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I'm 57 years old (hard to believe), 5'5" (I seem to have shrunk :) and at my near highest weight 200lbs (oh no!). I have been on and off SparksPeople since 2010-lost 10 lbs, got fit, felt better and then drifted away from Sparks. My weight has gone up and downs since I was 15. Used to be over by 20lbs or so overweight but now I am obese needing to loose more than 50 lbs. I have a good life- 2 great kids, a husband of 37 years, a job I love and yet I still find myself overeating for comfort. I ...
I'm 57 years old (hard to believe), 5'5" (I seem to have shrunk :) and at my near highest weight 200lbs (oh no!). I have been on and off SparksPeople since 2010-lost 10 lbs, got fit, felt better and then drifted away from Sparks. My weight has gone up and downs since I was 15. Used to be over by 20lbs or so overweight but now I am obese needing to loose more than 50 lbs. I have a good life- 2 great kids, a husband of 37 years, a job I love and yet I still find myself overeating for comfort. I take care of everyone else I love. I put my fitness and proper eating way way down on my to do list. I put off starting to care about myself and often feel defeated when I slip once I start. On the other hand, once I start to look after myself I feel very happy and proud of myself. I have been at my idea weight and fitness several times in my life but over 3 years or so the weight always slowly slips back and the fitness slips away. This is because I go back to my old habits. It takes me a month or so once I stop working out to notice the loss in fitness. This time delay isn't great because I feel fine being a slug for a while. What else--everyone in my family is encouraging me to be fit and healthy and in my weight range and they do this in a positive way but I still find it hard to start and especially to stick with it. A voice in my head always says--do it later-there is something more important you need to do. My health is pretty good but knees hurt going up and down stairs. I don't like sitting on airplanes taking up the entire seat and have noticed that the stalls in public washrooms and the chairs I used to sit on seem smaller? I don't feel that I am that much larger but I must be. I have an apple body and most of my extra weight is in the middle area. I wear baggy cloths to cover this up but when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror I think to myself -who is that more than middle age older heavy woman? Funny how my inside doesn't match my outside. So for the past 4 days I have eaten properly and worked out. I just got my first Sparks trophy by email for 250 fitness minutes. I really liked receiving it.
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Member Since: 3/20/2010

SparkPoints: 33,082

Fitness Minutes: 34,718

My Goals:
Get to a healthy weight (loose 1 lb per week) and do something to become and stay fit everyday. Change habits-seriously reduce overeating, emotional eating, social eating. Reduce late night eating. Stop negative self-talk. Lots to do :)
Sept 29 2014 16 lbs down

My Program:
Track food on SparksPeople.
Walk back and forth to work 2-3 days per week (35 minutes each way). Work out other days-eliptical trainer 30-40 minutes. Do 100 crunches eat night before I go to sleep. Enjoy feeling healthier.

 
 



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GTKARLA
6/30/2015 10:40:12 AM

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment on my blog, I'm glad I made you smile! Keep on sparking! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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ALICIA363
5/29/2015 6:25:23 PM

I also read your comment on CARBMONSTER's blog and you can add me as a fan of your "fancy science chatter"! The gene-environment interplay and biological embedding of experience pique my curiosity ...
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MISSUSRIVERRAT
5/27/2015 6:28:21 AM

Very interesting comment on CARBMONSTERS blog.
Maybe you could do some blogs also ??



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VIENNA61
5/24/2015 1:18:19 AM

Thank you for your encouragement. I read a book full of well-researched tips but realized I was deluged with information. So I singled out the appetite-reducing nutrition goals, and now I stock up on simple meals that are either super-fast to make, or I can make in batches to it will be ready before I need it. With a couple of perfect easy go-to meals, it doesn't affect me much if I need to have an occasional less-than ideal meal, as long as I don't overeat!



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CLAIREINPARIS
4/21/2015 6:38:32 AM

emoticon very much for your lovely comment on my 'Enchanting hike' blog! I am so glad you stopped by to say hello!

Now about the fall... You'll be surprised but I actually have an excellent balance (apart from falling on ice I hadn't seen last February, it was my first fall in over 30 years!)! All these weekly hikes on sometimes crazy paths (muddy, steep, etc.) have done a good job over the years. I did the exercise you recommended exactly as you explained, and stopped standing on one leg after 2 minutes because I was getting bored! So I guess I am kind of a bird (a heavy one though, haha)!!! I did it with a colleague at work, and she couldn't do it for more than 10 seconds, it was amazing to see the difference. I think now she is pretty convinced of the benefits of hiking!!!

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