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This will be the 3rd time I've returned to Spark People in hopes of losing 60+ pounds. I'm almost 63 - 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'm almost 63 - 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. It seems that no matter what I do and how hard I try weight loss remains elusive. Since having my thyroid removed I have steadily gained 3 pounds a year and can't seem to stop or reverse it. That's only about 1/4 pound a month so it's hard to see that I'm gaining. I also have arthritis in both my knees, my neck, my hands and to a lesser extent in my hips and shoulders, this provides a real exercise challenge! I recently moved and now spend a lot of time gardening in our 1+ acre yard. I 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 so I enjoy the interaction I find here with other women.

I don't give up easily but I AM getting frustrated...




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Member Since: 8/18/2011

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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 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.

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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PAULAAUTUMN
4/16/2015 9:04:23 AM

Love the page update very Hogwartian emoticon keep the magic flowing, have fun see you around the Castle



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IMIN2GENES
4/12/2015 8:46:35 PM

Thanks for adding me back! *giggles* Sorry I forgot to leave a comment. I'm rushing to get myself to bed. I'm an early riser... LOL! If you're up for an adventure, we just started one. Check out the Campus Grounds.



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DINGDONG55
4/8/2015 11:24:55 AM

Just stopping by to say hi and hope you will have a smile on your face all day, because your day will be awesome!
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4/3/2015 11:54:09 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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MOOMSHINE
3/28/2015 2:11:45 PM

Hey, Carolyn, third time's a CHARM! I let a nasty comment from a loved-one get to me that set me back 40 lbs. I can = you can. (and I'm not referring to the Toucan Two-step.) I think we're all here because we have something heavy that makes losing weight for us a little harder than for the next guy. Sign on daily, keep tracking, and you will succeed. Have a great journey! Em
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