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Hello fellow Sparkers, Thank you for visiting my Spark Page.

I have been married for over 45 years and am a mother of four and grandmother of 5. On May 4, 2010 I had lap band surgery. After losing a substantial amount of weight I find myself at a plateau. As I still have quite a bit of weight to lose to reach my goal I need to refocus and hope the talent and heart found here will assist me in doing so.

Member Since: 1/15/2010

Fitness Minutes: 680

My Goals:
I have been on a plateau for several weeks. I am working diligently to get the scale moving down again. I have finally reached the 84 pound mark. My next short term goal is to achieve a 90 pound weight loss.

My Program:
I am 14 months out from lap band surgery. I am working on continuing to lose more weight and become healthier.

Personal Information:
I live on the coast in South East Georgia in the USA. I have a wonderful husband and 4 beautiful, supportive children as well as two daughters-in-law son-in-law and 6 beautiful grandchildren. I have been overweight all my life and now at 62 years of age I am working hard (once again) to do something about it. I have begun blogging and you can read more of my life in my blogs.

Other Information:
Well, I've been gone for a while. My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and instead of putting her in a nursing home my sister and I went to live with her so that she could spend her last days in familiar surroundings at home. She passed away in late October and I am struggling over the loss. I have been at a standstill on my weight loss journey since I went to stay with her. BUT it is time to get on with my life. I will once again be visiting this site regularly and drawing heavily on the encouragement and expertise found here.

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    Welcome to the walk/run/cycle team. I have to admit I have been pretty lazy lately. I did complete the walk across the US. I've been finding excuses not to walk to work. Sometimes they're legit excuses but most of the time it's because I'm feeling lazy. Good luck with your journey.
    3476 days ago
    Welcome to the Dealing With Depression Team. We are glad to have you in our group. Best Wishes in reaching all of your goals. Take care, and keep in touch with the team. We are very supportive, and we are here for you.

    3476 days ago
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    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support- it's also lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. A lot of people have had similar success with WLS and found SparkPeople as the perfect support system to help them reach their ultimate goal. I'm so glad you're here!!
    I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, but also to maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place! You're off to a great start already, just by posting here and I think you'll be at your goal before you know it!
    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
    Please check out SparkTeams - you can choose them by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways. I'd like to invite you to join the Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle Thru the US @ exercise.lbl.gov SparkTeam - it's a really fun way to track your walking while you travel 'virtually' across America from Virginia to Oregon. Go to the SparkTeam page at www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
    ndividual.asp?gid=19805 for more information.
    Some of the other teams that are good for beginners include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site. It takes awhile to get the hang of the site but you can earn SparkPoints and Trophies while you explore and learn!
    I wish you the best on your journey!!!

    3480 days ago