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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 ...
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:
64 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
3/16/2015 8:50:38 PM

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Every positive change in life begins with a decision that we are going to
either do something or stop doing something, but it can't hurt to have a
little luck of the irish on this journey, so this one's for you... cheers!!
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3/10/2015 2:24:43 PM

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You will ALWAYS be too much of something for someone:
Too BIG, too LOUD, too SOFT, too EDGY.
If you round out your edges, you lose YOUR edge.

Apologize for mistakes.
Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone.
But DON'T apologize for being WHO you ARE!!!

- - Danielle Laporte - -


Thanks for being YOU & for being a part of my journey!!
I appreciate your friendship & value your support so much!!
YOU are FABULOUS!!! :) :) :) :) Let's ROCK March!!!
Hugs,

Jes

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3/3/2015 10:39:36 AM

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"Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later
the man who wins is the man who thinks he can."- Bruce Lee

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2/25/2015 6:08:05 AM

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"I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you." C. JoyBell C.

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2/20/2015 8:35:57 PM

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TGIF, for WEEKENDS and for everyone and everything that brings a smile to our heart and soul. Have a good one always!! emoticon emoticon

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