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July 8/17 - got myself together and set a new weight goal. I will lose 3 lbs/month for the next six months, which will get me to my goal of 150 lbs by mid-December.

Exercise goal 750 minutes/week
Calories burned goal 4000 calories/week

In addition to gardening and walking, I am buying a 10-swim pass, and commit to going to the pool 10 times during July and August, for a minimum of 45 minutes each time. Since we will be away 2 weeks, I will need to really push myself to swim 10 times.

I hope that this extra exercise will help me sleep better, and relieve some of the stress associated with our daughter's divorce.

June 20, and I'm really struggling. Our youngest daughter is going through a messy divorce, our beautiful 2-year-old granddaughter is n the middle, being pulled both ways, and I'm eating everything in sight. I've regained 6 lbs. over the past 3 months and have to refocus. It seems that all DH and I think, talk and even dream about is the breakdown of this little family.

March 11 - down 33 lbs., 9 lbs. to go. Working hard, but these last pounds are sticking like glue. I've added swimming and a new virtual walk on the treadmill to try to budge them.

February 1, 2017 - down 31 lbs. Since May 2016; big push to lose final 11 lbs. and reach goal of 150 lbs. Ramping up exercise.

October 23/16
Woo Hoo! Back from train/cruise vacation and down 1.6 lbs. O.9 lbs. to go to reach my goal of 165 by the end of the year... let's set a new goal... 160 lbs. by January 1... I can do it... I WILL do it!

My next goal will be to lose the "final 15" during 2017. I'm gaining confidence that I can do it!

A very special thank you to my Spark Friends for your encouragement, cheering me on, and for the pushes when needed.


April 16/16

I joined Spark People in January, 2011, to lose weight before my son's April wedding.

Since that time, I've lost weight, regained it, lost again... you get the picture. Spark People doesn't offer any magical solutions. It offers good advice on nutrition and exercising. It offers a network of teams, challenges and wonderful friends.

Even though I haven't reached my goal, I believe that Spark People has helped me break the pattern of gaining weight each year. I plan to follow this program for the rest of my life, and to gradually reduce my weight.

Member Since: 1/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 111,523

My Goals:
My husband and I love to travel, and I want to be able to walk, climb, explore and enjoy new places with him.

My Program:
- track all food, water and exercise, as follows:

- eat NOTHING directly from the container; e.g., cereal, chips, nuts

- 8 glasses of water/day

- 5 or more fruits and vegetables/day

- lean protein every meal, eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese, legumes

- eat mindfully, avoiding high sodium foods

- include afternoon and evening snack in daily meal plan

- in the summer, much of my cardiovascular exercise is working in the garden, walking and cycling. In the winter, I swim and use the treadmill

- ST including resistance band, medicine ball, stability ball, floor exercises and free weights

Personal Information:
- born 25/09/43 in Nova Scotia, live in Southern Ontario

- wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, friend

- reader, gardener, traveller, volunteer

- cat lover

- active in my church (Anglican)

Other Information:
Weight loss goals:
- 178 lbs. by June 30/16
- 170 lbs. by Sept. 30/16 - actual 167.2 September 18/16
- 164.6 lbs., November 2/16
- 162.4 lbs., November 18/16
- 160 lbs. by Dec. 31/16 - 159.9 lbs. December 9/16!
ACTUAL WEIGHT 1 JAN 2017 = 157.2 lbs. 34.9 lb. loss in 2016!
June 23 - 167 lbs.
Long-term goal 150 lbs by December 10/17

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    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, Gail. Yes I will try to eat vegetarian and whole grain while traveling, I think it will curb some of the temptation to eat too much at the buffet meals! But I won't be rigid ... Part of the experience of traveling is to enjoy local cuisine
    1 day ago
    Hi Gail...........

    Yes, the cat is still around, but we aren't sure that she is a stray. She looks much better now (her head wound has completely healed) and she is still lean, but not emaciated. We always offer her food, and she will eat a little but not much, so she isn't that hungry. She may belong to a neighbor. With cats it is difficult to know where they are coming from. If she looks stressed in the Winter, we will bring the igloo out again so that she has a heated place to sleep. We just aren't ready for another pet at this time with surgery or surgeries in the near future.
    2 days ago
    Hope you are doing well and having a great summer!!
    3 days ago
    No, I was thinking you could pop over and meet me in Nova Scotia. But I just looked at a map - whoops, geography is not my strong point. What is that, like a 10 hour drive?
    3 days ago
    That crossed my mind too - Hey, I'm pretty close to Gail! - but I'm not sure if I can fit it in this trip. We have the airbnb from Sunday afternoon through Friday morning so it's really only four full days, and I know Amy has all kinds of plans for us hiking in Acadia. I'll let you know if anything changes. Or maybe I could just to another trip some time.
    4 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/15/2017 10:05:42 AM
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