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5 1/2 yrs ago, I was 460+ lbs. I barely fit in this huge computer chair!!!





Here I am 196 lbs. lighter than I was before I started this journey.





This is where I want to be by 12/13/12 - I weighed 165 lbs. here... I was 19 or 20 then.



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I am 56 years old and have been obese nearly all of my life. It began when I was about 7 yrs. old and I've been dieting ever since. Off and on, yo-yo, whatever. Every diet known and then some. I just kept getting bigger every time I stopped a diet. Then I decided to quit dieting forever and I just ate and ate until I got to 460 or somewhere in that general area. I didn't have a scale and the doctor's scale didn't go up to a weight as heavy as I was. The last time I had weighed myself, I ...
I am 56 years old and have been obese nearly all of my life. It began when I was about 7 yrs. old and I've been dieting ever since. Off and on, yo-yo, whatever. Every diet known and then some. I just kept getting bigger every time I stopped a diet. Then I decided to quit dieting forever and I just ate and ate until I got to 460 or somewhere in that general area. I didn't have a scale and the doctor's scale didn't go up to a weight as heavy as I was. The last time I had weighed myself, I weighed 425 lbs and I was larger than that when my dad died in February of last year. It was a wake up call for me because he had a cold one day and the next day he was dead. I decided right then, I could keep up eating as he had done and end up dead the next time I caught the flu, or I could fight for my life. The first 92 lbs. came off pretty easily, but things are getting more difficult now. I also have Lupus and exercise is very difficult due to the joint and muscle pain, so I exercise indoors to stay out of the sun. I find that Richard Simmons and Leslie Sansone are wonderful programs on VHS and DVD to exercise to and not kill yourself trying!
I have discovered in my last few months of not being on Spark People and that is I am a food addict. I can go for a long period of time being "good", but I eventually fall off the wagon like a drunk and eat my way back up the scale. I did that this past year from July until December when our "foster daughter" left her 6 yr old daughter and moved out of the area with her boyfriend. With all the stress of another child in our home after being an empty nest for all of 2 month, then CPS people and court for guardianship...well, I lost all motivation to stay focused and I started eating my frustration to stay calm. I have to learn new coping mechanisms....I hope to do that this year.
I am 56; I have a son, 23, a granddaughter, 6 yrs, and my life-partner of 32 years, who is 54. We live on the desert in California and have 4 dogs, 11 cats, 1 corn snake, & 1 Senegal parrot. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it, lol!
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Member Since: 7/20/2006

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My Goals:
New decade, new goals!! My goals for 2010 are:

1. To get more fit through exercise. I don't do enough of it because it causes extreme pain, so I avoid pain at all costs, hence I avoid exercise at all costs. Not a good thing...

2. To get down to 180 lbs. by April 25, 2011. I am trying to give myself enough time that I won't be overwhelmed at the end trying to get to "that number" - as long as I feel fit, I'm not going to freak out if I'm a few pounds over by then.

Considering I started at 451 lbs. in 2006, I think I've been pretty laid back about the whole thing as it is - time to get cracking!!

My Program:
I have a simple premise: I can eat anything I want to, but when I get to 1500 calories for that day, I am *done*, finito, finished for the day. Some days I eat cereal all day long because that is what tastes and sounds good to me. Some days I eat a sandwich and fruit for dinner and have eggs and toast for breakfast. I have low calorie popsicles from Schwan's and low calorie low sugar pudding and yogurt for snacks. I try to do some walking every couple of days and I swim at least once a week. Because I have Lupus, I have a great deal of joint pain and swimming and walking are about the only two things I can do without ending up in bed for a day afterwards.

Personal Information:
I have SLE, (systemic lupus erythematosis), Crohn's disease, Reynaud's syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, Hashimoto's autoimmune hypothyroidism, Psoriasis, Psoriatic arthritis, antiphospholipid syndrome & degenerative arthritis. In spite of this, or because of it, I WILL become as fit and as healthy as I can possibly become in this body I've been given!!

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I am a 3rd degree high priestess of Pagan faith. I have been practicing for 14 years now.
I love reading on my Kindle, crocheting, cooking and computing!
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KAT573
9/28/2012 2:38:59 PM

Hey! HOW ARE YOU DOING? WHAT are you doing?? Miss you!
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JANSAM2
2/3/2012 2:59:30 PM

The last is the hardest no matter what you weigh. When we lose a big chunk we think we are beautiful ( we are emoticon ). But healthy is more important and that is what should keep you going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon



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JUNKLADYLIL
1/30/2012 8:48:14 PM

I am your age, weigh 282 pounds and have done all the same things as you in the diet area! Let's not abuse ourselves anymore, we are lovely women and we deserve to love ourselves...not beat up on ourselves...let the games begin and "you go girl"! I'll meet you there in the end...stay in touch! I'm sending you a SparkGoodie to cheer you and motivate you! emoticon



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12STEPALI
1/30/2012 8:01:55 PM

Your tenacious will to keep returning is admirable and encouraging; I want to give you 4 thank you's, 11 hugs, 1 "Way to Go" and 1 "Keep coming back". emoticon emoticon



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HBIC34
1/30/2012 7:56:49 PM

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It seems like you are on the right track. A lot of great inspiration. Keep up the great work



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