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February 2019

Time to try again. Starting out with baby steps. Logging in everyday, drinking water again, changing some eating patterns. I've had many health issues and many stem from my weight. I've ditched the drugs they've had me on and I'm about to make myself better. I want to live again.

Here I am back again. Lot's has happened and changed since I drifted away from Sparkpeople. Thanks to Ma Stumne for dragging me back, with some kicking and screaming and tears along the way! I left my previous intro text below. SInce I wrote all that I have had 3 surgeries, 2 major, a knee replacement a year ago January and hammertoe surgery almost 5 years ago. Had a knee scope done 18 months ago. After the toe surgery I lost my job, which did a number on me mentally. I got it back again with full seniority then 18 months later the knee started going. I became very depressed and in constant pain. The pounds piled back on and needless to say I couldn't do much after the knee surgery. I finally retired this past March, couldn't handle walking on the concrete and doing the lifting required of my job. Now I'm back to finish healing mentally and to lose this blasted wight and strengthen my core.

I joined Sparkpeople in July of 2006. When I had lost almost 50 pounds by January 2007, I decided to give thanks for my newly found good health by doing something for someone else. I made a goal to walk the Avon Beast Cancer Walk in charlotte, NC on Oct. 20-21. Well, I did that! I reached my goal and surpassed my greatest expectations! What a wonderful, fullfilling experience it was too.

I did not reach all my goals in 2008 BUT I did my best and made progress in all of them. That is what counts, striding forward, one step at a time. Sometimes I even went backward but the important thing was to get back on track and go forward again.

1. Reach financial fitness. I have a plan and it is working. We are slowly paying off debt and should have all our credit cards paid off this year! Yeah!

2. Reach my weight goal. I went backwards on this one and I've gained. However, I'm taking that small step forward and I will make progress this year!

3. Crew the Charlotte Avon Breast Cancer Walk in OCt. 2009. I don't think my feet can make the walk this year as my arthritis is getting painful. I plan on volunteering my time and skills to help my walk buddy raise her money and to help make the walk in Charlotte a success.

4. Be a more loving, supportive wife. Smile when I'm tired and crabby. It's not his fault. Stop being so critical and be more appreciative of his good traits. After all, those are the things I married him for.

These resolutions are not easy but with the confidence that Sparkpeople has given me I know I can do it. Thank you Sparkpeople.

Member Since: 6/27/2006

Fitness Minutes: 30,410

My Goals:
1. Financial fitness by December 31, 2019

2. I want to reach my first goal weight of 200 pounds. I'm giving myself till August 31 to do this.

3. Be active in my community.

4. Be a more loving, supportive wife.

5. Visit Ma again.

My Program:
Healthy, lower bad fat and carbs, low calorie, well balanced diet and lots of exercise.

Set doable, short term goals.

Personal Information:
Cheryl from SC, originally from Tampa, FL. I married a wonderful man 14 years ago and have made Lexington, SC my home. I turn 63 this month. I have three children, a son, 34, who lives with me, and a daughter, 35, still living in Tampa and a daughter 43 in Sarasota. I have one grandaughter, 24. I have 3 stepchildren also, a daughter, and 2 sons, who between them have blessed us with 9 grandchildren.

We have a home on 2 acres that is my sanctuary. I take great pleasure in improving and making my land beautiful. We have a zoo! I have chickens, turkeys, parrots, 3 dogs and 2 cats.

I love to read, garden, cook, fish, and swim. I love football. I am, and always will be, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan.

I also love to play Farmville 2 and SimCity Buildit.

Other Information:
I''m an avid reader of thrillers. I love my yard and gardens. I was the live nursery specialist for Lowes. My first love is parrots and any kind of animal. I also like to cook and have friends over for casual evenings. We also boat out on Lake Murray a lot.

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    Anybody who mentions fish and chips must be a friend of mine! I'm from Northern England where we know good fish and chips and good pubs, but I have been in Southern California for 20 years. I have been married for 18 years to the love of my life, and we have 3 kids. Once every 2 years we take the kids to UK, and we all gain weight on fish and chips, bangers, and cheese and onion pasties!! Now, we are all packed up ready to move overseas to Taiwan, where the fish come whole with eyes, instead of fried in batter, but we'll adjust, and the adventure continues. Hey, I was doing Slimfast and Spark People too, but i had to quit Slimfast when we shipped our household stuff (including the fridge) since Slimfast shakes tastes nasty at room temp! Have a great evening, Danni
    5177 days ago
  • v ZEERN3
    Hi, Cheryl and welcome to the Spark Bookworms team! We've got quite an active group of readers; be sure to stop over and visit the forums and let us know what you're reading these days.

    You're doing great with SparkPeople! You've had a great weight loss already; congratulations! Isn't this place great? I love the Food Tracker, the resources, the experts and most of all -- the community! Such a supportive group of nonjudgmental folks. I hope you find this place as tremendous as I have found it to be!
    5185 days ago
    Cheryl, Had to come check out your page..your pics of the water lily and your parrot are beautfiul. I've enjoyed chatting with you and its nice to have you as a sparked friend..take care and good luck to you on this weight loss journey..Peggi
    5206 days ago
  • v NANA1960
    Hey girl whats up!?! You found me!!!! Great now lets get this weight off!!!!
    5223 days ago
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