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Wow......... March 2007 about 170 lbs.

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I've been a member of Spark for a few years. I stepped away from my fitness because I just couldn't seem to work it into my busy schedule and I didn't feel badly, really. I look OK and I was comfortable.

Mother Nature had other plans for me though.

Feb 7, 2010 I lost the feeling on the left side of my body from the top of my head down to my hip. My teeth were buzzing and the world was spinning; literally. My co-workers called my husband who took me to the hospital where I was told I had just had a mild heart attack. I was 35 years old; only 2 years older than my father was when he had his first heart attack.

My heart beats irregularly but when I exercise or my body temperature is elevated, it regulates. The doctor reviewed my eating habits, and you know what he told me? Clean it up! No more snacking on Cheetos and these heavenly buttery Indian sweets at work; more fish and vegetables. Right now, he is telling me to work on conditioning my heart to be more efficient which means medium level aerobic exercise, but to take it slow and watch for problems.

This is how my new journey has begun. With the new purpose of saving my own life so that I will be around to see my children grow. I have no choice. There is no option to take my eye off of the plan. Not only do I not want to die, but I want to live for a very long time - hopefully to see great grandchildren!

This time, I am working little by little, taking new small steps every day to improve the quality of my life and my family's life.

I hope that you enjoy following me on my journey of rebirth and we can celebrate together when I emerge at the end a new woman.

Member Since: 2/3/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,101

My Goals:
To live a life of balance and enjoy every minute of it.

My Program:
Little steps at a time.
Sunday: Upper body and abs

Monday: HIIT treadmill

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: Lower body and abs

Thursday: HIIT eliptical

Personal Information:
I am from Houston, Texas and went to college at Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!). My husband, three children and I live in the United Arab Emirates in a little town an hour and a half north of Duabi.

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    Thank you for adding me as a SP friend! I have done the same and I look forward to checking back in on your progress! Keep up the hard work and the great clean eating!
    Mary emoticon
    4653 days ago
    4658 days ago
    Thank you for adding me :) I added you back and I look forward to checking out your page emoticon
    4659 days ago
    thanks for the spark of sunshine! i am going to look at it as a spark to light a fire under my butt....softball or not, i need to get back to my h20 and working out :)
    how is everything going?
    4682 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend. You have overcome alot, it must have been difficult growing up with people trying to control your eating. I didn't develop an eating disorder but I have memories of my mom trying to force me to eat when I was a child (I was skinny) and I refused to eat just to rebel. Then I gained weight as a teenager and she kept telling me I was fat and these voices still come up at times. You have a beautiful family . I can't believe they censor sparkpeople in the middle east! I hope you don't get blocked again, sparkpeople has really helped me throgh the tough times.
    Good luck on your journey!
    4688 days ago
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