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My 101 year old mother.

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I am a very happy senior with two sons, an "adopted" former inner city boy who considers me Mom, two wonderful daughters-in-law, three grandchildren, two "adopted" grandchildren, and I had a husband of 50 years. (My "adopted" son lived with us during his very turbulent high school years.)
I have an eBay store and tutor children from primary grades through college.
My husband lost his battle with cancer in August, 2019. He was my best friend, and I miss him.
I have let my weight get out of hand, and I realized that in order to see my grandchildren grow to adulthood, I will have to get my health in order. I am finding that joining Spark People was one of my best decisions because I am getting the accountability that I have been lacking. I feel that my weight has been an embarrassment to me, and I believe that getting it under control will help me to have the energy to do the things that I have been letting slip by. I am grateful to have found this site.

Member Since: 5/23/2015

Fitness Minutes: 10,744

My Goals:
I want to lose weight so that I can watch my grandchildren grow up and so that I can avoid serious illness. Being overweight has been embarrassing, and I want to stop being aware of my weight.

My Program:
I am starting out by tracking my food and trying to incorporate exercise into my day.

Personal Information:
I live in Illinois and have lived in the Mid-West my whole life. I am retired from teaching and continue to tutor. I have a law degree and practiced law many years ago, but I preferred teaching and returned to that. I have an eBay store with new and like-new clothing.

Other Information:
My favorite quote is attributed to Henry Ford: Think you can or think you can't. Either way you will be right.

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    Thank you so much for the goodie! Spark pals like you are the reason I have been able to keep going on my healthy journey this time . emoticon
    8 hours ago
    Thanks for the birthday wishes
    2 days ago
    HI Barb!! I found out on Friday that I'm now in congestive heart failure, so I am now also on a fluid pill. Since Dec my weight had GONE UP AND UP AND UP 9 lbs!! YO!! I wasn't quite sure why. So hopefully now it'll go down. I do not know much about this. I have an appointment at the cardiologist office on Weds so I'll know more.

    3 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie!
    4 days ago
    Spring is coming! Are you ready to join a Challenge and work on your healthy lifestyle goals? Biggest Loser Group is accepting members for it’s Spring Challenge starting the in March 3. The challenge consists of 10 Teams that participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate.

    If you would like to be a member of this challenge you can copy and paste the link below or you can click on the BLUE BIGGEST LOSER Icon on my Spark page. Join Biggest Loser Winter Challenge All Teams and sign up for the next challenge on the Spring Wait List thread.

    Come join in the fun, meet some great people and work toward your goals!!!"

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    6 days ago
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