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All my life I have struggled with my weight. I am the heaviest I have ever been and I am ready to do something about it! Weight has been an increasing problem in my household. My husband and I are both overweight and our boys are following. 3 1/2 years ago my husband underwent gastric surgery and has had tremendous success. I have done nothing, and it shows. My body is really starting to complain! I know I need to make lifestyle changes, not only for myself, but for my children as well. My biggest inspiration is my youngest sone who at age 12, is obese. We have been taking the medical steps needed, such as getting him on a CPAP, tonsils removed, thyroid condition controlled, as well as setting up an appointment for a nutritionist. Now I really need to focus on the things I can fix, and that begins with me! I am hoping that by sharing my story and being accountable for by actions, from the foods I prepare to the amount of activity my family gets, I can get my family healthy . Today I make that change!!

Member Since: 9/21/2011

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My current goal is to just get started! There are several bad habits I need to begin breaking and replacing with good ones. This week I am focusing on drinking less tea and replacing it with water. I am also trying to really keep track of ,and think about, what I eat, while adding some evening walks!

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I currently live in Viera, FL. I grew up in OK and will always consider myself a true Okie! I have a wonderful husband and two fantastic boys. I am a teacher, specializing in Deaf education. However, I have been teaching as a 1st grade mainstream teacher and I love it!

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I enjoy doing just about anything as long as it's with my family! We especially enjoy going to the beach and fishing. For my "me" time I enjoy being surrounded by nature. From the beach to the wetlands, or just out around my house, I love trying to catch glimpses of wildlife and maybe get a snapshot or two!

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    2433 days ago
  • v MOMMY445
    hello and welcome to the positive sparkers team! good luck in achieving your goals! you can do this! you are worth it! have a great day!
    2433 days ago
  • v IILAAD65
    Welcome to the Positive Sparkers team!! This is such a great and supportive team.. and we look forward to getting to know you!

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    2433 days ago
    Welcome to Spark and the 30-Somethings with 50-99 Pounds to Lose team! I hope you'll come introduce yourself to our group (if you haven't already) as we're very active and the friendship there really helps so much on this journey. Don't let the site overwhelm you too much - it's extremely chaotic in the beginning (I just started here a few months ago, and remember that very well!), but it will get easier if you just stick to it for a week or two. :) Good luck on your journey, and I'm looking forward to getting to know you better!
    2437 days ago
    WELCOME to SparkPeople!!!

    I read your story on your page and tears fill my eyes. YOU can take your life back, you CAN be an example to your family and get healthy!

    I BELIEVE....do you???
    2437 days ago