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I think I began my journey toward lasting weight loss in late 2009, when I saw myself in pictures. My weight has been up and down throughout my adult life, starting with 20 marital pounds (1988) that have never been shed.

I was at my heaviest in December 2003. I got pneumonia that month, and knew my weight was a factor. I was pushing size 20-22, unemployed, and had been unhappily married. When my daughter and I looked for a fat picture to post on SparkPeople, she complained ...
I think I began my journey toward lasting weight loss in late 2009, when I saw myself in pictures. My weight has been up and down throughout my adult life, starting with 20 marital pounds (1988) that have never been shed.

I was at my heaviest in December 2003. I got pneumonia that month, and knew my weight was a factor. I was pushing size 20-22, unemployed, and had been unhappily married. When my daughter and I looked for a fat picture to post on SparkPeople, she complained that I looked miserable in all of the photos. I was; those pictures show a very sad and angry woman.

I took an active job and dropped a bunch of weight. My husband and I reconciled. We bought a house in 2004. I dropped some more weight from doing yard work. I thought I was doing great, fitting into size 14ís and sometimes large 12ís.

Then, fateful Facebook arrived. I didnít like how my picture looked. I was surprised to see how heavy I still appeared. In retrospect, I believe I had gone from an obese BMI to an overweight one, and I felt a LOT better. But the pictures didnít show my progress or how much better I felt.

We got a Wii board during the 2009 holidays, and I started using it as a scale. I started riding the stationary bike regularly. I went on the No Flour, No Sugar (Dr. Gott) diet, and dropped about 20 pounds by August 2010. I kept it off successfully for a couple of years by weighing daily, biking regularly, and avoiding sugar. If the pounds crept up, I went back to eating no sugar.

At the end of the Food Stamp Challenge in March 2011, I was 135 poundsóa weight I had not seen since before I was married. Frankly, it freaked me out. I had dropped 5 pounds in a week, and I hadnít been able to focus or concentrate on anything that week. All I could think about was my next meal, whether I could afford it, and what I could afford to eat. As I attempted to resume my normal eating, I found it hard to contain myself. I was just so grateful for food! I faltered and struggled, and weight maintenance was no longer steady. I slipped in 2012, and slid in 2013.

Something snapped in me as the year turned from 2013 to 2014. I just bought fat pants. I heard my inner voice say, ďYouíre not good enough.Ē The heck Iím not! I came to Spark People for help, and Iím getting it. And guess what? I havenít even worn one of those pairs of fat pants! Iím doing the work, and my body is changing for the better, and Iím making some great e-friends. Spark on, everyone! You can do it!
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Member Since: 1/12/2014

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My Goals:
Goal: Keep weighing in at a normal BMI.

new goals 7/14/14:
Don't go more than one day in a row "sedentary" (as defined by my fitbit).

Don't go more than one day in a row over or under calorie range.

My Program:
Ride the stationary exercise bike at least 30 minutes and 6.7 miles each day (and 6 days per week minimum).
Use the nutrition tracker to help guide my eating.

addendum 7/14/14
7.3 miles is better
35 minutes will put me into the "successful maintainers" exercise range--and I want to be One of Them!

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12/29/2014 6:36:01 AM

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BARBIEE52
12/29/2014 12:13:54 AM

emoticon -----To Diet or Not to Diet----- emoticon

I thought I was losing weight,
but it turned up that my sweatpants were untied.
(Can I always wear them untied??) emoticon

Today's diet tip
Use super glue as lip gloss.
(Can I use clear or colored lip gloss??) emoticon

With my new diet.....I'm looking to reach
my original weight of 6 lbs. 7 oz.
(I don't even remember being that small!!) emoticon

The second day of a diet
is always easier than the first..
By the second day you are off it.
(Is it the second day yet????) emoticon

I've been dieting all morning.
AM I SKINNY YET??? emoticon

Vegetables are a must
on a diet. I suggest
carrot cake, zucchini
bread and pumpkin pie.
(I guess it means I am going to have to bake!!!) emoticon emoticon emoticon
Do I Choose this emoticon OR this emoticon This emoticon Or this emoticon ???
emoticon What would you choose? emoticon
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ANGIEN9
12/28/2014 11:15:21 PM

Hi. Added you as a Spark Friend after reading your blog.
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IMNOTSTOPPIN
12/28/2014 12:37:12 PM

Loved your blog. You have taught me something and I am going to be more intentional about observing WONW. Added you as a SPARK Friend.



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ICEWYNDE
12/28/2014 11:34:45 AM

Thanks for your supportive comments on my blog. Too funny that we both chose the same title for our blog posts! emoticon



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