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: 157,544

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 MA_DIDDLES
    Patti
    Good to have you in the 12 weeks to Chrismas Challenge. We are glad you stopped by the ONEDERLANDER thread too. You might have a little far to go to get there by the first of the year, but we know your heart and health is in the right place. Feel free to let us know how you are doing.
    We wish you well on your journey to ONEDERLAND.

    I am so sorry about the loss of your son.

    My Spark Friend DaisyLady just had the same procedure as you done a little while back. I think you explained it a little more clearly.
    I tried to talk her into joining the challenge, but she is busy,busy,busy. We had a Team together for over 3 years - I think we both got a little burnt out and decided we wanted a life away from SparkPeople for awhile. I still spend a considerable ammount of time at SP logging food & fitness. I did take the summer off and gained 20 pounds - UGH! Now to get it off and then some. Lets do it together. MA
    3676 days ago
  • v LLTS01
    Thanks about your comments on my blog. I am so sorry for your loss . I hope time helps heal some of the pain although as you can see from my blog there always is some residual pain.

    I hope to see you out on the message boards. It looks like you are making great progress.

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    4181 days ago
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    Hey Luv, my name is TAUMAIA!! emoticon
    Just wanted to sprinkle some CHEERS on your page and emoticon emoticon emoticon you to SPARKS!! You are gonna really LOVE everything that this site has to offer. I've been a member since Dec 07' and have enjoyed every bit of it. Yesssirrr. Are you ready to SHINE in 2009?? Honey, you bettah! This year is our year to SHINE.. So, no more excuses no more WHAT IF's... just Let DO IT! I am here for ya if you ever need some MOTIVATION & SUPPORT.

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    Come check out the most FABULOUS team on SPARKS.. "FAB-U-LICIOUS STATUS"!! We are on fiyyyahhh! Continue to press forward and know that you are not alone in this journey..

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  • v KEEPINMYCURVES
    emoticon to SparkPeople gorgeous! This is a great site, and it has helped me tremendously! I am sure you will love it. My name is Kimmie and if you ever have any questions or need support then I am here! SparkTeams are a great way to stay motivated so please feel free to check out the SparkTeam on my page called No Topic Off Limits emoticon Hope to see you there!! The best of luck to you on all of your goals and always keep in mind that, YOU CAN DO IT!
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