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Every evening Cosmo naps on the mantle.

Cosmo loves his new barn bed.


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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 � 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.�

Member Since: 9/12/2006

Fitness Minutes: 103,663

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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  • v MARCEY88
    I saw your photos of the cats on your Spark Page and very much enjoyed them. I have adopted 5 stray cats that have come to my house. I love cats. Like you, I have back pain. Mine is related to degenerative disc disease. The pain limits my exercise. I'm trying to lose weight but not doing very well with that endeavor at present. Good luck with your journey. marcey
    62 days ago
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    Rewarding yourself with gifts emoticon along the way is great in theory but tough in practice—your schedule is already jam-packed! Make it more fun and realistic by getting your friends emoticon involved. "One of the best ideas I ever heard was from a SparkPeople.com member," Nichols says. "She gave several of her friends $20 each to buy her a surprise gift emoticon , wrap it and everything. Then for each 10 pounds she lost emoticon emoticon (you could determine the interval yourself), she would open one of the gifts emoticon purchased by her friends emoticon for a really fun and surprising reward along her journey."


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    71 days ago
  • v KILIKI
    “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright

    Let's continue to work hard this weekend to see our goals to fruition! Have a great weekend!

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    81 days ago
  • v KILIKI
    “It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” ~Old Chinese Proverb

    Have a great Wednesday!

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  • v KILIKI
    “All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change YOU.” ~Wayne Dyer

    No excuses! We are responsible for ourselves! Let's make this a sparktacular week!

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