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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: 148,693

Fitness Minutes: 81,538

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


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

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CHIRPGIRL
3/19/2014 5:32:58 AM

What a magnificent and motivating tale of success! I loved reading about your adventure in weight loss and maintenance. I'm fighting the battle and I'm about 9 lbs. into the game with about 10-15 more to go. I always find those pounds the hardest to shed. I've been rather good about changing my eating habits, but now it's time to add some exercise back into the mix. It was a long, lazy winter:)
I hope you don't mind that I've added you as a Spark Friend:) Thanks for the motivation! Best, Sharon emoticon



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3/17/2014 12:23:03 PM

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BESSHAILE
3/13/2014 3:29:52 PM

Woo woo ! Thank you for that maintenance math! My little left brain just looooooves stuff like that. and at 3% I'm within range. LOL



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BRADMILL2922
3/12/2014 4:34:05 AM

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my "Box Of I Can't" blog yesterday! There are so many levels of what we have to do in this journey that we shouldn't weigh ourselves down with all the negative. But you are right, YES I CAN and YES YOU CAN! Hope you are having a wonderful week Celia :)



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