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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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    I found these Motivational Quotes to remind employees and others to eat healthily at work and in the home:-
    "You can't change where you come from.
    You can change where you are going"

    " We are what we repeatedly do"

    "The first wealth is health"

    "Never eat more than you can lift"

    " We never repent of having eaten too little"

    "He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skills of the physician"

    "Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness"

    "The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine"

    "To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art"

    I found these very thought provoking. Hope you enjoy them too.

    Thankyou for being my wonderful Sparked Friend.

    3635 days ago
  • v DJGRAHAM83
    Thanks for the motivation :-) I've added you too
    3690 days ago
    Just stopping in to say HI! Hope you are having a wonderful day! emoticon
    3692 days ago
    It's the weekend girl! Woo Hoo! Hope yours is healthy, active, happy, filled with calm & nutritous food! You deserve it!

    3696 days ago
  • v MT2021
    Hi Maggie,

    I apologize for taking so long to respond to my mail.

    I thought the same thing when I saw your avatar. Great minds think alike, or we have similar tastes emoticon .
    3708 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/14/2011 1:27:22 PM
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