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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
    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

    136 days ago
  • v MARCEY88
    Just peeking in to see what you're up to. Nothing going on here. Jim and I went out today to run errands and buy groceries. He grilled out for dinner tonight. I think that's a good way to cook when you're trying to lose weight. We grilled some cobs of corn but defeated our low calorie goals by slathering them with butter. Oh well, we try to compensate by eating smaller portions. I haven't lost any weight but at least I haven't gained any pounds either. I'd get up and walk some laps but the degenerative disc disease is causing my back to hurt too much. But, i'll give it all another try tomorrow. Hope things are well with you. marcey
    141 days ago
  • v MARCEY88
    There is a new feel cat outside my house. We don 't see him every day, but he came by today. I'm putting food out for him to try to tame him. He looks pretty old ( an adult, the younger ones are easier to tame.) Just what I need, another cat.! But he will be gladly welcomed. I do love those cats. Wish I loved working out as much as I love cats. marcey
    147 days ago
  • v MARCEY88
    I added you as a Spark Friend. Maybe we can encourage each other. marcey
    148 days ago
  • v MARCEY88
    I walked a bit yesterday til my back couldn't take it (pain). Now if I could just get those cats involved. That would be motivation! marcey
    149 days ago
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