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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 62 - 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 62 - 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.

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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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1SURFWALKER
2/25/2015 3:09:03 PM

So sorry you found out you have shingles. I will write you later about some tips and what I went through with it. Take care. emoticon



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ZANNACHAN
2/23/2015 7:07:30 PM

oh yuck that sucks. But I'm glad that you didn't wait and got medication. I hope that you feel better quickly!



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ZANNACHAN
2/23/2015 5:06:45 PM

I hope that you are feeling better. Hives are no fun, but are better than shingles. If it's shingles, I'm told, the hives will hurt. If they just itch, it's probably just a hive reaction which can be caused by an allergon or even stress ("just" being relative, as they are still pretty miserable). I get hives periodically because of allergies etc. I find that benedryl cream or if that's not enough benedryl pills helps me--though the pills make me very drowsy. I have also gone to the doctor when they were really bad for stronger treatments when the over the counter doesn't work.



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2/22/2015 5:13:49 PM

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MA_DIDDLES
2/22/2015 2:59:05 PM

Carolyn - Sympathies 2 U in regards to shingles. I had them back a few years ago. I was miserable, but understand I was fortunate because they only lasted 6 weeks. I didn't think one could get them again, but my Dr said "Oh, yes you can," so got the shingles shot this this past fall.

I have been super busy, but other than that I am just ducky. I am off to get some more steps in. I have a 100 mile challenge going on with Mastercare (Mary). I hope your shingle don't last too long. Take care. HUgs. MA



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