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I sit here, a 42 year old woman, thinking about how my poor body image and perception that I am not athletic has lead me to Sparkpeople. I never wanted to exercise or eat really healthy. I thought, like many, that it would never affect me. Then I became an occupational therapist and started to see people who thought like that and ended up with various diseases due to their obesity. I blew that off initially still thinking that I was OK.
Then I heard that my dad was given the diagnosis of diabetes. This concerned me. My dad walked everywhere. He was not an athletic person, but loved to walk. The diabetes gave him numbness in the legs which affected his walking. This inhibited something he loved. I looked at him and realized that I was heading down the same road.
Also I had a husband who hounded me about exercising. He chipped at me like a sculptor at a piece of marble. For every excuse I had, he had an answer. We got into argument after argument about my resistance to workout. This went on for years. Seriously, it was years!
Oh, I would workout for a couple of weeks, then there was always something in my way. There were no kids that I could use as an excuse, but I would find one.
Then I started to pick up health magazines and read about women who were like me. They dedicated themselves to getting healthy and getting in a shape other than round. This started my journey. I dedicated myself to cardio and lost 20 pounds.
I was overjoyed and felt great, but I wasn't truly sold into the fitness mantra yet. I had hit a plateau and was getting frustrated. Then I received an email.
The email was from MyPoints ( a rewards program tha you gain free point tha you can use to buy gift cards and such just for visiting advertisers websites). I clicked on page to get my points for visiting Sparkpeople and was amazed at the site. I had found what I needed to get over that plateau.
It's been about a year since I have joined Sparkpeople and I wish that I could tell you that I lost another 20 pounds or more, but I can't. I have lost 8 and have been up and down with that number. What I can tell you is that I am more determined to be healthy and fit. I do not want to be a statistic of illness due to being overweight. I do want to live my life without taking a medicine cabinet of pills every morning. I want to prove to myself that I am athletic. My perceptions are changing for the better.

Member Since: 11/18/2008

Fitness Minutes: 50,381

My Goals:
1. To do a 5K either race walking, jogging or running by June 2010.

2. Not to eat because there is nothing else to do.

3. To go from a size 14 to size 12.

My Program:
1. I am going to the gym 6 days a week and doing 6 days of cardio (45 minutes or more) and 3 days of strength training.

2. Drinking 8 glasses of water (or more a day).

3. Turning to my husband, family and friends (including Sparkpeople friends) for support.

4. Having some time set for me to think positively for myself. Most of the emotional eating I have done has come form not paying attention to my needs.

5. Just breathing and remembering that life is what you make it.

Personal Information:
Born: 9/26 in Ft. Worth, TX.

Grew up in Butler, PA and Nyack, NY.

Lived near Philly, PA and now near Hilton Head, SC.

Was a music therapist and now working as an occupational therapist.

Married 6 years to a wonderful, supportive high school history teacher!

Loves to sing and have done so professionally.

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I found this quote and I love it.

"The rest of the world lives to eat, while I eat to live." - Socrates

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  • v HOMEBODY67
    emoticon to.... DOING IT RIGHT TEAM

    You will LOVE THIS TEAM! It's amazingly positive and supportive. The members here are always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. They have done it for me and they will do the same for you!! We are here to support and encourage you on your journey to success. All the best to you on reaching your goals.

    It's great to have you on board. Come and join us on the Forums for some fun and challenges.

    922 days ago
    Thank you for the prayers and kind thoughts regarding my surgery and hospital visits.

    Set to now begin to heal and get stronger.
    2519 days ago
    Thank you again for your kindness and great advice. I went to bed praying, woke up praying and did my devotions. That has changed my focus back to where it should be and not on the situation.

    I think what hurts the most is that after nearly 30 years of service to this school district, with two years left before I retire, I feel like and have been told that they will try to force us out early so they can hire newer teachers at a lower salary rate.

    Makes me very sad!
    2848 days ago
    I do hope it is ok that I added you as a friend. It made me smile to see that you have given yourself goodies. What a great idea, I would never have thought to do that.

    I do have a new, great chruch but it is nearly impossible for me to reach out to people I do not know well, I probably would not have blogged about it either but I needed to write a blog and I just will not lie about how I am feeling. I could not even think of something to makeup to blog about.

    You do not even know me and yet you reached out and that means a lot. I will pray and go to sleep and trust that God has a plan for tomorrow. God bless!

    3056 days ago
  • v KIMMY1445
    Thanks! That is so sweet of you to say. And you seem to be doing pretty darn good yourself. Keep it up!!!!
    3423 days ago
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