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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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  • v MARCEY88
    What is Swedish Weaving? My main hoppy is making greeting cards with rubber stamps. I belong to a stamp club and we exchange cards monthly. .... the tv is always on at our house but i'm usually busy doing omething else. I take hydrocodone for the pain in my back caused by degenerative joint disease. It helps but the pain is never really. .. I'm off to a doctor's appointmentioned in awhile. I have to get checked a lot as I have a pacemaker and Vegal nerve stimulator... hope you have a good day. I'll probably stop by the store to see the cats. That's so dangerous. I want them all but barely keep up with the 5 I have now! Marcey
    204 days ago
  • v MARCEY88
    Do you ever go to the Humane League to visit the kitties? There is a chain store here, Pet Smart, that has cats. Often when i'm out running errands, l'll often stop by the Pet Smart to talk to the cats. They don't pay me much attention. They are usually sleeping-like I wish I could do. I can only sleep about three hours a day-I wish I could take them all home. They are so sweet, especially when thry're little kittens. Our oldest cat, Miss Kitty, was really set in her ways when she came to us. So we let her go outside ( not the other 4). I keep hoping she'll come home pregnant but havn't seen any babies.....in what part of the country do you live? Do you have any other hobbies except cats? Hope you have a good day. marcey
    205 days ago
  • v MARCEY88
    Well, i'm not looking forward to surgery but eager for the relief it will bring. I'm sure i'll get some good tender loving care from the kitties. Where did you get your cats? Marcey
    206 days ago
  • v MARCEY88
    Hope you're doing well....it sure is hot here today. I measured out a route inside and will be walking in the house today. ...I had a doctor's appointment this morning. I need to have surgery. I have a hiatal hernia that needs to be repaired. The surgery isn't scheduled yet. I'll have to spend the night in the hospital. Just another reason to exercise and take care of yourself. ....all my little animals are doing well. I'm lying on the bed writting on my tablet. Fuzzy just jumped up here and is reeking havoc on the computer. Ivan is here and not causing any problems-he's sleeping. ...hope your day is good. I check you later. marcey
    207 days ago
  • v MARCEY88
    Just peeking in to see how things are going with you. There is a new stray cat comming into our yard. I will try to tame him, of course. It's hard to tame the older cats and he looks to be passed the kitten stage. I put some cat food out for him. I hope the possums didn't eat it. It takes a lot of time to earn a ferel's trust....
    I'm still progressing slowly on my weight loss journey. LIke taming a stray cat, this will take a lot of time. Hope you are pogressing well with your endeavos.......marcey

    225 days ago
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