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I'm now officially in my 60's, have been married three times, have children and grandchildren, and am happily married for 20 years. I'm also physically disabled from a brain and spinal injury in 1994.

My main goal on Spark is to live a healthy lifestyle by eating wisely and staying active. Food-wise, I do well (***see My Goals***). Swimming is my fave exercise, but heavy cleaning is the majority.

My beloved son Scott was killed in February 2008. I will always grieve the hole left in my heart, and am forever changed by his death... However, I also found a wellspring of faith I didn't know I had. There is no doubt I have been very blessed.

I hope you'll take a look at my Photo Gallery, and share those special times spent with my wonderful family. The latest addition to the family tree is DD's second daughter, Ryan, born May 2018. She joins sister Sierra Elizabeth, now four years old.

My DH Bob is a wonderful, affectionate and caring man who has always loved me... JUST THE WAY I AM! Since we got together in 1996, my Life has had a calm center I'd never known.

DH was diagnosed with ESRD (kidney failure) and started dialysis in 2011, forcing him into retirement. From January 2015 through March 2017, he had countless health setbacks and complications requiring numerous ER visits, sixteen hospitalizations, and several surgeries.

DH received a kidney transplant at the end of May 2019. It's a new kind of tough with the changes required, and his several complications; but through it all, the donated kidney is working great! When DS Scott died, I went through the organ donation process. We will always honor this young man's family for their decision to donate his organs to people like DH!

Now living in DH's childhood home, we FINALLY were able to have our own cats. Tabitha was our first rescue adoption, just three days after we moved in. Dinky - DS Scott's kitten in a tree - came next. After learning the ropes with a local cat rescue network, I began to work projects for the community on my own, as well as continuing to support the network of volunteers.

We had mostly fostered kittens, medical cases, dumped pets, etc; and socialized ferals when possible. With DH's transplant, we cannot have nearly as many animals in the house, and no more kittens ever. With that, I am working more on outreach, trapping support, and getting as many cats spayed or neutered as possible.

In the past two years that we have been rescuing, we foster-failed Scrappy, the "runt" in one of our feral-moms-with-litters. He was joined by Dessy and George last year, and Cupcake, Zorra and Squirrel this year. The last three will probably have to be adopted out, along with current fosters Fang and Tuxie.

Member Since: 4/9/2007

Fitness Minutes: 155,328

My Goals:
UPDATE 2019: for the first time in over TEN YEARS, I stopped tracking my food daily; along with not keeping track of when I take my meds and vitamins, exactly how much water I drink, and my usual calendar of appointments and other commitments. Disorganized Life led to worsening feelings of powerlessness and mental fatigue, and of course, WEIGHT GAIN.

I've leveled off now, maintaining a solid 15# gain. I am also tracking my food again; not necessarily reaching daily nutrition goals, but being completely honest, and to see where I stand at the end of each day.

Original post: My initial ambitious attempts on Spark triggered my usual self-sabotage, crash- and- burn pattern. I decided to take my time and learn to use Spark's tools, going for a long term goal of eating and living healthily, but not worrying about weight loss. That continues to be my main focus.

I've been very heavy (obese) for over 30 years now, except for a short time 18-20 years ago. I quickly lost 105

My Program:
I'm doing well now as far as using the tools on Spark. I weigh and measure and honestly track ALL my food every day. (***I am getting back to it after struggling and being off track for several months.) That's the bottom line for me, the most basic of steps, and IMO the most important tool.

I love to do Spark activities; but reading and posting on my teams' message boards is a source of support and comfort, and an outlet when I need one. I try to remember to turn to Spark when I start floundering, and I've spent many a night on Spark, reading, posting or journaling, instead of binging.

I have "Silver Sneakers" and use the pools at the local gyms for water-based physical therapy. My biggest challenge is exercising consistently. The problem is just as much a mental block as it is physical limits.

Personal Information:
I have two biological children from my first two marriages. Often, they were my only reason for living, and remain my heart and soul. Son Scott would be 39, but he died in February 2008 (details in my blogs). Daughter Aubrey, 34, married in 2007; photos of this wonderful day are in my gallery. She and SIL live in Colorado with their two daughters. My amazing DD is undoubtedly my best friend!

DH has a grown daughter with three children (one step, one bio, and a new step). We are "Mimaw" and Grandpa to Kaile, age 15, who has been a big part of our life since her birth. We live in southern California.

I was crippled in a fall in 1994, disabled with a brain and spinal injury. My children suffered greatly, financially and emotionally, made worse when abandoned by my second husband in 1995. Slowly, I rebuilt my life with my kids. Meeting my DH is the icing on the cake of life!

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PTSD from violent sexual abuse in my childhood has hindered me all my life. With the death of my son, I am dealing with a whole new set of devastating emotions. When I started on Spark in 2007, the wonderful and caring community made a huge difference in my life. I feel stronger and more grounded, and have had more successful days and weeks in the last 12 years than in ALL my years before! Also, I know I would not have survived the death of my son without Spark in my life, and unending support of my wonderful Sparkfriends.

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