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Hi, I am 54 and on my way to a lighter version. I started at 272 as my highest weight at 5'7. I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Delmarva Peninsula--about 20 minutes from Ocean City. I am a one-on -one special ed. assistant with an autistic boy in a high school. My youngest son attends UMES, a local college. He received a full ride there---only has to pay for books and parking as long as he keeps his grades up. No problem keeping his grades up---last semester he had a 3.8 GPA.
I am now team leader for the Empty Nesters---big step for me since I am a little computer challenged. It really seems strange when my son is away---lif e really is different---sometimes good, sometimes not so good.
Tax Day, April 15, 2009---my first grandchild, Reagann Nicole LeCates was born---7 obs 10 oz., 21 inches long , at 12:50 PM. What a wonderful addition to my family---and oh, how proud my son looked holding his newborn infant in his arms---his face just beamed.
I have been meeting a lot of my Spark Friends this summer. I have done several blogs about our escapades. Hoping to meet up with a few more before the summer is over.
Update--Since I last changed this, I have been meeting with local Sparklers---and have started walking in the park on Saturdays regularly with at least one Spark friend. We have had to move into the Mall a couple of times because of the temps or weather--but we do prefer the outside.
Michael just got straight A's for this last semester. This next semester should be interesting as he takes the 2nd cooking class and only has classes on Tuesday, Wednesday , and Thursday for the upcoming semester.
OUr move to our house sure made last year a whirlwind but we have settled in nicely and enjoyed our Christmas with Reagann--the light of our lives. Onward to a New Year.
MAY 2011---WOW, being named motivator of the day is a little overwhelming----I really enjoy Spark a lot and have made so many good friends on here---some of them feel more like family than just internet buddies. And I really needed a kick in the pants to get back on track and this really helps----so you all are motivating me to get back to the basics. My dh being out of work due to surgery has really put me in a tail spin but I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel---he goes back to work on the 23----Praise God for that. I want to thank all of you Sparklers for being such a great motivation for me.
UPDATE---I am now 56---LOL---and so glad I have the energy to play and take care of my 2 and a half year old granddaughter. After going thru the crisis of losing a good friend to murder, I now realize even more the importance of friendship---whether it be in person or on the internet. Each of my friends are important to me---all of you keep me motivated , amused, entertained: giving me a reason to support you --hopefully I have helped any of you that have read my blogs or my page. I am truly blessed to by your friend.
2012 update---okay---Michael proposed to his gf---Taylar---who we already love---and today he tells me they are getting married next January-----so I have a year to get in to shape and save up the money for the wedding----so definitely got to get myself in order. I am hoping that 2012 is a much better year than 2011---my leg is starting to feel better and I am slowly building up my strength in it so that I can really get exercising again---it is amazing how much I have missed this the past 6 weeks. So onward I will go---and I will win this war---each battle will be fought--and hopefully I will win more than I lose.
2015---had a rough year in 2014 but have started to turn around the scale to the going down position---that is what I plan on working on this year. My word to concentrate on this year in Kindness---to others and to myself.

Member Since: 12/14/2007

Fitness Minutes: 153,137

My Goals:
I want to get down to 175--that's almost 100 pounds--that's like a whole person--to fit in ladies clothing--to feel better when doing things. I am getting ready to buy ladies size pants now---but the top half is not cooperating.

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I am not dieting--I am making better choices--a lifestyle change for the better---I get up at 5:30 and either walk a mile and a half, do a Leslie Samsone DVD, or the recumbant bike---after school I go to Curves 3 or 4 times a week---that way I get my metabolism reving 2X a day.

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My birthday is May 10. I am 54 years old and will be married for 31 years this May 20--I have 3 sons--29, 28, and 19. We are partial empty nesters as my youngest attends UMES, which is close enough for him to come home often. I am a special education assistant working as a one-on-one with an Autistic high schooler.

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Love to garden, read, do Sodokus, and watch HGTV and TLC. My favorite author is Dick Francis. I love Thomas Kincade pictures. I really am feeling a lot better with 60 lbs gone--I have so much more energy and slowly outgrowing my clothes--that motivates me the most. I love to decorate the outside for summer, autumn and Christmas.--We go crazy at my house decorating both the inside and outside.

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    Val said she thought it gave them more room for ads down the sides of the pages. They didn't mind overlapping the background pix before, but... I've had just about enough. I'm tired of hearing people carry on about it's being free and "change is inevitable, accept it" and all that carp. I like my little page, and I like HImself's little page, and I feel as though that's all ruined. As for FB - without so much as a by-your-leave they "froze" his page, claiming they've "memorialized" it. What they've really done is make it so I can't get into it to add photos (which is how I found out), and none of us can get in there to update his JustGiving link or anything. Maddening. And they make it impossible to contact them! No phone numbers, no email addresses, no links. You're probably right. Maybe SparkGuy is Mark Zuckenberg's new best friend. p.s. I can't leave an emoticon. Every time I try, it comes up with "Please, no HTML!" or some such. Of course, the fact that it's SP's HTML makes no difference. *sigh*
    4 days ago
  • v KERRYG155
    Also a heavy cat!! lol
    9 days ago
  • v PICKIE98
    Just sitting here thinking of you and the hubby. Sending hugs and prayers for your good health.
    19 days ago
    Thank you for the support and goodie. My sister was 10 yrs younger than I am. We really didn't get to know one another until she was going thru treatments and I'd drive to Charlottesville to be with her. Those times are good memories even tho it was also a sad time. Believe it or not, we did a lot of laughing.

    Have a great week!
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    28 days ago
  • v PICKIE98
    I have been thinking of you all day,, I see Kristy(DD) sent a comment below this one. We love you Cathy!!
    40 days ago
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