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I was very unhealthy and overweight 2 years ago, then I changed my eating habits drastically, began working out and lost 30 poinds. I now have my hypertension and high cholesterol under control and feel and look much better.

Member Since: 6/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 680

My Goals:
To lose at least 20 more pounds and continue to learn to eat healthy.

My Program:
I work out at the gyn 3 times a week and on the days I don't work out, I walk 1-3 miles with my husband, Cecil, and my dog, Teddy Bear.

Personal Information:
I'm originally from Waco, TX (born and raised). Got married at 18 and began moving around with my husband's job--he worked retail for 35+ years. Now he's out of retail and I work for the Texas Prison System in Huntsville, TX. We've been here for 3 1/2 years. I have 15 years with the system and my husband has almost 6. I hope to retire in 2013 with 20 years service and he hopes to retire then with 10 years service. We live in a golf course resort community next to the second largest lake in Texas. We don't play golf but the view can't be beat!

Other Information:
We have two grown children. Merrik is 32, is multi-handicapped, and lives in a group home in Abilene, TX. Cara is 29 (be 30 October 9th), graduated from Texas A&M University in 2000, and lives in College Station, TX. We moved to Huntsville to be closer to her and to move our son closer so she could obtain guardianship of him when I can no longer serve in that capacity. However, we haven't been able to find the right group home for him in this area, so he will remain in Abilene until that time.

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    The following is a popular version of the Girl Scouts Motto:

    1.) "Make new friends and keep the old, one is silver and the other gold."

    2.) "Make new friends, both young and old, one in Silver, the other Gold."

    3.) "Make new friends but keep the old, some are silver and others are Gold."

    4.) "I have a hand, and you have another; put them together and we have each other."

    "Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."~Eleanor Roosevelt

    "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."~Mother Teresa

    "The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?"~Henry David Thoreau

    I hope you're in good health and feeling Spark-a-licious, my friend= ) Sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) your way, today and always!!! Remember: you're never alone when you have a Spark friend emoticon


    3643 days ago
    Well, another month has come to a close; were you happy with September's progress? Let's start October with a emoticon and go back to the basics: write down your goals and rewards; keep a food log; commit to daily exercise; stay hydrated; record your measurements (along with your weight); continue to Spark and start a journal. You'll be amazed with the results= )

    As always, sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) your way, my friend!!!

    "A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same."~Elbert Hubbard

    "Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing any way."~Emory Austin

    "When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."~Confucius

    "A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."~Herm Albright


    3647 days ago
    I hope you feel better soon; its no fun being sick! How is your son?
    3651 days ago
    Be Yourself
    by Ellen Bailey

    Why would you want to be someone else
    When you could be better by being yourself
    Why pretend to be someone you are not
    When you have something they haven't got.

    Cheating yourself of the life you have to live
    Deprives others of that only which you can give
    You have much more to offer by being just you
    Than walking around in someone else's shoes.

    Trying to live the life of another is a mistake
    It is a masquerade; nothing more than a fake
    Be yourself and let your qualities show through
    Others will love you more for being just you.

    Remember that God loves you just as you are
    To Him you are already a bright shining star
    Family and friends will love you more too
    If you spent time practicing just being you.

    As always, sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) your way= ) Be true to yourself and you'll never go wrong!!!



    3652 days ago
    Friendship's Flower
    Helen Steiner Rice

    Life is like a garden
    And friendship like a flower,
    That blooms and grows in beauty
    With the sunshine and the shower.

    And lovely are the blossoms
    That are tended with great care,
    By those who work unselfishly
    To make the place more fair.

    And, like the garden blossoms,
    Friendship's flower grows more sweet
    When watched and tended carefully
    By those we know and meet.

    And, if the seed of friendship
    Is planted deep and true
    And watched with understanding,
    Friendship's flower will bloom for you.

    Sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes))) Your Way,


    3658 days ago
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