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Once again I'm here trying to get back on a "health track". I grew up thin but after decades of eating and lifestyle habits that grew steadily worse, I got very overweight and out of shape. I've had several previous successful attempts at using SparkPeople to help with getting healthier and losing weight. But eventually "life would happen" (injury, crazy long work hours, ETC) and I would drop my health focus and lose the progress I had made.

I seem to have had only an on/off switch when it comes to a healthy lifestyle - either awfully perfect or perfectly awful. I've been either "off" - self indulgent, totally sedentary, eating mostly restaurant food and lots of desserts - or "on" - exercising, being active and eating only very healthy home cooked meals tracked to the gram. In the past, once I've started going downhill, everything goes - diet, exercise, activity level, sleep habits, you name it. Of course, once you get "off track", it's very hard to get back on.

Well like all of you, I've done that very hard first part - I'm back "on the wagon" and trying again. This time I'm going to try for "good enough" instead of perfect and hope it's more sustainable. I'm trying not to be as exacting and rigid about it so that when "life happens" and getting fit can't be a major focus and monopolizer of my time and energy, I won't drop all the good things I'm doing and regain the weight and the bad habits. Here's hoping we all succeed.

Member Since: 1/11/2007

Fitness Minutes: 18,511

My Goals:
To be healthier, feel better, have more energy and an overall better quality of life.
To lose weight, look better, have more clothing options and avoid the "fat stigma".
To minimize illness and pain and remain mobile and self sufficient as I age.
Long term weight goal: 150
1st 10% weight loss milestone: 228
2nd 10% weight loss milestone: 205
3rd 10% weight loss milestone: 184
4th 10% weight loss milestone: 166
5th 10% weight loss milestone: 150

My Program:
Starting with small commitments to gradually build healthy habits. Currently my pgm is:
1 - Eat mostly healthy nutritious whole foods, plenty of fiber, all colors of fruits and veggies -organic when practical.
2 - Be vigilant about portion sizes for higher calorie or less healthy items such as meats, starches or sweets.
3 - Plan and prep ahead to make sure healthy foods are always available. Have a list of "fall-back" options for times when life just interferes and the plan isn't practical. Having healthy options on hand and ready is KEY in keeping me from settling for convenient but unhealthy alternatives.
4 - Walk daily - 30 minutes minimum. Current minimum 7500 Fitbit steps per day with 10,000 most days.
5 -Just starting to add strength training. Only 5 minutes minimum 3 times per week in the beginning with plans to increase the time gradually.
6 - Get 7-8 hrs sleep daily. (This has made the difference in my losing weight or not when I'm doing everything else "right".)

Personal Information:
I'm a Southern woman who has made a career in technology management but who also has a creative side. I like travel, reading, humor, food (ha!), music, decorative arts, playing around with Photoshop, scenic drives, walks, reading and writing poetry, bridge, techie stuff and other things depending on my interest of the moment. I like learning new things and love having the internet available to get info on anything anytime.

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    In response to your comment on my feed, about muscle and gain.
    Welllll....that's what I thought the FIRST month....we all thought my body was at the break through point and we were going to see the pounds start dropping.
    But they didn't.
    I currently think, besides the muscle gain...that I had to increase the fiber to get my system moving better.
    I'm curious about what the scale does this weekend. I see my doctor on Monday and she's rooting for me to lose.
    I don't think she has a lot of experience on this topic. I'd like to be an example that she can use to learn more about it.

    Thanks for reading my friend feed!
    29 days ago
    Thank you so much for your email... I was floored and deeply honored. I have added you back as a friend... and hope to get to know you better!

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    32 days ago
    Thanks for the HUNGRY suggestion on my Feed. I did respond there to you , but wanted to make sure you got it.
    I was soooo hungry that day! (after pizza with white flour!) I knew deep down that I'd be better off eating a bit more, than suffering and feeling miserable. I had some cheese, small pretsels and about 5 oz of juice and THAT felt 'JUST RIGHT!'
    I was then able to get some good sleep. Well....until my bladder woke me up in the middle of the night. (I'm working on WATER, too!) lol

    Thanks! I like your doctor, by the way! I like the way he thinks!

    I did MUCH better today. Went shopping and stocked up. I actually met the challenge goal!
    emoticon emoticon phew!

    40 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/17/2016 9:28:38 PM
  • v DEBBIEANNE1124
    Thanks for the comment. I appreciate your words a lot. Many loved that "butt" picture but i ahd two complains from "church ladies" bwahahahaha! They called it disgusting.
    Hoping you are doin well.
    647 days ago
  • v JCRAFT6
    Thanks for the encouragement. I get so worked up about meeting my goals. I guess I'm like you. I have failed so many times that I feel if i'm not fanatical about it then it wont work. You keep up the baby steps and find success
    1419 days ago
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