I've been a member of Spark people for a few years, and have not done anything much with it until the BLC23 Challenge which I'm glad to be a part of. I live in the Seattle area with my husband, adult son who just graduated from UW, and a wonderful and very eloquent fluffy black cat. I have two other grown kids, and two grandsons.
I've been very overweight for a very long time, and have felt pretty out of control of my life over that. As of last winter I weighed 271-275 pounds. Yes, many years of denial and overeating! And thyroid problems.
This summer (2013) we rebuilt a shed and it was such an incredible feat for me to even be on my feet for 20 minutes at a time. whew. I did lose 10 pounds during the shed project, and trying to do construction work, over several months, really put me in touch with my physical limitations. Not just being fat, I was so out of shape everything hurt. Stand up for 2 minutes=pain. Touch my arm even lightly= pain. I would say I was flying down a slippery slope to permanent disability.
August 18th, 2013 I woke up and told my husband "we need to go on a diet and exercise program and get healthier. " He said great, let's do that, and we've been doing it ever since-- almost 2 months. I'm determined to get back to my much happier pre-pregnancy weight of 130, within a year. So far I've only lost 16 pounds, but it has helped very much, mostly that I now know I CAN lose weight, and how to do it! It is all written down in my notebook. Lots more to burn. My constant pain has improved or rather, diminished!
Quitting sugar has been the most important thing for me to control my food because I have binge eating disorder which seems to be fueled by unstable blood sugar levels. I also cut way way back on fat, trying for a 10% fat diet but usually it is between 15-20%. I'm keeping a diet log, constantly, and trying for 1500 cal/day. Am walking as much as I can despite a lot of foot from toe to heel, and arch, pain.
I have more dreams than accomplishments, and have let my weight and poor self-esteem over that (probably over other things too, but being 150 pounds overweight was a really convenient excuse!) stop me from doing many things. I hope to do a lot more things in my life. I am an aspiring sailor, boat builder, mechanic, home builder, fisher, hiker, backpacker and camper.
I do make great homemade soap, have been an amateur herbalist for decades, and am told I give great massages. I have a community garden plot that produces unbelievable amounts of organic produce in spite of me. ;) I sew, although I haven't been inspired to sew clothes for myself since I got fat. Halloween is my all time favorite holiday even though I don't always make costumes. I recently started knitting, but am not very good at it but people still seem to love getting hats and socks.
I believe in the importance of Truth and the search for it, however elusive, kindness, charity(love), preserving nature, human freedom and rights, the rule of law (versus corruption), liberty, and personal property ownership (versus the belief that the greatest warlord owns everything and can parcel it out as he/she likes) I also believe everyone has the right to the sanctity of their own thoughts and beliefs, as long as they are not harming anyone else.
I picked my name Pi n sky because losing weight always seemed like a "pie in the sky" dream. I hope to change my
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