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I joined SparkPeople in June, 2006, but didn't become an active member until the beginning of 2010.

I've been in the "obese" category since age 8. It was very, very difficult being in school and being "the fat kid".
I spent years "yo-yo dieting". I lost & gained several hundred pounds many times over. My clothing sizes varied from size 28 to a size 6.

Sometime after my 39th birthday, weighing 290 +,
I started losing weight, without deprivation.
I am 50 years young now and happy to have kept that weight off! I weigh 194 pounds and am in a size 16. My "goal" would be to wear a size 8.

I was a very heavy smoker and am thrilled to say that I stopped smoking 7 & 1/2 years ago : ) !
I was vegetarian for most of my life and now I'm VERY happily vegan : )! That transition happened here with SP.

I look forward to continuing my journey here at Spark People : ) !


** My favorite quotes **

~~ "Always do what you are afraid to do" ~~

~~ "We are always getting ready to live, but never living" ~~
*Ralph Waldo Emerson*

~~"When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love."~~
*Thich Nhat Hanh*

Member Since: 6/17/2006

Fitness Minutes: 21,936

My Goals:
I will continue on my journey to become healthier, more energetic and FIT : )

I would love to get off some BP meds.

I love cycling - A LOT!

Years ago, ('04/'05, I was terrified of bike riding on the road -- I just rode around in parking lots.
I was heavier then, and I did not want to be seen riding in public.
I am so very, very grateful that I pushed through my fears and went out on the road -- there really is nothing like it!! : ) : ) !

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I stopped smoking in April, 2004 and I am VERY, VERY GRATEFUL!

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"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight"

~Albert Schweitzer ~~

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