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I am probably one of the biggest Elvis fans you will ever meet. I watch, read or listen to something about him every day. I am also a huge animal lover and belong to the ASPCA. I volunteer with the Houston Chapter of Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston and have fostered several Goldens. I recently adopted a male Golden named Rocky. He's awesome and I love him lots. He makes a total of 4 dogs and 2 cats.

Member Since: 1/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 425

My Goals:
I recently had to change my goals. I have developed a severe back problem and have extreme difficulty walking. I have been to a plastic surgeon who has agreed to do an abdominoplasty as soon as I lose 25 lbs. I will then get my looong awaited tummy tuck and lipo.

My Program:
I have had to alter my lifestyle drastically in the last few months. With severe back problems, marital problems and gynecological problems, I have been severely depressed lately. My Dr put me on medication and it's helping. I've started losing weight again and hope to reach my goal of 25 lbs very soon. I have found out that I also have an abdominal hernia (which will require surgery), fibroid tumors (which require removal of my uterus) and a condition called anterolisthesis of the spine. It is a degerative facet disease. I also have severe osteoarthritis in the vertebrae in my back. I am in constant pain, but I'm pushing through to reach my goals.

Personal Information:
A few years ago I found out I had Cushing's Disease. I've lost about 130 lbs since my tumor was removed. The last 25 are kicking my butt. I've gone from 305 to 175 currently. My goal is 150, then I'll get my tummy tuck.

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I read a lot of books, everything really. Right now I'm reading a book on language and reasoning and critical thinking. How to become better at it. I am a HUGE Elvis fan, and have read a lot about him and his life. I collect Elvis memorabilia as well. I have a 16 year daughter in high school, and I've been married to my husband for 28 years this July.

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  • v PHANTOM7
    Hi again and thanks for adding me as a friend to your Spark page ... I'm honored and will reciprocate if it's okay w/you.

    I forgot to mention that my sister is also an Elvis fan ... probably not as devoted as fan as you are, but none the less she has always admired "The King" and his music all her life. We're planning on visiting Graceland in April and it's a surprise for her.

    Best wishes and hugs to you along this healthy journey ~ Linda V
    4749 days ago
  • v FIREMOM31
    Welcome to Bookworms!
    4750 days ago
  • v BABEL.
    Welcome to the Classic Rock team Alan! Come on in and introduce yourself, we love to chat music. Good luck on all your goals and your journey to a healthier lifestyle...just make sure you do it with some good tunes.

    4750 days ago
  • v PHANTOM7
    Sally ~ Welcome to the TX Sparkers team and we are very glad to have you here. Please feel free to join in our chat sessions or participate in our weekly/monthly challenges which are geared to help us stay motivated. We are TX Friendly and enjoy getting to know our newest members.

    SP is a GREAT place to keep us focused and honest w/ourselves. LOL!! I like the Food Tracker & Fitness Trackers to keep up w/my everyday stuff. It beats writing things down on paper. Good for you for joining a gym too! That's a super way to implement a good plan.

    Remember to not over do and take one day at a time, one step at a time, and ONE pound at a time. Don't rush yourself too fast or you'll get discouraged. WE want you to STAY WITH IT!!

    Best wishes to you in 2008 and blessings ~ Linda V
    4750 days ago
  • v RENATA5
    Stopped by to say "Hi" and welcome to the Spark Bookworms team. Great job with your Sparkpage design!
    4750 days ago
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