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Taken in August 2008. My family vacation in Hawaii

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August 2010

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My husband and I having dinner in Hawaii.

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June 5, 2016
Still struggling, but I will not give up! I have had several health issues over the last year that set me back a little. I know that I have many obstacles and that I cannot change them or overcome them. However, I will not let them stop me from doing what I can at my own pace throughout the day. I have found that by trying to do something almost every hour during the day helps me to feel better. My dog, Sonny, also helps to keep me motivated. I need to be optimistic and motivated. God is there for me and he comforts me each day.

September 2, 2015
Since January 2015, I have lost 29 pounds. I still have more to lose and I plan on being successful. I have increased my exercise and try to stay within my calorie range. I hope to be at my goal by November.

January 9, 2015
I have been inactive for two years. I am now in the process of receiving medical retirement. I am trying to get back into a healthy lifestyle. I must do this and make it lasting this time.

January 9, 2013
I have been MIA again. For the last year, I have been battling an open wound that is very stubborn and seems like it will never heal. I have had infections, C-diff, and several other issues that has caused me to be hospitalized. On October 26th, I had debridement and the placement of a wound vac. Since then, I have seen the surgeon every two weeks to see if it has filled in enough for a skin graft. I have not been able to work since October 26th and am getting very impatient with all of this. My mobility is very limited. I am praying that this time next month, I will be back at work and feeling better.
February 20, 2012
I am back to work! I am so thankful. I have also decided to go back on the IP plan. I can do this!

May 30, 2011
I was just diagnosed with Stage 3 High Grade Soft Tissue Sarcoma in my right leg. I will meet with my doctor this Wednesday to discuss surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. I have too much to live for to not fight this and WIN! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I know God will be with me through this and keep his loving arms around me.

February 5, 2011
I am going to keep working towards my goals...I will not give up because I have come to far to turn back now! I should be able to go back to the gym next week. I know that with God''s help, I can make it through anything.
January 21, 2011
I have been going to the gym about 4 times a week and it is really helping me have more energy. I know I need to follow the IP protocol more closely. My wonderful husband supports me and is also going to the gym with me.
Have a blessed day!
Still on IP and loving it. It is so exciting and I have hope that I will succeed. I feel so much better and am getting off many of my prescription medicine. Loving it!
Added July 18, 2010:
I am on day 11 of the Ideal Protein Program. The first week I lost 8.50 lbs and 10 inches! I am excited about this and looking forward to learning more about it.
Original Post:
I am confident that I will stay focused and work towards a healthier me in 2010. I plan to exercise more and to make healthy food choices.
I am married to a wonderful man and have 3 sons and 1 daughter. We also have a nine year old granddaughter. We are now empty-nesters and I am trying to adjust. I really miss my kids. Our daughter works for a mortgage company in Manassas, VA. Our oldest son is a 4th grade teacher and high school basketball and baseball coach. Out middle son is a junior and majoring in civil engineering. Our youngest is a freshman and majoring in land surverying.
We have 1 black lab, 1 yorkie and 2 Siamese cats. I also have a horse.
I am an educator and love my job! I am also working on my doctorate in educational leadership.
I have always struggled with my weight and about 3 years ago I had an accident that changed my life. Since then, I have gained 40 pounds. I have let this become an excuse, and I am no longer going to allow this to affect my health.
With God''s help and guidance, I (we) can do all things.

Member Since: 1/28/2007

Fitness Minutes: 53,141

My Goals:
1. To drink at least 8 glasses of water daily
2. Limit caffeine
3. Limit carbs to 15 grams per meal
4. Decrease sugar and white flour intake
5. Exercise 30 minutes at least 5 times a week

My Program:
I plan on exercising at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes or more.
I also plan on making better food choices by limiting white products like flour and sugar.
I will journal what I eat as accurately as I can.

Personal Information:
My family is very important to me!

I am a proud West Virginian.

To God, be the glory!

Other Information:
I love to read and spend time with my family. I also love to be outdoors..

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    Congrats, I just checked the team leaderboards for team WVU: Let's Go Mountaineers! and you are #1 in fitness minutes for the month! Keep up the good work!

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    4409 days ago
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    Welcome to the CAD team/ I find this team to be very helpful and supportive/ hugs, sandy emoticon
    4420 days ago
    Hope things are going well for you. I am really liking nutrition tracker and fitness tracker...afraid to get weighed again but will do it this weekend. Hope you are surviving the weather. Good luck. Gia
    4426 days ago
    Welcome to Spark West Virginia!

    We're delighted to have you join us. Please feel free to join in on the challenges, the fun activities and come sit on the Big Comfy WV Couch and chat for awhile.

    Glad to have you with us. We're here to support you on your journey.

    4435 days ago
    Hi, welcome to the Teachers Learning to Lose team. We have a great group with lots of support and encouragement to offer! I am looking forward to "seeing" you on the message boards!
    4437 days ago
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