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Hi Everyone!

I am a 64 yr old married female and mother of a 31 yr old daughter and a 28 yr old son. I work full-time. I live in Florida.

As you might be able to tell from my name, I like to write poetry. I also like country music because to me it is poetry set to music, about people and their lives, which is always of interest to me.

Sometimes I read when I come upon a good book. I would like to grow flowers and think I will start to do that when the weather cools here a bit.

Mostly I spend time with my family and occasionally friends.

I enjoy movies as a way of relaxing and being entertained.

I haven't been obese my entire life but gained weight after my children were born. Then I dropped 37 pounds, through a diet plan where most of the food was frozen and pre-prepared. I gained it back and more!

This time around I am doing this to be healthy and to learn to eat regular food in a non-excessive way. I am also an emotional eater and feel like I get addicted to sugar.

When menopause set in, all of a sudden (or so it seemed to me) there was all of this weight! I got up to 202 and finally set my mind to losing it.

When I found Sparkpeople, which I am so grateful for, I had dropped 11 pounds. My new mottos are "Every day is a new day , a new beginning" and " A pound lost is a pound not gained". I feel very positive and hopeful.

I look forward to meeting new people.

I am here to support you as well as seeking support and friendship.

Best wishes to all of you as we go on this journey together.

Member Since: 7/19/2006

Fitness Minutes: 12

My Goals:
I would like to lose 53 more pounds, feel better ....have more energy and fit into a size 10.

My Program:
I am eating fish, fruit, veggies, whole grains and drinking water. I am walking outside and doing the "Walk Away The Pounds" tapes.

Personal Information:
I live in Florida. You can call me p0! I am 64 years old. My email address is p0etiss@gmail.com. Please note: The 0 in p0etiss is a zero!

Best wishes to all of you.

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"Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles they have overcome while trying to succeed" -Booker T. Washington.

"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" _?_

It is not just a cliche...how do you want to be treated?

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    I saw you liked poetry, as do I, I thought you might like this poem I received today, it's fitting. Good Luck to you and great job on your success thus far.

    'Twas the week after Christmas, and all through the house
    Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
    The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste
    At the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

    When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
    When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).

    I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared;
    The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,

    The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
    And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."

    As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
    And prepared once again to do battle with dirt

    I said to myself, as I only can
    "You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"

    So away with the last of the sour cream dip,
    Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip

    Every last bit of food that I li ke must be banished
    "Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

    I won't have a cookie - not even a lick.
    I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.

    I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
    I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

    I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore
    But isn't that what January is for?

    Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
    Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

    ~Author Unknown~

    4755 days ago
    Happy New Year, my friend!!
    5122 days ago
    Merry Christmas Girlfriend! Hugs, Diane
    5139 days ago
    Happy Halloween Gail! Congrats on that weight loss! You go girl! Talk to you soon!

    Hugs, Diane
    5193 days ago
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    Hi, Po and welcome to the Spark Bookworms team. I have 3 teenage daughters, aged 17 -- wanna hook up our kids?! LOL. We love Florida and have friends in Jacksonville that we visit periodically. We hope SOMEDAY to have a home there. (Right now in Pittsburgh, PA)

    I'm glad to see you posting already on the forums! We have a great group and it's a pretty active forum. Nice "meeting" you!
    5213 days ago
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