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***May 12, 2016***
It's been over six years since I was introduced to Spark People. I have met some pretty awesome (cyber) friends whose support is remarkable. I'm just not at all where I want to be with my weight. I lost 20 pounds the first year but since then, I have yo-yo'd up and down gaining all that back plus another 20. I've tried multiple ways to make a plan and stick to it but I seem to keep falling back into my old habits.

I was a skinny child....too skinny. I think this may have been due to the fact that we were very poor and food was not always available. I 'm not making excuses...just trying to pin-point where I went wrong. I have battled with my weight my entire adult life. I slowly started gaining when I was a senior in high school. When I saw myself in a picture wearing a bathing suit, I vowed to do something about the 40 pounds I had gained in the 4 years following high school. I found success by joining a gym with a friend; drinking plenty of water and a diet consisting mostly of Lean Cuisine frozen meals.

I can hardly stomach pre-packaged frozen meals any longer. My grandmother was my rock and savior during my horrible childhood. In the last few years of her life, she pretty much lived on frozen meals and ended up contracting stomach cancer. I believe that it was mostly due to those Banquet Dinners that she ate because they were cheap. She was blessed to have lived 97 years, 4 months and 10 days on this Earth spreading her wisdom and love onto others and I do miss her dearly.

Overall, I am healthy except for my weight. I have had my share of trauma from childhood through adulthood but I believe that I am stronger by learning to survive through all of the turmoils. I think my mother taught me at a very young age to turn to food for comfort. I was taught to clean my plate because you never know when you'll get a chance to eat again. My mother was extremely obese and that was the ultimate cause of her death at the age of 67. My biggest struggle has been to overcome this. I know that food is plentiful and wasting food on my waistline is so much worse that throwing it away.,,,it's just hard to change.

I love to exercise but find the older you get, the harder it is. I have tried to become a runner but my feet will not allow. I do as much walking as I can and try to make every effort to do at least 30 minutes of cardio/strength training on weekdays. My biggest struggle is food. I eat too much and make too many bad choices. My plan is to eat healthy by trying to stick to a clean diet.

I am happily married for over 30 years. We are blessed with two wonderful daughters who have graduated college and are working hard in their "big girl" jobs. I thank God everyday for my blessings and pray for strength and guidance to make this world a better place for all.




Member Since: 7/27/2009

Fitness Minutes: 31,488

My Goals:
I really need to put more focus on myself and getting into shape. I have to feel better about myself and be able to look at myself in pictures without wanting to cry.

Goal 1 - lose 10 lbs
Take it one baby step at a time adding a goal after each is met

Ultimate Goal: feel comfortable in my own skin.


My Program:
Incorporate exercise in everyday activities as much as possible
Eat 6 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day
Limit sweets - and eat clean
Drink at least 10 glasses of water each day
Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night



Personal Information:
My name is April and I have been married to my loving husband for over 30 years. We have two beautiful daughters. We live in the country on a few acres of land with our dogs who love to run and explore.


Other Information:
I love exercise and feel great when I've accomplished a challenge.
My biggest challenge is eating. I'm not a binge eater but I have a hard time staying on track. It's too easy for me to eat out with friends or family and fall back into the same routine that got me into this shape. I'm trying very hard to limit portions and make healthy choices.




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  • v FLORIDASUN
    Thanks my sweet friend for the fruit basket. It's perfect for this time of year. Things are still up in the air...both with our new lawyer and with the save our house fight. Now we have some additional health chllenges for DH but we are staying positive and taking things one day at a time.

    I hope all is well in your world and that you have a fantastic vacation. emoticon
    9 hours ago
  • v JUSTFURKIDS
    Hi there! To answer your question about my new spiralizer: I bought an OXO Good Grip which has you place veggie in horizontally but I’m returning it & getting a Pampered Chef spiralizer where Veggies go in vertically. Better design & hoping STURDIER.
    17 days ago
  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
    Are you interested in a Challenge?

    The Biggest Loser goes for 10 weeks. It consists of 10 teams participating in weekly Fitness and Nutrition challenges. The Spring challenge will be getting started the beginning of March. It consists of fitness and nutrition challenges that are often in a form of a game. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Winter we had Help Santa Fill His Sleigh, Run Rudolf Run and Super Bowl. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Spring challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the Blue Biggest Loser Icon, copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Frosted Fitness Fun Chit Thread.

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
    s_individual.asp?gid=25339

    Teresa
    141 days ago
  • v RAWCOOKIE
    Hi April, thank you for your sweet goodie. No matter that you are not working through the 100 Days book - just popping into the team pages every now and then can be inspiring. Best wishes to you on your journey too!
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    148 days ago
  • v FLORIDASUN
    Thanks so very much for checking in on me my dear friend. We are so totally relieved that we didn't get wiped out! Just waiting for our power to come back on...we are blessed to have friends to stay with in Ft. Myers with a/c and even internet...life is GOOD! emoticon
    277 days ago
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