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I had lost 100 lbs back in the 90's and gained 150 lbs back. Back then, I had been "successful" on a liquid diet monitored by doctors, because I knew I was addicted to food and this was the only way I could go cold turkey. But I never really learned the ways to keep the weight off.

In the past year or so, three different doctors suggested gastric bypass surgery.

I knew I was obese. I knew I faced serious health issues, but to have such a drastic medical intervention ...
I had lost 100 lbs back in the 90's and gained 150 lbs back. Back then, I had been "successful" on a liquid diet monitored by doctors, because I knew I was addicted to food and this was the only way I could go cold turkey. But I never really learned the ways to keep the weight off.

In the past year or so, three different doctors suggested gastric bypass surgery.

I knew I was obese. I knew I faced serious health issues, but to have such a drastic medical intervention suggested FINALLY got to me. I was and am frightened of surgery with its many medical side effects and complications. I knew every effort I had made to date had failed.

I read and read on the web about food addiction, nutrition, hypnotism, counseling. Then I came across SparkPeople. What I read were principles that I knew in my heart I wanted to live by: (1) it isn't a diet, it is a different lifestyle for the rest of your life; (2) it isn't a magic set of rules, it has to be customized for you; (3) don't just set goals, work towards them...

Thank you, SparkPeople. I have just begun to change my habits, thereby my lifestyle, my goals, and my mind. Food addiction is my elephant in the room, but God willing, I will turn him into my pocket mouse.

I hate classical exercise, but love gardening, so that is what I am doing for exercise.
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Member Since: 7/12/2011

SparkPoints: 12,738

Fitness Minutes: 4,800

My Goals:
Long Term:
To change my habits for a lasting healthier life style
Short Term:
Goal 1: To lose 20% of my weight (48 lb)
As of Thanksgiving, 2011, I have lost 30 lb and been given one more reason to be grateful!
Goal 2: to lose 20% more of my weight (45 lb)
Goal 3: to lose 20% more of my weight (36 lb)
Goal 4: to lose last 20 lb

My Program:
Follow calorie load that is suitable for my final weight (why not start now to establish the right life-long habit?)
New Habit 1: record all food and exercise daily
New Habit 2: DO SOMETHING, preferably garden, every day

As of Thanksgiving, 2011, I have pretty well established new habit 1, that is recording all food and exercise daily and keeping to max calorie load for my ideal weight. New Habit 2 has not taken hold as of yet.

Personal Information:
Retired. A gardener. We live in the Mid-Atlantic region, for gardeners, zone 6b to 7a (who knows with global warming?)

Other Information:
I am trying to help a close friend on the other side of the beltway in her path to a healthier life, but she doesn't spend anytime on her computer, so Sparking is something I share with her via telephone. She is doing well, and making progress.

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1NANA4EVER
12/1/2011 8:53:43 AM

I see in your status you had a Thanksgiving weight gain. Don't get discouraged and give up! These things happen. Back on the horse!



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1NANA4EVER
11/22/2011 9:03:34 AM

Thanks so much for the SPARK goodie. It really made my day. I love cornucopias!



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TURTLE69
11/21/2011 10:16:21 PM

Thanks for the SparkGoodie. It was greatly appreciated..



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1NANA4EVER
11/20/2011 10:24:54 AM

"Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"

Enjoy your turkey day traditions!



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11/17/2011 11:00:29 PM

Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, send it to 8 other beautiful women.if you receive more than 3 awards, you know others believe you to be truly beautiful. If you break the chain, nothing will happen. But it's always good to know others think you are beautiful, inside and out!



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