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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.

Member Since: 4/12/2009

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36 years old
Happily married for 9 yrs

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  • v ROUXZQ
    Thanks for the Add! Hope your move went well. My G'parent (when they were alive) lived in Paradise CA, not to far from you. Hope you are settling in nicely and getting back to health! Good luck!
    3773 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page. I love to hear from other Sparkers. would love to keep in touch so let me know how things go and if you have a question on the way I will do my best to help you out or find the answer for you. I am sure together we can figure out the ins and outs of the site. emoticon
    3787 days ago
    hey! :)
    added you back!
    3829 days ago
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