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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.

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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LCERTUCHE
8/1/2015 5:38:32 PM

I'm laughing when you said you had no idea how I found you since we don't appear to share any teams or such. I probably saw you post a comment on one of the articles I read recently, but to tell you the truth I don't know. It's good to share though. At any rate thanks for stopping by my Spark Page.



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7/31/2015 11:54:02 PM

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emoticon A - A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it
emoticon W - Walk your talk.
emoticon E - Every day is a chance to begin anew.
emoticon S - Stop worrying about missed opportunities and start looking for new ones.
emoticon O - Opportunities are easily lost while waiting for perfect conditions.
emoticon M - Make today count!
emoticon E - Either you run the day, or the day runs you.


emoticon A - All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
emoticon U - Unlimited opportunities are waiting for you today.
emoticon G - Great changes may not happen right away; over time many raindrops will fill a pool.
emoticon U - Until you decide to change, nothing else will change.
emoticon S - Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
emoticon T - Today you CAN succeed!
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7/29/2015 10:14:06 AM

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JIBBIE49
7/28/2015 1:06:31 AM

emoticon It is great to see your Spark Friend, emoticon SVELTEWARRIOR as The Motivator of the Day. What an honor for her. emoticon



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OVERACTIVEELBOW
7/23/2015 10:45:49 PM

Hello, I was just looking over an email from www.eBookDiscovery.com and thought of you... You probably already have hooked up with this site which offers free and inexpensive book in pretty much any genre going... I don't remember how I found them... maybe you are the one that showed me the way.. If so, thank you.. If not, you might find this a worthwhile site to begin a subscription. Have you checked out BookBub.com ?? another excellent site for free and inexpensive reads.
Hope your Summer has been a great one.
Audra



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