WHITNEYTEACHER
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I joined SparkPeople when I retired from teaching in 2008. I was a high school biology teacher and still miss the day to day interactions with the students. I 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 based theme, with members participating in different activities weekly according to their interest. You get points for participating and there is a lot to choose from, a reading group, several art-type personal expression groups, one cooking/nutrition type group, 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 group with different themes. There are chat threads and team challenges. 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've always enjoyed walking as my main form of exercise but recently have developed several foot problems and my doctor has told me "No more long walks" so I'm trying to find a new exercise routine that works. 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 exercise. 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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