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My Journey to Slim City!

3/26/2015: The Spring Challenge is upon us and I regained 6 lbs during the trying time with Ray needing a new Heart Valve. I'd rather gain 6 lbs than have lost Ray and that is how I'm dealing with it. I am again stuck on a plateau of 130 which I broke last year and will break it again! 3rd time is the charm?!
Determination, perseverance - you are my new best friends! ONE day at a time!

P.S. for anyone not knowing me, I started at 210 lbs. This isn't vanity weight, it is ...
3/26/2015: The Spring Challenge is upon us and I regained 6 lbs during the trying time with Ray needing a new Heart Valve. I'd rather gain 6 lbs than have lost Ray and that is how I'm dealing with it. I am again stuck on a plateau of 130 which I broke last year and will break it again! 3rd time is the charm?!
Determination, perseverance - you are my new best friends! ONE day at a time!

P.S. for anyone not knowing me, I started at 210 lbs. This isn't vanity weight, it is to be able to live weight.

12/15/2014: As I get ready for the 5% Winter Challenge, I am still trying to reach my goal of 120 lbs. Not mandatory, but I want it!
2014 has been a good year allowing me to drop 15 lbs. WooHoo!! I was already 125 when I lost my home internet so I was successful this past year having lost what I had regained during that 2 year gap.
Hopefully 2015 will get the last 5 - it's something to try for!

P.S. for anyone not knowing me, I started at 210 lbs. This isn't vanity weight, it is to be able to live weight.

Jan 9, 2014 - After no home internet for 2 years, and a regain of 20 lbs, I am finally connected to the world again.
I am back to sparkin' this weight off one more time - thankfully not all of it, lol. I would just like to be back in the 20's again.

Apr 2011 - Winter 2010-2011 has seen me gain back a few pounds - not unexpectedly, but a couple more than I desired. I have gone as high as 122.2 (March 21st) and while not thrilled, I can accept and live with it. I had hoped to keep it below 120 but that was not to be with the rough winter we had this year. I don't think of myself as a failure - I am going to be on this journey for the rest of my life and I must learn to adjust. I can and I will.

10/2/2010 - Finally! 115.0 WooHoo!! 95 lbs gone forever!

8/13 - 115.7! Unbelievable! Truly Sparktacular!

8/12 - 116.1 - WooHoo! I can almost taste 115! Still not quite maintaining 116 but getting closer all the time! This time I only went back up to 117.

8/6 - 116.6 - 'visited' 119 twice but this time I am going to maintain! I must keep my protein up!

7/9 - 116.8 - maybe this time!

6/3 - 116.9 - first time at 116!! Stayed in 116 for 3 days - then up again.

May 25, 2010 - I hit 117.6 for the first time ever!! WooHoo!!

May 4, 2010 - I am now able to hold 119-ish with relative ease. Still trying to reach the ideal weight of 117. Since I cannot count on anyone at the Blood Bank to take my platelets (stick me), I gave up trying. I can donate whole blood as low as 110 pounds so 117 will be safe if I am able to maintain it. It is up to my body now to decide, not me. Very slowly from this point on because it will be a shock to the body.

Mar 18, 2010 - I was able to do one 6.5 mile walk yesterday! WooHoo!! Back to 121.5!! Bring on Spring & Summer walking! I am so ready!!

Feb 7, 2010 - I have fluctuated up to 123.5 and then back down again - this has been a rough 2 months with all this cold, rainy weather here in Mississippi. I am so looking forward to Springtime and back to my daily walking!

Dec 5, 2009 - Maintaining 120ish since July 22!

September 7, 2009 - September CT Member of the Month
This is a huge honor! I am humbled.

August 10, 2009 - I decided that 120 is my Ideal Weight. My maintenance range will be 117-122 even though I never saw 117. This decision came from my reaction to my Platelet Donation.

August 23, 2009 - 118.8! 92 down, 1 lb to goal!!

August 13, 2009 - 119.4! 91 down, 2 to goal!

July 22, 2009 - 120.9! Today I have lost 90 lbs with SparkPeople!!

May 1, 2009 - 125.8! It's offical! 85 lbs lost with SparkPeople!! Whoopee!!

April 29, 2009 - 126.7 Almost there!

Apr 16, 2009 - 127.8 Wow!

Apr 7, 2009 - 128.9!! WooHoo!

Mar 29-Apr 4 SP Class Team Leader! Feels awesome to be able to help others find their Spark!

Mar 21, 2009 - 129.7!! I have left 130-ville behind! Closing fast on 125!! Started my ST seriously, making more muscles!

Mar 17, 2009 - 130.8! I have lost 80 pounds with SparkPeople!!

