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Me at 215 lbs taken October 2006

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At my heaviest, November 1995, 312+ pounds. I'm wearing one of my Civil War dresses.

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The Shuttles Clan including our 3 sons-in-law & grandchildren! Taken July, 2005


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Hi! I'm Martha, from Tennessee. I want to learn to maintain a healthy lifestyle and quit doing the yo-yo thing!!! I have always been overweight, except for brief periods of time, (very brief!) when I've lost weight. After having our three children, I just kind of gave up on ever losing weight, except for one semi-successful diet when they were young.

When our first grandchild was born in 1996, I really made an effort to lose weight so that I would be around to see him grow up! In about 18 months, I lost about 140 lbs. Over a 5 year period, I regained around 50-60 of those pounds and have lost and gained some of that a couple of times since then.

I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2002 (big family history of it) and have been trying to learn to stay on a healthier diet to help control it. I have had some good times and some times when I have just been so tired of dieting that I have "rebelled" and just eaten anything I've wanted to!

I have been married since August of 1971 to the love of my life, Mike. We met in high school and married right after I graduated. We were an Air Force family for the first 6 years of our married life. When he got out of the Air Force, he became a police officer in Chattanooga and just retired a few years ago. He now works as a police officer at the airport...much less stress!!!

We have 3 grown daughters and 4 precious grandchildren who are our delight! Mike is now known as PaPoo and I am Mimi.

Our hobbies include bicycle riding, camping and Civil War reenacting! We are in an artillery battery, so our group shoots a big gun! If we don't have enough guys at an event to fill the cannon crew, I have been known to put on my soldier's duds and work on the cannon...lots of fun! Otherwise, I dress like a lady of the time period and don a camp dress or a hoop dress and all the underpinnings! Much easier to dress as a man!!!

Mike and I each took Jesus as our Savior while Mike was stationed in Korea in 1973! He is the hope and strength of our lives and I am so thankful for His love, His mercy and His grace toward me.

Member Since: 1/28/2006

Fitness Minutes: 50

My Goals:
My goal is to lose at least 1 pound a week. I want to learn to eat in a "normal" way, to be satisfied with only the food my body needs. I want to be able to control the diabetes by diet and exercise alone, if possible. I want to be consistent with my healthy lifestyle, both the eating and the exercise. I want God to be honored in my body, His temple.

My Program:
I am entering my daily food & exercise into the SparkPeople website to make sure I am staying within my ranges. I am trying to learn how different foods affect my blood sugar so I can get and keep it under control. I participate in the message boards for support (mostly Girls of God) and my husband and I are in this together, which helps!!! We try to ride our bikes about 10 miles 3 -4 days a week and/or work out at the gym.

Personal Information:
My name is Martha and I'm a southern girl from Chattanooga, TN. I've been married to my best friend, Mike, since 1971. We have 3 married daughters and 4 grandchildren. I work at a computer all day for a medical billing firm. We enjoy bike-riding, Civil War reenacting and I LOVE to read, mostly Christian novels, especially historical ones.

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