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Hi there. My name is Kacey and I live in the Pacific Northwest. I was blessed to be married to the love of my life for 19 years before he passed on the 27th of September, 2008. I am still in "recovery mode" from his loss but I am making progress. I am usually very easy to get to know and love to people watch. I am looking forward to seeing how I progress in all aspects of my life!

6-7-16 - It has been an amazing journey thus far! When I joined SparkPeople on August 1st, 2012, I had no idea that I could have achieved the goals that I have! It wasn't even in the realm of possibilities in my mindset at the time. To date, I have lost 209 lbs and have gone from incredibly tight 4X and 5X clothing sizes to a size 8-10-12 (depending on the manufacturer).

The best part so far is that I have met so many wonderful people here on SP. You are all so supportive, helpful, encouraging, and full of so many great ideas! I know I wouldn't be where I am without that "team spirit" behind me!

Member Since: 8/1/2012

Fitness Minutes: 199,773

My Goals:
My goal is to lose as much weight as my body is willing to let go of so I can be around for my grandchildren, who are the joy of my life. My secondary goal is to be happy, healthy, and free with the new man in my life so we can enjoy each other's company until the end of time!

My Program:
I have to live a gluten-free, grain-free, legume-free life, so that is the crux of my plan. I have some mobility impairments, but I still weight lift, do CrossFit (with modifications), swim incessantly, and enjoy all manner of outdoor activities..

Personal Information:
Born in Connecticut, lived in New Jersey, Chicago, Southern California, Montana, and Western Washington (where I am now). I love what I do for a living (I teach students with learning issues and students who are homeless) and it provides me with great inspiration that feeds my soul. Recently entered a relationship with a man who loves me for who I am and spoils me rotten. I have introduced him to SP and he is now my exercise partner.

Other Information:
I believe God has kept me here on this plane so I can work with the students whose lives he has (for whatever reason) given me the power to reach and assist.

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    Thanks for commenting on my blog, maybe we can encourage each other!
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    2992 days ago
    Thanks for your kind response. You will find that Spark gets very easy to use and becomes a part of your life in time. I think that's because there are such a wide array of choices and SO much support here for everyone if you are willing to spend even ten minutes a day looking around the site. If each of us is not worth that ten minutes after all we've suffered and hated ourselves and been alone in this world, well, what can I say? One of my everyday slogans is "Suffer no more." When I hear people at the gym say that "no pain, no gain" thing, I have to bite my tongue unless the comment is directed to me. For me, this is a journey and it opened a door to a new way of living. At 67, that's quite something. emoticon
    2994 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/18/2012 11:44:32 PM
    Woo-hoo for the NY Mets! I've been a fan since 1985, through all the ups and downs :) Love the guys in Blue and Orange!
    2996 days ago
    I think you and I may have quite a bit in common. David Burns' book "Feeling Good" about cognitive therapy as one tool to cope with clinical depression changed my life many years ago.I still had a breakdown in 2007 but have gotten back on track with the help of family, friends and wonderful doctors. Today is my 67th birthday and I just want to wish you all the best. I "inherited" grandchildren from my current SO. These children have lived in turmoil but one thing they know is that "Gma Pat" loves them very much. emoticon
    3000 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/12/2012 7:36:32 PM
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    Welcome to the Challenged by Arthritis team. Feel free to post in the forums and chat room and if you like start a new topic. We have a post in the top forum of the team page with lots of hints and tips on arthritis from various members so check it out. Hope emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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