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October 2010- at top weight-

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Youngest son Kevin and me...back a few years.

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I'm now a 61 yr old, divorced woman, retired nurse, living with daily back pain from an accident 12 yrs ago that left me with a fractured back and 3 herniated discs. Had surgery twice, have 2 rods and hardware in my back to stablize but everyday is a challenge. I've gained 35 lbs in the past 2 years hardly eating anything but have felt overweight the past 40 years. Finally getting a small amount of disability but still living with my son (bless his heart) and feeling guilty about it. I tried this program over a year ago and faded without much result so I haven't been around for over a year. Health is MUCH worse and I MUST do something now.
"Help me, Sparkpeople...You're my only hope" (get it?) At least sense of humor is still intact...It's "DO OR DIE" time!

Member Since: 12/29/2010

Fitness Minutes: 735

My Goals:
*to be able to easily and happily exercise 4-5 times per week.
*loose 55 pounds (also taking pressure off my back and neck).
*to go vegetarian when the time is right.
*make a life for myself, independently.
*figure out a way to pay back my son for all he has done for me.

My Program:
pre-diabetes plan since I was just diagnosed as this. Hope to go mostly vegetarian someday.

Personal Information:
My name is Maggie, originally from northern California, now living in South Carolina with my youngest son, who coaches college football here. I was a nurse for 24 yrs, married for 10 yrs, giving me 3 children and then married 25 yrs and basically lost everything. Now I am restarting this program because of serious NEW conditions just Dx in December(finally got health insurance and found all this out-yipee!)

Other Information:
I can't continue in nursing anymore so I retired and unfortunately did so at the worst possible time, with this economy BUT I've always loved writing and now I am going after that goal with all my heart. If anyone has any connections with a good publisher or agent, please let me know. It's almost impossible to "get in" without some kind of intro unless your a celebrity or a reality star.

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  • v DOODIE59
    Hi Maggie
    Thank you for your wise words on my "Book" blog:) I most definitely consider books friends. I am a firm believer that fiction is the most compelling vehicle to explain deep truth.

    How are you doing? I saw on your site that you recently got health care coverage -- thank heavens for that! I hope you're feeling better. I've been on this site for a year and a half. Lost 25 lb in 6 months, kept it off for another 6 months, and then gained 18 back between Christmas and April (my classic winter overeating pattern). I'm just finally getting close to relosing that irritating 18 lb. All this to say that the only lesson I can share with you is that we cannot give up. The quality of our lives lies in the balance. So, every day that we make more good choices than bad is a GOOD day. As long as we aim for improvement rather than the impossible (perfection:)) we can do this. And the good days do build on themselves. It is always motivating to get on a roll ... a streak. Spark People have the right idea there:) Just keep going.

    Wishing you well --
    3215 days ago
  • v DOODIE59
    Hi Maggie
    Welcome back. I hope you are able to find the magic that works for you:) Be good to yourself:)
    3346 days ago
    Good to see you back with us. Keep us posted in your status or blog so we can keep in touch also. Looking forward to having you walk with us again. HUGS
    3391 days ago
  • v DOODIE59
    Hang in there, Maggie. You've had a run of bad luck, but it cannot last forever. Hugs to you. I hope one small thing comes into your life to give you hope. Hope is a very powerful motivator.

    Spoil yourself today:)
    3522 days ago
    Maggie were are here for you but you need to touch base through your blogging everday so we know what's going on in your life and where we can reach out to you and provide support to you. Believe me if anyone can do we can. SPARKPEOPLE are the BEST !!!! You are NOT alone.

    3528 days ago
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