Most recent pic of my son & I at DisneyWorld...
My true "BEFORE" pic (actual weight unknown)
Family pic at stepson's rehearsal dinner (May 2012)
Shared Fitness Tracker
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UPDATE (2016 Recap): I have mixed feelings about this year... I spent most of it trying to "micro-manage" health issues, mostly related to my hip. I finished the year approx 4 lbs heavier than I began, BUT many of my measurements were smaller (some more than an inch) than the beginning of the year. Which tells me that while the "scale" did not show success, evidently I converted some of my fat to muscle. So I can't be upset w/ that... I do have a newfound hope & motivation, so I'm hoping I can carry that into the new year & truly be successful.
UPDATE (2015 Recap): Most of this year has been a bust, basically gaining/losing the same 5-10 lbs. over and over all year long... until I got laid up w/ my hip in October. Since then I have been thru 4 surgeries, but also managed to lose 12+ lbs... hoping this is only the beginning of getting back on track... and finally to my goal weight!
UPDATE (2014 Recap): I would really like to pretend like this year never even existed... at least from a weight standpoint. Suffice it so say, I am back at "Ground Zero"... so now it is time to get back to what I know works, and get this done!
UPDATE (2013 Recap): Another roller coaster year for me... great first 1/3, bad middle 1/3, and awesome last 1/3... the important thing to take away from this year is that while I did "fall off the wagon" during the summer, I got back on track in the fall and finished on a good note. I heading in the right direction, and even if I stumble, I will get back up, dust myself off, and keep moving forward to my goals!
UPDATE (2012 Recap): So this year has pretty much been a non-compliant year... I have had quite the battle w/ my weight this year, and let's just say that the scale won! (To be honest, I have almost gained back all of the weight that I've lost previously.) BUT I'm not willing to give up, so I'm back to fight this battle and win, once and for all! I've got a newfound motivation, and an entirely new "game plan" to help me succeed. So, I'm back on the track... and I'm headin' for my checkered flag!!!
UPDATE (2011 Recap): This year has been an extremely rocky one... After the first 4 months of the year, I saw the scale creep back up to 225 lbs. I decided that maybe I needed to check out OA (Overeaters Anonymous) because I truly feel like I have an addiction, but the only option available in my area is online, which seems like more difficult than it is helpful. Over the next 5 months, I continued to allow the scale to creep up, getting back up to 247 lbs. I did manage to use the last 3 months to get back down to 228 lbs. so at least that is some progress in the right direction.
UPDATE (2010 Recap): Spent most of this year floundering around in ONEderland, getting as low as 187 lbs. I even used the C25K program to train for and complete a 5K in October! However, after that I started suffering from hip pain, and unfortunately, December found me back in the 200s. This hip discomfort has gotten bad enough that I have been scheduled for a partial hip replacement just a couple of days after the New Year! Hopefully after that is done, I can get myself back on track.
UPDATE (2009 Recap): Jan to Apr were extremely productive months on here, and then May & June were spent finding every excuse in the book to stray from my plan. I got back on track for July, and then went MIA again after my 40th birthday in Aug. I had planned to take 1 week off to celebrate my b-day, and it kinda snowballed into a 2-month hiatus. I finished off the year on a high note, actually LOSING weight for the first time ever during the holidays. Didn't reach my goal of ONEderland by the end of 2009 like I had hoped, but definitely ending the year closer than ever before!
INTRODUCTION (12/08): I started out the "large girl" in high school (wore size 16-18 back then), and just kept going from there. I've been as high as the 270 lb range, and as low as 175 lbs, right after my divorce. I don't want to become a stick-thin little thing - that wouldn't look good on me. But I do want to feel good, both physically & mentally. And it wouldn't be a bad thing to be able to shop in the regular depts. at the store instead of the plus-size area! I'm an RN on an ortho unit that specializes in joint replacements. Due to my size, I can empathize w/ my patients, because I know how their joints feel when they ache from the extra weight that they carry around on them every single day. I have a son who is just started college this year, and I would really like to get a professional picture take w/ him before he heads off after college, but I have been putting it off for years because I am embarrassed by the way I look, and consequently don't want to spend that kind of money on a picture I wouldn't want displayed anyway! But probably most importantly, I lost my mom to cancer a little over a year ago - and ever since then my dad & I have become extremely close (I am an only child). I see the concern on his face everytime we get to talking about my battle of the bulge - and I know that deep down he is scared that one day he'll have to bury me too because of all this excess weight that I'm sure puts a toll not only on my joints, but on the rest of my body too. I want to stop him from having to worry about that. So, as you can see, I have numerous reasons to get this weight off... and keep it off... for good this time. A little over a year ago, I weighed in at my heaviest weight ever (277 lbs.) and started Nutrisystem at that time. Over the next year, I was very successful using NS, and lost 82 lbs., getting down to 195 lbs. before having to go off NS for health reasons. Since then, I've done a 20lbs. see-saw on the scale ... so now I need to adjust my lifestyle in order to eliminate that once & for all! I'd like to achieve this by my 40th birthday, which is August 3, 2009!
