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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
3/27/2014 8:20:31 AM

“Participate in your dreams today. There are unlimited opportunities available with this new day.
Take action on those wonderful dreams you've had in your mind for so long.
Remember, success is something you experience when you act accordingly.”
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3/25/2014 8:03:51 PM

A little late but I wanted to thank you for my goodie. Actually, all test results came back negative so I'm good to go!



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~Hello my SPARKling Friend~
I hope all is well with you and yours....

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~May You Find this SPRING filled with an Abundance of LOVE~
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3/25/2014 11:17:10 AM

“TAKE ACTION! Wanting is not enough; Act upon your goals!
If somebody was watching your day-to-day behavior, would they be able to see what you’re working towards; what your goals are?
If the answer is no, FIX IT!”
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3/23/2014 9:43:00 AM

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
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