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Alaska 2005

Bermuda - August 2009. Me at just a few pounds shy of my 231.5-lb max.

67 pounds down (164.5) - November 2012


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Update (1/12/14): Almost there! I have lost over 80 pounds and am only a handful of pounds away from being exactly the weight I want to be. I found, adapted, and have come to love my "healthy food and exercise lifestyle that is enjoyable, doable, and sustainable," which is what I originally set out to do almost 4 years ago. I love it not only because it has allowed me to lose weight and keep it off (2013 was mostly maintenance), but I feel so much better physically and mentally. For example, I used to think I suffered from social anxiety and was constantly agitated. Turns out I was just eating too many easily digestible carbs! (Sugar addict, anyone?) Once that was sorted, it's been down hill ever since. Life is good.

Update (12/1/10): I am now knowledgeable about calories, portion control, healthful food choices, and exercise, yet I still struggle. Real changes have occurred...I've noticed just how much my choices have changed for the better. In the process, I have confirmed that my excess weight is just a symptom. True, it is a direct result of my unhealthy choices. However, I now understand that my choices are often driven by what's going on in my head depending on whether I'm feeling confident and worthy or worthless and depressed.

My journey is moving to the next level. I will continue to work on the choices I make regarding food and exercise. But I also will journey towards mental peace. It's time for me to REALLY learn to love myself. The rest will follow.

Original Intro (March 2010): I've gained and lost and gained too many pounds to count. I don't want to lose weight if it means I'll just gain it back again and then some. Unfortunately, diets seem to be temporary fixes; once I stop dieting I start gaining. Thankfully, I had a personal break through in February. Don't diet! Instead, focus on healthful living. A healthy weight will be a natural result, because when the cause is gone, the symptoms will go away, too.

So, I'm starting down a new path. This time I'm focusing on finding a healthy food and exercise lifestyle that is enjoyable, doable, and sustainable. This time, I'm going to do it right. I'm really looking forward to this personal journey.

Member Since: 3/10/2010

Fitness Minutes: 32,199

My Goals:
To continue to enjoy a sustainable, balanced nutrition and fitness program for a healthy and long life.

To reach and maintain a healthy body fat percentage for me.

To be able to buy clothes off the rack in any clothing store. [Did it!]

To run a 5K! [Did it!]

To finish a 10K. [Did it!]

To run a mile again (post-knee surgery).

My Program:
Avoid or minimize processed foods, sugar, white potatoes, breads, pasta, rice, bananas, and alcohol. Eats lots of vegetables and moderate amounts of protein, healthful fats, and fruits.

Exercise regularly. Strengthen leg muscles to stabilize my recovering knee.

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I'm a 40-something-year-old, married woman who is 5' 6.5". I am an American who currently lives in the UK.

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    Thank you SO much for your feedback on the sugar addiction topic. I guess I'm nervous about cutting out all sugars because I fear that my own expectation of failure will win out. How did you overcome that hump, between addiction and freedom? Maybe I just need a mantra! Something to tell myself when the cravings kick in that keeps me focused and disciplined. In any case, your thoughtful response is my food for thought this afternoon. Thanks for taking the time to really dive into a sticky topic, and not just offer a little "you can do it!" sticker. (Though those are nice, too, sometimes.)
    1012 days ago
    HI thanks for replying. I am doing well with my food, eating sweets only on weekend and way less that I thought I would be. NO S is working for me. I have however hurt my back and it is really painful and also not easy to move right now. I will continue to do my physio for my knees other than the one that hurts my back. I have back issues but have been pretty okay so so, for while. lol

    Glad to see you are doing well. I will get this wt off and perhaps some day even be able to move faster and better.

    1021 days ago
    “Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself.
    We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.”
    -Iyanla Vanzant
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    Thank you for your comment on my blog, "The Old Me And Why I Love Her." Have a healthy week!
    1096 days ago
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    Thanks for commenting on my blog! My pedometer isn't 100% accurate in counting steps. I can count 100 steps and it could record 85. Much depends on how fast I walk, so purposeful walking is recorded more accurately than steps I may take around the kitchen or office. I think the Spark is much less sensitive to my movements, and that's not necessarily a bad thing - it could be recording just the movements that are stronger and more resemble exercise. My pedometer can be calibrated for distance based on my stride length and the Spark can be calibrated against a distance measured by a car or GPS unit. I have calibrated my pedometer, but not my Spark (yet).
    1120 days ago
  • v MINIUM
    Hi! Thank you so much for your very interesting comment on my blog 'Beliefs'. It really made my day to hear of someone else who was as hooked as me to Rene Stephens' podcasts. They're amazing, aren't they?
    I'm listening to them all over again, but this time, using Audacity, I'm clipping the many little bits that I want to hear again and again. So doing it makes me really pay attention to what she's saying, word after word.
    I'm so sorry your previous relationships are evolving... I can understand your sadness. Let's say it must be for the best. Maybe your friends will come to recognize you're showing them the way to better health...
    Have a lovely evening!
    1260 days ago
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