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My name is Marie, I'm 55, with approximately 40 more pounds to lose. I started at 261 pounds. I lost 20 pounds before I started at this website 3 months ago. I'm only 5'3". I have high blood pressure & high cholesterol. I do not have diabetes. I lost my mother to diabetes. I also lost my younger 42 year old brother to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). My father died of SCA. I have one living brother who has both diabetes and heart disease. With this record and being so obese, it wouldn't be long for be to become a diabetic. I had many health scares. The last one was an ultrasound result, which stated my left carotid artery was totally occluded. I took an arteriogram and the test reslts came back stating there wasn't any occlusions. I felt so lucky and happy, I slowly started changing my eating habits to only healthy ones. As the story goes, I found this wonderful website. I couldn't ask for more. I just did a search one day and there it was. The lord knew I was serious and my desire was greater than any unhealthly food. This is how I arrived here at Sparkpeople.

Member Since: 5/10/2006

Fitness Minutes: 32,482

My Goals:
To Lose another32 pounds. To be Happy, Healthy and Enjoy Life!

My Program:
I use the meal tracker, journal, sparkpoints, articles, etc. I keep coming back to sparkpeople which is truly a gift.

Personal Information:
I from Henryville (Northeastern, Pocono Mountains) Pennsylvania. I am married, mother of two adult children and have four wonderful grandchildren. I rescue stray cats through the Human Society. Yes, that makes me a cat lover. I am Civil Servant and have another 7 years to retirement. When I get there I intend to do more charity work, which is something I love. Perhaps working with the ederly (Meals on Wheels).

Other Information:
My two faviorte diet books are The Sonoma Diet by Dr Connie Guttersen, PHD and Suzanne Somer''s, Eat Great, Lose Weight. My favorite weight loss website is "Sparkpeople!"

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