that was so embarrassing. I could not fit a tray in front of me. I worried about spilling over onto my seat mates space. Now I hop on a plane and fit pretty well for a lady five feet nine.

    Everything has changed for me. Buying clothes. Going to movies. Fitting into restaurant booths. Feeling free to enjoy a big, sloppy ice cream cone on rate occasions and not worrying about people looking at me and judging me. It is a different world. And I want you to live in it with me.
    1770 days ago