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DH & I at Great Falls Nat'l Park, Virginia

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I'm 54, & have struggled with obesity since graduating nursing school in 1982. I have had hypothyroidism since I was 17 years old which makes weight loss more difficult as I feel sluggish much of the time, the medication does little to help with the tiredness.
Serious illnesses are prevalent in my family, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, & the thyroid disease. I am trying to do everything I can to lessen my chances of developing any of the diseases I don't already have.
I have lost over 100 lbs. twice in my life, this time I didn't have anywhere near that to lose.
I am trying to be back on track with being active on SparkPeople, working out at the gym more often & have really been watching my food intake.

Member Since: 2/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 18,413

My Goals:
1) Lose at least 40 lbs. by 1 yr. anniversary of joining SP.
2) Eat a well rounded healthy diet, & teach my boys the healthy eating habits.
3) Be able to resume running, recreational rather than competitively like I used to. I want to run without gasping for air & having the burning sensation in my throat/lungs that had been happening.
4) Enter (& complete)the annual St. Petersburg Times Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning.
5) Be able to clothes shop without needing to buy shirts that are long enough to hide my stomach.

My Program:
Following a sensible eating and exercise plan, really trying to bump up the exercise....drinking plenty of water has never been a problem for me, I don't drink alcohol or soda whatsoever.
Weighing & measuring food is so very integral...a "serving size" is not based on what we think the serving should be !

Personal Information:
My name is Kim.
Born & raised in Erie, Pa., living in Tampa Bay area of Florida since 1985, currently in Clearwater.
Married 17 yrs. to a wonderful man Jimmy, who's also a nurse & also a Sparkpeople member.
Mother of 2 wonderful boys, CJ & Nick.

Other Information:
"I can, and I will, make a difference this week, because I'm a WINNER !"

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    Hi - Welcome back to running. The couch to 5k program is on the website You will see it on the first page of the website. There is also a couch to 5k spark team as well. Everyone posts what week they are on, give encouragement, and talk about problems they are having. If you are already running you don't have to start with week 1 of the program. I have seen many people start at week 5 or wherever they feel comfortable. There are also free podcasts on itunes where you can download music to go along with the program -ex - they tell you when to run and walk instead of you keeping track of it yourself, if you are interested just type in couch to 5k on the search for itunes. Hope to see you on the couch to 5k sparkteam site. Keep us updated on your progress to running a 5k. emoticon
    4413 days ago
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    Hope your days are emoticon & your emoticon are peaceful & relaxing!!

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    Love ya,
    4418 days ago
    Thank you so much for your prayers!

    4423 days ago
    Hey Kim,
    Hope you are doing everything healthy there in Va. Not like I did but just wanted you to know I am on track again and doing well. Even did 3 hours of yard work today. Take care see you soon.
    4427 days ago
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    Hi Kim,

    I hope you're having a fabulous time on your vacation..... emoticon and enjoying your time with y0ur family!!

    I'll talk to you when you get back..... emoticon

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    4428 days ago
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