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I joined SparkPeople when I retired in 2008 and have had a terrible time losing weight even though I've done all the "right" things, mostly because of some health issues that result in an incredibly slow metabolism. I've talked to several doctors and also "professionals" from SparkPeople, followed all their suggestions faithfully, all with no results. Recently I have been spending most of my Spark time on a new team I've joined. One of my Spark friends belongs to it and when she told me about it I asked her to find out what I needed to do to join also since it's a private team. The team has been wonderful for me, since joining I've actually started losing some weight, slowly but that's OK. I think it's because the focus now is no longer on how depressed I am at being so unsuccessful. I think stress plays a big role in not only weight gain but in weight loss also.
The main thing that has caused me to leave teams in the past are lack of participation, if I'm only talking to myself and one or two other people I get bored very quickly. Also, I won't be on a team where people do nothing but complain or, even worse, where someone is bullying someone else.
The only real requirement for the team is to be active and they offer a lot to do there so it's not hard to do. They also require showing respect for the other team members and, if anyone has any personal issues they’re dealing with there is one thread devoted to that for people to get support but those types of posts are not allowed on any other threads. The team has a fantasy/Harry Potter based theme, with members attending classes at a "school" similar to the schools in the Harry Potter books. You get points for attending classes and there are a lot to choose from, a reading group, several art-type personal expression classes, one cooking/nutrition type class, one devoted to either strength training or cardio exercises, a couple devoted to things like meditation or other calming activities and more than one writing class with different themes. There are chat threads, team challenges between the different schools. It's really hard to describe the whole thing but I'm enjoying spending my computer time there and have found I'm feeling better in general after joining. It’s a very positive place, if it sounds like a team you would be interested in, let me know and I’ll arrange for an invitation to be sent to you.

Member Since: 8/18/2011

Fitness Minutes: 7,556

My Goals:
I don't need fast weight loss, just consistent. I would like to lose 60 pounds - not an easy task for me because of some health issues but I don't give up easily!

My Program:
I am watching my calories by eating only "healthy" foods in accordance with my doctor's recommendations and trying to get more exercise. I think I own about every exercise DVD and Wii program out there and also recently bought an activity tracker. 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.

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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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