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Photo of me on a scuba diving vacation to Bonaire

Gypsy... one of my adopted "furry kids"... Rottie-Lab mix... real sweetheart!



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Welcome to my page...I may be a choclaholic, but I'm determined to lose weight and get in better shape with the help of SparkPeople.

Visit my photo gallery to help you get to know me and my "furry kids" (all are rescued pets who "adopted me" at the local animal shelters ).

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Member Since: 3/4/2007

Fitness Minutes: 31,945

My Goals:
Lose a total of 60 pounds.

Have lost 20 pounds so far since joining Sparks. (Feb 2013 started weight "ticker" at current weight after that first 20 pound loss to "reboot" dieting incentive)

Get in shape for some hiking and backpacking trips both locally and to some of our National Parks. (Plus I just need to lose those pounds, trips or no trips!)

Give away all my "fat" clothes, never to be worn again!

My Program:
Follow a heart-healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and veggies... keep track of what I'm eating, stop the late night "tv snacks" of junk food.

Exercising: Minimum of 60 min. exercising per day at least 5 days a week by walking outside if the weather permits...adding a bit more distance and time each week. (Want to work up to a week long backpacking trip this summer)

Personal Information:
Live "out in the country", retired school teacher, ....I never used to have to worry about my weight, but several years ago I was diagnosed with thyroid disease and due to treatment and the medications for that I quickly packed on 60 pounds that I just can't seem to lose, no matter how hard I try.... Next I completed chemo for two battles with cancer, & the drugs used also caused weight gain :-( Recently, I had knee sugery for total knee replacement of both knees, But that was a "good thing" because now I'm able to do more hiking, backpacking, and kayaking among other outdoor activities that I love!

I enjoy outdoor activities: scuba diving, kayaking, hiking and camping, gardening, cross country skiing, snowshoeing,
...anything "outdoorsy"

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    SPRING, SPRING. SPRING, SPRING, SPRING...... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon ***snow***
    1582 days ago
    Just stopping by and saying hi!! emoticon
    1602 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie, Choc! The positive vibes may not have actually increased my knowledge but they certainly boosted my confidence! emoticon emoticon
    1612 days ago
    emoticon Hi Choc, thank you so much for my birthday wishes! I cant wait for all the crazy fun on the deck, I actually got a few tears (unexpectedly!!) when I read the posts, thinking "nobody knows...and I'm not sayin'...) got a little overwhelmed, and the effect was JUST LIKE A SURPRISE PARTY!! Ill be picturing us all , wishing we could really be sipping some wine together in real life. But this is the next very best thing!!! Yee haw! Im ready!! Lots of love, ***SNOW*** emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1615 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2014 1:38:02 PM
    Thanks for the blog love! Yes, gorgeous scenery out here! Wisconsin has some great hiking places!
    (And I'm definitely a chocoholic, too!)
    1622 days ago
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