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7/8/14 12:34 P

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Fortunately new to this team... Unfortunately not new to SparkPeople.....

The last 4 years have been kinda crappy... lost my job of 7 years via a letter from my boss on my desk (2010)... went back to school to become a pharmacy technician (2011)... moved from my hometown 1) for a better job market 2) be closer to family and 3) because I owed a ton of money in back rent from being unemployed (Dec 26, 2011)... found a job in a locally owner compounding pharmacy (2012).... got unceremoniously fired from said pharmacy (they were looking for scape goats) 2013...

During this time I was found to have what some have termed Metabolic Syndrome X.... it is a cluster of conditions including increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level , excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes (I am now a Type 2 diabetic).

December 2013 found a great (for me, at least) paying office job as an administrative assistant... It's a job I'm good at but don't particularly care for....

Looking forward to my 5-year plan of opening up my own in-home doggie daycare....

Speaking of dogs, I have 3 large mix breeds... brother and sister who will be 10 this summer and a 4 year old "puppy"...

I started cross-stitching while taking care of horses at a girl's summer camp in 1991 and since then have combined it with my love of dogs... recently I have created a design representing the Rainbow Bridge that can be personalized with a pet's name and dates of birth/death.... I can also do personalized projects from photographs...

Ok... I've taken up enough space here but that is me in a nutshell emoticon

Edited by: GUNNY2004 at: 7/8/2014 (12:37)
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I'm sort of a newbie here. I joined last year, I believe, but that's all I did. Now I know I have to lose about 50 pounds (at least), and I probably could do it by myself, but it's far easier if I can commiserate with someone about the difficulties I am encountering. I do love to eat -- I'm not a dessert junkie -- I am a pasta and potatoes sort of person, and giving those up are not the easiest thing to for me to do. I also like pizza -- in my defense, I always order the thin crust, and I put anchovies, green pepper and black olives on it, so it doesn't have as many calories as many pizzas do. Still. . .
My doctor recommended that I lose some weight as I have coronary artery disease and had to have 3 stents inserted last year. I also have to exercise daily, something of a problem because I have a knee implant -- the surgery wasn't all that successful and I can't walk more than a block without the knee becoming painful. I do much better with my four-wheeled walker so I try to walk 6 or 7 blocks a day using the walker and putting my little Shih Tzu on a leash and attaching it to a handle on the walker. She looks forward to that walk every day, far more than I do.
I am also a cross-stitcher and have been since 1986. I was a great fan of Shepherd's Bush Printworks for years and I have a number of charts of theirs that I have stitched, with probably 10 or 12 kits in my to-stitch pile. I have been in at least 12 round robins and in one of them, a woman had us stitch on a Quaker-style chart. I loved it, got the chart and stitched one for myself, using Gentle Arts floss rather than DMC. Since then, I have acquired three more charts, stitched two of them, and am ready to start on the third one -- as soon as I finish the German Shepherd that I am stitching for my fiancé, who raises German Shepherds and will really appreciate the effort that goes into stitching a chart made from a photograph. The ears are the most difficult -- some rows of 20 stitches use 20 different colors so it is slow going. We are getting married in June so I am hoping to have it finished by then.
I currently live in Arizona, but will be moving to North Carolina in June -- I am not crazy about Arizona, my sister encouraged me to move here as I was too isolated where I lived in Texas, but I should have just bought a place in Arlington and remained there. The 118 degree weather is a bit of a deterrent, but the real problem is loneliness. My sister's granddaughter has had 3 children since I moved here so she doesn't have much time to spend with me. Add to that the 39 years I lived in Texas, most of my friends are there (the man I am marrying lived in Arlington, too, but he has since retired and moved to North Carolina, a state where I have also lived and like a lot.
Well, I have rambled on far longer than I intended. Help me stay away from the pasta and potatoes, dear Spark people, and I'll try to help you with your weight loss, too. It's a pleasure to be here. . .

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7/25/11 6:13 P

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Reply I am! I am not so sure I can do this..I never realized how much I really ate before this!!
I am going to try though. It sure helps being able to track everything you eat. So far I am within their guidelines for the day. I think? lol I wish you all a ton of luck on your journeys!

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