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Heading to the gym

Bought this fun dress in Provincetown & the owner snapped the picture to add to his Instragam act

is home and back to her routine! Love walking our sweet dog Cora and that has really upped the steps/day. Weight just where I want it.


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Have struggled with weight my whole adult life losing 50 - 70 lbs but slowing gaining it back. In Oct 2011 I decided to really pay attention to what I was tracking and eat better. I also saw a hypnotist who helped me. Slowly started losing weight and then in March 2012 bought a pedometer and started walking 10,000 steps/day. I reached my initial goal in Oct 2012 but kept eating the same way and moving more and have lost another 30 some pounds. Now down 80 some lbs and feel great!

In Feb. 2013 I had a heart attack. Yikes! I had already lost 50 pounds, changed my diet so I was eating more healthy and I was moving every day. No history of heart disease in my family and the only risk factor was being a woman over 60. What a wake up call.

My cardiologist wanted me to go to cardiac rehab and I started that going three times/week and doing cardio + weights. I got hooked and now in addition to walking 6 out of 7 days/week go to the gym.

My eating plan is basically to eat real foods, lots of plants, and pay attention to portions. I hit my goal final weight in April 2013 and continued to slowly lose. Now maintaining within a 2 - 4 pound range. Maintaining my health is my primary motivation now. And happy to say that I've been at or under my goal for over 4 years and this is a first.

Exercise is a regular and enjoyable part of every day. Not only going to the gym, but finding ways to get in some extra walking.

Here's a link to my story:

Member Since: 11/18/2013

Fitness Minutes: 143,303

My Goals:
I've lost 86 pounds and want to maintain that loss for life. What thrills me is that this is the first time I've lost weight and kept it off for over 4 years!

My Program:
I focus on eating real food, more plants and less of it every day. Make healthy choices most of the time. I track my food daily and I commit to moving every day. In addition to walking at least 10,000 steps/day I get to the gym for cardio + strength and I do barre classes and yoga too. Joined a new gym in January 2017 and loving the new options.

Personal Information:
I live in Westchester Country, NY.

Other Information:
In October I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and earned my health coach certification in Sept 2015. Not only does this keep me motivated and intellectually challenged, but it will help me to help others.

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  • v DIROB57
    Here is the title of the article that made you famous! And hopefully a live link but ya never know what will happen when you copy & past. LOL

    You are on page 3 under tip #7 emoticon

    "Why Is Weight Maintenance More Difficult Than Weight Loss?"

    22 hours ago
  • v DIROB57
    I was reading a Sparkpeople article about maintenace today and guess who I saw quoted in the article?!? YOU of course!! I have a famous Sparkfriend!!

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    23 hours ago
    . . . everyone may not understand or encourage your visions, but it is not up to them to do so. Always stay true to (yourself). Kenni York
    1 day ago
  • v DIROB57
    At least we BOTH finally figured we have to keep tracking to stay in maintenance!! 😊 It's hard work to lose weight & I'm tired of wasting my efforts by regaining! 😭 While I'm tracking my food next year, I'll know you are tracking too!
    1 day ago
  • v DIROB57
    Thanks for stopping by my blog about keeping a food log & my are smarter than me to actually figure out the connection sooner!

    What I'm telling myself about now.... "If it IS broke, then for goodness sakes, FIX IT!! " LOL

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    1 day ago
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