Our radiant daughter and her groom! August 21, 2011. I am so proud of her!

Sept. 5, 2010, Wedding day of oldest daughter,Katherine, weight 170 lbs

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I'm 57 years old. Married with four grown children, 2 girls and 2 boys. Of the girls 2 married and the two boys are single and looking for that special someone. I just danced the night away August 21, 2011 at the last of the daughters' wedding.

I love being active yet many injuries from sports, children, life, etc. have had me sidelined for quite a few years of surgeries and years of physical therapy and rehab for these joints of mine!! Some have been so bad that I was confined to bed for a year and a half. That and medications help pack on the pounds even when you are trying so hard not to.

I also have chronic Lyme disease which inhibits a lot of free form movement, and has presented itself to attacking my joints and spine. So I have Lyme Arthritis which tends to twist the joints and causes extreme swelling, stiffness, and pain. I am am on a new treatment so I'm getting more mobility and need to lose pounds to ease pressure off joints. As well as, exercise to limber them up some, increase flexibility, and strengthen my muscles to to aid in pain relief.

Also I miss my old self and want what I can back as much as I possibly can, no matter how long I have to do it.

I joined Spark people on May 17th and have enjoyed the variety of exercises and have been able to adjust them for my limitations ans push through some of the ones I can. I feel so much better that I am doing something proactive for myself and it is working!!!!! Yeah!

I've already lost 3 lbs all total but inches are changing as well. I am only able to go a quarter of a mile each day for my walks but today was able to push just a little further and almost doubled that! Boy am I sore! But happy.

I love to paint, sew, garden, and decorate. I love my three dogs, two little and one huge! lol. However they are all black and white. Not buy my choice either it just happened that way.

I love to read and do crossword puzzles. I like volunteering when I am able to help with children with handicaps or developmental disabilities. I feel that children are so strong and have a determination to overcome the obstacles life as handed down to be able to live as healthily as possible. They get frustrated and they want to quit sometimes but they just have this something that helps them push through some very painful places to get to the next step and then the next! They are such an inspiration to me to do the same.

I love hiking, horseback riding (after back surgery some years ago, the docs and therapists told me I would never be able to ride again however after almost 2 ears of painful rehab and pool therapy) My daughter and husband gave me a tremendous gift of a trail ride for my birthday. I was nervous and excited as were they, but they knew what my goal was to be able to ride again. I had a blast! Even if the brace made it somewhat uncomfortable it was great to cross rivers and streams and go through the woods and mountain trails, all at a walk mind you but that was good enough for me! A huge victory!

My highest weight was 199 lbs. at 5'4" now ( after back surgery you shrink, lol) I was horrified and felt miserable, nothing fit well. after the rehab and pool therapy I had lost down to 175! Much better!
After another 6 months of pool workouts on my own I lost another 165!! Three months of gym workouts on the machines I lost another 10 lbs to 155! I was on my way to 150 and almost made it. Then I was bit by a little tiny deer tick, and my whole world changed again! Battling for my life and limbs became the focus and finding a treatment that could stop the infection. Long story short, once we did and felt strong again I was back up to 170 lbs. I have a diet I have to follow but I'm making the necessary adjustments and am down to 163 lbs now. but I have hit a plateau and can't seem to get past 162.
It fluxuates up and down between 165 and 162. I have to go slow and not over tire myself or I get a flare up and it's too easy to injure myself these days but I am surprising myself at how much I am able to do and some of the exercises are already too easy with the weights so it's time to move up in weight to 5 lbs.

Wow that sounds so good, and when ever I feel myself stressing about the upcoming wedding and seeing family I haven't seen in 18 yrs. When I weighed 125 lbs. I'm a little nervous. I just turn on spark pages and check out blogs of sucess stories to calm me down and get my focus back.

So I would like to get to know others battleing more than the bulge and I hope I can be a good buddy to some and motivator to others. I will I know need the same from others as well. I've already got one buddy for the 4 wk Bootcamp challenge. and she has been marvelous!

I look forward to hearing from you and sharing our journey together.

Member Since: 5/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 5,137

My Goals:
To lose down to 140-145. I always felt best at that weight.

To eat healthy
Be Healthy
feel rested
To exercise daily

7/15:To lose two pounds
goal met 158 lbs
8/1: to lose at least two more pounds! Goal met 8/21,2011
yes I met my goal of 156 for the wedding! Hurray!

My Program:
I have completed the 28 Day Boot Camp Workout Fitness Challenge!!!!!!

Now I Am with
"Walk Away The Pounds" with Leslie Sansone Team.

I am also doing the Gardening Excercises as I spend so much of my days in the Garden.

Personal Information:
I am a native born Texan, transplanted by choice in New England.
I use to do Historical Restorations on Items that had been stencilled or decorative painted and researching it and making it historically correct once more. Esp. Organ Pipes, & Murals.

Other Information:
I love to Paint and draw.
I love good books to read, Crossword Puzzles, Facebook, Long chats on the phone. Getting out of town and shopping, or visiting.
I love to garden, I enjoy walking in the woods and hiking, canoeing and fishing!

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    Hello Donna. I'm Esther and pleased to meet you. Happy Holidays.
    1949 days ago
    Hi Donna,

    I was going to email you private but I see your not as active in your sparking neither. So not sure if you would go to your private email neither. Not sure how often you do come on in week. Thanks for the talk on my page to thumbs up on my 50th Imean my hubby and I. I love my new place. I don't have to cut the lawn any more. Big lawn but we rent his one. Landlord does it all. I have nice walking space again being the country. I have a wee garden I can do in the summer. I could not take the stairs anymore . So no stairs and walk out to the backyard just open the door. The laundry room end of the hall. No stairs. My back got to me doing those stairs and to cut the lawn but it never really improved like they say keep moving it got worse. Housework never bothered me . So we and hubby are happy campers. I put on weight but back to portions and if I walk not over do it. My hubby loss weight not I. He was not really trying like I was months ago. Write me when you can. I finished my Granddaughters scrapbook and I did two Minnie books for my close friends birthdays. I was surprised I managed to get those done before I moved. It was two months before I decided I wanted to move. Oh and I got my hair cut as you see. The long hair took too long to dry.

    2380 days ago
    Hello my Dear friend. Summer is over and I am going to move into a smaller place. Hubby and I. Plus on Friday is hubby and I 50th Anniversary. So after we move my daughter is having a wee get to-gather for us.

    I have seen your pictures of daughters wedding and very nice. Your looking pretty thin Girl.

    After my move hope to be back in to participate more.

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    2414 days ago
    Hi Friend,
    My computer has been down for over many weeks. I have got on to-day. Still nota 100% as my server came today and tried to connect mewith out me always signing in. He could not. Had to go around about way. So I have to sign in all the time. I had it to my own Tech and he had to put in a new Ethernet. Long story or I would not beable to ever come on. So I have not forgotten you dear. I see your stressed out again on your Status. Don't be hard on yourself. You look beautiful as you always look. Rome was not built in a day.

    Love ya Buddy.

    Off to my Dentist for a clean. Thought I better let you know what has happened from my end. Been real hot so my days have been in. I did get a part time job to help out. I will write later when I get home to your private email to tell you. All was good but as a friend neighbour. I helped them out at a resort. They did feed me healthy food free. I was surprises. Plus pay me as they run the summer resort.

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    2457 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/3/2011 1:03:39 PM
  • v GRNDMOM43
    Thank you for the comment on the picture of my Grand daughter. She is so cute here. It was taken last year at Easter. emoticon
    2475 days ago
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