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2015- New Year, New Start

When I first joined TOPS in 1996 I weighed in at 269.75 pounds. Thankfully I have not weighed that much again since that day. I successfully reached my goal weight of 140 pounds by the end of 1997 by being careful about what and how much I ate and by doing a lot of walking. I kept the weight off for about a year, but then I started slacking off and the weight started to come back on- faster than it came off. It took me a few years to get myself back on track and I had gone back up to 245 at ...
When I first joined TOPS in 1996 I weighed in at 269.75 pounds. Thankfully I have not weighed that much again since that day. I successfully reached my goal weight of 140 pounds by the end of 1997 by being careful about what and how much I ate and by doing a lot of walking. I kept the weight off for about a year, but then I started slacking off and the weight started to come back on- faster than it came off. It took me a few years to get myself back on track and I had gone back up to 245 at one point. Over the years I have never managed to stay on track long enough to get even close to my goal and I have been up and down, most of the time being somewhere between 180 and my current 210. I ended 2014 with a gain of about 7 pounds- not a huge number but not good when I was already overweight by over 60 pounds at the start of the year. The past couple of months have been a bit rough because I have been unable to get out and walk, which is my usual form of exercise, due to an ulcer on my foot. I know there are other things I can do, but I just haven't found the motivation to do them! While I don't believe in New Years resolutions, it does seem like the start of the new year is a perfect time for me to make a fresh start and work on creating a healthier me. So far, my excess weight has not caused any serious health issues, but the older I get the more likely I am to develop problems so I need to get the weight off now and keep it off. I want to be healthy enough to enjoy retirement in a few years.
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Member Since: 3/15/2006

SparkPoints: 206,010

Fitness Minutes: 128,680

My Goals:
I would like to be able to climb stairs without being out of breath and to sit down and not see a roll of belly fat! I would also like to fit into some of the clothes packed away in my closet rather than having to buy more fat clothes.

My Program:
I belong to TOPS for the accountability of weekly weigh-ins and face-to-face support, but I like the 24/7 availability of SparkPeople. I am trying to be careful about portions sizes and also to make smarter choices, substituting healhier versions of some of my favorite foods rather than giving them up completely. Watching what and how much I eat along with exercising regularly should get me closer to my goal weight.

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My name is Beverly and I live in southern Vermont. I have an adult son and daughter and four grandchildren- three boys and one girl.

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DANCINGRITA2
2/17/2012 10:27:09 PM

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Between tracking my meals on Spark and my Tops meetings I finally met my goal.

I'm using the Diabetic Meal plan (because I love foods with carbohydrates) and that plan limits them.

Before I started using that plan I'd have a nice weight loss then gain most of it, if not all of it back.

It has made it easier for me to lose weight a little at a time and keep it off. Best wishes in your weight loss journey. emoticon Rita



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BRENDAF761
2/14/2012 10:03:19 PM

Hi Bev! Thanks for the welcome to the TOPS sparkteam. I added you as a friend and would love to keep in touch. Have a great week! emoticon



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SUNNYSIDE
1/4/2012 9:43:22 AM

Hi Bev,

Thanks so much for the beautiful Tierra! That was so sweet of you and I appreciate it very much! I'll try to do a better job this year towards getting closer to my goal. I appreciate all your comments and time spent in helping others do better.

Thanks again,

Sunny



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SUNNYSIDE
1/3/2012 6:58:28 AM

Bev, congratulations on winning our Tops Pals team contest! Keep up the great effort you have been making on exercise and healthy eating! I enjoyed our contest very much!



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MAYFLOWERCHICK
10/19/2011 11:34:16 AM

I hope you are feeling better soon!!!! emoticon



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