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I have been married for 33 years, have 2 children and one grandchild. My oldest son with my grandchild lives in NY and my youngest still lives at home attending college. I have lived in FL for about 13 years but am originally from KY. My best friends, actually these days, now my only friends, are in KY.

I am an unemployed Casualty Adjuster who worked with automobile insurance companies for 15+ years and worked as a Paralegal for 14+ years as well. I am going through the training for the Guardian ad Litem Program and am volunteering at various other programs until I can find gainful employment, which is beginning to feel like never.

I never had a weight problem until about 20 years ago when I was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition, mostly fatal,. At that time, I read about it on the internet, which said I had at most 5 years to live. I decided if that was all the time I had to live, I was going to eat what liked and adding to that I was depressed and scared, so I ate like I never had before. Fortunately I lived, unfortunately, I gained weight and 20 years later I was still eating what I wanted and although I did yo-yo diet I got up to my highest weight of 292 pounds; I about fell off the scale when I read 292 pounds!. I'm 5' 7" tall and you can hide some of the weight (or so you think) but you can also pretend a lot isn't there too.

Three years ago my oldest son was getting married and his mother in law to be was about 5' and maybe 90 pounds soaking wet. There was nothing I could do about the wedding picutres, I couldn't lose the weight fast enough because they were getting married in about 8 months. I managed to lose about 50 pounds but still, looking at us in the photographs together is awful. I eventually gained the weight back. About a year and a half ago I started weight watchers, and was doing really well until I got laid off.

In September last year, I started dieting on my own, with a starting weight of 262 and have dropped to my current weight of 189, even being depressed because I don't have a job. I have now been out of work long enough that I have lost all my "work" friends and am alone so I have no support system so I thought I would try this site to see if I could gain some moral support. Since being out of work, I have closeted myself away and lost all my friends, which were all work friends anyway so there is no one for support, except my husband and he's too easy to say oh, okay, go ahead if you want to. I HAVE to lose the weight because if I ever do get any interviews, I want to look nice and not be obese when I go in for an interview. I know age plays a big factor in getting a job even if the employers don't want to admit it but being overweight is another deterrent against me. I desperately need a job, finances are way too tight so I have to stay motivated to lose the weight loss just in case that job interview does come along! Well, and for my health too, obviously ;) That plays a big part of this as well, even though I didn't have high blood pressure, diabetes or anything else when I was at my highest weight. The only problem I have is a slow thyroid. It's strange that now that I've lost the weight I now have high cholesterol. Go figure!

Member Since: 8/5/2009

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Non-weight loss is to find a job. Weight loss first goal is to lose 27 pounds, second goal is 40 pounds.

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Watching my calories, fat grams, carbs, fiber and protein. Trying to exercise 30 minutes a day.

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Live in Safety Harbor, FL. Training for the Guardian ad Litem program while I am out of work as I believe it is a worthy program.

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