SYSMJP
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I started wearing my pedometer in October 2010




Late 2008, I had gotten down to 186 but am about 205lbs here, ugh (backsliding!)




2005 - Around 285


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I started in early 2006 by parking a little further from the stores on shopping trips. Instead of circling and waiting to find a space close to the door, I went to the outer edges of the parking lot and walked an additional minute or so to get to the store. By doing this, I lost about 15lbs without any other changes to eating or exercise.

My goal was to slowly get back into exercise. I was so ridiculously out of shape, I couldn't even stand up for 10 minutes without breaking into a sweat. I did not start out planning to lose over 100lbs. I just wanted to be in better shape. My size felt inescapable.

As I began to workout, I would feel my muscles burning, my feet aching before I was even done with the warm-up. I felt ashamed and hopeless for being so out of shape, but I repeated to myself, "a journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step" so I took that step, then another, then another.

It was blind faith at the time but as I slowly got stronger and the scale began to go down, I began to believe.

That was 5 years and over a 110lbs ago. I did not lose weight on the fast track, but I lost it just the same.

I feel like I've learned to maintain while losing because I've already kept it off for 5 years!

Now I know I can do it as I look towards getting in even better shape and continuing to lose the final 40lbs.


Member Since: 3/25/2008

Fitness Minutes: 4,395

My Goals:
I lost 99lbs between 2006-2008. I was able to keep 75 off.

I was stuck around the 200lb plataeu for about two years. I met a guy and put on "new boyfriend" weight.

However, I did not regain up to and beyond my original weight like I had on more than one occassion in the past. Therefore, it was a challenge that I successfuly overcame.

In October 2010, wearing a pedometer helped me get back on track.

I started out shooting for 10,000 steps per day. Now I do 12,500 with the eventual goal of 15,000 - 20,000 steps per day.

Susan Powter once said, "motivation comes in the doing." It is like a fire. It starts as a tiny spark but you have to tend to it and fan the flames to keep it going.

I have learned exercise and eating well are keys to fanning continued weight loss motivation and maintenance.

The trick is to stay consistant and get back up as soon as possible after a setback, instead of beating myself up.


My Program:
The tried and true eat less and exercise more.

I have yet to officially begin "dieting." Up to now I have focused on adding more produce, whole and homemade foods instead of cutting anything out.

Also, trying (emphasis on trying :) to eat tempting foods like pizza, ice cream and cookies outside of the house and only a half to three quarter serving when I do.

There have been setbacks that have undoubtedly made my journey longer, but in the end, I feel like I have learned a healthier approach to moderation than the 'all or nothing' mentality that has seen me through previous diet, binge and regain cycles.

As for exercise, thankfully I enjoy fitness so it is very motivating to see and feel myself getting stronger.

When I started it was difficult to walk a quarter mile without
panting and dripping sweat. Now I can run 5 miles.

I also learned to swim and am looking for ways to incorporate that into my fitness routine.



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As of August 2010, I'm doing the Couch to 5K (at my own speed), it has taken four months to progress through the week 5 "20 minute run". - Completed full program December 2010

As of March 2011 working on completing the Bridge to 10K running program.

Will begin swim endurance training in May 2011




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