My six biggest reasons for wanting to be fit. June 2005

Marilyn Monroe was a size 14!! I am now a 12!!!!

Wedding photo August 2002 ~185 pounds. I wasn't allowed to hide from the cameras this day.


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This may not be easy, but my 6 beautiful children make it all worth the effort!

I have an amazing family who love me regardless of what my weight is. I want to be able to keep up with them and be around for as many years as possible to enjoy them. I know that the Lord has blessed me even though I haven't always been the best steward of the body that He gave to me.

HW 212 (2-17-06)
SW 180 (5-30-06) Joined SparkPeople
178.6 (6-6-06)
177.2 (6-13-06)
175.6 (6-20-06)
172 (7-4-06)
171 (7-18-06)
169.2 (7-25-06)
167 (8-1-06)
166.4 (8-8-06)
165.2 (8-15-06)
163.8 (8-22-06)
161.6 (9-1-06)
160.8 (9-8-06)
160 (9-15-06)
GW 145 (9-30-06)

My husband and I married in August 2002, and between us we have 6 children. After our wedding we moved to my husband's home country of Brazil and lived there for 3 amazing years. We moved back to the states last year and are now living in Oregon. I thought the hardest part of remarrying would be negotiating through a blended family with so many teenagers. I am happy to admit that I was completely wrong about that! The kids actually get along so well that I feel as if I can finally take a deep breath and quit waiting for the other shoe to drop.

I work full-time as a labor & delivery nurse in a local hospital. I know that I have the greatest job in the world because I get paid to be a witness to miracles everyday! I really do love every aspect of my job, and I take pride in the fact that my attitude seems to show and make a real difference in the care I give.

When the scale at my doctor's office groaned when I stepped on it at 212 lbs. (ok.... maybe it was me groaning) and my total cholesterol level was over 230, I knew it was time to get serious about my health. My 18 year old son's total cholesterol was over 240!!!! We went to see a nutritionist who my doctor recommended, and promised that we would keep each other motivated to follow her instructions faithfully. We have both dropped our cholesterol levels significantly and the pounds are slipping away just by following a low saturated fat diet and adding a little exercise to our routine.

I recently had an abdominal hysterectomy (5-17-06) and this really limited the amount of exercise I was allowed to do for a few weeks. My doctor has now cleared me to return to my "normal" activities, but my plan is to NEVER go back to my normal couch potato level again!

Member Since: 5/30/2006

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My Goals:
I have already lost 47 pounds, and I have another 20 to go... more than half way there! My most important goal is to maintain my total cholesterol below 200 and increase my hdl & decrease my ldl to normal limits.

My Program:
Staying within my calorie range of 1200-1550/day.

Low saturated fat diet (less than 15 gm of saturated fat/day).

50 minutes of cardio 6 days/week.

Strength training 3 days/week

Toning 4-5 days/week alternating daily areas of focus

Personal Information:
My name is Dottie and I am 42. I live in southern Oregon now... although I lived in North Carolina for 14 years, and have lived all across the US in my lifetime. I also spent the most interesting 3 years of my life in Brazil.

I am a Christian, and usually very active in my church. We have been having some difficulty finding the "right fit" in a new church since we moved to Oregon.

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I have very contrasting tastes in most of my favorite things...

Favorite authors; Jane Austen and Nora Roberts

Favorite music; Country/Western, Contemporary Christian, anything from the 70s (yes disco) and 80s (yup Duran Duran, and any of the big hair groups), Classical (Liszt, Chopin, & Rachmaninoff are my top 3)

Favorite foods; Pineapple, red bell peppers, broccoli, and chicken

Favorite actors; Jackie Chan and Sean Connery

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  • v JEANNLEE72
    thanks again for the "nurses" seem like a pretty cool lady...we've actually got quite a lot in common...i worked the last almost 2 years as a cna/tech in a birthing center, so some of my best friends are LDRP nurses...I have 5 children, all daughters, aged from 15 down to 2...Nora Roberts? yeah, she SO rocks as an author...great taste in music, went to duran duran for my birthday last year...woo hoo...anyway, you are awesome and i wish you the best of're who i want to be in a couple of years, after i've gotten my weight down and finished school...take care!
    4318 days ago
  • v PANDG9510
    Dottie...hope the management training goes well, we are all thinking about you and hoping it is what you always dreamed of. Keep up the great work and don't let them get you down. Don't forget us pions (sp?) when you are at the top...lets get that ticker moving some more! EHE?
    4331 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page, i will definately check the
    Nurses Everywhere Group.
    Thanks, Misty
    4341 days ago
    Hi Dottie!
    Thanks for the message on my sparkspage... great to know there are other nurses out there supporting each other! I hope you are feeling better now. I had to have a D&C last Friday.. so I'm still recooping from that. I have to stay out of the gym for another week, so that's making me nervous! lol Anyway, thanks for the info on the nurses page / group.. I'll venture over there sometime soon!

    4342 days ago
  • v ANGMRO00
    Hello Dottie!

    Thank you so much for your nice comments. Yes, I really feel like I will be better off in the long run. I still have not quite realized that I'm not going to notice major results for a while. But I'm over that now and am trying to make this change in my life something fun. I will look into the support groups for nurses. I'm very excited and cannot wait to just finish school so that I can begin my career. As you can see I'm not a patient person when it comes to certain things. :o) But again I thank you for the kind words and wish you luck on your new lifestyle as well!

    4342 days ago
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