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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. I'm an emotional eater and eat for comfort or out of boredom. I often find myself eating mindlessly when I'm not even hungry. I did successfully lose 25 pounds in 2003, but put it all back on, and then some, after a series of personal crises.

I found SparkPeople the fall of 2006 and ...
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. I'm an emotional eater and eat for comfort or out of boredom. I often find myself eating mindlessly when I'm not even hungry. I did successfully lose 25 pounds in 2003, but put it all back on, and then some, after a series of personal crises.

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 change was exercise, since I couldn’t (and still can’t) exercise long or hard.

I reached my final goal on March 11, 2008 !

March 11, 2011 – 3 Years at Goal !

March 11, 2013 – 5 Years at Goal !

The longest I've ever maintained a weight loss !

My current plan - goal weight range - 153-157 – I’ve been running about 5 pounds above this and really want to get back to that range.

Food journal – record what I eat + calories – I use it a lot but not daily

Exercise – 30” total 5-7 days a week, divided into 2-3 sessions a day + strength twice a week
I use elliptical, gazelle, Leslie Sansone walking DVD’s, SparkPeople DVD’s, Wii – Walk It Out (a favorite), Wii Sports and Sports Resort (tennis, swordplay),

Eating Plan – I drink lots of water every day, I eat mostly veggies and fruits, no beef, some chicken & turkey

Problem areas – sweets and portion sizes – I’m still working on these

Making healthier food choices is becoming second nature to me. I do have my "moments" when I overeat, usually on sweets or maybe pizza or pasta, but I forgive myself and get right back on track. The thing that surprised me is that my chronic pain has not improved at all since losing 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, but even my doctor says that's probably the reason. The up side is that I burn more calories by squirming in my seat all the time.
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Member Since: 9/12/2006

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:
64 years old
Married 37 years
No children
(3 cats, they're
our children)
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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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MADMANSMAMA87
11/12/2014 1:43:53 PM

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Sweetheart,

I hope you see the BEAUTY that I see in YOU!
I hope you see the GREATNESS that I see in YOU!
I hope you see the STRENGTH that I see in YOU!
I hope you see the POSSIBILITY that I see in YOU!
YOU are someone SPECIAL!
YOU are someone WORTH celebrating!
YOU are someone who is completely IRREPLACABLE!
Thanks for being SUCH an AMAZING friend to me:)
Stay Fabulous, Darling!

Jes

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MADMANSMAMA87
11/11/2014 4:33:25 PM

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"For those who have GIVEN
& for those who continue to GIVE,
We salute YOU & are eternally indebted to YOU
Today, Tomorrow & ALWAYS."

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Please remember to be THANKFUL for those who have GIVEN, those who GAVE all & for those who CONTINUE to GIVE in order to keep our country safe, sound & free!!! Your FREEDOM is the MOST expensive gift you've ever been given & those who have given it to you have done so without expecting anything in return!!! Be Thankful for the SOLDIER & for the sacrifices they choose to so selflessly make for the love of our country & for the love of being an AMERICAN!!! They are true heroes & deserve the upmost of respect, today, tomorrow & everyday!!! For the soldier, I am eternally grateful!!!

Hugs,

Jes

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MADMANSMAMA87
11/10/2014 1:44:39 PM

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SOME MONDAY MOTIVATION

A GREAT Attitude Becomes a GREAT Day
Which Becomes a GREAT Month
Which Becomes a GREAT Year
Which Becomes a GREAT Life:)
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Gorgeous,

Always remember that you CREATE your world!
Choose to be a role model of strength, of kindness & of greatness!
Be someone that others are drawn to for all the right reasons!
Never forget that a POSITIVE attitude will ALWAYS result in a POSITIVE life!
Stay Fabulous, Darling!!!

Jes

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SPARKED2BFIT
11/10/2014 7:20:50 AM

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emoticon You are beautiful for the way that you think.
emoticon You are beautiful for the sparkle in your eyes when you talk about something you love.
emoticon You are beautiful for the ability to make others smile, even when you are sad.

emoticon You are beautiful deep down to your soul. Hello beautiful!

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ISHIIGIRL
11/9/2014 7:58:19 PM

Thanks for commenting on my positive self talk blog! I am also starting to read the Beck Diet Solution. So far, it looks like it will be helpinf me address both my motivation and my negative self talk. I hope it is as successful as the positive self talk has been. I hope it helps you too.



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