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Day 1 - December 27, 2013 194 pounds





May 20, 2014 - 36 pounds gone, 15 to go!



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I am retired at last!! The years my husband and I commuted to our stressful tech support jobs and working swing shift are over. I am happy to say that my last employer was the best of all and wish I had started there much earlier in my life. I miss the people most of all.

It feels like I am playing catch-up in most areas of my life-socially, doing improvements in the yard and inside and outside the house, reading, and last but certainly not least I can concentrate on taking care of ...
I am retired at last!! The years my husband and I commuted to our stressful tech support jobs and working swing shift are over. I am happy to say that my last employer was the best of all and wish I had started there much earlier in my life. I miss the people most of all.

It feels like I am playing catch-up in most areas of my life-socially, doing improvements in the yard and inside and outside the house, reading, and last but certainly not least I can concentrate on taking care of me. There are no more excuses. My time is more or less my own and my stress level isn't even measurable.

In January 2013 I began a twice weekly exercise class using kettlebells which has turned out to be a great fit for me. The class is through my local parks and recreation department. Over the course of a year I became much stronger and had more stamina. But I had not changed my eating habits (no portion control among other things) and no weight was lost.

Right after Thanksgiving of last year an ex-co-worker stunned me with her almost 50 pound weight loss and she had maintained it with the help of her health coach. The concept of a health coach nagged at me and I finally called her health coach knowing her services would be more than I could or wanted to afford. I was wrong about that. I decided to use the plan my friend used with the help of her health coach who works for Take Shape For Life, the sustainable weight loss and maintenance program for Medifast. The 1-on-1 support is fantastic and I definitely have had great results. I also took on a 12 Week Health Transformation challenge through Take Shape For Life/Medifast and have increased my activity level from my kettlebell classes 2x per week to fitness walking 3-4 times per week, increasing time and distance each week.

I am a member of the Take Shape For Life online community as well as Spark People and FitBit for tracking. I love the weekly reports I get e-mailed to me from FitBit showing me how I've done. As time goes on I will spend more time on Spark People as there is so much information and so many interesting groups and people here.
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NORAM66 is so happy that last week is over and that I was able to maintain my equilibrium and focus.
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Member Since: 9/3/2013

SparkPoints: 5,452

Fitness Minutes: 16,986

My Goals:
I have just achieved one of my goals which was to have my doctor tell me I can stop taking my statin medication for high cholesterol. My bad numbers are now very good with the weight loss, diet and exercise. My next big goal is to no longer be pre-diabetic. I have reached 10,000 steps per day but not consistently. I hope to reach it consistently most days as my next goal.

My Program:
I have taken part in the Take Shape For Life / Medifast weight reduction and optimal health lifestyle program beginning 12/27/2013. I take a kettlebell fitness class 2x per week and walk at least 2.5 miles 3-4 times per week. I also have a home kettlebell routine developed for me I can do when the weather is just too nasty to walk.

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I am from Tacoma, WA. and live in Marysville, WA. I am also on Facebook.

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I love the performing arts, reading, creating handmade cards and being at the beach. Travelling within my state and the U.S. is also a favorite thing.

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QUEENIEBELLE
7/26/2014 5:13:19 AM

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. emoticon emoticon I really appreciate your kind words of support and am thankful for your Spark Friendship! Congratulations on doing so well~ very proud of you! Hope you're enjoying the Summer. We finally got some relief from the heat with some cooling rains. Felt so good. Have a wonderful week-end!



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7/1/2014 1:44:50 PM

Tried to send a spark mail awhile ago and it wouldn't go through! Happy 4th of July~ enjoy your week-end whatever you may be doing. emoticon



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6/5/2014 9:11:26 PM

Oops I misread the Mary's Gone Crackers label!! I checked again today because it didn't seem right.....sure enough, no corn. Don't know how I read it that way yesterday! Sorry for the misinformation. It does have rice but it's brown rice and there's seeds so lower glycemic and no "junk carbs" or fillers. Your garden sounds lovely. Enjoy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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QUEENIEBELLE
5/21/2014 10:48:47 AM

Nora your pictures are great! I posted a comment on all of them. SO proud of you for your success. How tall are you? I'm always curious about people's height because I am such a shortie. I always say my BMI is perfect when I'm standing on a foot stool LOL. Hope your week is going well and you're catching a sunny day now and then. HUGS. ~Sandi emoticon



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QUEENIEBELLE
5/18/2014 12:56:47 PM

Nora- thanks so much for your support. I really appreciate your encouragement. Gosh you are doing wonderfully! Congratulations. Are you going to post some current pictures soon? I love before and afters! Unfortunately all of mine are "befores" LOL. Hope you have a great week ahead. So proud of you for sticking with it all and I know you'll keep it off too!



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