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My two granddaughters hamming it up in the kitchen

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My big sister and I trying to take a selfie on our girl's weekend at Holden Beach.

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New Year, New Start (AGAIN)! Time to re-adjust my sails once again.
When I joined Sparks 7 years ago, I was a broken person...both mentally and physically. The support of the wonderful people I met here helped me to heal. I lost weight and gained my confidence again.
Then my life not only got upside down, but sideways and has been a whirling ever since. It has taken me a long time to come to grips with all these ever evolving changes. Just when I get confident in my job, it gets changed again. Since coming to my job in Ohio, I have held 3 positions, and changed teams 5 times.
Friday I start on a new team yet again. All new employees to try and figure out and motivate. It is hard to work on myself when I am constantly having to work on others....but I am still trying. I turn 60 in September of this year and I want to meet the new decade in better shape than I am now.

Member Since: 7/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 103,148

My Goals:
I joined SP in July, 2008, lost 46 lbs. and was doing a good job of keeping it off...until May of 2010. That is when my world as I knew it ceased to be. In just two short months I had to change jobs (after 30 years), change states (after 53 years) and leave all my family behind. I put back on 20+ of those hard fought lbs. I am trying to get a handle on my eating (and my attitude) once again. I want to lose this "Ohio" weight, I just need to find my motivation again.

My Program:
I have started back on a low carb diet and I am getting back to tracking my food and get my 8+ glasses of water a day. I plan to ride my bike as much as I can as soon as the weather allows. I also am going to an arthritis water exercise class. I have a Jawbone UP2 that I am using to track my steps and I am working up to 10000 steps a day.

Personal Information:
I am from a small town in the mountains of VA. I am 55 years young. I have two grown children, two beautiful granddaughters, one 4 years old and the other almost 12 years old. After working at the same place for almost 30 years, I had to transfer to keep my job. I had to move to another state after living in the same county for 53 years. It has been a tough 5 years for me (with 3 more to go until retirement), but I am a survivor and I will make it.

Other Information:
I love to ride my bicycle, go to the beach, and play with my granddaughters as much as possible. I especially like it when I can do all three at the same time!
I love reading good mysteries, watching British mystery shows, and listening to good rock music...old or new.

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    Hi Terrie,
    Thanks for thinking of me and yes, the boys do keep me busy! I have also had a rare, but wonderful social life of late. Several birthdays (Inc my own) and new babies in the family. My eldest (25) has a new girlfriend and he wants to move in with her, but as he works away he has left most of the organizing to yours truly. Life has been rather full! I do think of all of you often, but finding more than a few minutes at the computer is almost impossible right now. My friend Liliana, who lives in Colorado, has been in need of support as her husband has just been diagnosed with cancer and has been flying to Germany for treatment leaving her alone on the mountain to worry. I have found myself spending a lot of time with her on skype when he is away.
    I do miss my interaction with my spark Friends and hope to be more active again soon!
    God Bless,
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    3116 days ago
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    Thanks for the Spark Goodie, they all mean so much to me. I was shocked to see the final numbers.
    3124 days ago
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    Thanks for stopping by my blog about being as dumb as a post.
    I really am striving to learn more.....ha ha ha!
    Have a happy Saturday.
    3226 days ago
    Just pass to say hello and hope everything is OK.
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