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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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    Conrats on your success..your family history can be changed and it sounds like you are on the right path. You have come to the right place for support and encouragement..we are beside you..step by step to better health. We also have rescued many animals....we have a Hobby farm of 80 acres and have taken in a horse, geese, many cats (we have them all N&S), geese, a pot bellied pig named Grunt..they reside with our 2 horses, 2 mini donkeys, llama (lost his mate last yr.), a goat and many free roam chickens ( we do not eat them so 15 have grown to 85!) We lovingly feed, pet and care for them each day. My daughter and her fiancee of 6 yrs. lives in the house..we live 12 miles away. We planted all 80 acres into food plots for the deer and pheasants who need a good meal...and we leave all crops standing for them in the winter. My DH loves to putter around out there. I am glad to share the world with a nice lady like you..many animals have a hard life so thanks for taking care of the ones you can. Remember to pat yourself on the back and take care of YOU...wishing you good health and good luck. janine
    5110 days ago
    Hey Marie, Please be sure to sign up in the new Danger Dogs team. I need your start weight.
    5113 days ago
    Hey Marie, Dont forget to post your weight for last week. The deadline is tonight. Thanks.
    5163 days ago
    Marie, sounds like you and I have a lot of things in common. I'm 57, a bit older, and divorced (since 1983), but I also worked Civil Service (retired this past June, with 31.5 yrs.)

    My daughter and I rescued a kitten in 1986 from the bowling alley parking lot at Lackland AFB, TX--before I knew about my serious allergy--and our darling Sugar lived until 1998. Right now, I have no pets at all, but do have my only daughter and her two kids living with me.

    I've lost 150 pounds, most of it in 1989--and still want to take off about 30 more.

    Nice to meet you!
    5178 days ago
    Hi Marie, I saw your profile photo on one of the 50+ forums and couldn't resist seeing more of the pictures in your Sparkpage photo album. The cats are adorable! Did you take them yourself? Would love to see more pics of your furry "family".

    Hugs, Joni (a.k.a. Gardener Gal)
    5201 days ago
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