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Have been away from SparkPeople for about 2 years. During that time I moved to another state, had health issues, and supported my husband who had stage 4 cancer. He fought hard and is now a cancer survivor. I am an emotional eater and my poison is sweets. I gained lots of weight as I ate but didn’t exercise. It’s time to get back to practicing healthy habits and taking care of me a little of each day.


1. Use portion control
2. Increase movement
3. Talk positively to myself at least one time a day
4. Establish a regular wake/sleep routine
5. Do 10+ minutes of exercise daily — stairs, walk, cleaning, PT
6. Drink lots of water
7. Continue to trust my God to help me get through the hard parts
8. Ultimate goal is to lose about 95 pounds.

I am a retired registered nurse. Forced to retire due to a back injury. I'm a walking orthopedic miracle — metal rods, joints, etc. I don't heal easily or quickly. After the back injury, I fought hard for almost 3 years to get the mobility I have.

Hubby learned to cook when I couldn't physically do anything but it was mostly frozen meals. We are getting away from that type of food as much as we can. I can't stand over a stove all day so we are having fun cooking together. I love fresh food with lots of flavors, especially southern and midwestern foods. No fancy ingredients or difficult recipes.

Of course, I have metabolic syndrome, plus some more conditions, and take medications that interfere with weight loss. I've tried losing weight for so long but kept slipping back.

I don't want a diet. I want healthy practices to become a way of life and not a short-term solution. I am changing my emotional relationship with food. It's not my friend. My ultimate goal - I really just want to drop some medications, be healthier, and hope to increase mobility while decreasing chronic pain.

I am blessed as I have a loving husband who treats me like a queen. He really does. Our children and 6 grandkids enjoy our company so we love spending time with them. God has blessed us with a close-knit family and I am forever grateful for that.

I vary in my activities depending on pain issues. I enjoy puzzles of all kinds from hidden objects, riddles, jigsaw, to word games. I crochet at times, want to start quilting again, read, watch a lot of TV (nothing else to do when I can't get around), and surf the internet. I play on the couch with my dogs.

We have 3 mini Dachshunds and a German Shepherd. They are a lot of fun.

We have lived and traveled across the USA and in Europe so have wonderful memories of crazy times and daredevil activities as I liked danger when I was younger. Miss my disco days. My husband and I have always had great philosophical discussions. We are interested in world issues, politics, nature, and are still dating each other.

I utilize Apple computer software MacGourmet Deluxe to store recipes, meal plans and to create shopping lists. It also has nutritional counts. Anyone else use that software on a Mac? I haven't been using it for a long spell. Just not interested in thinking of food every day.

I welcome everyone to be friends with me. This is a tough journey to do alone. I used to spend most of my day on Spark but really need to just work on making menus and getting in some exercise. I will check into SparkPeople often to see how everyone is doing.

Member Since: 2/5/2017

My Goals:
Get off medications
Reduce health conditions
Lose 95 pounds
Gain mobility
Control PTSD symptoms

My Program:
Easy to fix meals for 1-2 people as we are empty nesters
Eat more veggies & fruit
Drink more water

Personal Information:
Married, two kids, 6 grandkids - aged 3 to 24 years old, retired hospital nurse, love animals and have 3 Dachshunds and one German Shepherd dog. I sometimes crochet, read forensic science, biographies, and historical books. I collect cookbooks, crochet patterns, Dachshund and German Shepherd items.

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    584 days ago
    Just stopping by to let you know that your friends on the Chat team still think of you and your family. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and that you are all doing well.
    609 days ago
    Looking to stay focused through the upcoming Holiday Season? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle? If yes, then consider joining the Biggest Loser Challenge that starts in early December. Each week 10 teams of 24 Active members do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge, it can be modified to meet your needs. I hope that you decide this might be for you. If so, you can leave your name on the Wait List for the Winter challenge. To get to the List visit my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon; copy The Team Page Address below or let me know so I can send you an invitation. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat thread.
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