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In January 2011, when I first whispered, "I declare 2011 to be the year of ME," I really had no idea where that statement would lead. But with great help from SparkPeople (the focus on the whole person, the support of Spark Friends, and the many tools), the weight I had resigned myself to taking to my (probably early) grave is gone.

As a first step, I set a goal to lose 50 pounds, just to see if I could actually pull it off. Focused effort has paid off in ways I never dreamed ...
In January 2011, when I first whispered, "I declare 2011 to be the year of ME," I really had no idea where that statement would lead. But with great help from SparkPeople (the focus on the whole person, the support of Spark Friends, and the many tools), the weight I had resigned myself to taking to my (probably early) grave is gone.

As a first step, I set a goal to lose 50 pounds, just to see if I could actually pull it off. Focused effort has paid off in ways I never dreamed possible. Those 50 pounds went away, so I set new goals that will result in 75 pounds gone when I'm done remaking myself. I closed out 2011 on December 31 at 154 pounds and a BMI of 24.9! That put me 9 pounds from my goal and in the healthy BMI range for the first time in over 2 decades.

As a plus, DH suggested we train together to run a 5K in the Spring. I so looked forward to that, even with my arthritic knees. Unfortunately, DH developed hip trouble that kept him from training, so when the day came, he jogged partway with me and walked the rest.

That race seemed to help nudge me out of a fitness slump so I could continue toward my goal. On May 19, I declared victory on the weight-loss front. As I approached that goal line, I realized I'd better have an outlet for my energy and determination, or I would get hit with the letdown that comes after accomplishing a hard-fought battle. So I've tackled decluttering my house as a follow-on and am using techniques I learned (or relearned) at SP to make headway.

December, 2012 update: I hit my six-month maintenance goal a few weeks ago and rejoiced that I have never maintained a weight loss for six months in my decades-long yo-yo history. I set a December goal to exercise each day in some way, stay within my calorie range daily, and track food and fitness each day.

May, 2013 update: Hit my one-year maintenance goal! That's longer than I have EVER kept the weight off.
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Member Since: 2/14/2011

SparkPoints: 149,284

Fitness Minutes: 81,805

My Goals:
Met my weight loss goal (75 pounds gone) 5/19/2012

Met my 1-year maintenance goal 5/19/2013

Next goals:
1.5 years in maintenance (11/19/2013) - Success!
2 years in maintenance (5/19/2014)

My Program:
- Cardio at least 4X each week
- Strength training minimum of 2X/week
- Yoga 2X/week
- Work on 6 hrs of sleep each night
- Track, track, track


Personal Information:
I'm married to a wonderfully supportive husband and am owned by one very snarky cat.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS
4/16/2014 9:27:00 AM

"Above all else, do NOT quit! The universe always bows to persistence.
The empowering approach is to see your physical challenges as assets, because overcoming obstacles forces you to develop discipline, determination and character.
These traits will carry over to other areas of your life and make you a stronger person.
-Tom Venuto
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KANOE10
4/5/2014 9:55:43 AM

I am glad that you are having a downward trend as well. There is no doubt that during the winter it is harder to get motivated. I did not want a new higher range to develop..but it was easy to coast for awhile at the high end. I appreciate your support on my reboot.



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HOSPICERN6
4/1/2014 2:27:40 PM

Thank you for your kind words of welcome to the mindfulness and meditation team. I look forward to meeting new friends on my journey. Namaste!



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
4/1/2014 8:03:36 AM

Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect.
There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions.
So what. Get started now.
With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.
-Mark Victor Hansen
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Thank you for commenting on my blog, "My Success Plan For April." I hope you have a successful and healthy April!

PS: I'm sad that Collage Video is going out of business, too! I had only been buying from them for a few months, but I was a fan and thought I'd be ordering from them for years to come.



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BOOKAPHILE
3/31/2014 10:05:52 PM

Thanks for the gold metal goodie! I'm quite encouraged by reaching that milestone. Thanks for your approval emoticon



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