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Hi, my name is MaryAnne. I joined Spark to get the help I need to lose this weight. I have been over weight practicly all of my life. Through school it was only about 10 pounds. When I got married I was working in a kitchen of a nursing home. My hours were 11 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. Well I didn't eat when I went home before I was married. Then after I was married my husband wanted me to sit and eat supper with him. Needless to say eatting at 8:30 or 9:00 at night was not good for me. I had lost some weight when I went to day shift. Then the kids came and I just didn't stay on top of things like I should have.

In June 2005 we found out that I had breast cancer that went to the bones. Started chemo in August 2005. Managed that until the first week of February 2006. My Cat Scan and Bone Scan in Feb. ended me up in the Hospital. I had blood clots in my left leg and I was also dehydrated. That was just the start of my year. March I was having problems breathing. I was retaining fluids. A Pet Scan showed fluid around my heart. So I was back in the hospital and had a Paracardio Window done. Before coming home they drained about 500cc of fluid out of my left chest cavity. Back to the Doctor in April, the day after my birthday, I had what they thought was fluid in my left chest cavity again. So back in the Hospital to clear that out. But it turned out to be blood the Doctor had to clean out instead. On May 12, 2006 I had 4 seizures. But they turned out to be a good thing because they turned me around and I got better. During all of this of course, I had a hard time eatting. I had lost 65 pounds. I was down to 190. But as I got better I gradually put the weight back on. As I gained my strenght back I should have worked on keeping the weight off, but ofcourse I didn't. Now I need to lose this weight again. This time though the right way.

I am starting with going to 190, then when I get there I will see how things are and may change that to lose more. I have not stayed with my goals like I should have but this is a new day and I can get myself back on track.

What lies before us and what lies behind us is nothing compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

Member Since: 10/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 794

My Goals:
I would like to get back down to the size I was when I got married.

My Program:
Staying in the calorie range that I have and keep my fat intake to the lowest end and the carbs on the low end also.

Personal Information:
I live in Pennsylvania. I have been married 26 wonderful years. We have 3 boys. Their ages are 19, 15, and 14.

Other Information:
I took this out of one of my e-mails:

You lie the loudest when you lie to yourself.

If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished.

The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime!

It is never to late to become what you might have been.

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    Good morning! In just a few days we will be meeting for our team's first get together! If you haven't touch base with Doris or I, please do so.....we would like to coordinate where to meet at the park. Thanks!

    3986 days ago
    Good morning! We are so excited! Our N/E PA team is having its first get together on August 8th from 1-5 PM. We will be meeting up at Francis Slocum State Park. There is more information on the team board! Hope you can make it!


    4030 days ago
    Hi Maryann! I am Sleeper aka Brenda. I came across your page and read what all you've been through. God has been good to you in that you were willing to fight a good fight. I just wanted to remind you that He didn't bring you into it to leave you there, but He will bring you through it all and a much stronger person inside. God bless your weight loss journey and may He grant you success.
    4038 days ago
    Hello! We are talking on the N/E PA board about organizing a get together this summer :) If you are interested please stop by the "a suggestion" thread and let us know where you are located. Thanks! Penny
    4048 days ago
    Welcome to the bc team. Thanks so much for the goodie and birthday wishes. You are a very strong person to have overcome all your health challenges.... I know you can beat this also. Best of luck on your journey and if you need anything let me know!
    HUGS, Kathy
    4049 days ago
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