December 2013...celebrating life at 50!
OHMEMEME is a SparkPeople Motivator!
Hello to Everyone!
SparkPeople has served me well. I started this journey in May 2011 and officially using Spark since July 2011. My successes and setbacks all recorded here as the journey continues with maintenance. I hope to continue to work through this with the help of fellow Sparkers and possibly help others along the way.
5 years on my Spark journey as it continues...maintaining for 4 years now...has it been easy? Not really... Has it been worth it? DEFINATELY!!! Far from perfect and ideal but oh, so much better than 50 lbs ago!
After close to 3 yrs I have finally hit goal! Learning maintenance is a continual journey...
I've been a Spark member since July 2011 and have lost about 40lbs with another 15lbs to go. Right now Feb 2012 I am at a turning point. As soon as I started to feel really good and peak at a 40lb loss and no longer in the obese BMI range I regressed. I gained 7lbs and just couldn't find the umph! I had at the beginning. But I am still frequented Spark on occasion in search of better days to come without gaining and losing the last bit of weight and MOST OF ALL, MAINTAINING.
(JULY 2011) I am setting out on yet another weightloss journey. I Have about 50lbs to lose and most importantly, maintain the loss.
At 47 years old its as much a matter of feeling good as looking good but hope to do both. Hope there's a few of you out there who can inspire and cheer me on, and hope I can do the same for someone else.
My highest weight ever I believe was about 235 but I've held it at 229 for the last year or so. I decided to give it another go in April 2011 by addressing emotional eating, compulsive/binge eating, and food addiction. By July 2011 I was 223. That's when I joined SP to really work to get the weight off.
It's been a about 3 yrs since I started this journey and have lost 57lbs...feeling great...
It all began here:
July 13, 2011 222lbs 47lbs to go
July 20 219.2 -4lbs
July 27 216 -3lbs
Aug 3 213.8 -3lbs
Feeling really good at this point, but starting to worry about if I can keep it going.
August 10 213.5 maintained - 38lbs to go
August 17 212.4 Okay...unexpected -1lb
august 23 209.6 great! but unexpected -3lbs
August 31 207 oh yea!!! -2.6 lbs 32lbs to go
Sep 7 208.6 that's my first gain- so
209 scale is moving up
207.4 Thank you, Lord!
202.4 More Hallalujah!!!
Back on track
200.8 Come on Onederland!
197.4 WooHoo 2's are GONE...Feeling great!
197.0 awesome but fighting emational
193.5 AWESOME! Made it through Vegas -got massage!
195 OK Post Thanksgving
196 Don't want to go there
195 Still up but in goal range
Dec 28 193 lbs survived the holiday! Next goal Mar 1 - 10 lbs in 10wks - gooo...me!
189 YES! YES! YES! Ahead of schedule so hoping to stay steady...clothes are fitting perfectly!
Jan 17 & 25
Did not weigh in - feeling too comfortable - self sabotage - trying to refocus...
Gaining...:(. Told myself that I can't let this happen but cannot stop the runaway train! STAY TUNED...
Fighting the never-ending battle of self- sabotage
193.6 better but not confident
196. Felt I had a good week but scale does not show it. Will continue the work....
MAY 2, 2012
OMG Forgot to keep tracking weigh ins here!
Maintained almost 2 months
20lbs to goal....
June 14, 2012
Not excited about this at all but staying positive that I will keep a positive attitude and keep working at it.
199.5 back on track and feeling positive again
ONE YEAR SPARVERSARY!
July 11, 2012
196 lbs of a healthier me! Not the weight I planned on when I started this journey a year ago but still down 33lbs from last summer. I call that a success. Still moving forward...
191 lbs. Snuck in a weigh in because I was feeling it! Officially weighing in only monthly now
August 8, 2012
185 lbs. YES! YES! YES!
September 4, 2012
182 lbs. I DID IT!
October 2, 2012
181 lbs. YES! A loss is a loss! And this is 18 lbs less than same time last year!
179lbs. Yay! Into another decade 1 1/2 yrs into this
December 4, 2012
178lbs a pound is a pound especially when it's a loss! Yay!
January 2, 2013
184lbs I did it...I will undo it! Still a success and down 5lbs lighter than one year ago!
Jan 29, 2013
185.5 moving in the wrong direction...Do NOT like moving my ticker in the wrong direction. Lessons to learn.i
Feb 26, 2013
185 not my dream # but after a wild scale of a month - maintained!
