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Grandpa and his granddaughter and great granddaughters

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Laying sod at Kevin's house.

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The girls on the first day of school: Mady in 6th grade, Falyn in second grade.

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I have had a weight problem ever since I was a child. I remember how focused my family was on it. When I was in fifth grade, I met a pediatrician who got me a diet I could manage myself and I became pretty empowered and lost a great deal of weight. When I went to college, when most people gain weight I lost and kept it off pretty well until after my first child. About the age of 40, I mentally became tired and threw in the towel. Unfortunately the pounds started to sneak up on me. At 55 I got on the scale and realized I could be considered obese. Also my blood pressure was up and my liver enzymes and my calcium levels were out of whack. I knew I had to gain control again, or I won't be able to enjoy my grandchildren.

I been with Spark People for just over six years now. I am not where I want to be but my doctors have seen a radical improvement in all the things that were going bad. I am still fighting with my liver, but have made changes that will help that situation. I had a very emotional year a while ago and gained back a good chunk of what I lost. I try not to dwell on that. I am still working toward my goal weight but enjoying life as it comes. I appreciate all the support that I have received from my Spark Friends and am committed to keep at it.

Member Since: 1/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 103,205

My Goals:
I will walk at least 7000 steps per day

I will drink at least 64 oz of water per day

I want to write a journal.

My Program:
I am using the food tracker almost daily and have put Spark People on my work as well as my home computer. I have decided to watch my portions as trying to fix two different meals at meal time isn't going to work. Most of all I am making a commitment to get up and exercise.

Personal Information:
I am a school teacher from rural southeastern South Dakota. I have taught all my working life, except for the six years where I worked with handicapped adults. I have been married for 39 years. have two children and two grandchildren, and one very spoiled pug dog.

Other Information:
I love classical music, mystery novels, photography, sewing, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and a job well done....

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  • v MSANN59
    Thank you so sweet happy thanksgiving enjoy your day ❤️
    15 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    More flooding! Wow, you're weather has been terrible this year , hasn't it?! I am relieved Florida is going to be missed this time from the T. Storm. Next week we have two more coming from Africa that may affect us. Ugh
    Take care and enjoy your weekend. Thanks for commenting on my feed. emoticon
    90 days ago
  • v TURTLE69
    Welcome to Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge Team! emoticon Feel free to add me as a friend. If you need any support or just someone to talk with, give me a holler.


    96 days ago
  • v MSLZZY
    Thanks for the camera goodie. We made fantastic memories this
    last week and now it is time to get back to normal. HUGS!
    159 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    I really would prefer 52 degrees right now. Your 52 that is! Here, 52 makes us feel like we are freezing. I want to move to Iceland right now! Every year I seem to get worse with tolerating the heat. I hate it! Especially when we keep getting hotter, earlier each year! UGH! emoticon
    We need rain, but I hate to say that because Hurricane Season starts on June 1! Sigh. Always dread that! And you ask why did we move to FL? I ask myself that more and more.
    Hope the rains aren't too bad for you. I know you have had lots of problems with it. Anyone along the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers are really having a tough time. Crazy, crazy weather these days.
    Glad you liked the pic of Yuma. He is a cutie! That is the pic the park has of him. He is a friendly guy, looks like he even wanted to have the pic taken! emoticon
    Have a good Friday and weekend! emoticon

    196 days ago
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