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40-year class reunion picture taken last weekend.

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Christmas about 5 years ago -- at my heaviest

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Hi! I was on about 9 years ago, but became a little discouraged and very sidetracked. 6 1/2 years ago, when my doctor advised me that my heart attack risk was high, I decided, "That's it." It's time to do something now." At first, I tried to do it on my own but felt I needed the accountability of tracking my food and exercise to ensure I was doing enough. Since then, it has taken off. I have two friends (a married couple) who "reintroduced" me to and gave me some pointers on how to use it. It's going very well now. I have been "at goal" for 3 years now. Unfortunately, I did inherit my dad's heart problems, and I will be having heart surgery in two weeks. Since I lost so much weight, that prevented me from having blocked arteries. I'm happy to say I don't need bypasses. I'm having the aortic valve replaced. The surgery won't be as invasive as it might have been otherwise. It was discouraging, at first, to find out I still have heart problems, but they are genetic and not the result of my previous unhealthy lifestyle of eating and being so sedentary.

Member Since: 5/3/2011

Fitness Minutes: 68,401

My Goals:
My goals are to keep my BMI in a healthier range and keep my blood levels and blood pressure in the normal range.

My Program:
I am still tracking my food and exercise here on Spark People. I am eating less, but healthier, food now. Also, I am keeping my blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides well within the normal range.

Personal Information:
I am married, a mom, a pastor's wife, a substitute teacher. I love to read, listen to, and play, music, scrapbooking, and genealogy. I also had an aortic valve replaced (via open-heart surgery) a year ago.

Other Information:
I am also a member and committee chair (America 250!) in the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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    I am SO glad that you have joined the Hopeful Hearts Breaking Free From Hurts team. Please visit the Introduction Forum to learn about your leaders. Then, click on the thread to tell us about yourself. I look forward to getting to know you better and encouraging you as we continue our journey to become who He would have us to be. This team has started Care Groups. We think that it is so important for each member to be in close contact with a leader and each other. I'll email you and your leader so that you'll know which team you're on. If you have any questions, concerns, prayer requests, or praises that you'd like to share, please feel free to share them. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.

    Ronda, the lady with MS (The Master's Strength)

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