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What you see today is not all that I am. I am more than a number on a scale. However, for too long I have not taken good care of myself, and now I'm paying for it with health issues. I need to lose 67 more pounds and I know that I am now in a place in my life where I can do it and keep it off.

Hi. My name is Susan and I live in northeast Florida. I'm 41 years old. I'm married and have 3 sons over the age of 18 and an 18 year-old step-daughter.

I'm sorry that we're all here, but I love that we're all in this together. :)

Member Since: 12/28/2011

My Goals:
I need to lose 70 lbs. Two years ago, I was up to 263. I'm now at 222 as of 12/28/11. 70 more to lose, and then I'll be at my goal weight of 152. I haven't weighed that in 13 years. I'm 5'7" and have a large bone structure. Wish me luck! I want to get off my blood pressure med and not hurt so much. I suffer daily from arthritis and back, neck, shoulder, hip and knee problems. Some days I hurt everywhere, and I know I'll feel better when my poor body doesn't have to carry this extra weight.

My Program:
I used to use the treadmill daily, do cardio DVD's, lift weights, and do other things. At this point, my doctor has advised me not to do anything because I could make my injuries worse. So for now, I'm restricting my calories to between 1200-1500 a day, and following the other guidelines for fat grams, etc. I walk with a cane, and on days I don't hurt too bad, I walk around my yard.

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I had my first son when I was 19 years old, and my twins sons when I was 22. It was a lot to handle, but I thought that it wasn't so bad, because they'd all be 18 by the time I was 40, and then I'd still be young and could start a wonderful new chapter in my life. Now, my body is broken because I didn't take care of myself all those years when I was taking care of everyone else. I want to find myself again. I want to be healthy enough to have fun and do things with my gorgeous and wonderful husband.

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  • v NIXY72
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    I know I'm a couple days early, but I may not have time to post on the weekend, so...

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    Happy Almost Spring!! This coming Tuesday marks the Spring Equinox and in preparation for the first day of the new season I would like to wish you a brand new start, never-ending moments of poise and balance and a joyful tip over on the scale to the side of light. I wish you a new dawn, an eternal youth and a morning star to wish on. Whatever battles you are fighting, whatever stresses may come your way, may they melt away with the winter and may you be granted a time of new light and a new life where your wildest dreams come true. ~ Michelle

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    "Celebrating the Spring Equinox: The spring equinox is one of the four great solar festivals of the year. Day and night are equal, poised and balanced, but about to tip over on the side of light. The spring equinox is sacred to dawn, youth, the morning star and the east. The Saxon goddess, Eostre (from whose name we get the direction East and the holiday Easter) is a dawn goddess, like Aurora and Eos. Just as the dawn is the time of new light, so the vernal equinox is the time of new life." - from http://www.schooloftheseasons.com/spring.h
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    Hi Ninja! I left a comment on your page. emoticon
    3487 days ago
    Thanks for the sweet comment on my page. Welcome to Spark, you will love it here and I friended you so if you need anything, holler! emoticon
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