PATTI7177
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Me when I was 42 and 185 pounds



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Me on my bike at a benefit ride in April 2015



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My husband Ben and I at my daughters' double wedding


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Hi all! I am a 51 yr old mom of 5 and grandma of 7! Actually that is not quite accurate. I have 3 daughters at this point. My son died while risk-taking September of 2008 at the age of 22. He was my only boy and I couldn't have been more proud of him. I also lost my second oldest daughter to hydrocephalus in April 2012. Her son is my oldest grandson. I left a controlling and abusive husband in June 2008, spent the summer living in a domestic violence shelter, moved into my own apartment and started college in August, then lost my son. I had previously weighed in at 247 lbs on my 40th birthday and started changing my life. I was at a very healthy 183- running 3 miles several days a week and weight training. People told me I looked like one of my kids and an athlete. With all that happened I ate to console myself and stopped exercising. Now with my Bachelor's degree behind me and weighing in at 257, I am again concentrating on me. I am now a Teacher, working with special needs students. I also have met the most wonderful man who loves me just the way I am but is committed to getting healthier with me. We got engaged July 11, 2011 and were married May 26, 2012. His name is Ben! Thanks for letting me share! I am looking forward to success and making friends!! Have a great day...



Member Since: 5/3/2009

Fitness Minutes: 160,094

My Goals:
To do my best for my students; become healthy again; spend more time with my husband, kids, and grandkids; redo my house the way I want it to be.


My Program:
I am continuing my education, bike riding and walking with my husband, consciously making an effort to be involved with my kids and grandkids regularly, taking care of myself by seeing doctors for regular check-ups, yearly mammograms, and even skin checks for potential skin cancer.



Personal Information:
I have lived in Spring Hill Florida for the last 33 years. I grew up in Bergen County NJ, specifically a little town called Oradell.


Other Information:
My husband Benjamin is the greatest blessing I have been given besides my children and grandchildren. He is my support and guide through life. I love kids! My favorite movie of all time is "Yours, Mine, and Ours" the original version.




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  • v no profile image ANSAHS
    Thank you for your gift of sunshine, Patti!
    I read your story and felt particularly moved, because we lost my younger brother 7 years ago, 3months prior to my 40th birthday - he was 35yrs. It has taken us this long to properly move on from that loss. I think you are amazing - no parent should have to bury a child - and you have survived all that you have been through and continue to maintain your spark and give to others. GOD BLESS YOU!
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    3696 days ago
  • v BRIDIZZLE
    HI! Just figured out who sent me the comment! Thanks for the welcome! I'm actually in Hudson, so right down the road from you.. a long road, but right down it! emoticon
    3699 days ago
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    3701 days ago
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    3706 days ago
  • v MOM2MXKE
    hello there (; Thanks for the message. Sorry I didn't respond right away. I don't get on the computer much at all on the weekends. Sorry to hear that you are on light activity. I am sure you will be up and moving around in no time (:
    3708 days ago
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