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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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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 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.

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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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9/3/2014 2:41:09 PM

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8/18/2014 11:17:32 PM

emoticon How are you doing & hubby doing? Back from my vacation and just posted a blog about it. Lots of pics and video. Have a good day! emoticon



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SCRAPPYGAMBLER
8/4/2014 10:07:11 AM

Good morning , I usually pick to friend people when I like their comments. So I am sure that I was impressed with one of your comments. I wish you continued success in your program!



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HAWTGRANNY2014
8/2/2014 7:07:25 PM

Beautiful Person Award!!

You are the recipient of the Beautiful Person Award!!

Once you haven given this award, you have to paste on the page of 8 people who deserve it. If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it is always good to know someone thinks you are beautiful inside and out.

Again, Congratulations Beautiful!!





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HAPPYGIRL1000
7/26/2014 6:23:19 AM

Hello new sparkfriend, best of luck on your fitness journey! I'm a new member of the Walk Away The Pounds sparkteam and I saw when I posted there on the new members thread you are also a new member - thought I'd drop by your page to cheer you on! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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