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Hi, I''m an artist, retired art teacher. I have always struggled with my weight, lifetime member of weight watchers, Jenny Craig, etc. I have had a knee replacement almost a year ago, and need to get back in shape! I notice that carrying groceries hurts my knee, if I lose 25 or 30 pounds at least, maybe my knee will feel better? I have lost 15 recently juicing, but stopped losing the day I started eating whole raw foods. I found this group while researching vegetarian recipes. I''m going to give it a try! I hope to meet some similar strugglers to help and be helped!

Member Since: 5/21/2015

Fitness Minutes: 16,011

My Goals:
I would like to weigh 150-55 pounds. I would like to get into much better shape. I have lost 15 pounds, but since adding whole foods 40 days ago, I have not gained or lost an ounce!

My Program:
I have been juicing with Joe Cross. I am trying to eat low fat, vegetarian meals. I am eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables. I have joined "Sue's Circuit", like Curves, and I'm going 3-4 times per week for one hour.

Personal Information:
I am from Northern California, live at Dillon BEach, 60 minutes North of San Francisco. I have had a knee replacement that has not left me as mobile as I would like. I have been in physical therapy for 10 months, "graduated", now on my own to develop stronger quads and glutes to hold my knee in place, ligaments are very stretched, and don't constrict. I have been dieting since I was a teen, used exercise to help control my weight, not as possible now. I have been very physically active all my life, riding horses, hiking, swimming, walking. Not a "gym type".

Other Information:
I am a retired art teacher, and am an avid artist, painting "En Plein Air", making jewelry, watercolor painting, travel journals, etc. I am married, my husband is supportive, but doesn't eat what I eat. He does cook his own!! We are SF Giants fans.

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    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I just read your little information and love the fact you were an art teacher. I've always enjoyed crafty things. When my children were little one of their teachers asked me to volunteer in the classroom once a week with a crafty project the kids could do. It was a wonderful experience.

    I know my mood swings can be kind of dramatic. I've lived with depression for well over 25 years and when I'm good it's really really good but boy when it slips I just have so much trouble. I even didn't want to write on my blog. But reading and writing blogs every day seems to keep me slightly more even tempered.

    Your knee will be great. I had one replaced 4 years ago and need the other one done but don't have the same kind of support system to get me to all those doctor appts. and things like that. So it will wait. But the 20 lbs. I've love over the last 2 years has been really good for both my knees.

    I really enjoy reading your things. emoticon
    2058 days ago
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    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment. I hope you are having a wonderful week!
    2059 days ago
    Thank you so much for the nice welcomes! This group is truly motivating! So many people with so many similar struggles and ideas! Nice to see people NOT giving in! I was certainly tempted yesterday, after some normal frustration to get a diet soda! I have a goal to stop drinking diet soda, which I have done since being a teen ager. Very abusive! I thought of all of you out there resisting your personal demons and decided not to give in! Thanks!!!
    2214 days ago
    It's nice to see another dog lover from Calif!
    2215 days ago
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    Welcome to Spark! Thanks for adding me as a friend! I'm adding you, too, and I hope we can give each other some encouragement. Have a great day!
    2215 days ago
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