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GD Sierra (eight months old) and me, December 2015

Big Brother DS Scott ready to walk Little Sister DD Aubrey down the aisle

DD & GD Sierra, enjoying her first trip up into the Colorado mountains.


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I'm 59 years old, married three times, have children and grandchildren, and am happily married for almost 16 years. I'm physically disabled from a brain and spinal injury in 1994.

My main goal on Spark is to live a healthy lifestyle by eating wisely and being active physically. Food-wise, I do well; as far as exercise, I'm not nearly as consistent as I know I can be.

My beloved son Scott was killed in February 2008. I will always grieve the hole left in my heart, and am forever changed by his death... However, I also found a wellspring of faith I didn't know I had. There is no doubt I have been very blessed.

I hope you'll take a look at my Photo Gallery, and share those special times, past and present, spent with my wonderful family. The latest are of my new grandbaby, Sierra Elizabeth!

My DH Bob is a wonderful, affectionate and caring man who has always loved me just the way I am. Since we got together in 1996, my Life has had a calm center I'd never known.

DH was diagnosed with ESRD (kidney failure) and started dialysis in 2011, forcing him into retirement. Since January 2015, he's had countless health setbacks and complications requiring numerous ER visits, fourteen hospitalizations, and several surgeries. Now living in the family home, we're finally able to have our own pets. Tabitha and Blackie, our two "rescue" cats, are great comfort and fun! It's tough with the ups and downs, but we're doing fine. As DH's health is now stabilizing, we're working on a "New Normal."

Member Since: 4/9/2007

Fitness Minutes: 134,510

My Goals:
My initial ambitious attempts on Spark triggered my usual self-sabotage, crash- and- burn pattern. I decided to take my time and learn to use Spark's tools, going for a long term goal of eating and living healthily, but not worrying about weight loss. That continues to be my main focus.

I've been very heavy (obese) for over 30 years now, except for a short time 15-17 years ago. I quickly lost 105# and had maintained for almost two years. I was doing very well, but "lost it" - the panic, depression and inertia of PTSD, prompted by retrauma of CSA, caused a complete reversal and I gained over 50# in 4 months, plus 20 more over 3 months, going on to gain 115# total.

How could I have regained so much weight, after all that work? Because our emotional and mental components will determine the ultimate result of our physical condition. I've definitely learned that, which is why "losing weight" isn't as important to me. I'm enjoying the journey!

My Program:
I'm doing well now as far as using the tools on Spark. I weigh and measure and honestly track ALL my food every day. That's the bottom line for me, the most basic of steps, and IMO the most important tool.

I love to do Spark activities; but reading and posting on my teams' message boards is a source of support and comfort, and an outlet when I need one. I try to remember to turn to Spark when I start floundering, and I've spent many a night on Spark, reading, posting or journaling, instead of binging.

I have "Silver Sneakers" and use the pools at the local gyms for water-based physical therapy. My biggest challenge is exercising consistently. The problem is just as much a mental block as it is physical limits.

Personal Information:
I have two biological children from my first two marriages. Often, they were my only reason for living, and remain my heart and soul. Son Scott would be 36, but he died in February 2008 (details in my blogs). Daughter Aubrey, 30, married in 2007; photos of this wonderful day are in my gallery. She and SIL live in Colorado with their daughter, my precious Sierra Elizabeth, born March 2015. My amazing DD is undoubtedly my best friend!

DH has a grown daughter with three children (one step, one bio, and a new step). We are "Mimaw" and Grandpa to Kaile, age 12, who has been a big part of our life since her birth. We live in southern California.

I was crippled in a fall in 1994, disabled with a brain and spinal injury. My children suffered greatly, financially and emotionally, made worse when abandoned by my second husband in 1995. Slowly, I rebuilt my life with my kids. Meeting my DH is the icing on the cake of life!

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PTSD from violent sexual abuse in my childhood has hindered me all my life. With the death of my son, I am dealing with a whole new set of devastating emotions. When I started on Spark in 2007, the wonderful and caring community made a huge difference in my life. I feel stronger and more grounded, and have had more successful days and weeks in the last nine years than in ALL my years before! Also, I know I would not have survived the death of my son without Spark in my life, and unending support of my wonderful Sparkfriends.

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    It's so rare that I see your name, that I'm so happy to get your two "likes" on my friend feed. I'm also glad that they gave me the opportunity to see Sierra's picture. She's a charmer. I wish your husband all the best for a successful surgery and will watch for word of the progress.
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    Hope you're having a special time emoticon
    9 days ago
    HI Elizabeth !! Is the cat on ur header yours? Looks a lot like my Izzy (Izzah, Izzah ma gizzah, Isabella is her real name). I have had her now for 3 1/2 yrs. I got her from the local shelter an hour after my beloved Princess (Princey, Wincey) died expectantly. Princess had asthma (now SO DOES Izzy !! GRRR and the cat before Wincey,,, Little Dah ! WHY DO I KEEP GETTING Cats with this???) and I was taking her to the vets for a simple check up. she had the night before gone thru her normal routine which included ,, she'd stand in front of the fridge,,, a side by side,,, and suddenly LEAP and be on the TOP ! I kept only cereal boxes there,, because EACH NIGHT she'd KNOCK them DOWN ! I KNOW she LOVED doing this! And that AM when I took my shower,, she came in,, she LOVED water !) so yeah I THOUGHT she was FINE ! Come to find out she had a fast cancer that went from her throat all the way thru her digestive track !! The vet informed me she of been gone within the week,,, of course he only knew this with a very expensive surgery,,, he THOUGHT It was only going to be in her mouth,,,, and I could of done chemo for her. I wasn't sure about that I NEVER want an animal to suffer ) so I ended up having to put right down. I was DEVASTATED ! I ALWAYS get a new one when I lose one. So yeah Izzy was at the local shelter. I was ONLY looking at ORANGE cats. You can see I came away no with an orange one. She choose me out. As I rounded the corner ,, she put her paw out side of the cage,, upside down and moved it to motion me over. The person who was showing me the cats said "She's been here for a week. A LOT look at her, but she has wanted NOTHING to do with them." I'd learn through time that when someone is ill, hurting,, at all upset she goes right over to them and jumps up,,, purrs her head off. Of course eveyone who meets her LOVES her. When you put her on her back,,, like holding a baby she ALWAYS puts up one or both front paws on your face. It's ADORABLE !! EVERYONE thinks THEY are SPECIAL I usually don't tell them,, she does it to ALL. Let them feel good !
    9 days ago
    Thanks Elizabeth for the feedback about the LTGL and the knitting supplies! Sometimes I just need to be more disciplined about getting things, like my knitting, done. emoticon
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