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In my earlier life, I was fortunate. First of all I actually had a pretty good body image which is pretty amazing given I was a shy, introverted and not particularly active teen. But as I moved into my 20s and joined a gym, I loved that I was healthy and strong, and I liked my figure well enough. I also never really had to watch what I ate too carefully, but time caught up with me (just like mama said it would) and in 2006 I reached 144 pounds. I decided it was time to do something and I joined Sparkpeople and lost 14 lbs. I did it because my clothes were snug and I had a little muffin top....mainly vanity I suppose, but I also wanted to stay fit as an example to my daughter.

Then the next summer, I started slowly putting it back on (read too many BBQs). Still I worked out fairly regularly and I ate pretty healthy, so I didn't worry about it too much. Then by Dec 2008 I was up to my highest weight yet, 150 lbs. On my 5'4" frame, it showed.

So in January 2009 I hired a personal trainer for me and the hubby. He did great, but my weight and measurements stubbornly held their own, with me only down 3 lbs in 9 months.

In the years following that, matter what I did it seems the pounds stayed put, only going down a few and back up a couple. Despite a surgery in the midst of those years, I did two rounds of P90X, a round of Insanity, etc. with good results in terms of fitness but still not losing the stubborn fat. Some people suggest that the hysterectomy I had may be in part to blame. I even hiked the West Highland Way with my husband (best trip ever!). So while I had plenty of muscle and good cardiovascular health, I still had all this stubborn fat sticking around.

Then a couple years ago, I broke my leg in a bad way, requiring surgery and a long recovery. I basically just gave up and spent about a year and a half doing nothing and not worrying about what I ate. I used the pain in my leg as an excuse long after I could have started doing more. To be honest, it didn't respond nicely to exercise when I tried it, but I also know in great part that's because I would start and stop all the time and never let it get strong enough.

My weight ballooned to 173. BUT, it seems to have reset something, somehow. Whereas all my hard work before didn't result in any kind of fat or weight loss, after that rest, my easier workouts and simple changes to my eating as resulted in 9 lbs in 3 months. It's was terribly slow, but was been steady. And I was ok with that.

Although I check the scale and am happy to see it moving in the right direction, my goals are more based on getting in MY best shape based on what my body is ready for, and not about getting to a certain weight or size. This is good because since then I managed to regain again. My lunchtime walking buddy had a very busy time late summer to Christmas and we didn't walk enough.

I've determined that the most important thing for me is moving more during the day. I sit at a desk and without that movement mid day I gain. It should start to come back off now that we are being more regular with lunchtime walking again. I'm also adding back some strength training, but not going crazy with it like I had with P90X. Just 2-3 times a week for about 20-30 mins.

Sure I have a weight loss goal to achieve a weight where I know in the past I felt really good, but it's a long term goal. I've learned not to set my short term goals based on the scale because it does go so slowly for me (and sometimes goes up) that it's just frustrating. Instead I have short term goals based on reaching milestones in my fitness level.

Maybe in part it's a level of maturity, but the scale doesn't have to rule my day. It's only a tool to check progress, and there are many other tools I have as well. And instead of trying to look like I did in my 20s (because that is NOT going to happen), I'm learning to be content again in my own skin.

last updated Feb 2017

Member Since: 10/10/2006

Fitness Minutes: 44,412

My Goals:
Finish 90 days of P90X/Insanity Hybrid and, hopefully, be at my ideal weight by my wedding anniversary. (April 2011) - FYI I was successful with the first goal, and was close with the second, but then regained later.

I've left the above because it's currently needed for a challenge despite being old. Current goals: Walk 60 mins about 5-6 times a week either at lunch or evening, including treadmill if weather is bad. Throw in some jogging here and there to build up to a 5K over the spring. Strength train 3 times a week. (as of March 7 17)

My Program:
Keep calories under 1500 and do some exercise every day

Personal Information:
I'm from Ontario, Canada and have a fun loving DH, a lovely DD and step DD, fugure SIL and grandson. We have a Shinese "puppy" (Jan 3/09), a Labradoodle (Feb 1 16) and an elderly English Springer Spaniel . The Springer used to be my running partner but she's not up to it anymore. Hoping the labradoodle will motivate me to start running a bit again. Maybe she can work off some of her energy while helping me to keep going.

Other Information:
I love to knit and I also sew and do embroidery but not as much. I'm an avid reader. I work full time and shuttle my daughter to dance classes and competitions, I have a DH who works shifts and that's always a fun challenge to work around.

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