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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 MNABOY
    Thanks for the kind words. AR, in an effort to save money, has mandated probation for certain felonies. Most of the to-be probationers have already violated parole several times so they will be stealing from more people without fear of prison. To me it seems the legal system starts too late in the rehabilitation process. I see 18 year old murderers that are harder beyond my years. Children having children is a well used saw, but children learn what they grow up in and around. Where and how to break the cycle?
    3100 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie, I look forward to learning from you! emoticon
    3101 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my blog. I really appreciate your support.

    I've taken water aerobics classes at the "Y" and love them. They are great exercise, but so easy on your joints! I think they're just about the perfect exercise!

    I've added you as a friend and I look forward to getting to know you and being a support for you along your journey.

    Thanks again!
    3105 days ago
    Hello Jan,

    Thank you for your comment on my SparkPage.

    We have a few experiences in common, though it seems you have been dealt a rough hand recently. Nothing is hopeless and you know that or you wouldn't be starting out with SparkPeople. If you start a blog, I'll watch it and comment where I think it will be helpful. In the meantime if you could use some encouragement, feel free to send me a SparkMail.

    Vinny C.
    3143 days ago
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