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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

SparkPoints: 18,858

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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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1SURFWALKER
10/19/2014 9:42:06 PM

I would love to meet up with you two one day--thank you! Your train hobby is fascinating...would love to take a ride in that! We are really hoping to get an RV and travel the country in a few years. So glad to have you back....take things a day at a time! emoticon



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SCOTMAMA
10/18/2014 12:09:36 PM

emoticon Good to see you on here again. Yes, we have been in the new home a little over 2 months now, think it was sometime in August. You'll have to go back and take a look at some of my blogs.

Have changed our minds about staying up here full time tho, as there is no shopping and no place to eat out (except for a couple of greasy-spoon type family places, and a pizza place that is WAY over-priced). So we have decided to still sell our Glendale home, but not until the beginning of the year, and instead we just bought a smaller home in Sun City. It will give me a full 2 months to decide which furniture to put in it, and perhaps upgrade anything I don't like. The sale of my rental property went through, so it gave us the money we needed to do all this.

Hope everything has been good with you and that you didn't gain any weight while you were away from SP!

Hugs, Eve



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CHRISGETTINGFIT
10/17/2014 11:30:45 PM

Thank you for the goodie!! Good to see you on here again. I haven't been tracking over the summer much, but know I need to get back to it. Feeling good, though. Hey, and I'm really impressed by your garden! Nice!!



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SAM60SUMTHINK
10/17/2014 9:17:48 PM

Welcome back emoticon from your SparkBreak!!




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HAWTGRANNY2014
10/17/2014 8:52:52 PM

Glad you are back. Hubby had his surgery and had a lot of problems which I blogged but working on it. Hope everything is all right with you and Rod. did you have a good trip with the railroad thing?



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