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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, 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 ...
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 � walking to my ABBA 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.�
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Member Since: 9/12/2006

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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 39 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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SPARKED2BFIT
10/13/2015 11:22:31 PM

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Persistence is often the deciding factor between those who fail and those who succeed. When we practice perseverance and persistence, we become more determined and relentless in our efforts, and therefore more courageous. We soon realize that mistakes and failure are temporary obstacles from which to learn and move forward, but it's only when we take direct action towards our goals that change happens.

Celebrate your strengths in the face of adversity and Ho'omau... continue to persevere in your efforts.
Never give up! •¨¯`💕

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10/12/2015 1:53:56 PM

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100 Reasons to Exercise Right NOW!!!


Because it makes you feel confident
Because it helps you get stronger
Because exercise helps combat depression
Because you'll feel proud of yourself
Because you have goals you want to reach
Because you'll feel bad if you don't
Because you want to move forward, not backward
Because it burns more calories than not working out
Because it improves your heart health
Because you want a great butt
Because it prevents diabetes
Because you want to be a good example to your kids
Because you want to feel good in your clothes
Because it reduces your risk of cancer
Because your body was made to move
Because you want to be an athlete
Because you want to look better
Because it lifts your mood
Because you want to stand taller
Because it reduces back pain
Because it feels good
Because it makes you feel accomplished
Because you spend most of your day on your butt
Because swimsuit season is always coming
Because strong is the new skinny
Because dieting only works so much
Because it strengthens your bones, too
Because it helps you lose weight
Because it allows you to eat more food
Because it's the best way to spend "me" time
Because it helps you de-stress
Because it's cheaper than therapy
Because you want a strong core
Because you want to take care for yourself
Because you take pride in your body
Because it strengthens your legs
Because it helps your clothes fit better
Because you want to push yourself
Because you are capable of more than you ever imagined
Because moving your body feels good
Because it keeps your mind sharp
Because it helps you beat belly bloat
Because it helps you sleep better at night
Because it gives you energy
Because you want to stay healthy as you age
Because you want to look younger
Because you want toned arms
Because it improves your balance
Because it burns off last night's dessert
Because it boosts your immune system
Because sweat is sexy
Because you want to live longer
Because you want to get better at your game
Because you want to catch someone's eye
Because exercisers earn more money
Because you're more likely to eat better when you exercise
Because you want to shave time off your running pace
Because you want to breathe easier
Because you want to see the scale drop
Because exercise improves your sex life
Because you are worth it
Because being fit makes everything in life better
Because you promised yourself that you would
Because you deserve a better life
Because it'll help you drink more water
Because you want to do real push-ups
Because it reduces your health care costs
Because you'll miss fewer days of work
Because you want to create a new future for yourself
Because it'll help you like what you see in the mirror
Because it makes clothing shopping more fun
Because you want to look and feel incredible
Because exercising can be fun
Because it'll give your skin a glow
Because it's a good way to spend time with your friends
Because it'll help you prevent the middle-age spread
Because it reduces your blood pressure
Because you don't want to let yourself go
Because you don't want to squeeze into an airplane or rollercoaster seat
Because it strengthens your spirit
Because it's a cheap way to entertain yourself
Because you'll be able to reward yourself
Because you need a reason to wear those new workout clothes
Because you're tired of being tired
Because not working out is not going to get you very far
Because it's a great way to spend time outside
Because you made a commitment to yourself
Because you're tired of starting over
Because there will always be another wedding, vacation or reunion
Because you're not a quitter
Because it improves your cholesterol
Because it boosts your metabolism
Because it prevents age-related muscle loss
Because if you can do this, you can do anything
Because a fit body is a healthy body
Because it beats sitting on the couch
Because everyone has at least 10 minutes to spare
Because you want to be stronger than your excuses
Because not working out isn't working out for you
Because the only workout you ever regret is the one you skip

Keep Pushing For Greatness, Darling!!!
YOU are WORTH it!!!
Hugs,

Jes

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KILIKI
10/9/2015 11:48:39 AM

'Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.' -MyWeightLossDream.co.uk

Hoping you have a spooktacular weekend!
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10/8/2015 6:22:03 AM

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Being who we are isn't always going to be judged favorably by our peers but that shouldn't
keep us from being true to ourselves. Doing what we believe in, inspires others to do the same.
Never let the doubts of anyone, regardless of how dear they are to you, prevent you from
becoming your most valuable self. Believe in you.. and have faith in your abilities. Your value
does not decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth.•¨¯`💕


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10/1/2015 5:58:37 PM

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Happy Thursday, Happy Autumn, Happy October!
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Life has it's ups and downs but keeping a positive perspective and being grateful for all that life presents us (even those that didn't pan out), is beneficial to our well being and affords us the wisdom, experience and compassion to live a great and successful life.

Choose to live with positivity!! •¨¯`💕

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