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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



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)

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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    Found your page and really enjoyed cosmo pics!!
    97 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon stopping by to remind you that when we commit to losing weight, we need to create small realistic goals that are attainable. Small goals could be anything like getting in your daily serving of fruit and vegetables.

    Remember when it comes to vegetables, we are just talking your typical tomato, carrot and celery to eat or snack on. When it comes to vegetables then are many to chose from like kale, collard greens, mustard greens and other dark leafy greens. The darker green the leaf the more fiber the vegetable has and the better it is for your digestion.

    We also have purple, yellow and orange carrots, purple potatoes, red, green and yellow onions. Then there is whole multitude of other vegetables like summer, butter, winter, pumpkin squashes, radishes can be white or pink, even red. Then look at those beautiful black egg plants they to can come in different colors. The point is don't be afraid to experiment with different types of foods. And let's not forget our fruits, they can be sweet or sour, you can use them for desserts, smoothies, juices, snacks and so much more if you are a creative cook.

    If you don't like water, this too can be another small goal, try making a goal to drink at least 5 glasses of water 5 days a week.

    And most importantly when you reach your small goal, don't forget to reward yourself with a non-food reward for achieving that goal.

    Then it is time to move the goal up a little. Like the water from 5 glasses to 6 per day.

    And also you will want to "Fire up your sneakers to get at least 10+minutes of exercise at least 3-5 times a week." emoticon I know you can...You are ready to take that first step and commit yourself to a "HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE".... "A HEALTHIER NEW YOU"....

    emoticon emoticon I am here with you......
    99 days ago
  • v MARCEY88
    Yesterday I joined a gym. Ha! Let's see how long this lasts. Next door to the gym is a pet store. I ventured in hoping to see some cats but they only sell pet supplies. Too bad. Stopping by to visit the cats would be a great motivation to get me to the gym. Hope you and your fur babies are doing well. marcey
    104 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    Looking good emoticon
    106 days ago
  • v MARCEY88
    You go girl! marcey
    107 days ago
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