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I need to remember this more often.

Where I want to be and how to get there.

This reminds me of what I am trying to do besides lose weight.


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Still here after eight years (some of us are real slow learners). It was time to revamp my profile as it kept getting "lost in the sauce" for unknown reasons. Weight loss is a scary process. Losing a limb or two to diabetes is even harder to contemplate. Choose your hard.

What many soon realize, it's not about weight loss (surprise!). It's about what is preventing us from embracing success. Ultimately this is a journey of discovery, an inward discovery of the person that we are, and the one that we hope we will become. It's not a linear progression by any stretch of the imagination. It comes with bumps, weight loss, "plateaus", frustration. We did not get to the weight we are in one weekend of indiscretions, nor will we lose it overnight. It's a long tedious process. But I do believe when we explore those dark corners of our soul and cast a nourishing light there, the demons will scatter, and we will have a clearer understanding of ourselves, and what we really hope to get out of life.

In any endeavor, to be credible, you have to be fit, not only for yourself, but to create a successful business. That's our next goal. One gets fit for oneself, not for any significant other, or for one's children. Once we realize that, we have taken the first significant step.

It's never too late to take that first step forward. Meet you at the Maintenance Table. No rush to get there. It never closes.

10-19-15 Last week was crushing. At the doctor's office I was told in no uncertain terms that I am no longer pre-diabetic. I am full on diabetic. We can talk a blue streak, but now we really have to see what can be done. As my mother used to say, "Don't plan. Do." We'll reassess in three months. Be a great way to start the new year. I acquiesced and started Lipitor as required by my doctor. My cholesterol is not terribly high, but with the new diabetes diagnosis, it is "no longer acceptable", per my doctor. It is crushing, but the one saving grace about Type 2, there is a chance, with appropriate weight loss, it can be reversed. Stay tuned.

11-1-15: Time for an update. I am really enjoying calorie cycling, alternating every few days from the top of my permitted calorie range to the bottom. My body is so confused!! But it's not in "starvation mode" which is a good thing. Yesterday, while waiting interminably long at Staples for my order to be ready, I was offered Halloween candy. I actually paused before taking two small, bite-sized pieces (total calories spent: 95), and yes, I indulged. Did I enjoy it? Honestly? Not really. I kept thinking I was eating poison. Interesting how one's mindset can change dramatically in two-weeks' time. Hopefully, by the time I see my doctor in January, I will be close to Onederland. It's a mini-goal I am really looking forward to.

3-5-16 Update: Weight is trending downward. As it should be. Down 18.5 pounds since the September doctor's visit. I want to cross the 220 threshold and then reschedule a visit. I want to make sure the doctor sees that there is definitely weight loss so no reason to start me on diabetic medicine. Calorie range has been adhered to, with a few days that were "misses", but pretty close. Always remembering that it's progress not perfection. And I'm OK with that. Let's see what the MD has to say.

4-1-16 Update: I am about two pounds shy of my goal that I wanted to reach before scheduling the follow up with my MD. I have lost about 14 pounds since I saw her last in the fall. I will not say it was easy, but it's coming along, slow and steady, with good days and bad. But SP keeps it in check, and for that alone, I am grateful for this site. SP does make a difference.

5-26-16 Update: Was not at my mini-goal at the time of a necessary MD visit that was work related. Surprisingly, the A1C went DOWN two tenths of a point, getting me out of the range of diabetes once more. Did not expect that at all. Really need to redouble my efforts, and learn once and for all that eating that is stress related is just not acceptable.

7-24-16 Update: Work related severe stress had a lot of eating on the run (NOT acceptable!) for the last two months or so. Reading the story of the 653-pound woman who lost 214 pounds in one year by altering her bad habits one at a time, was truly humbling. Really applied myself this week, and created a new "Other Goals" category: Awarding myself a gold star for every day in calorie range. Plus I discovered the long-abandoned "Stay on Track" calendar that SP provides. Even without me checking onto the calendar feature for over a year, it was still faithfully tracking my calories and exercise and weight. It also has been awarding me my gold stars this week!

Here's the link:

A simple, worthwhile investment. In you!

Here's another hidden link (why, SP, why???). This is to the "Appointment Reminder". When you set it, SP will send you an email reminding you of the event. Not just for anniversaries and birthdays, but whatever event you want to remember. I use it for "Weigh In" day. In the optional field, I put AIM: [and the pounds I would like to see by that week], and then ACTUAL: [what really was attained]. Then I set a new reminder. Using it individually works better than setting it for "indefinite", because then it keeps the text blank (you'll understand it when you see it. I already tested it both ways). Hope this helps!

Here's the link for the appointment reminder:

[Note: When I edit this link, it is correct. When SP posts it, it is in two lines not one. Remove an extra space between "pla" and "nner" and then it should work. Sheesh!]

8-26-16 Update: Summer's end. Lessons to take home for myself: Planning ahead is ALWAYS key. Life happens, and it threatens to disrupt the peaceful tranquility of a routine. I have to plan more for those events. If a week's worth of food planning is the key, it will allow for disruptions with only minor modifications. Yeah, I like that. This week, on Wednesday, August 24th to be exact, I set my cap for 36 pounds to lose by year's end. That's 36 in 18. Putting it out there now in the cyber universe will help make me accountable. Wish me luck! It is a doable goal. And I used the Spark calendar to ink in the date in December. Here's to hoping and a LOT of hard work!


SW: 255 lbs.


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¼ lost: 218.75 lbs. –
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Member Since: 3/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 22,005

My Goals:
A major lifestyle change: Body, mind and soul.

My Program:
Taking on good habits one at a time, so as not to be too overwhelmed. It seems to be working.

Logging all intake is key. Good days, bad days, all are logged days.

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Learning to believe in me.
One step at a time.
One pound at a time.
One goal at a time.
Each day.
Every day.
I will not quit.
I will falter, but I will not fail.
I will achieve.
And now is the time.

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  • v AUTIEJ
    Thanks for your well wishes, but I'm not sure what you mean by "a lotta guilt." Somehow, that remark MAKES me feel like I should feel guilty for something, which makes me feel...well, guilty for something I'm unaware of...
    4 hours ago
    Just popping in to say I hope you have a wonderful weekend!... emoticon
    5 hours ago
    Totally in packing mode, but it's still the weekend, so not the usual week-day things on top of the packing/sorting/tossing/donating.

    going a little quicker now as the stuff for distribution and keeping are all outta the condo. That was the biggest headache.

    6 hours ago
    It's the weekend! It's the weekend!

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    If you have inspired people and they can share and tell your story for generations to come, then you have created wealth in your life. You have left a legacy. Mahisha Dellinger
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    7 hours ago
  • v AMY_1217
    Hi! If you're interested in participating in a Biggest Loser challenge, please go to my page and click the BL Summer Challenge ALL Teams team. You can join the all-teams page and put your name on the list for the Fall challenge!

    We'll officially begin the challenge Sept 7th (dates differ by a day or two depending on team) and we've still got a few spots left! If you'd like to join us, hurry over and get your name on the wait list, or just let me know you want to join us!

    There are 10 teams, 24 team members each, and it's a 10 week challenge!
    Come join in the fun, meet some great people and work toward your goals!!!

    *If I've visited you before with this invite, we must REALLY want you! lol*
    17 hours ago
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