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***June 1st, 2015***
It's been almost six years since I began using this site. I lost 20 pounds the first year but since then, I have yo-yo'd up and down gaining all that back plus another 15. I've tried multiple ways to make a plan and stick to it but I seem to keep falling back into my old habits.

I was a skinny child....too skinny. I think this may have been due to the fact that we were very poor and food was not always available. I remember getting in so much ...
***June 1st, 2015***
It's been almost six years since I began using this site. I lost 20 pounds the first year but since then, I have yo-yo'd up and down gaining all that back plus another 15. I've tried multiple ways to make a plan and stick to it but I seem to keep falling back into my old habits.

I was a skinny child....too skinny. I think this may have been due to the fact that we were very poor and food was not always available. I remember getting in so much trouble for bragging about what I ate while visiting my grandparents. I was very young and didn't realize how bad off we were.
I have battled with my weight my entire adult life. I slowly started gaining when I was a senior in high school. When I saw myself in a picture wearing a bathing suit, I vowed to do something about the 40 pounds I had gained in 4 years. I found success by joining a gym with a friend, drinking plenty of water and eating Lean Cuisine frozen meals.

My grandmother was my rock and savior during my horrible childhood. In the last few years of her life, she pretty much lived on frozen meals and ended up contracting stomach cancer. I believe that it was mostly due to those Banquet Dinners that she ate because they were cheap. I cannot bring myself to eat any packaged frozen meals after watching her suffer.

Overall, I am healthy except for my weight. I have had my share of trauma from childhood through adulthood but I believe that I am stronger by learning to survive through all of the turmoils. I think my mother taught me at a very young age to turn to food for comfort. I was taught to clean my plate because you never know when you'll get a chance to eat again. My mother was extremely obese and that was the ultimate cause of her death. My biggest struggle has been to overcome this. I know that food is plentiful and wasting food on my waistline is so much worse that throwing it away.,,,it's just hard to change.

I love to exercise but find the older you get, the harder it is. I have tried to become a runner but my feet will not allow. I do as much walking as I can and try to make every effort to add strength training as I know how important that is. My biggest struggle is food. I eat too much and make too many bad choices. My plan is to eat healthy by trying to stick to a clean diet.

I am happily married and have two wonderful daughters. I thank God everyday for my blessings and pray for strength and guidance to make this world a better place for all.






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Member Since: 7/27/2009

SparkPoints: 47,088

Fitness Minutes: 27,036

My Goals:
I really need to put more focus on myself and getting into shape. I have to feel better about myself and be able to look at myself in pictures without wanting to cry.

Goal 1 - lose 10 lbs
Take it one baby step at a time adding a goal after each is met

Ultimate Goal: feel comfortable in my own skin.

My Program:
Incorporate exercise in everyday activities as much as possible
Eat 6 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day
Limit sweets - and eat clean
Drink at least 10 glasses of water each day
Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

Personal Information:
My name is April and I have been married to my loving husband for 30 years. We have two beautiful daughters. Our youngest attends a university not too far away and the oldest has graduated and is working a "big girl" job. We live in the country on a few acres of land with our dogs who love to run and explore.

Other Information:
I love exercise and feel great when I've accomplished a challenge.
My biggest challenge is eating. I'm not a binge eater but I have a hard time staying on track. It's too easy for me to eat out with friends or family and fall back into the same routine that got me into this shape. I'm trying very hard to limit portions and make healthy choices.

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FLORIDASUN
4/20/2016 6:27:44 PM

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for that fabulous massage sweetie pie! I love it and am so thankful that I have such a wonderful friend like you that would treat me to one!

I hope you are doing well...I'm counting calories....AGAIN. We'll see how that works out.

I am trying to find the time to go get a bunch of blood work done so I can check my thyroid and get started on bio-identical hormone therapy. I was going to do it a long time ago but we got too busy at work.

I'm hoping if I can get my crazy hormones straightened out that I start losing some weight...it may be wishful thinking...but I'm willing to leave no stone unturned. emoticon



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FLORIDASUN
4/19/2016 7:31:37 PM

Happy Tuesday my friend! Long day at work today. Time really DRAGS by when we don't have many customers. I'd rather be about ANYwhere but in the shoppe on slow days.

Hope all is good with you. I'm still on my chopped veggie kick but I know I need to move the ole body around a whole lot more.

I have to keep the faith though and so do you my friend! Lets do our best and support each other along the way.



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FLORIDASUN
4/4/2016 6:42:03 PM

We stayed home...if those ying~yangs weren't polite enough to answer back my e-mail...it was just as well!

I liked the movie but wasn't blown away by it...pretty run of the mill...blow em up...shoot em up...and Ben Affleck is a ho~hum actor if you ask me. Talk about a little fame going to his head..he basically seems to just walk through his roles lately. Matt Damon is SUCH a much better actor and they both came up together.



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4/4/2016 5:46:51 PM

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Thanks for the comment on my Spark page!

Let's emoticon kick it and get in the gear of moving and staying in motion today! It was great to hear from you again. Get outside for some fitness time and ramp up the B12....and hope it keeps "the Monday blues" away! Stay strong with your Spark plan today!



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FLORIDASUN
4/4/2016 12:27:26 PM

Hello sweet friend! Thanks EVER so much for your sweet comments on my blogs. I'm a Mid~westerner too through and through and heart to heart. The crazy thing is one of my oldest friends (the one in the blog) that called me bitter is from Iowa also.

The bad thing about moving to FL if you become successful...and it's HARD not to BE successful if you have your own business and have half a pea brain about customer service is that you become...very quickly...what I call Floridzed...I don't know if it's because the sun is so hot it burns a hole in your brain...or you just see so much wealth all around you that you think you are actually a part of it!

When we had our big business...I admit it...I thought WE were the big deal...the beautiful people.

Truth is...in FL...no matter how much $$ you have someone is always going to have MORE...and when you lose the one thing money can never replace as we did when we lost our son...you come down to earth REALLY quickly.

Sadly no one in this group has experienced great loss...and I hope they never do...but it does keep them in an isolated bubble that is far beyond reality and it has anestastized or completely eliminated their empathy genes...sad but true.

Sometimes I think we stay with the group just to remind them that they really AREN'T all that...it just aggravates them to death! emoticon



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