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Christmas 2010 with my son Kevin (16)

My friend Ann (right), Comic Anita Renfroe (center), and Me (left) -- May 2010

If he can make it through the gas chamber...I can make it through the Tampa summer heat to exercise!



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I am a PROUD single Army mom of a now 19 year old young man. He is in the IL National Guard, and fulfilled two life-long goals: becoming a soldier and a police officer -- all before he turned 19! I have been on a roller coaster of medical/health issues throughout my adult life. I am bound and determined to make that change!

I graduated with my first Bachelor Degree in Social Work in May 2013 at age 41. I can finally say, "I DID IT!!" I'd been working on getting this degree, off and on, since 1991!! My next goal was to get down to Florida (which I've done...YAY ME!) and get started in Grad School (that's next)! I want to get down to 175 pounds by the time I graduate from University of South Florida.

If anyone has the following medical issues, I would like any advice you might have:

Degenerative Joint and Disc Disease (knees, back, hips)
Sleep Apnea
Chronic Migraines
Family history of heart disease
High blood pressure
and *possibly* Gout in my left foot

Member Since: 2/2/2011

Fitness Minutes: 1,945

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I graduated from Western Illinois University on May 11th with my first undergraduate degree in Social Work. I've been working on this degree off and on since 1991. The next step is Grad School in Florida. I am hoping to get down to 200 pounds by the time I am getting ready to graduate from University of South Florida!

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I am starting over -- from scratch! I will be using a variety of resources from SparkPeople and can't wait to finish The Spark Solution book...

Personal Information:
Born a cheesehead, transplanted in the land of Lincoln in 1981, and moved to the home of WIU in 2011. I have an 18 year old son, Kevin, who is the whole reason that I have pushed forward for my education. I have been overweight my whole life, but I am determined to change that through SparkPeople.com!

Other Information:
If you would like to contact me, please email me at: marystika@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter: @marystika or Skype: beth.stika

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