FELINA
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My History -

I gained weight after I stopped working in 1993 due to arthritis of the spine. The first few years I was not working were very stressful and I responded by eating, regaining the 25 pounds I had lost in the last year I worked, in an attempt to ease my chronic pain. I'm an emotional eater and eat for comfort or out of boredom.

I found SparkPeople the fall of 2006 and "lurked" for a couple of months, reading articles, visiting teams, and reading blogs. By January of 2007 I was inspired to start working toward my goal. I didn't join any teams at first but followed the program, taking baby steps, making small changes. I increased my intake of water, fruits and veggies. The hardest challenge was and is exercise, since I couldn't (and still can't) exercise long or hard.

I reached my final goal on March 11, 2008, losing 40 pounds. I set a goal range of 153-157 and stayed in that range for about 5 years. The longest I ever maintained a weight loss!

The thing that surprised me was that my chronic pain did not improve at all after I lost the weight. In fact, it actually worsened, especially sitting. I find now that any seating is painful whereas before it was mostly firm seating. I joke that it's because I lost the padding on my butt. The up side is that I burn more calories by squirming in my seat all the time.

After reaching goal I drifted upward several times, into the low 160's, but always got back around 157, until late 2009-2010 when several family/personal issues came up and I began emotional eating again. I stopped paying attention to my maintenance plan and ended up in the mid 160's, not where I wanted to be.

I tried again and again to get those extra pounds off, taking off 5 or so pounds, then putting them back on again. I was so frustrated but not willing to give up.

Then in 2013 my arthritis worsened, now affecting my entire spine, low back all the way up to the neck and shoulder blades, especially the left. By fall 2013 the only exercise I could do was walking. I was so frustrated. I turned to food for comfort, gaining more, now in the upper 160's-170. I struggled for a year, and in October 2014 I was ready to give up and almost quit Spark. Instead I quit all my teams and took time just for me.

Since October I've gotten the upper back and neck pain under pretty good control and am back to exercising, mostly walking with some gentle strength exercises, and making better food choices.

Since mid-January I've lost 8 of the 14 pounds I want to lose, to get back to 157.


My exercise -

Walking all over the basement every morning before breakfast - 20 or so minutes
Upper back/neck stretches and resistance exercises after my morning walk daily
Wii tennis a couple times a week
Strength exercises - upper as tolerated, lower, core - 2-3 times/week
"ABBA" walk or "Home Free" walk - walking to ABBA or Home Free CD - 1-2 times/week
Afternoon - basement walk - 1-2 times/week

Eating plan -
Lots of veggies, beans, fruits, chicken, fish, no beef

Problem area - sweets, baked goods, junk food - I'm working on this right now


Making healthier food choices has become second nature to me. I do great planning healthy meals. My main problem is what I eat between meals, tending to choose unhealthy snacks. I'm currently working on making better snack choices.


I remind myself every day -

"I am committed to a healthy lifestyle & will stick to my healthy plan no matter what."


Member Since: 9/12/2006

Fitness Minutes: 106,302

My Goals:
Get healthier - met
Pain control - not met
Learn to make better
food choices - done!

To make this a lifestyle change, not just a "diet" to lose weight - successful, but a work in progress


FINAL GOAL ACHIEVED !!!

3/11/08




My Program:
Healthy Lifestyle Plan

Food journal - calories
Watch portions
Watch sweets
Lots of veggies/fruits

Exercise - most days

Take regular "me" time












Personal Information:
65 years old
Married 40 years
No children
(2 cats, they're
our children)
Homemaker



Other Information:
Listen to your Body not your mind.

Eat with Awareness & without Judgement.

Eat only when Physically Hungry.

Stop eating when Satisfied not Full.

Eat what you Want Most.

Notice how your Body Feels after Eating.

Honor your Feelings Don't Bury them under Food.

From -
"The 7 Secrets of Slim People" by
Vikki Hansen
Shawn Goodman





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  • v MARCEY88
    Happy Friday. All the kitties here are fat and happy. Hope all is well with you. marcey
    116 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    Fall in Love with Healthy Eating, Portion Control & Walking 2 Get Fit & Your sure 2 Fall in Love With Your Body!!

    Sorry, I have been out of the loop with my asthma...

    Love always Spark friend
    Jill
    119 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    Belly, Buns & Thighs Oh my!! Spark up those workouts by firing up your sneakers, walk inside or out and burn, baby burn those calories!!
    131 days ago
  • v MARCEY88
    It was 92 degrees outside when I went to the hospital for tests this morning at 10:30. I'm happy I can go to the gym to work-out inside instead of having to be walking outside. marcey
    134 days ago
  • v MARCEY88
    Thanks for your comment on my Spark Page. Of the five feral cats that I have captured and tamed, only Miss Kitty is allowed to go in and out. But lately she has been spending most of her time indoors in the air conditioning. I know she must get awfully hot with her 'fur coat' on. I don't like the heat either. Where do you live? Is it very hot there? Unfortunately, it's only going to get hotter. I think I may melt! marcey
    135 days ago
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