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This is my huband Geoff and I at a family wedding in 2005.

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This is me September 2009 after a trip to Arizona

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This is me May 2011 at a family wedding. Thirty pound lighter.

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I live on the west coast of Canada. I'm surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and beautiful mountain peaks. My city is truely beautiful. Living on the west coast we have a great deal of rain, that is why we are so lush and green. So when the sun does shine the vistas are spectacular.
I have a rare form of arthritis and over the past ten years I have lost nearly everything I love to do including walking. I sort of sound like a country and western song. I lost my job, my truck, my dog (never had one) but this disease took my life. But now I'm fighting back. Over the past ten years I have gained over one hundred pounds. I medicated myself with food. I just plain ate my way up the scale till I tipped two hundred and eighty eight pounds. So I'm here again. This time I have all my ducks in a row. I plan to shed my weight and have both knees replaced, then my ankles and then my spine surgery last. By the time I'm finished I will set off every security system there is out there. Boy will they love me at the airport. LOL! LOL! LOL!
I needed a lot of support because this journey will take a very long time, which just overwhelmed me. And I knew I could not do this on my own. So I set out to find a Obesity Councillor, and she is great. She also told me because I have an eating disorder I needed much more support than an online community could give me so I went back to Weight Watchers weekly and I have come home to Spark. I have prayed about my journey and I will continue to pray but I could use your help too. So please, lend me a hand, cause there are times when I will not be able to make this on my own. So I will take help where ever I can get it. Because this is do-able.
Now about the Low Note Diva, I love to sing. I belong to a choir and I have been labeled a contralto. I love to cook and have worked under a number of great chefs over the years. I managed restaurants and hospital kitchens for a living and loved my jobs. I grew up on a farm and learned to ride a horse before I could walk. I love my family and my friends and I'm so very thankful that I have God on my side. I'm married to a wonderful man and we have no children but our friends have wonderful children who we call our own. So I never feel I'm lacking in that department.
So again, if anyone would like to leave me a message feel free. I look forward to making new friends.

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    I just wanted to post a quick WELCOME to the Chair Exercise TEAM. We're so glad to have you join us. Please jump in and have a good time getting healthy. This is an excited group of folks and really active team so you should be able to find all sorts of inspiration and motivation. Just jump right in. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. There's always someone willing to help in any way possible. Don't forget to use the food/water tracker that spark people provides as well as the fitness tracker. These are excellent resources that will help keep you on the path you've chosen. Come on... let's get healthy TOGETHER!!! -Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4311 days ago
    Thanks so much for the "onion" analogy. Some days I start to feel sorry for myself because I've always been healthy, strong for my size and all--so I feel like I'm "failing fast," as my grandmother would say.

    Then, I remember that my arthritis (the ONLY thing wrong with me besides my weight) is mild, compared to so many others. I've even been turned away from a couple of research projects because it's not bad enough.

    So, keep me honest!

    4326 days ago
  • v EMMABE1
    Just dropped by to say - Hi. and welcome you to The “Chair Exercise” Team
    It is a great place to be and you will find lots of ideas to help and support you at all stages on your journey.
    I hope you succeed in all the goals you set.
    Enjoy the journey
    emoticon Hi from Australia

    4327 days ago
    Welcome and good luck on your journey. You seem to have a great attitude and sense of humor and that will help a lot. It will not be easy but believe in yourself and God and you will do it.
    4327 days ago
  • v no profile image SEVENKITTY
    Welcome to SparkPeople! Yay...I am the first commenter on your page...sweeeet!
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    4327 days ago
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