12-2008 252 lbs.

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Hi everyone! I'm Linda. I'm 50 yrs old, the mother of 4 children ranging in age from 35 to 13 and 4 grandchildren.
I have struggled with my weight for the last 20 yrs and have been from the extremes of severely underweight to morbidly obese, going from one extreme to the other several times. It's time to make the right changes, that are do-able for a lifetime, and will work to reach and stay at a healthy weight.

I am an online student of CareerStep, training to be a medical transcriptionist. So if I'm not chasing after the 2 grandsons that live with me, I'm typing my way into a new career.

I had RNY in 2000 and had to have 2 revisions to correct problems. I lost 198 lbs but since the last revision which restored a portion of the intestine by-passed I have gained 140 lbs over the last 6 yrs. I still have the disadvantages of the by-pass such as not being able to eat pasta, rice or bread and sugar intolerance. Even with the weight gain and being near death in 2002, which prompted the last revision, I don't regret the choice and would make the same today, But today I still struggle with weight gain partially due to a birth defect which prevents lower body mobility.

I'm here to find encouragement, motivation, and give the same in return. Any suggestions, advice, or the needed kick in the pants will always be welcomed and appreciated.

Looking forward to getting to know y'all :) If there are any gastric by-pass folks out there struggling with regained weight I'd enjoy hearing from you!

Going to take this weight loss journey one day at a time, one change at a time.

"Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

"Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you." -- Og Mandino--

Member Since: 12/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 415

My Goals:
Reach a healthy weight so that I can keep up with my grandchildren and that special guy in my life.

Fit into amusement park rides without fear that the restraints won't fit around me!

My Program:
8 oz of hot lemon water in the mornings.

Counting calories, low carb, high protein, and low sodium.

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Name: Linda
Age: 49
Location: Central Florida

Physically Challenged, mother of 4 and grandmother of 4

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  • v EMMABE1
    Thank you for taking the time to read and leave a message on my blog. I found it a hard blog to write as it rather laid me bare!! However I felt that, indeed I hoped that my honesty might help to rekindle the Spark in some and give hope to others!!
    Again, thank you for spending the time to read it.

    2629 days ago
    Heyy!! How are you doing?? Im doing good, got off track but I have to stay on track. I have less than 7 months now to fit in my dress!! lol.. Planning is coming along quite well.. Photographer, DJ, Bartender, Invitations, Bridesmaid dresses and flower girls.. Slowly getting everything done. It's alot of work!! lol

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    2633 days ago
  • v EMMABE1

    Just dropped by to say - Hi. and welcome you to The “Chair Exercise” Team
    Welcome to the most friendly, most supportive team in SparkPeople land!! - Please feel free to jump in and join in the message boards. It has been proved that people who contribute to message boards and blog regularly lose more weight, more easily than those who don’t, so come on in.
    It is a great place to be and you will find lots of friends, ideas and links to help and support you at all stages on your journey.
    To help you on your way I have sent you a Sparkmail with resources for exercises that are suitable for those whose mobility is limited, whether by age, physical problems or time. I hope you will find it a useful reference.
    I hope you succeed in all the goals you set.
    Enjoy the journey
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    Ann (Co-leader Chair Exercise Team and Stronger Seniors Team)

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    Catch a smile - be part of the SMILE EPIDEMIC!!

    2637 days ago
  • v SUSIEPH1
    Welcome to The Chair Exercise Team!!!
    We are an active and friendly team and love our exercise .. we not only cater for disabilities, a lot of our members just love the chair exercise and the camaraderie of this team.
    We are here to help you to realise your dream of fitness and health dispite disabilities, in fact we encourage Exercise of some sort or another.
    We also encourage our members to look after their Nutrition.
    This is most important, as it is hard enough being disabled in some way let alone not eating well and feeling good.
    We have several challenges going on and heaps of fun thing to do!
    feel free to join in .. and start your journey with us to fitness and health.
    If you need help please ask us .... There is always someone ready to steer you in the right direction
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    2637 days ago
    I just wanted to post a quick Welcome to the Chair Exercise TEAM. We're so glad to have you join us. Please jump in and have a good time getting healthy. This is an excited group of folks and really active team so you should be able to find all sorts of inspiration and motivation. Just jump right in. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. There's always someone willing to help in any way possible. Don't forget to use the food/water tracker that spark people provides as well as the fitness tracker. These are excellent resources that will help keep you on the path you've chosen. Come on... let's get healthy TOGETHER!!! Together WE can do anything! Spark On! -Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon PS: Remember to SMILE, they're contagious! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2637 days ago
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