At the right angle, I can almost make the waddle under my chin disappear.

An all too familiar portrayal of my birthday activities--get those candles blown out so we can eat!

The Rolls wasn't mine, but I can dream, can't I. Heck, I couldn't even climb into it!


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I've lived on a yo-yo for all of my life. I was born on a diet! My mother dieted all through her pregnancy and gained only six pounds. It was the foundation for my lifelong battle with weight--one I've never conquered.

I've never been near to the "normal" for my height and age. At age four, I was used as a guinea pig for obese children. That didn't work, so I grew up to be a fat kid who would "lose the baby fat when she grows up." The baby fat turned to middle age spread, and now it's old age sludge. Plus, I'm shrinking and the weight I could carry six inches ago now hangs in my middle like the proverbial spare tire.

Besides all that, I wound up with spinal stenosis, have had to have two cervical spinal fusions, which left me with disabilities in standing and walking. When you sit all day, so does what you eat!

This is a journey through yet another weight loss experience at the ripe old age of sixty-nine. I'd like to be close to "normal" by my 70th birthday, September 2, 2010. I'll leave an extra 25 pounds for the hanging skin that I know will be there. It was bad enough when I lost 75 pounds almost 15 years ago. There's no stretch left now! This time, I'll just have to learn to live with it and not feel compelled to fill it out again.

It is not to look good in a bikini or even a muumuu that I will attempt this, it is to lose the weight that bears down on my fragile knees and back, that keeps me from walking, that prevents exercising--which, in turn, keeps the weight on!

I hope you will join me in getting at least a little of my mobility back before it is gone forever. Together, with God, we cannot fail.

Member Since: 7/15/2009

My Goals:
I'm bad about setting goals, mainly because if you don't set any goals, you can never fail at them.

Then I remember this quote:

"I would rather attempt to do something great and fail...
than to attempt to do nothing and succeed."
Dr. Robert H. Schuller

So I've set my weight goal for my 2010 birthday. Once I get a scale that works, I'll be able to share how many pounds that will be.

My Program:
I plan to utilize SparkPeople pages to whatever extent I can master them. I will need to find exercises to do seated, since I have standing and balance problems. I will start with an eating program I have found successful using twice in the past, called the Enzyme Catalyst Diet. I have raw fruit servings before and after each meal, or raw vegetables before and after. Just about anything within reason can be eaten in between. I also want to incorporate protein shakes for breakfast, supper or both. I prefer my main meal at mid-day anyway. In the meantime, I'll investigate the eating plans on here.

Personal Information:
Life led me to deep south Texas, the Rio Grande Valley, in 1976. I've been very happy here, where there has only been snow once--the 100 year snow at that. After living in New Jersey 29 years, I did my lifetime's share of shoveling.

Six years in California was lovely, as long as the mountain behind me wasn't on fire or the earthquakes weren't shaking me out of bed.

No family in my life, so I'm footloose and fancy free--except that I can barely walk anymore and I live on only Social Security. Good that I'm stuck where I want to be! Also good that I am a very positive person and choose to be happy within any situation that may arise. That half full glass!

Other Information:
My favorite quote of all time, and the root of my philosophy, is simply:
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

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  • v JAMER123
    (dupliation. The other one popped in at the same time as this one. Sorry)
    2008 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/26/2011 12:14:32 AM
  • v JAMER123
    Hi Adie! I was looking around the various pages and came across yours. I am intrigued in what part of the Rio Grande Valley you live in. I have been traveling down 1-2 times a year to the Valley since 1993. My father died there and mom is in a mobile home in a resort. We were taking her down and getting her when she had her 5th wheel trailer. The past few yrs. I have been down for 1-3 months a yr. This winter my dh is retiring and we will be in the Valley for 3 months. with our camper. We truly love it there and have so many friends. We are going to travel but our winters will no longer be spent in MN. when we can enjoy the warmth. I hear the wind has been really blowing a lot and temps really up there so fire is a major concern.

    Just thought I would drop you a note as I am quite familiar with the area. Have a wonderful week and try to stay a little cool!!
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Eileen
    2008 days ago
    thank you for your comment on my page Adie it is very kind of you

    Sorry i just noice it now, you it did me goos od somebody thinkinf about me

    I do hope thing are going good for you , i think the secret is never to give up

    2095 days ago
    Are you still sparking? Hope so. One day at a time.

    Jane on Guam
    2253 days ago
    I've found that SMILES are contagious. I am trying to start an epidemic. Here's a smile to brighten your day. Thanks for being my spark friend and for being on the journey to better health & fitness with me. Bright blessings to you! Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2255 days ago
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