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Hi Everyone, I have finally got the hang of using Sparkpeople and am excited to post here. I'm usually quite shy online as I worry about 'the unknown of the internet'. But this website is AWESOME. I have learned so much from other people openly and honestly sharing of their experience, that I feel reassured about putting mine up here.

As with many other stories, mine is not just about weight loss. My weight has been tied to my self-identity for as long as I can remember. I've been heavy most of my life but selectively so - heavily pear shaped. As long as I was slim somewhere on my body, I thought that all was okay. Additionally, I thought that it's the inside that counts. Well, at the grand decade of my thirties I've realized that the inside is mightily influenced by the outside and what people think of the outside.

My father died this year of diabetes. So it scared me to literally get off the couch and try to understand fitness. My first month at the gym nearly killed me. But I kept on keeping on and exercising a such a healing way to deal with grief. Now I'm obsessed with how my body is responding to being treated well. I'm learning to respect my body, my boundaries and allow my athletic inner being to resurface.

It's still really hard but I'll keep on keeping on. It's been a wonderful road of self-discovery thus far. I hope the same and more for you all.

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Happily married for 9 yrs

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