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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

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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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SKINNYPAT62
11/3/2011 3:14:29 PM

Stopp9ng by to say hi. Hope you are doing well. Must go to the doctor today; maybe she will set me straight and I will get back on track again! I hate snow and cold, but in Colorado that's what we are having. Today, at least, is snowless and warmer! emoticon



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SKINNYPAT62
11/3/2011 3:14:29 PM

Stopp9ng by to say hi. Hope you are doing well. Must go to the doctor today; maybe she will set me straight and I will get back on track again! I hate snow and cold, but in Colorado that's what we are having. Today, at least, is snowless and warmer! emoticon



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DIVA-TO-BE
10/18/2011 3:18:04 PM

Thank you for my checkered flag!



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TURTLE69
10/13/2011 10:08:24 PM

Thanks for the SparkGoodie. It was greatly appreciated. I have been doing well. Been staying within my calories and exercising. I'm not exercising as much as I should be but at least I'm doing something. How are you doing?

Vanessa



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TONI501
10/12/2011 3:07:57 PM

I would have gotten back to you sooner but I wasn't able to get into any sites. I don't know what happened. Anyway I am just fine, really busy with doing daycare and preschool again this yr. Hope all is well with you?

Have a great day my friend!



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