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At My Heaviest 2007 (last photo with Mom)

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I taught kids for 33 years.

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Hi, I'm Spirit!
After Roux N Y gastric bypass surgery in 2008, I sped 150 lbs, 95% of the weight I had to lose then gradually put it all back on again because of emotional eating and lack of movement.
Technically, I'm morbidly obese and malnourished as well. And I've had two back surgeries with have disabled me. Thank goodness for yoga, qi gong, aquatic, and chair exercises.
Also I take several medications that make it challenging to lose weight. And I comfort myself with food when unable to sleep as well as to try to energize myself.
I am a survivor, just a giant, economy size survivor! And as my body and mind come into better focus, I will find more joy and reach more dreams. Theoretically to tangibly.
My life is exhilarating, and I am so thankful to be alive. I am a published writer of a children's book, a photographer, a Reiki master, an award-winning poet, and a Florida Gator with a master's degree! I taught elementary and middle-school children for 33 years in public, private, and laboratory schools. Best of all, I have two loving sons who really care about me. And I have a new daughter-in-law and baby grand daughter!
Although it seems difficult sometimes, why give up?! Little by little, life moves on, and change is made. I am getting fit for life!

Member Since: 4/24/2012

Fitness Minutes: 2,474

My Goals:
to improve balance

to increase energy

to develop healthy ways to handle stress, boredom, anger, and loneliness

to find fun ways to exercise

to enjoy healthy eating

to decrease medical bills & prescriptions

to contribute

to increase longevity.

My Program:
Phase one:

to sign in to Sparkpeople 3-5 x/wk.

to eat 1200-1500 c. a day;

to measure proportions;

to eat 5 fruits & veggies a day:

to eat no less than 60 gmas. protein a day;

Phase Two:
to reduce my nighttime eating by one day a week;

to interrupt binge eating with healthy substitute foods;

to reduce stress by 20% in healthy ways;

to write a blog when I feel worried or stressed at least 3 times a week.

Phase Three:
to receive clearance to exercise;

to exercise 10 min./day;

to attend a yoga/qi gong/aquatics class 1-3x/wk.;

Phase Four:

to volunteer with children or animals;

to publish another book;

to practice public speaking;

to sing with a new band;

to try improv;

to travel
Glacier Park
Crater Lake
Devil's Mountain

Personal Information:
military brat
retired teacher
family geneologist
children's book writer
amateur photographer
Reiki Master
knitting, crocheting,
I live in Colorado
(N of Denver, S of
Cheyenne, Wy,
E of Boulder on
The Front Range by
Rocky Mountain Nat'l

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

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  • v NIXY72
    Wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy New Year! I'm finally back (it's been soooo long!) and just wanted to let you know that I've missed you and that I look forward to reconnecting. Hope you are doing well and that 2014 will be your best year yet!

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    2725 days ago
  • v TIMOTHY53
    I have rebooted my Spark persona. I used to be TimothyNohe. I just sent you a friend request as Timothy53. If it pleases you, would you confirm my request?

    2725 days ago
    “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” (Christian D. Larson)

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    2798 days ago
    emoticon "Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil." (John Ruskin)

    Wishing you well in the week ahead!


    2815 days ago
  • v NIXY72
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    I just wanted to say hi and tell you that even though I've been away from SP for the past several months (bogged down with work and stress) I am looking forward to ending the mighty-year-of-challenges that has plagued me this past year and start fresh soon... I may be still a bit scarce around here for the next little while but I did want to let you know that I've been thinking of you and hope you are doing well in life, in happiness, and in your journey.
    3068 days ago
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