Feb 5, 2009 - 135.9! I am normal weight for the first time in 50 years!! I don't remember ever being normal weight in my entire life of 57 years!!

Feb 1, 2009 - 136.7! .3 away from normal weight!!

Jan 23, 2009 - 138.4! Yahoo!!

Jan 16, 2009 - 139.6!! Hooray!!

Jan 11, 2009 - Ok, I cheated! There, I said it! I weighed after my treadmill walk and finally 139.9 but I am not sorry I did it! With luck I will be this upon waking sometime this week - legally.

Jan 7, 2009 - 140.9! Down 70 lbs today, by .1 but it still counts!!

Dec 12, 2008 - Donated blood again, blood pressure 107/69! WooHoo!! weight 145.5
65 pounds released forever into the wild, never to return!

Dec 6, 2008 - Getting close to goal weight now so feel I should slow down a little. Cold outside so not walking as much. Pulled my Cardio down to 60 minutes *more-or-less* to make time for strength training. Still losing!
**Red shorts close! But don't really fit right, lol.

Nov 24, 2008 - I reached 148.8! One day late of my goal (148) but it tastes just as sweet! Now on to 135!!

Nov 18, 2008 - I am now a Co-Leader of By The Numbers Spark Team! I am honored to be allowed to help with this wonderful new team.

Nov 17, 2008 - I am 150.9, that is officially down 60 lbs today even though I am only in by 1/10th of a pound! Whoopee!! This tastes better than any desert! I still want to reach 148 by Nov 23 but it will be ok if I don't.

Oct 31, 2008 - I am chosen as a Motivator! Wow!! What an honor this is. All I have done is try to be supportive and keep people going on their chosen programs. I will continue to do this and hopefully earn this great title.

Oct 30, 2008 - I have to eat more or exercise less! Less exercise is not an option so I am taking the leap of faith and increasing my daily calories by 300. Wow, who ever thought eating more could be a problem?!

Today, Sep 25, 2008, I am officially overweight!! WooHoo!!
I will never be obese again!

I have accepted myself as I am but now would like to prevent heart disease and stroke so trying to take off excess poundage.

I am changing my eating habits. I am going to lose all this extra weight! I will never be fat again!!
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Member Since: 4/13/2006

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My Goals:
I want to be able to wear more than 10% of the clothes in my closet.
**Goal met April '09!

I want to weigh what it says on my Drivers License. Goal met!
**July '09 I am 28 lbs lighter than my drivers license!!

I would like to be able to wear my wedding ring again. Almost, I got it on my right hand!!

I want to be lighter than my DH again. Goal met!
**April '09 - 30 lbs lighter than DH!

I want to be overweight and not obese (163) Goal met! 163.4 lbs

I want to be 148 again, first time in 23.5 years!
Goal met 11/24/08!

Dare I dream, I want to be normal (136) GOAL MET!! 135.9 on Feb 5, 2009! I want to be 130! Goal Met!!

I want to be 125! Goal Met!!

Going for 120 lbs! Goal Met 7/22/09!!

On to 117! Goal Met 5/25/10!

Main goal is to find a weight I can live with!

My Program:
I am walking 6-7miles daily, weather permitting. Also trying to get back to my WATP!

Using Nutrition Tracker! It really makes all the difference in this working!

I have to learn to measure and weigh all my foods. "Eye-balling" is not good enough. Wishful thinking will not make this happen.

Personal Information:
I am 63, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, lived in NYC for 25 years ~~ lived in Pennsylvania 10 years and now permanently reside in Mississippi for 26+ years.

Married to my DH, he's my best friend for 29+ years!

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I am going to lose this weight and I will never be obese again.

Every pound lost is gone forever!

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10/8/2015 3:26:42 PM

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I know I wouldn't get any sleep with a machine running right next to me. I think that last night with him in the spare bedroom must have helped?
And he's getting a pacemaker. Wow. I take it the surgery he had had nothing to do with regulating heartbeat.
Linda, it's one thing after another when we are dealing with this age it seems. We are emotionally exhausted.
So the oxygen helps with their thinking? Mom's placement of days is terrible. Larry saw her one day and the next day she wonders where he is because it's been a few days to her. Company that just visited she will ask if they are here now. Things like that.
No one knows what it feels like to be in your 90's. It will happen to us if we live that long too. Also, few people know what it takes to be a caregiver of someone 94 (and a loved one, so no professional)
Uh oh my computer just dimmed so my battery is ready to go.
Hang in there. I am too!
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The white box IS nice!! Sometimes I couldn't read what I was writing!!!

All my blood work came back fine, except the diabetes, but we knew that. My thyroid is fine, so that's not it. Next????

Today though I WAS over my calorie range, but that's very unusual.

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