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Bill, Vicki and I before a Gator game.

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My best friend and sister Vicki & me.

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Mom & I in fromt of the church.

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Hi, I'm a retired widow who takes care of my elderly mother (or does she take care of me, lol) I live in the beautiful mountains of NC. I want to lose 50 lbs. so I can hike in these mountains or go dancing if I want to.
I have one son, one sister and one brother. We are a small family, but a close family. I'm also close with my sister-in-law who lives part-time up here in the mountains. She is how we found this little part of God's country. My husband, son and myself, many years ago, came up to the mountains on vacation with his sister and her family and they introduced us to this area. Well, the rest is history. We love it up here. So does my son. He moved up here from FL the summer of 2008. He is 27, has a great job, just bought his first house.

Update 3-30-09: I love SparkPeople! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Don't think I would have made it this far without SP! :)

Update 4-10-09: I visited a friend I haven't seen in almost 3 years and he could not believe how slim I looked. He told me several times how good I looked and to keep doing whatever I was doing. Well, I had to tell him about SP! Thanks again SP, I can't wait to see what kind of remarks I get when I get to my goal of losing 20 more lbs.

Update 5-5-09: One of my goals was to be able to hike in the mountains. Well, I've been twice in the past four days and have really loved it! My friend and I look for wild flowers on our walk. Take a look at the pictures I took. The beauty of the Great Smokey Mountains is just awesome! This is one of the reasons I moved up here from FL. It is just so beautiful here, especially spring and fall. So thanks again SP for helping me achieve one of my goals of hiking in the mountains!

Update 7-19-09: I haven't reached my final goal of losing 50 lbs, but I'll get there. It will just take me a little longer than I had planned. All this wedding stuff has gotten me off track a little. I have reached a mini goal of getting under a certain number on the scales. I'll just leave it at that, but I'm pleased.

Update 8-17-09: The wedding of my son Ron and his bride Ellen went off without a hitch! The weather was great, no rain, and everything was wonderful! Now I think I can rest a couple of days before I have to head down to FL for a reception for them there. Then I head back up the NC, rest a day then head out for a 3 week trip with Mom, my sister Vicki and her daughter Vanessa for a road trip to New England. I'm so ready for it. Then it's back to dieting. I've not been good at all this past month with all the wedding planning.....

Update 1-22-11 Well, what a difference a year brings! Things haven't been going too good for me or my son. I've gained 1/2 of my weight back, my son's marriage didn't work out, they are separated, she moved away and he moved out of state! I now have to try and start over again on losing this weight. I've just got to get my mind right!

Member Since: 7/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,697

My Goals:
I would like to lose 50 pounds by July 2009. I want to hike in the mountains or go dancing if the urge strikes me.
I also want to be able to put on a bathing suit and not look like a beached whale!

My Program:
My plans are to walk or ride a bike at least five days per week. I have never been one to do a lot of cardio exercise, so I do not think I will start now at this age......

Personal Information:
I'm originally from Florida but bought a house in Western NC two years after my husband passed away in 2001. I felt like I needed to spend as much time as possible with family and friends. You never know what life will deal you, so live it to the fullest. I love having this house in the mountains. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Other Information:
I love to follow the Florida Gators (National Champs again); go to the beach with my family; travel; read and just recently, work in my yard. I never thought I would enjoy it, but I really do. It not only is relaxing, but it's also a little bit of exercise.

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