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I am a 60+ year old pediatrician who has an autoimmune disease called Sjogren Syndrome as well as mild sleep apnea. I have been with Spark People over three years. My sleep apnea continues. I am now on BiPAP. My pulmonologist feels I will always be on BiPAP despite the weight loss. I reached my goal weight but due to stress and back problems, I regained some of the weight. I am exercising more now and the weight is coming off again.

I have retired, greatly reducing my stress level. With the decreased stress I am feeling better. I still have my ups and downs with my Sjogren's Syndrome, but the downs don't seem as severe. I feel like a fat person inside a thinner body and adjusting to being thinner is a challenge. However, it is a nice challenge. I am able to exercise a minimum of 5 days a week, my dog and I walk almost daily. It is hard to look at her face and see the disappointment of not walking!


Today I promise I will not quit. I pledge that no matter how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. I pledge to make a NEW START today ,and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best Friend, because that is who I am. I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

Whatever the goal we're pursuing, no matter how rugged the climb, we're certain to get there by trying our best, and taking one day at a time. "Forever" is hard to imagine, "the Future" may seem far away--but every new dawn brings a wonderful chance to do what we can on the day. As you reach for the goals you would like to achieve, may you find all the strength you will need--to meet every challenge, one step at a time till the day when you proudly succeed!

Member Since: 1/3/2008

Fitness Minutes: 151,600

My Goals:
My goals are to continue changing my lifestyle.

My Program:
I had reached my goal but had some bad months, now I am back to needing to lose weight again. I have kept off most of what I have lost but need to lose some weight again. I am working on increasing my exercise and redeveloping the excellent eating habits I once had. I am 100 lbs from my highest ever weight, so I have done fairly well keeping most of the weight off.

Personal Information:
I am from Ogden, Utah. I live on the side of the mountain with a wonderful view of the Salt Lake Valley. I am a HUGE Utah Jazz fan. I am also a huge fan of the University of Utah Football and Basketball teams. I also love the theater and travel. I am a good amateur photographer. I spent a wonderful three weeks in South Africa in Aug-Sept 2007. I am now taking writing classes in preparation of writing a memoir.

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Always do right
This will gratify some
and astonish others
-Mark Twain

Responsibility for
-Cleeve McCleary

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could-
Ralph Waldo Emerson

” Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Mahatma Gandhi

"A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world."
Paul Dudley White

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    Thanks for taking the time to drop by and leave best wishes on my SP page for being the EE team member of the week. I really do appreciate your support and the encouragement! Happy Memorial Day!
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    186 days ago
    Looking to stay focused through the upcoming Holiday Season? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle? If yes, then consider joining the Biggest Loser Challenge that starts in early December. Each week 10 teams of 24 Active members do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge, it can be modified to meet your needs. I hope that you decide this might be for you. If so, you can leave your name on the Wait List for the Winter challenge. To get to the List visit my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon; copy The Team Page Address below or let me know so I can send you an invitation. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat thread.
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    382 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my Page about my being Member of the Week!
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    Thank you for the team of the week congrats! It was such a surprise for me.
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