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This will be the 3rd time I've returned to Spark People in hopes of losing 60+ pounds. I just turned 61 - kind of scary. I'm a retired high school biology teacher and I miss the daily interaction with the kids. I recently decided I really need to try this AGAIN. My biggest fear is failure - AGAIN which makes it really hard to motivate myself everyday to keep going. I think I must be a little self destructive that way. I had my thyroid removed in 2001 so I often feel I'm fighting an uphill ...
This will be the 3rd time I've returned to Spark People in hopes of losing 60+ pounds. I just turned 61 - kind of scary. I'm a retired high school biology teacher and I miss the daily interaction with the kids. I recently decided I really need to try this AGAIN. My biggest fear is failure - AGAIN which makes it really hard to motivate myself everyday to keep going. I think I must be a little self destructive that way. I had my thyroid removed in 2001 so I often feel I'm fighting an uphill battle because of that. I also have arthritis in both my knees, my neck and to a lesser extent in my hips and shoulders, this provides a real exercise challenge! I recently moved and don't often see my woman friends, my husband is really supportive but my weight issues are something I don't feel comfortable talking about with him.

I'd like to find a weight loss "buddy" who would like to e-mail about other things besides just weight loss issues, as I said above, I don't know any women my age close to where I live so I think loneliness plays a part in my weight loss depression. I think support comes from friendship, I don't think I'd feel comfortable opening up to someone unless I felt they were a friend, not just someone paid to be supportive. I find that even doing this profile is highly stressful to me.

My doctor told me, "With your family and medical history weight loss will be very difficult if not impossible" so I feel I'm fighting an uphill battle. It's a battle I want to win though so I'll keep trying until I find something that works for me.
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WHITNEYTEACHER is considering more diet changes, just got back from another visit with my doctor, she had some interesting suggestions.
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Member Since: 8/18/2011

SparkPoints: 15,390

Fitness Minutes: 6,045

My Goals:
I don't need fast weight loss, just consistent but that doesn't seem to be happening no matter what I try. I would like to lose 60 pounds - right now that seems impossible!

My Program:
I am watching my calories by tracking my meals daily and trying to get more exercise. I think I own about every exercise DVD and Wii program out there and also recently bought a pedometer. I'm trying to walk a lot more as my main form of exercise. For me the secret is audiobooks - I only listen when I exercise so I'm motivated because I want to hear more of the story.

Personal Information:
I was widowed in 1999 and remarried in 2002. I spent the next 5 years teaching High School biology in a very small school 67 miles from home until I retired in 2008. We recently moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, a difficult move because my husband had lived in our other house for over 40 years. Now we're looking forward to our new life in our new home.

Other Information:
I love to read, I own a lot of audio books and like to listen to them when I walk. I mostly like fantasy, mystery, or young adult novels. I got interested in YA books while teaching high school and continued reading them after retirement. I also try to keep my mind active by playing RPG computer games.

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SHARON10002
4/18/2014 6:07:08 PM

emoticon H - Have some chocolate today.
emoticon A -All work and no play can make you a basket case.
emoticon P - Putting all of your eggs in one basket is never a good idea.
emoticon P - Paws and reflect on how green your grass actually is.
emoticon Y - You have to break out of your shell to find out who you really are.

emoticon E - Every bunny loves somebunny some time . . .
emoticon A - A cute little Easter bonnet can tame the wildest hare.
emoticon S - Some (chocolate) bunny is waiting for you.
emoticon T - There’s no such thing as too much chocolate!
emoticon E - Everybunny needs a friend who is all ears.
emoticon R - Remember to keep your paws off of other people’s jellybeans or chocolate.



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ZANNACHAN
4/18/2014 12:39:55 PM

oooh, something like that might be a big help! I will definitely check those out. I can't believe that we're moving to a bigger (substantially) apartment but the kitchen is significantly smaller--and the other 3 bedroom option we ruled out entirely because the kitchen was entirely unusable. I don't know how they expect anyone to actually cook in there! So anyway, something that buys us a little extra counter space is definitely a plus.

Thank you!!!

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SCOTMAMA
4/18/2014 12:21:55 PM

Thanks for stopping by, Carolyn! About your Mom, it appears she had the same motto as me -- always look for the silver lining in every cloud. There is always some good in every bad. And, like my blog, there is always someone worse off than you.

Hope your day is going great! Eve emoticon



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ZANNACHAN
4/18/2014 1:50:50 AM

I'm grateful at least that neither of us is diabetic and *knock on wood* I'm hoping to stay that way! Diabetes is a hard disease but if you can manage it, it makes a big difference (lots of diabetics in my family--some managed their blood sugar well, and some did not).

I *love* fresh bread! We don't have space for a breadmaker (and we're shortly moving to an apartment with an even smaller kitchen--seriously, there's enough room in the kitchen to either have a microwave or counter space for prep, but not both) so I don't think we'll be getting one any time soon. But sometimes I get given home made bread by friends.... om nom nom! LOVE good bread. (then again, maybe a breadmaker isn't such a good idea... LOL).

We've been making very slow, gradual changes, with lots of experiments. Some experiments have worked, some have not, and progress has been very slow so sometimes it's hard to see what a difference we've made. But we're eating more fruits and veggies, more fresh foods, fewer processed.... dairy would be hard because dairy is about the only food I can stomach first thing in the morning, and sometimes it helps a lot when I'm having stomach issues because of meds etc. But I think taking it one day at a time, working slowly, and adjusting as we've needed to has helped us a lot in the long run. And by focusing on one or two changes at a time, I don't get as overwhelmed as I do when people tell me I need to make my own yogurt and bread and cut all packaged foods etc.... I'm much less likely to panic *grin*



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SWEETNEEY
4/18/2014 1:04:58 AM

Ground hog day is good too. It shows the indomitable spirit



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