Spring 2007 - at my goal weight - where I will be again with hard work, dedication, and healthy lifestyle changes!!!
April 2012 - with my new grandson Ahmad
September 2012 - one of the first "OMG, I have to do something about my weight" pictures - I realized while going through pictures on my phone that I had gained 25-30 pounds since the first of the year (and a lot of that since April when I met by grandson from Jacksonville, Florida)
I have been struggling with my weight after being ill for most of 2011. The treatment and diagnosis process required prednisone, other corticosterioids, a multitude of prescriptions, and an open lung biopsy. I was finally diagnosed with sarcoidosis and now a little over a year since diagnosis I am off of all medications.
I am extremely uncomfortable with the weight gain caused by the medications and reduced activity. I am now nearly 75 pounds heavier than my normal and most comfortable/confident weight. Although I would prefer to lose all 70+ pounds, I would be happy to lose at least 50 pounds which would get me back to a comfortable me.
Update January 16, 2016:
I did lose approximately 25 pounds using SparkPeople. But life happened and I slacked off tracking, exercise, etc. However, I maintained my weight for over a year, which I fully believe was due to the habits SparkPeople helped me form.
Last spring I tried a different plan and lost another 25 pounds. Over the summer I gained a little back and then gained 15 pounds in one month in the fall, putting me back at the 200 I had maintained after losing weight with SparkPeople. I had a hysterectomy in December 2015 and with all the resulting down time decided I wanted to take better care of myself. I quit smoking before my surgery and have only had a couple slips since then. I have focused on my water intake the last few weeks and started using an elliptical machine last week to gently walk (it's to cold and uneven for outside walking right now). I am just a couple weeks from being medically cleared by surgeon at which time I plan on adding yoga and strength training to the mix as well as amping my walking up to an actual cardio workout.
I'm not going to try to change everything at once as that was not sustainable, as I found out last year. SparkPeople worked for me before, and I'm sure it will work for me again!
My "get me going" goal: Lose 25 pounds by December 31, 2012.
My "on the downhill slide" goal: Lose 50 pounds by June 1, 2013.
My "WOOHOO" goal: Lose 75 pounds by December 31, 2013.
Action steps to achieve my goals: Make healthier food choices and limit caloric intake to the recommended range based upon my end goal and exercise at home at least 10 minutes per day, working up to at least three 30-minute sessions per week.
Replacing the bad with the good!!!
Starting with small dietary changes and light exercising.
For instance I cut my daily coffee by half AND cut the amount of sugar added to my coffee by half.
Increased water intake to 6-8 cups per day.
Decreased soda intake; almost eliminated thanks to increase in water intake (it now tastes too sweet).
And for the first time in my life I am tracking my food/beverage intake and found I don't take in enough calories.
I am also easing into regular exercise by doing short, low impact workouts daily to remind my muscles they should do more than sit at a desk all day! I plan to make daily exercise a habit, even if it is for only 10-15 minutes.
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Thanks for the friend add and for the comment on my blog. I've added you as friend also. Hope to get to know you as we go along on our journeys.
118 days ago
"I believe that we are who we choose to be.
Nobody's going to come and save you. You've got to save yourself.
Nobody's going to give you anything. You've got to go out and fight for it.
Nobody knows what you want except for you.
And nobody will be as sorry as you if you don't get it.
So don't give up on your dreams."
Just stopping by to encourage you to keep doing your best, Sparkfriend! You don't have to be perfect in order to make progress. Be your own hero today and every day, and keep fighting to reach your goals. It isn't easy, but you are worth the effort!
1148 days ago
"Transformation is not five minutes from now; it's a present activity. In this moment you can make a different choice, and it's these small choices and successes that build up over time to help cultivate a healthy self-image and self esteem."
"Make a pledge to yourself right now, to declare that you are worth your time and energy."
Just stopping by to wish you a happy, healthy and fun Summer, Sparkfriend! Keep making those daily choices that will help you move closer to your goal, one step at a time. Right now there are just a little over 90 days until the first day of Autumn. Imagine how much progress you can make by then if you just keep doing your best each day this Summer! Don't forget....you are worth the effort!
1161 days ago
"Every day of our lives we are faced with a choice.
The choice to BE, or to be truly AMAZING.
Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.
No matter who you are, or what you do, you absolutely, positively do have the power to TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE."
Hey Sparkfriend, I hope your week is going great so far. Make the most of each day as it comes, and choose to be amazing! Put forth your best effort....because you are worth it!
1172 days ago
"Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long.
Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals.
No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders.
How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come."
Just stopping by to wish you a healthy week, Spark friend! If you fall down, get back up and keep pushing forward. I hope you know that you're always worth your best effort...because you really are!
1188 days ago