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I am a 50 year old mother of three children who recently became a grandmother. At the present time, I have three beautiful grandsons: James, born in June of 2007, Christian in April 2008, and Xavier, born this past September 15, 2009. They are all such lovely boys!

At the age of 43 - after my children became adults - I decided to earn my undergraduate degree at the nearby University of Michigan. While it has been both a huge and rewarding accomplishment, the constant sitting, studying, and stress sure has taken a toll on my overall health. Unfortunately, I did not make my health a top priority, and now, I am suffering the consequences.

Just as I did twelve years ago after I quit smoking, I went ahead and gave myself permission to eat like a twenty-year-old so I could "dull down" all the emotions from the constant stress and the physical pain of coping with such a difficult process. There are reasons that mature people have a difficult time attending college on a full time basis. And, staying up all night to catch up on homework is just one of them!

It seems that during the past three decades I have participated in a cycle of up and down, gain and then lose, quite a few times now, and I am sick of yo-yo dieting! However, now that I have committed myself to eating more healthy, I know that I do not want to return to those old behaviors!

Due to two spinal surgeries and continuing disc degeneration, I have finally reached the place where I fully accept that I will always have to practice a weight management program to maintain a healthy weight. Therefore, my program will include modified strengthening exercises and low-impact walking. Needless to say, I know that any efforts - never mind how small - can still lead to a healthier and happier me!

In closing, I have to mention that the "Spark People" website is a great tool to assist me in this endeavor. The SP forums are motivational and the members here are very supportive ! To view my goals and current progress, they are located in the profile section below.

Member Since: 9/25/2007

My Goals:
Regain control of my dangerous eating habits that in truth, I know will ultimately lead to: a sluggish energy level; shame, due to an unhealthy physical appearance; and worse of all, a horrible perception and outlook due to depression.

After many years of following celebrity trends, fad diets, and hyped-up health information, I no longer want to exist in this continually negative manifestation of bad health . I want to live the best that I can! It's the law of physics - my daily good choices will bring about healthier results. While my ultimate goal is to learn to live within a healthy Body Mass Index, I will achieve my "scale goal' by losing it in 10% mini-goal losses.

Restart weight 236 lbs. 07/06/09
38.7 BMI (Dangerous!)
236-24 lbs=212 lbs
34.7 BMI
ACHIEVED 09/16/09
212-22 lbs=190 lbs
31.1 BMI
190-19 lbs=171 lbs
28.0 BMI
171-17 lbs=154 lbs.
25.2 BMI
154-5 lbs=Goal

My Program:
In addition to focusing my conscious energy on planning out my meals -aka mindful eating - I will also use the Spark People program as a tool to help me stay on track and remain well-balanced. I want to limit processed foods and sugar, and walk whenever possible.

Personal Information:
Hometown: Monroe, MI
Reside for 11 years: Ann Arbor, MI

MOM to Billy, 33, Ama, 27, and Sarah, 25. Mother-in-law to April, Tommy, and Clayse, respectively. Nonna to James, 2, Christian, 1, and newborn, Xavier, born to Ama and Tommy on Sept. 15, 2009.

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    Welcome to the emotional eaters team. You will get a lot of support, advice and encouragement here. Post us often. We will listen and help pick you up when you mess up and pat you on the back when you succeed. A valuable tool is the nutrition tracker. You will find it under the my tools tab. It will show your calories, fat, carbs and protein. Drink 8 glasses of water a day and get 30 grams of fiber with the water a day. Exercise 30 min. a day. Spark mail me if you need any help. Check out my spark page. Maybe it will inspire you.

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