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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: 22,956

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.

Personal Information:
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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  • v KELLY_SS
    Hi again! I'm just checking in to say hi and see how you're getting along. Hope that all is well and keep going friend, you can do it. One day at a time!
    5411 days ago
  • v SMURFETTE2423
    Your little girls are truly adorable, RANADE3.! Having a 3-year-old now at age 54, I can definitely appreciate the hard work we will put in turning into lean, notmean, cardiomachines! Those children of ours need us to be there for them as examples and for support through their lives. So, we'll bite the bullet and not the Hostess twinkies to become fit, eh? Laurie
    5412 days ago
    Hi! Thanks for your comment on my page. Your girls are adorable! You are so blessed! Looks like you are well on your way to losing weight and getting healthy. Keep up the great work. Lori
    5416 days ago
  • v JRTRKN
    Thanks for your comment! I have to agree with KELSS42, your children are beautiful. I don't have any yet, but want one really bad. You know the clock has almost ticked its last tock. Anyway you mentioned you have a cock-a-poo. Sounds very cute. My dog is very spoiled also, you just have to love them.
    5423 days ago
  • v KELLY_SS
    I am just browsing thru some sparkpages tonight, for inspiration, and came upon your page. First of all, your children are beautiful. I am 42 and have a 6 yr old son so I know what you mean, it takes a lot of energy to keep up with the little ones and I want to be healthier for him. Best of luck in achieving your goals.
    5426 days ago
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