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Well, I figured my page needed an update-I can't believe it has been at least 3 years since I've been on my page (I'm on the site all the time).

Right now I am just trying to save up enough money so I can move to South Carolina. My sister moved back in here in March and with her constant slamming of doors and screaming (she has a meltdown if she drops the remote), I get a PTSD-like effect and I can't handle it.

I will write more as time permits...

Member Since: 12/8/2006

Fitness Minutes: 19,494

My Goals:
I would like to get my business off the ground, lose 100 pounds (or at least reach 160 pounds and go from there), buy a horse and move out of the house. I love my mom, but I HATE living at home. I want to move back to South Carolina so I can enjoy the warmth for most of the year.

My Program:
Right now I am taking it slow. I am starting out by tracking my food and I'm hoping to start walking in the cemetery again. If true Spring would only arrive! We have ghosts in the house so I hate exercising in the house; I will do belly dance videos but I feel silly. I constantly feel like I'm being watched and I have physically felt their presence; I end up feeling paranoid. Silly, but true. Another issue I have to overcome. I just need someone to go do stuff with outside. I'm too afraid to try new things alone.

Personal Information:
I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA and currently live in Dover, NH. I am a country girl at heart and after spending a winter in Aiken, SC, I can't wait to go back! I am 34 and I'm tired of feeling self-conscience at the beach (which is why I don't go). I haven't been swimming since 2002 and I miss it SOOO much. That is so sad, considering I am 45 minutes from the beach and an hour away from the mountains.

Other Information:
I am actually what everyone would consider a geek. I love to read, although I have been slacking on that recently. I love watching old TV shows like the 90s Zorro series, 50s Superman, Mister Ed, Donna Reed, Dick Van Dyke, etc. I currently know English and I did take 3 years of Spanish in High School, although I forgot most of it. Currently I am brushing up on Spanish and learning Chinese, Arabic, Swedish, German, Dutch, Russian, and Italian. I have the Russian version of War and Peace and I am currently translating it. This is book one of two books. Maybe by the time I am 70 I can start translating the second one! I stopped listening to American music about maybe 10 years ago. I like listening to European and Scandinavian. I love it! Timoteij (Swedish), K3 (Dutch), In-Yan (Russian), Vincent & Fernando (German) and Helene Fischer (German) are my favorites. America seems to be too much into rap and people who can't sing so I gave up (yes, I'm an American).

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  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon I use to think Gastric Bypass surgery was the "easy way out" but after watching a lot of episodes of "Fat Doctor" from the BBC, and Dr. Now do surgery on "My 600 Pound Life" I've learned that for many of those obese people they have stretched out their stomachs so much that they could never go back to a normal size and feel full. Many of them have stomachs that can hold five pounds of food (80 ounces.) Of course, they got that way from the person overeating, but because obesity leads to so many other health issues such as Type 2 Diabetes, the surgery helps them go back to "normal." And they can have stretched their intestines out another five feet, so they absorb much more food than the average person, thus the "bypass" helps there. Yes, I know that half of all people who have the surgery regain all the weight again after two years, but I do think it helps many to once again get back to a normal feeling of being full. Dr. Mercola says we have to put much of the blame on the obesity epidemic on food companies that add chemical flavor enhancers into processed food so we crave the food and buy more of it. The by-line "Bet you can't eat just one" is their motto.
    1474 days ago
    Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!
    -Audrey Hepburn emoticon
    1986 days ago
    Thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate it. I know everyone means well on this website, but sometimes things can be interpreted the wrong way, etc. Thanks for understanding why I keep my food journal private.

    Everyone has great suggestions that may work for them, but bottom line, none of those suggestions have worked for me. I've tried everything imaginable. Something else is missing- something strange that only a small percentage of the population has suffered from.

    You're a wonderful Sparkfriend :) Thanks again for the warm, kind, supportive comment. emoticon
    2750 days ago
    I love your kitties!
    2764 days ago
    I'm slowly trying to get this page up and running! I'm not the best decorator and my messages tend to be long-winded at times. I need more friends though...

    No...that is NOT a picture of me. I have always hated having my picture taken. Between hating the way I look to the sneers that I look like I'm always giving, they just never worked to my advantage! That is a picture of singer Nancy Ajram from Lebanon. I am a third generation Lebanese...I wonder if we are related...
    2776 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/20/2013 11:01:36 PM
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