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January 3, 2010 Before starting Bootcamp; Weight 159.6

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I am 49 and would like to be at a healthy weight by my 50th birthday. After children my weight went up a little (about 20 pounds), but I seemed able to control it. I walked for exercise.

Then when my youngest started kindergarten I started working full time as an elementary teacher. It seemed as though with the time needed to be a good teacher and a good mother all time for myself was gone. My weight went up and up until I was close to 200 pounds.

I decided that for my 40th birthday present to myself I would lose the weight and I did! I walked off 65 pounds.

Unfortunately, I also walked my ankle right out of joint. At first the pain was just there niggling at me. As time went on it got worse and worse until I could barely walk. There were two Christmases where the pain was so bad that I couldn't take my kids Christmas shopping. It finally got to the point where I had to use crutches. Teaching on crutches is no fun.

It was then I decide to have surgery. In March 2002 I had my ankle fused. Though the pain was less when I walked, I was always fearful of the pain and I limited the amount of walking I did. Needless to say the weight began to creep back on until I had regained almost all of the weight I had lost.

When I was referred to sparkpeople I had lost about 20 pounds over two years, but seemed to be unable to lose any more. I seemed to be playing with the same 10 pounds again and again. Since joining sparkpeople I have lost 1.4 pounds. Not much I know. I started slow and sometimes it takes me awhile to get up to cruising speed. I am looking forward to great success with SP as I learn the ins and outs of the website, reach out to people for friendship and support, and finally learn to eat a balanced diet and sustain myself through exercise.

Member Since: 11/19/2009

Fitness Minutes: 3,433

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My goals are to track the food I eat, drink 10 glasses of water a day, and to swim 3 times a week for 30 minutes and use the elliptical trainer 3 times a week for 30 minutes.

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I am originally from Massachusetts. I spent 20 years in Northern California where I went to college and started my family and career as a teacher. Now I live and work in Colorado with my husband and kids, my son is 21 and my daughter is almost 19.

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    emoticon emoticon GF LIFE! (I'm glad you see how exuberant I am about gf and that my bitterness does not show - lol). THANK YOU so much for stopping by and taking the time to say hello.

    I wish you well on your WELLNESS journey. If you ever need to talk, give me a shout. We have a few things in common! ;0)

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    3890 days ago
    Hey! I live right next to Sloan's Lake too! Maybe I'll see you around the Lake one day! Have a great weekend.
    4130 days ago
    Hi Jane...thanks for the goodie! The massage is actually a wonderful idea! I've heard about melatonin, but don't know a lot about it. I'll have to do some research on it a maybe give it a try.

    I hope that Bootcamp is going wel for you. It's just the boost that I've needed!
    4145 days ago
  • v BLUEROSE73
    Horeshoe lake is just south of Jasper Alberta. It was a beautiful lake. All I had to do was point and shoot.
    4145 days ago
    Thank you for the Sparkgoodie! I appreciate it. The podcast I made really helped get me through the run. I wasnt watching the clock so much. Im just hoping to get through this month.
    4147 days ago
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