5% Loss (263 lbs) : 8/916
10% Loss (249 lbs) :
15% Loss (235 lbs) :
20% Loss (222 lbs)
25% Loss (208 lbs.)
"ONE"derland (199 lbs.)
30% Loss (194 lbs.)
No longer "Obese" (185 lbs.)
35% Loss (180 lbs.)
40% Loss (166 lbs.)
No longer "Overweight" (154 lbs.)
45% Loss (152 lbs.)
1. To have a BMI in the "normal" range for the first time in my life
2. To finally reach my goal weight of 150 lbs. (which will be a 45% weight loss!)
Now that I'm 45+, I want to trade in my old bad habits for a much healthier lifestyle (NOT a quick-fix diet!) My goal is to be my "healthiest" before I turn 50!
1. Eat a well-balanced low-fat diet
2. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water/day
3. Exercise at least 3x/week
I live in a small town in western Kansas, where I was born & raised. (I have escaped twice, but came running back both times!)
I have been married for 13 yrs. now, have a 27 yo son, 3 step-sons (32, 27 & 25), and my babies, 2 dogs from our youngest son's dogs' litter (Lab / Daschund / Blue Heeler mix). Also have 3 daughter-in-law's... as all 3 step-sons are now married. Also just became a grandma, as oldest stepson had my 1st granddaughter at the end of 2015... I love how our family keeps growing!
I work as the lead RN charge nurse during the night shift on the Bone, Joint & Spine Center in our hospital and absolutely love my job!
I am a Nascar fanatic (as you could probably tell from my screen name)... Jeff Gordon is my favorite driver. #24 rocks!!! I also root for all Hendricks Motorsports drivers!
I am also a huge Biggest Loser fan, and even had the opportunity to attend the BL Couples season 5 finale!
Secrets of Success
| Pounds lost: 21.2
Just stopping by to check on you......and wondering how you are doing!
6 days ago
Mix it up â€“ January is the month when people start a routine of running, going to the gym or include some form of exercise in their weekly routines. But beware of getting into a rut. Aim to try a new workout each month, and schedule your weekly exercise sessions in your diary.
Phone Fitness â€“ How much time do you spend on the phone, whether it is on work or social calls even Facebook. The chances are itâ€™s hours a day. And this is usually spent sat on your bottom! Make the decision to take phone calls while standing up, walking around and even doing light exercises such as squats or lunges. Youâ€™ll burn extra calories without taking time out of your day, and your posture and back will thank you too!
Pre Plan â€“ Preparation and planning is the key to success when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Use your diary to note all your workouts. Olympic athletes always keep a training diary, to ensure they complete their weekly workouts and see what type of training was most successful.
11 days ago
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND TO 2017!
The most common New Yearâ€™s resolution people make is to begin living a healthier lifestyle. People decide to eat healthier and to begin exercising, hoping to lose weight or just get in better shape for the upcoming year. These quotes can help keep you on track in order to reach your health and fitness goals.
â€œNo disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.â€ - Maimonides
â€œI've realized that I'm more important than food is. I love a big slice of pizza, but I love myself more. Being thin is about changing the way you think about yourself. It's about saying that you deserve to be healthy.â€ - Valerie Bertinelli
â€There's no quick or magical way to lose weight. You just have to do it the natural way - diet and exercise and stick to it - and be able to do it at your own pace.â€ - Jordin Sparks
â€œChange doesnâ€™t come in nickels and dimes. It comes in dedication and sweat.â€ - Toni Sorenson
WISHING YOU PEACE AND JOY ALONG WITH MUCH SUCCESS ON YOUR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE GOALS IN 2017!
14 days ago
Remember how far you've come,
celebrate your progress.
Remember how much can
happen in a year.
Remember to have gratitude
for everything you faced,
all the battles you have won,
and all the fears you overcame.
Remember your "becoming,"
it is your strength.
â€œA dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.â€ -- Colin Powell
17 days ago
It's a good time of year
for remembering. . . . .
Take a moment to remember 2016,
the happy and the sad.
Then place those memories
under your feet,
and let them serve as your stepping stones
Let's onward with our journey to a healthy lifestyle!
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19 days ago