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I am a 52 year old Mom to 18 and 15 year old Liberian princesses and the former Music teacher on the M/V Africa Mercy where my family served as missionaries to West Africa and Madagascar from 2010-15. We are currently back in upstate NY where I am now an elementary school teacher (after returning back to college for my Masters).

I was not overweight as a child and it wasn't until I graduated from college 30 years ago and then after my Dad died several years later that I started to stress eat and became obese. A failed adoption attempt in 2000 while my husband and I sat in a hotel in West Africa sent me spiraling into depression but made me manic about my food intake. I lost 70 pounds but was unable to keep it off for more than 6 months. Two difficult but successful adoptions and then my Mom's illness and passing away 13 years ago gave me permission to eat without thinking. And then a rough emotional time for me a few years ago put me at my highest weight ever.

I am done eating to make myself feel better. It's time to stop making excuses for why I can't lose weight. I need to be healthy for my two daughters and my husband and I need to turn this bus around!

Member Since: 4/2/2006

Fitness Minutes: 22,893

My Goals:
I would like to be overweight! Even obesity would be better than the label of morbid obesity!!!

My Program:
I am just eating smaller portions and not snacking at night. I want to walk 10,000 steps almost every day.

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I am a 52 year old Mom to 18 and 15 year old Liberian princesses and teach 3rd and 4th grade in a small Christian school in upstate NY.

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    Hi Nanita. I just wanted to say I'm proud of all you have done and you should be proud of yourself too. It's obvious from the boards that you are a great mom and are really doing a great job looking after yourself for your family. Keep it up. We're both stuck right now, but we will overcome that stupid scale. You know it!
    5255 days ago
  • v KELLY_SS
    Hi friend!
    I'm just coming by to say 'you go girl', I can see that your ticker has changed since my last visit. I am so proud of you!

    Keep up the good work.

    5303 days ago
  • v MAMA1984
    hi im new here. i happy for you loosing i have to loose soon. that is great you adopted we adopted our little boy when he was 6 wks and we just had a baby girl in jan. adoption is great . i love both of our miracles. your little girls are adorable. im a stay at home mom too. mama
    5306 days ago
  • v KELLY_SS
    Hi there. Haven't seen you around for a while so I just wanted to stop by and say hello. Hope you are doing well!

    5314 days ago
  • v KELLY_SS
    Hello there!
    I am making my weekly run-through to see how my friends are doing. You're doing a tremendous job. Have a great week!

    5341 days ago
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