March 4, 2013
187 up up up so will weigh weekly here!
March 12, 2013
186 lbs Down 1 lb for a good week!
186.5. Up by 1/2 lb but may be PMS
April 2, 2013
190 lbs. not happy with self
April 8, 2013
188.5 a loss is a loss - have been working at it
April 15, 2012
186.5 Down 2 lbs yeah! Headed in the right direction!
April 22, 2013
185 yes steadily downward
April 30, 2013
184.5 a loss is a loss -1/2 lb
May 6, 2013
181 lbs - 3.5 yes, finally!
May 13, 203
180 lbs down 1 lb woohoo!
May 20, 2013
180.5 okay just holding my breath and hoping its PMS
185 lbs. pre and post vacation...not soo bad...
July 22, 2013
184.5 Gotta shake this
July 29, 2013
-1.5lbs = 183lbs Shaking this plus...8lbs lighter than last year!
August 5, 2013
-3.5 lbs = 179.5 lbs finally back to the 170's
184 lbs. 170's did not last long...:(
189 lbs and NOT HAPPY! Planning on losing 10 lbs for birthday cruise in Dec....
December 2013 pre-holiday and cruise
184 lbs and scared for post holiday weigh in
192 and not happy about it!
January 16, 2014
-2 lbs. 190. Thank you Spark Friend for fatloser.com motivation
February 13, 2014
183 lbs. Headed in the right direction.
March 3, 2013
181.5 going DOWN...WooHoo! Recommitted to reaching goal!
March 26, 2014
-5.5 = 176 lbs. New Year 12 Week Program worked Almost at goal and 10lbs lighter than this time last year!
May 2014 172 lbs I HAVE FINALLY HIT GOAL! It has been 3 yrs since I started this journey!
June 2014 174 lbs MAINTAINING!
July 2014. 175 lbs struggling to find maintenance and be BINGE free
Aug, Sep, Oct 2014
Balancing at high end of range and tipping over 178-183
Dec-Jan 2015 182 lbs over goal but still soooo proud - lighter than last year
182 lbs Still maintaining on the high end...still less than few of last 3 yrs WooHoo!!!
March 2015 175lbs BACK IN THE SADDLE! Feels awesome!
April 2015 169 lbs and livin' it!!!
163-167 hit all time lows of new goals! Beach Vaca!
Up to 173/175 due to binging...emotional eating
Nov 2015 184.6 lbs Up! Up! Up! Not good.struggling to find maintenance and be BINGE free
Feb 2016 180
March 2016 174 Yearly Maintenace!
April 2016 179 is up but reworking it!
May 2016 175 good but goal is now 170...
July 2016 175 lbs 5 Years on Spark!
I wanted to lose about 50lbs in 6 months when I started Sparking July 2011. After 2 years of Sparking I maintained a 40 lb loss. Rounding out year three I finally hit goal of of 175 lbs with a 57 lb loss and this has been the longest maintenance I have ever experienced in my lifetime.
I call this my success story! Never could say that before Spark experience. So much new knowledge, inspiration, and motivation found here.
The journey continues...
I want to feel better physically and look better, too!
- the top of suggested calorie counts for my age and weight recommended by SPARK by tracking
-belong to a small ladies fitness club and practice yoga. I am also a regulator outdoor walker as weather permits. I have been flexible but consistent with regular exercise!
I am 52 years old, live in rural Louisiana, married 34 yrs, mother of two grown children, and now a grandmother of three. I work as an elementary school teacher/librarian for one more year. Retirement date set for May 2017.
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| current weight: 171.6
thank you for the birthday wishes! i make my own beans in the pressure cooker (now the instant pot), though the person who introduced me to the roasted chickpeas used canned beans. i usually make a pound of beans at a time and freeze them in "can sized" portions, so when the recipe calls for one or two cans, i take out one or two bags from the freezer.
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Hi Tricia, thank you for your thoughtful comment on my blog!
I wish you a great Sunday, and lots of success during holiday ceĆ©ebrations.
1 day ago
Honored to have been part of your Thanksgiving Day thoughts.
10 days ago
thank you for adding me as a friend!
19 days ago
thank you for the spark goodie and your very kind words - i'm glad you enjoy the blogs, they really help me to wrap my brain around things:-)
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