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9/99 2 mo. post mastectomy Santa Barbara Ren. Faire approx 127 lbs By end of chemo was 116lbs





July 2014 my largest ever + 2X pants and size 20 blouse. Ouch!



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Came back in July '14 after 3 1/2 years

I'm 64 yrs old and a 15 yr breast cancer survivor. I suffer from neuropathy due to Taxol (chemo drug) with pain throughout my body most of this time. Surgery on both knees 24 years ago + bad hip began to limit my exercise ability 10 years ago + weight gain slowed me down even more. Now need to loose the wt and increase my mobility, flexibility, and endurance while adding some muscle.







I'm 64 yrs old and a 15 yr breast cancer survivor. I suffer from neuropathy due to Taxol (chemo drug) with pain throughout my body most of this time. Surgery on both knees 24 years ago + bad hip began to limit my exercise ability 10 years ago + weight gain slowed me down even more. Now need to loose the wt and increase my mobility, flexibility, and endurance while adding some muscle.









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Member Since: 2/9/2007

SparkPoints: 1,806

Fitness Minutes: 1,680

My Goals:
To go from size 22 pants and 2X tops in July 2014 down to size 10-12 pants and medium shirts in 1 year.
(Feb 15 2015 = XL tops and 16-18 pants)

Increase strength endurance and flexibility.

Improve general health and well being.

My Program:
Did Atkins off and on for years. Now I know that dieting does not result in permanent wt loss or improve health.

Now eating more veggies, fruits, protein shakes and smoothies. only grass fed beef, raw nuts, no gluten, limited dairy.
Slowly increasing cardio + strength + flexibility training.


Personal Information:
64 years old, divorced for 26 years. Two children: son age 38 and daughter age 35. Son married 12/07. Daughter is still looking. No grandchildren.
Used to do "gypsy" style belly dancing at Renaisance Faires.


Practicing Catholic Christian. Lector at Mass.


Other Information:
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

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Member Comments:
MELYROD18
3/5/2015 2:17:26 PM

Hey, stopping by to see how you're doing. Sorry it takes me so long to write back. Did you ever get a chance to try on your Renaissance Gypsy costumes? I hope you're having a great week.

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HAPPYOHIO
3/4/2015 12:24:05 AM

THANK YOU for those words of wisdom on my blog post! I absolutely needed to hear what you said about the scale not always representing fat gained or lost. There's a lot more going on in our bodies besides just fat, and we need to remember that!

I think it would do me a lot of good to not worry about what the scale says for a few days and just ignore it. I feel like when I'm trying to do everything 100% perfect every day, I feel so discouraged if I slip up in even just ONE area. I want the scale to show a loss every day. I want to stick to my calorie goal and track perfectly every day. Drink all my water. Burn at least X calories at the gym. Etc, etc. When I slip up, I throw in the towel until the next week. It's obviously not worked for me for several years now, so I definitely need a new approach! :) Thank you for suggesting I give myself a break and chill out for a bit. Really giving myself the time to do it RIGHT this time will surely pay off in the end...

Thank you so, so much for the great feedback! :)



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PERSISTENTTIM
3/3/2015 8:34:32 AM

Thank you so much for the support, concern, and encouragement! I told the doctor about you pushing me to see him and I'm so thankful I did. He is so right that like you said the numbers are just that and not the focus, the focus is getting healthy. I tend to get obsessed with the scale and let it dictate my mood but now I have something to hold onto with the surgery. I hope you are well and thank you again my friend!



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HAPPYOHIO
3/2/2015 11:17:19 PM

Thanks so much for the tips on sugar! I've started to become more diligent about reading not just the nutrition facts, but also the ingredients list. The nutrition facts do NOT always tell the whole picture. For example, we had tacos tonight and the shells listed 0 Trans Fat, but the ingredients had partially hydrogenated soybean oil. So yeah, it has trans fat! Not enough to warrant getting it on the facts label, but it's there. So I had a bowl with the taco filling and no shell. :) My point is, you're absolutely right and avoiding things like this and sugar can be tough, but it's easier when you have the right information.

Congrats on your accomplishments. I am blown away by all that you have endured physically, especially overcoming breast cancer and losing 25 pounds so far. You are truly inspirational! Keep up the great work and I look forward to helping each other along the way. :)



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OZARKSTRONG1
3/2/2015 8:54:21 PM

You bring a smile to my face and sunshine to my heart....thank you for being such a great SparkFriend!

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