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It's a Journey; Not a Race!

Through hard work and perseverance, I lost over half of myself (153.6 lbs) and maintained that weight loss for almost 2 years. But then 'life happened' (aka menopause) and I, with the help of my whacky hormones and by my slacking off my healthy regime, regained 51.5 of those lost pounds.

A lil' about me:

At my highest weight (296.6) I had a BMI of 47.

On Jan 17, 2007 I had a BMI of 42. I was experiencing hearth palpitations, high cholesterol, couldn't ...
Through hard work and perseverance, I lost over half of myself (153.6 lbs) and maintained that weight loss for almost 2 years. But then 'life happened' (aka menopause) and I, with the help of my whacky hormones and by my slacking off my healthy regime, regained 51.5 of those lost pounds.

A lil' about me:

At my highest weight (296.6) I had a BMI of 47.

On Jan 17, 2007 I had a BMI of 42. I was experiencing hearth palpitations, high cholesterol, couldn't breath - my doctor was threatening me with medication - life was hell!

I lost 141.6 pounds and I met my official goal weight of 155 pounds on March 12, 2008. My heart palpitations stopped, my cholesterol was normal, I could breath, I could move, my doctor was happy and so was I!

I lost an additional 12 pounds and on April 23, 2008 I weighed 143 and had a BMI of 23.

I maintained that 153 pound weight loss for 2 years but then slowly slacked off and stopped caring.....
Fast forward to Oct 2011 - Sigh.....after stepping on the scale after so long, I have regained 51.5 pounds and have a BMI of 30.

Looking back, I now realize that when I fell off track, I was letting my love of food and trying to use it to heal unseen wounds back into my life. Food cannot heal those wounds; only love myself can. So I licked my wounds for a while, felt sorry for myself for a while, gained a little more weight but I am slowly regaining my sanity.......

My goal is to lose at least 30 pounds and I know I can do it! Do I want to get back to 143? No, it was too skinny for me - I didn't feel right and looked gaunt. At my age, I can settle for 160.

I want to feel healthy again. I want to feel at my best again. I want to feel in control again.

I remember what it felt like - It's amazing what healthy living brings you and what doors it opens for you! When I was larger, those doors in the long hallway of life were probably always open but my lack of self-confidence wouldn't let me go through them.

Yes, I have regained weight since reaching my goal but do I still consider myself a success? Yes! I have been large all my life - but had maintained my weight loss for almost 2 years! Being skinny was an absolutely new world for me - there was a LOT to overcome - physically and mentally. I feel bad about regaining because it was my own doing, but at LEAST I've only regained a THIRD of what I've lost AND I'm going to do something about it.

Since November, 2011 I really starting taking my weight loss seriously again......let's see how this leg of my journey pans out.......

As I write this, I have officially lost 2.4 of that extra poundage! I've come home to Sparkpeople again (I never really left but chose to ignore what it was telling me as I was trying to fill that hole with food) and I'm set to continue this amazing journey! It may be a roller coaster ride but it is my choice whether I want to go up or down isn't it?

My Daily Mantras:

It's a Journey; NOT a race!

Live, Learn, Love and Laugh
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INSPIRATION FROM GRAYJAY23 16APR2009:
"I read something the other day that gives me some comfort. It was something like this:

You will never be back to square one. You have too much information to truly be back at square one. The knowledge you have about weight loss, nutrition, exercise, etc will keep you miles away from square one.

You are moving forward even if you don't see it. You are gaining knowledge about perseverance, dedication, maintenance, personal strength, etc. It all adds to the distance between you and square one."
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Healthy Reflections on April 22, 2009 - CHANGE:

Change is the natural order of the world. When something tries to stand against the force of change, it's eventually destroyed. Cliffs are eroded, trees are uprooted, granite cracks. People can crack too. For us to grow and live--to flourish--it takes adaptation and learning. Stubborn attachment to a single set of "knowledge" or way of doing things leads to stagnation of the mind and spirit. Remember to keep an open mind to new people and new ideas. Challenge yourself to always be learning something new. Focus on the possibilities of a fresh start, instead of hanging on to old frustrations. Sails are made with cloth for a reason. When they're stiff, winds beat against them until they tear. But if the sails are relaxed and workable, the wind can take you to places you've never been before.

Whatever is flexible and flowing will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die.
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Healthy Reflections on May 8, 2009 - WORRY:

Pessimists have more health problems, are less productive, and are generally unhappier than optimists. People that don't worry as much spend more time coping with the realities of life and less time occupied with would-be problems. To get rid of worry, think more confidently. Know that you can handle anything that comes along. Know that with loss comes opportunity. Know that things generally have a way of working out.

WORRYING...does not empty tomorrow of it's troubles...it empties today of it's strength. -Aunt L
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NOVEMBER GOALS
( ) To love myself, no matter what, and live life outside of the box!
( ) Track every lick, bite and taste
( ) Practice healthy portion control (measuring goes hand-in-hand with tracking)
( ) To exercise at least half an hour a day (cardio, or strength training)
( ) To drink at least 8 cups of water (and keep track of them)
( ) to live, learn, love and laugh at least once a day
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Member Since: 8/14/2008

My Goals:
To maintain my 150+ pound weight loss and LIVE LIFE!

To grow on this journey - to find the new me - keeping the parts that I like and tossing out the parts of the old me that don't suit anymore. Life is a journey of learning and living!

My Program:
Healthy eating - low fat, high fibre

Exercise - walking DVDs

Being Positive!

Personal Information:
I am from central Alberta, Canada. I am married with 2 grown sons (yes, one who still lives at home) I have to stop cooking with cheese - hey wait a minute I have stopped cooking with cheese and he's still here! lol

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Things I like to do: bird watch, knit, crochet, sketch, paint, walk, read, watch tv, play with my dogs and cats

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LUCKYDUCK2
11/11/2014 7:21:08 AM

Mama Grizz! It was so good to hear from you and thank you for the Goodie. Huge hugs and we need to catch up with each other. emoticon emoticon



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COEURAIMANT
11/10/2014 8:22:00 AM

You know you could switch your username to Gramma_Grizz too (if it is available) if you wish. I plan on switching back to more me after I reach this totally do-able goal by summer next year. I am so excited for you, getting to cuddle the new baby with that amazing baby smell.
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10/29/2014 9:31:32 AM

Just stopping by to say HI how is the soon-to-be grandma?
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7/25/2014 7:44:04 PM

Hi mama Grizz!! emoticon



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12/12/2013 12:45:56 AM

emoticon I see your Spark Friend, JLITT62 is The Motivator of the Day.


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