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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.

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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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7/3/2015 12:05:16 AM

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"Wouldn't it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out." ~ Alan Cohen
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TEXASFILLY
7/1/2015 10:12:50 AM

Good mornin', Carolyn~ *hugs* Thanks for filling in my inquiring mind on your speeders! It is interesting~ love seeing all the beautiful scenery of your travels. When I watch the video, the turn off for me is the noise and jostling. Do you think they could make a high-end speeder that's enclosed, A/C, stereo, and some really good shocks? *LOL* Make it another great day, dear heart~ *hugs* BB~



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6/30/2015 3:57:24 PM

Thanks for the gift and for visiting my tree house. It'll be very useful. emoticon



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HAWTGRANNY2014
6/24/2015 5:21:08 PM

Hey saw your video...was really fun. Have a great time. hugs, Pam



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6/22/2015 5:32:40 PM


I'll let everybody know in a blog how I'm doing rather than each individual, shortly!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
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