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Between 2004 and and summer of 2007 I gained 40 lbs by taking a job with a 3-4 hour commute. I started hating the job and became more and more depressed by what I was becoming. I quit the job in June 2007 but could not get myself motivated to get back into my active lifestyle.
That Dec I took a job close to home and enrolled in a wellness program which started in Jan 2008. By Nov 2008 I lost lost 50 lbs. My pup became my personal trainer. We walked for hours and miles on the beach and on ...
Between 2004 and and summer of 2007 I gained 40 lbs by taking a job with a 3-4 hour commute. I started hating the job and became more and more depressed by what I was becoming. I quit the job in June 2007 but could not get myself motivated to get back into my active lifestyle.
That Dec I took a job close to home and enrolled in a wellness program which started in Jan 2008. By Nov 2008 I lost lost 50 lbs. My pup became my personal trainer. We walked for hours and miles on the beach and on trails and through little towns on the island. I added a gym membership which I worked hard at for a year. I rejoined the gym in Sept 2010 and also started taking fitness classes including Zumba, spinning and body blast.
I then lost a much loved brother, the last of my maltese and my mother. I went into a tailspin.
Today, Dec 25, 2010, I make a conscious decision to put joy back into my life and start loving myself and my life again. I will loose the last 13 lbs I managed to put back on as well as another 7 by May and my next dive trip.
I dive and need to be able to breath. All of the things I love doing call for a healthy in shape body. I

July 16th 2008
Today the scales showed that the 40 lbs I had gained was all gone. In addition I am in better shape than I was before gaining the weight and I'm actually down 2 extra pant sizes! I was about 10 lbs over when I started gaining so I am continuing on the program I set for myself. I feel fantastic and I am happier than I have been in a very long time. This site has been such a huge support and I can't imagine how I could have gotten this far without SP as well as the challenges set by the gym I go to and my personal trainer.

November 5, 2008
I reached my goal weight today. I feel great and have honestly not had any really bad days since starting SP. I weigh 125 pounds and I am in a size 2 jean and size 4 everything else. I am strong and healthy and I don't even want to reward myself with something I used to like to eat! What I wanted and got was lavendar aroma therapy bath oil and a new bed ensemble! I had been fighting with the last 7 lbs up and down and up and down for 4.5 of them for at least 2 months and today all of the those 4.5 had stayed off and the last 2.5 were gone as well.
I intend to just keep doing exactly what I have been doing. I love how I eat and I love the gym and most of all I love SP.
October 20, 2012
Wow. It has been a roller coaster couple of years. I am currently up in weight but I am also lifting weights and in the middle of a challenge at the gym so my clothes are loose and baggy. Since I last added to this, I had taken a job in the most hostile environment I could ever envision just to get supervision to get my license. I gained weight and lost heart. I left that and just worked at the local job I had kept part time. I am still here and working full time although I am only guaranteed 12 hours a week. It has been very stressful knowing I may not have the hours and money to pay the bills. Three weeks ago someone resigned and the 2 of us on part time were finally feeling secure. On Thurs we were informed that social work would no longer be staffed in our emergency room and the position was being posted for a nurse case manager. This left three of us wondering who could keep their part time positions and who was going to be laid off. One of us will just retire and walk away. I still need to work even though I will retire from the reserves in January. The other one of us has another part time job. This should be overwhelming to me right now. What I have discovered this week is that since I am going to the gym I am just rolling with all of this. I am not stressing. The first shock sent me straight to the gym Thurs night and since then I am wondering what happened to the worry I should be feeling. It is truly amazing what working out can do to heal the body and soul.
In May I took a night job on the mainland. I have resigned effective Feb 3rd. I took my clinicals in Dec and passed and now have 2 job offers from 2 VA hospitals in different places. I am looking forward to a brand new career with veterans and a new lifestyle!
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Member Since: 4/21/2008

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My Goals:
to loose another 30 lbs. To continue to eat healthy and to increase my HDL from 45 to 50. To remain very active.

My Program:
I started eating 3 meals a day starting with Kashi go lean and soy for breakfast. I head for the gym for 30-40 minutes on the eliptical trainer then weight training. Some days Aspen and I will walk for an hour in lieu of the gym.

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I'm Serena and I live on acreage on a little island in the northwest. I have one son left at home and critters galore.

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PEGGYO
1/24/2014 9:30:41 PM

Serena welcome to fun loving people over 60 just jump right in and join in the conversation.



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LOOKINUP1
5/21/2013 11:01:44 PM

Just joined SP AGAIN today and found your story to be inspirational. Good thoughts to you. I can relate to hectic jobs- I'm finally retiring in June and cannot wait! Being a nurse for the past 44 years has been good but I need to take care of myself. :-)



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CHIRORENGO
7/27/2012 1:17:27 PM

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CHIRORENGO
7/3/2012 11:05:25 AM

hey there. how is it going?



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GINGERLYN1
6/6/2012 8:33:03 AM

thank you for sharing your nutrition information I have been struggling with menopausal weight gain....I was curious as to how other women my age maintain there weight...Thank you for your post.



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