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I have struggled for years with my weight and have tried every diet under the sun. My highest weight was 214 in April 2003. I found Spark People in 2009 and took the step and created my Spark page and put my weight and goal into print for all to see. Good grief, I can't believe that I did that, only my doctor knew how much I weighed; now all of Spark People knows what I weigh. I really want to succeed at losing this weight and getting healthy and I think the best way is for me to be ...
I have struggled for years with my weight and have tried every diet under the sun. My highest weight was 214 in April 2003. I found Spark People in 2009 and took the step and created my Spark page and put my weight and goal into print for all to see. Good grief, I can't believe that I did that, only my doctor knew how much I weighed; now all of Spark People knows what I weigh. I really want to succeed at losing this weight and getting healthy and I think the best way is for me to be accountable for my weight, what I eat and how much I excercise; and that is what I am doing, putting it out here on SP for all to see. I am tired of looking in my stuffed closet and only being able to wear about 10% of the clothes in it. I am tired of going on diets and losing some weight only to regain more than I lost. I am tired of waking up every morning and the first thing I think about is how fat I am. As I read the blogs from other Spark People, I feel their positive energy and that is what I want to catch. I want the spark.
Motivation to do strength training.
Excerpt from Dean Anderson article 9/10/10
"If you don't strength train, as much as 30% of the weight you lose could be muscle weight, which works out to about 15 pounds of muscle loss for your 50-pound weight loss. Losing 15 pounds muscle could cost an active person several hundred calories per day in lost calorie burning capacity since active muscles (as opposed to resting) burn 30 times more calories than fat. This is one of the big reasons why people who lose weight rapidly on crash diets (without exercise) almost always put that weight back on later. However, an effective strength training program can reduce that 30% muscle loss figure to 3-5%. That's much better for your fat burning goals and your metabolism."
| current weight: 165.2
Member Since: 1/25/2009
Fitness Minutes: 50,396
My weight loss goals, lose 5 lbs per month. I am 5'3" tall, my goal weight is 120 lbs.
Date ----- goal wt - actual wt
05/25/10 -------- 184
05/09/11 - 120 met
12/12/11 ----------- 135
01/09/12 ---------- 138
02/06/12 - 133
03/05/12 - 128
04/02/12 - 123
04/30/12 - 120
I faithfully use the Spark nutrition and fitness trackers, keeping within my calorie range of 1100-1400. Sweets are a major problem for me, I love candy, chocolates, cheesecake and desserts of any kind, so, I have eliminated most sugar and white flour. I am eating more whole grains and vegetables. Fresh fruits, berries and sugar free smoothies are my new desserts. I walk three miles a day, 6 days a week in my neighborhood and I do strength training 3 times a week at home on my Nordic Flex weight machine. I hold myself accountable for my diet, my exercise and my weight. I will be my own best advocate. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own and you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.” Dr Seuss quote.
+Put the fork down and nobody gets hurt.
+ Target a bad habit, put it under a microscope, figure out what keeps it alive and kill it.
I live in Wofford Heights, Ca with my husband and our two chihuahuas, Zephyr and Zoomer. I am 68 years old and a retired professor of radiologic technology. I was a stay at home Mom until my daughter was 10. I then entered the healthcare profession as a radiologic technologist for 11 years at a hospital in Long Beach, CA, after that I took a teaching position at a Ventura County College for 16 years until I retired in 2006. I am from Ohio, a coal miners daughter. My husband is from West Virginia. We met on a blind date when we were 16, we married at 19. The day after our wedding, we got on a Greyhound bus in Wheeling, W.Va and headed to Long Beach, California. We have now lived in California for 47 years. We have two children; a son and a daughter, and four grandchildren; all living in California. My Mom and four sisters and one brother still live in Ohio. I love to fly back to Ohio for family get to gethers.
Favorite mantras and motivators.
+ NO Excuses
+Guard my weight loss like a newborn
+Watch my calories like a hawk
+ Eat less, move more.
+ Dieting is hard, being fat is hard; choose your hard.
+ Everyday, every meal, I make a choice not to go back to my old way of life
+ Don’t sacrifice what you want most for what you want at the moment!
+ I will be my own best advocate, speaking up for myself.
+"Exercise is king; nutrition is queen. Put 'em together and you've got a kingdom!"