I'm ready to take on the world!
Me--summer 2009 before I changed my life
This is my Lulu as a puppy...she now is a 60 lb. lapdog.
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I'm On My Way!
I was always overweight, starting at birth when I weighed over 9 lbs! I have tried a variety of diets...and drugs, including Redux in the mid-1990's, where I lost 100 pounds but put it back on again in a couple of years after they took it off the market. About four years ago, the rotator cuff in my right shoulder tore, requiring surgery, and the surgeon said that the probable reason was that I was so heavy-breasted that it pulled on my shoulder. So, I investigated breast reduction surgery and ...
I was always overweight, starting at birth when I weighed over 9 lbs! I have tried a variety of diets...and drugs, including Redux in the mid-1990's, where I lost 100 pounds but put it back on again in a couple of years after they took it off the market. About four years ago, the rotator cuff in my right shoulder tore, requiring surgery, and the surgeon said that the probable reason was that I was so heavy-breasted that it pulled on my shoulder. So, I investigated breast reduction surgery and was told by a plastic surgeon that they wouldn't talk to me until I weighed less than 200 pounds. This was in mid-2008. After about a year of not doing anything, I found out at my annual medical checkup that I was pre-diabetic. So, I just decided to get healthy. The doctor and I agreed that I would come in monthly, and that I would try to eat healthy, keep a food log, and get some exercise. (Sounds like SparkPeople, huh?) So, since November, 2009, I've been doing just that, and in February, 2010 I found SparkPeople, which I think has made all the difference. I averaged losing about 8 pounds a month for 13 months, and made my goal weight in June 2011. I had breast reduction surgery on April 4, 2011 and a tummy tuck on May 23, 2011 to get rid of all the skin that is left after a 100+ pound weight loss. Update March 2014: I have gained back 55 pounds, but I am now back on the program and headed in the right direction.
| current weight: 208.0
Member Since: 2/25/2010
Fitness Minutes: 23,299
1. Eat at least 6 fruits and veggies daily.
2. Weight Loss Goals:
221 lbs (35 lbs lost) 2/23/10
140 lbs GOAL! 6/15/11
...a lot of backsliding...
162 lbs 11/15/2011
190 lbs 5/17/2013
195 lbs 10/6/2013
205 lbs 3/8/2014 STOP
198 lbs 3/24/2014
3.Exercise regularly, at least 5x per week for at least 30 minutes.
4. Track my food and exercise daily...and I mean the whole day's worth, not just breakfast and lunch!)
5. Have the nicest yard/garden on the block. (This will be tough...a botanist lives across the street!)
I'm eating lots of fruits and vegetables, trying an elimination diet to address some inflammation issues. I don't eat a lot of meat, and do lots of healthy snacking) I'm eating 6-7 small meals each day...every 3 hours or so. Recently I've had some issues with this and injuries and consequently have gained back about 55 pounds, but I'm back in the groove now and headed in the right direction.
Exercise right now is walking the dog. We do a couple of miles every day. I can't wait for warmer weather!
I'm from the middle of Illinois and work as a librarian and faculty member at a state university. I'm the education librarian and run a teachers center, so I buy children's books and educational materials to be used by students planning to become teachers.
I have a dog, Lulu, and a cat, Wasabi, and a new dog, Lulu. Wasabi is exactly like his name. He loves to eat everything, including grapefruit and kiwis! Lulu is a year-old lab-cattle dog mix who also eats everything--like bed pillows, yard lights, magazines, and remotes.