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Hello fellow Sparkers. I hope you are doing well on your lifestyle change. I am here to join you once again to get my body to a more healthy state. I'm tired, and don't feel like moving most of the time, and hungry all the time. When I do move, my joints or my back aches. My favorite place to be is on my couch and it is becoming more and more difficult to get up off of it. I know that this is my downfall as I have already started having lifestyle related health problems. I work as a nurse and teach others why they shouldn't do what I am doing. I am very unhappy with my hypocrisy and want to change. Today I am on Sparkpeople and figuring out how to make that change. I hope with all my heart that I can do what needs to be done and am relieved to know that other Sparkers will be there for me and also hope that I can be there for you.

Member Since: 3/6/2010

Fitness Minutes: 3,710

My Goals:
More energy

Less joint stiffness

Better health and quality of life.

Increased confidence

Improved appearance

My Program:
Learn triggers for binge eating and try to avoid them.

Make list of things to do when urge to binge eat strikes and follow

Learn to cook healthy foods in a tasty way.

Cook more, cook cleaner, eat out less.

Make appt with MD to request Diabetic Nurse teaching and and glucometer to assess blood sugars.

Start checking blood sugars and and adjust my eating habits accordingly

Walk daily and enjoy it

Yoga stretches 2 x
weekly with a group

Exercise regimen to build muscles used for kayaking so I can go kayaking with my husband.

Continue to do crafts, but pick and chose what I like to do best and don't overwhelm self with things to do.

Personal Information:
I am a 55 year old empty nester who works part-time as a Home Health Nurse. I am married and our two human girls are grown, but our 12 y/o Jack Russell (Mona Lisa) runs the household. My husband and I live in a house on stilts across the street from an awesome view of the water. I love to watch movies, read, go exploring on the boat, fishing and go to local events for fun. I also love learning new things about health and diseases and teaching them to my patients.

Other Information:
My husband and I had a favorite saying once, "Dance as if no one is wathcing" There is more to the saying, but this is the part we liked best.

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    Hi Marie,
    First off the new photos show just how hard you've worked at living a healthy lifestyle- you look emoticon
    Sorry to hear about the health issues but better news on knowing you are getting them taken care of. As for the new business, I agree it was for the better you didn't invest if its not truly something you'd love to do.

    I started working at CVS about 1 month ago and took it up as a part time job since I've been going stir crazy despite still being active with school volunteering. Happy to report I've been a licensed driver now for over 1 year! emoticon

    My main thing is keeping myself going, remaining an active parent and doing what I can in the schools, working, and finding a balance in it all since I do like being busy. Plus I am aiming on earning airline fare for Daniel and me to see my folks during his spring break since they no longer travel and are having health issues- time for me to do the travelling. I am thankful for finally facing my fear over driving and getting my license since it has been very handy for the family and now my husband is starting to face minor to serious health issues so I can be the transportation if need be.

    I agree with the health challenge- for me its about balancing my time first. I have started my shopping, got my Christmas cards already just need stamps and to print out the family newsletter to insert in each envelope. I am still waiting to hear about a job interview for becoming a substitute teacher- but honestly I am enjoying working at the store and volunteering in the schools when I can. So if that doesn't pan out with the substitute job I am still remaining around the kids who boost me up.

    Daniel is hopefully on the mend and will be in school tomorrow. Now we are trying to figure out what he should be for Halloween, he is thinking a glow in the dark stick man! emoticon Time for me to look for supplies and get creative.
    3482 days ago
    I came across the following quote while "googling around" the internet a few days ago and think it's message is so important that I want to share it with my friends!

    "All of life is a journey; which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there." From A Little Book of Happiness

    3532 days ago
    I just dropped by to say hi and to see how you are doing. I hope all is going well and that you continue to work hard to reach your goals and enjoy life.
    It’s knowing that there are people like you with me on this journey that keeps me pushing forward every day. My Spark Friends give me the strength and determination to stay on this journey.
    Stay positive,
    Sheila emoticon

    3545 days ago
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    I just dropped by to spread a little sunshine! I hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying today.
    Stay positive!

    3584 days ago
    Check out ROSS, Marshalls, JCPenney's, & Belks for good deals on cute dresses to go with those red heels. Show off all that hard work you've put into a healthy body. emoticon emoticon
    3624 days ago
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