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Staying the Course . . . blind curves ahead!

After losing over 155 lbs. I have been maintaining for nearly two years. Not without hitting some blind curves, hills and valley's.

I reached my initial goal of 135 in Dec. 2012 but didn't know how to quit losing (ha! - go figure!) I tried different approaches but continued to lose until I lost below 120 and decided I needed to stop losing. This was the beginning of my temporarily 'new' set of challenges. How to keep things in balance. This is NOT natural for me. I either ...
After losing over 155 lbs. I have been maintaining for nearly two years. Not without hitting some blind curves, hills and valley's.

I reached my initial goal of 135 in Dec. 2012 but didn't know how to quit losing (ha! - go figure!) I tried different approaches but continued to lose until I lost below 120 and decided I needed to stop losing. This was the beginning of my temporarily 'new' set of challenges. How to keep things in balance. This is NOT natural for me. I either eat too much or I eat too little. Keeping my weight between the goal posts (130-140 with goal of 135) is more about whats between my ears! Learning what's 'normal' for me is that I cannot rely on intuition--tough for an intuitive type. I still have that compulsive drive for whatever reasons. I am still learning coping skills. I am still counting calories. I'm STILL a maintainer who has went through about 6 months of distraction and lack of focused mindfulness.

This time is for keeps! (I STILL MEAN THAT-- 9/2014)

Started September 6, 2011 and reached goal weight
of 134 on December 8, 2012 and began maintenance.
---------Continued to lose down to 119.0 so I 'let go' a
few times to allow myself to regain some and sometimes 'just because'
-- that was a mistake.
Ya don't give a food addict permission to 'freely' eat!!!!
. . . because SOMETIMES I can't stop. I am reshaping a life of faulty coping mechanisms, lack of education and poor choices.

SW: 276; Original Goal Weight(s) 150 - 145 - 135;
Lowest Weight 119.0 8/2013
2013 CW: (I didn't even plan for that last 10 pounds) WAS 124.7
CW (9/2014): 143.5 (down 3 lbs and 10 more to go)

Age: 58 Medium frame, 5'6"

Size Sept. 2011 was 24/26 pants-vs-1/2014 size 4/6 pants
Current size -- 9/2014: a snug size 6 (Grrrrr! My 6's are tight!) sometimes 8, no 4's right now.
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Member Since: 9/8/2011

SparkPoints: 18,640

Fitness Minutes: 7,534

My Goals:
Maintain my weight!!!!

Get more fit and toned.

Eat healthy, unprocessed food.

Dance every chance I get.

My Program:
--Eating healthy food
--Logging my food.
--Staying active!

Do something physical EVERYDAY, especially if it's fun!




Personal Information:
Indiana country girl.
Born and raised in a small town and have lived in the country since I was married. My husband and I have two daughters and 7 grandchildren. We both work from home and stay busy with our work, family, dogs, cats, chickens and a few cows. We grow a big garden with lots of flowers. We enjoy hiking, going to small town festivals, antiquing, yard sales and family gatherings. I also like going to the mall!!!!
I am an artist in my soul and love to decorate, paint, craft and just be creative. Currently trying my hand at mosaics.

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What I am doing now to maintain and improve:
Eat 1200 - 1400 calories per day. Eat lots of protein and vegetables prepared w/o butter, fat, creams or cheeses (most of the time). I try to eat at least half of my fruits and veggies raw. I incorporate small amounts of olives, avocado, nuts and non-fat plain yogurt into my diet. Breads and pastas are limited to 3 or 4 meals a week.
I am a late bloomer on consistent exercise, but I am now getting in about 30 min of exercise a day--from almost 0 min.at the beginning. I stay active in other ways.

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CASEYSGUMMYBEAR
9/5/2014 11:11:19 AM

Great accomplishment Pam. I just started on September 2, 2014 and my 1st goal is to lose 37 lbs. Maybe once I reach 175 I can set my goal to lose another 37 lbs. You are an inspiration to me, as I am also 5'6" tall with a medium frame. Keep up the great work and please root for me! emoticon



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JIBBIE49
9/5/2014 12:24:38 AM

emoticon Great to see you featured in the Spark mail as the Motivator.



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MAMABEAR9193
9/4/2014 10:28:41 PM

Way to go Pam!! emoticon You are a great inspiration.



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SHABBYCHATEAU
9/4/2014 10:11:55 PM

Wow, you look awesome Pam! Congrats, what an accomplishment! You are a true inspiration:)



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YICHE12
9/4/2014 6:46:26 PM

emoticon on being our Spark Motivator of the Week. You've done an amazing journey to slim lane... emoticon Keep up the great work and enjoy your special time in the spotlight. emoticon



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