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Me on Xmas eve 2009, 335 lbs. Wearing black to look smaller, Ha!


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After a pretty normal life of little gains and diets, staying in pretty good shape, I injured my knee, one operation led to another , confined to wheelchair, very lonely, I found myself in a very dark and depressed place, food became my friend. I weighed about 185, this was in 1998. I loved to eat good food. But I also found myself eating junk and bad food, I continued to eat, I would lose 10 or 15 lbs but gain it back. I was still having trouble walking, was declared disabled and that made my situation worse. I felt as long as I could not get around I could at least eat, and I ate and ate, I loved to cook and bake and I did it all. But living alone I ate it all too. Finally at more than 345 or so, (my scales had stopped at 300) I made an appointment with my doctor ,this was in October .2009. , I tried to crash off as much weight as I could before I went in , but I had no idea that I was as heavy as I was. I checked in and my weight was 333 lbs I said enough , I want my life back. I embarked on a weight loss program, under doctor supervision.
Started Jan. 1, 210 at 335 lbs.
Joined Spark 5/17/2010
I'm down to 285 and on my way. May, 17. 2010
Update: 02/12//2011...Weight 182
03/03/2011,,,175
03/12/2011..173
04/16/2011..164
Right knee replaced on 4/18/2011
05/18/2011..160
06/04/2011..159
06/11/2011..157
06/25/20111..155
07/02/2011..154
07/09/2011..152
07/16/2011..150
07/23/2011..149
07/30/2011..148
08/07/2011..146
08/14/2011..145...GOAL REACHED
NEW GOAL to LOSE 10 MORE POUNDS
08/21/2011..144
09/19/2011..left knee replaced.
11/01/2011..138
12/01/2011..137
12/19/2011..136
01/01/2012..136 Good weight to be at. I'm Happy !!!
01/15/2012..135.. maintenance,,I am at my GOAL.
03/20/2012..133..This makes my weight loss 202 lbs.
05/17/2012..136..holding, never more than 3 lbs difference.
03/25/2014 Update.
I found 135 to hard to maintain. Had more corrective surgery to both hands and shoulder.
I went back to 144, to 148. I try my best to keep in that range.
I find that if I don't work out at a high cardio rate, I gain.
I find that to maintain, it's a daily thought process.
I try to eat as normal as others, but with moderation.
I don't want to go through the rest of my life avoiding foods that I want to taste. But more than anything I don't want to experience one more day at an unhealthy weight or in bad health. So in a nut shell, I will do what I have to do to keep the weight off .


Member Since: 5/17/2010

Fitness Minutes: 211,206

My Goals:
I want to get back to 145, I am 5 ft 6 in... That means I have 190 lbs to lose over all, but 140 here at Spark from the date I joined .
.I am setting a goal of being under 200 by the New Year. ( Goal reached 1/1/2011 ,197 lbs.) .I have found if I set a goal of 10 lbs at a time its not such a daunting task. When I reach that goal I treat myself to something nice for me, NO FOOD TREATS!!!
Want to shop at Victoria Secret for undies. Goal reached, Oct. 2010
Shop for clothes in the misses dept. Goal reached, Oct. 2010
Don't want to see X in my size ever again. Goal reached. size 18, regular. Nov. 2010
Mar. 2011, size 12 & 14
July. 2011, size 8/10
No more stretch waistbands. . Goal reached Jan. 2011
Want to ware belts. Goal reached.Oct. 2010
Climb stairs without stopping to rest. Goal reached, 2 flights Dec. 2010.
July, 2011, as many stairs as I want too.
NOTE:
GOAL of 145 lbs reached on 8/14/2011.


My Program:
Eat healthy balanced meals. Stay at about 1400 calories a day. I I will consult with my dietitian on any increases. .
No diet for me. Learn to eat all foods. Quality and quantity, that's the secret to good permanent weight loss. I am on the journey for life, my life.
Exercise 7 days at week.
Home and gym.
Low impact, water aerobics , Exercise ball, yoga,Bike. Aqua Zumba.
Had right knee replaced on 4/19.2011.
The left one replaced on 9/19/2011. .
I am walking 3 to 5 miles most days.
Can dance, love it.
Taking a Zumba class.
Working out on body
toning machines 3 days a week. Have water aerobics 6 days a week.
I am in a very happy place. Love my life.




Personal Information:
Salem, Or., tublady11@gmail.com Sell jewelry on Etsy.com/shop/PanacheJewelry.com I am 73, divorced, with grown children, grand children and great grandchildren. I am a 60's boomer, who loves 60 & 70 music. I rock out with the Stones.
Share my home with a Yorkie, named Titan. He's the joy of my life. A little hairy bundle of exuberance and love, who doesn't know he's a small dog.


Other Information:
I love to read historical novels. I like everything about history. I paint, mixed media. Create beautiful one of a kind pieces of designer jewelry, . I sell at art and craft fairs. I do volunteer work. I am a very busy person. No time in my life to be bored.




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  • v FROSTY99
    As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that:

    Whether we wear a $300 or $30 watch
    - they both tell the same time.

    Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/handbag
    - the amount of money inside is the same.

    Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $30 or $3 wine
    - the hangover is the same.

    Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3,000 or 30,000 sq. ft.
    - the loneliness is the same.

    And we realize our true inner happiness does not come from the material things of
    this world.

    Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down
    - we all go down with it.

    Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane reaches its destination
    - everyone arrives at the same time.

    Therefore we should realize that when we have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, with whom we can chat, laugh, talk, sing, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth - that is true happiness!
    8 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
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    My Dr. is recommending that I eat several smaller meals throughout the day now that I have been diagnosed as having "Hypoglycemia". Instead of eating 3 regular meals and 2 snacks, I would be eating 6 smaller meals through out the day. By eating at regular intervals, my blood sugar levels (and therefore my energy levels) would remain stable. So, instead of having that mid-afternoon crash, I would be full of energy through dinnertime! By eating every few hours (especially if when we chew on fruits and veggies) can also help add extra the nutrition that might be missing from other meals. By cutting out refined sugar, I also cut a lot of fruits that were high in sugar as well. I have recently learned that my body needs this natural sugar. Therefore I have started re-introducing them back into my meal plans as needed. This is helping to restart my metabolism. How many of you know what "Hypoglycemia" is? Could you be suffering from this condition and not know it? I was.

    Hypoglycemia : deficiency of glucose ( sugar ) in the bloodstream. Low Blood Sugar.
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    8 days ago
  • v FROSTY99

    I really appreciate you,
    Your helpful, giving ways,
    And how your generous heart
    Your unselfishness displays.

    I thank you for your kindness,
    I will not soon forget;
    You're one of the nicest people
    I have ever met.
    ~Joanna Fuchs~
    9 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    If you are like me and have had or raised children. Then you know that our kids look to us to set examples for them to follow.

    It isn't always easy to do. Especially when it comes to what we eat and fitting in exercise. Most of us lead busy lives and sometimes it isn't easy to fit in regular exercise, but unless you make it a priority, you are risking your child becoming a couch potato and junk food junkie.

    So where do we start. We start by taking them shopping with us and teaching them to pick out healthy whole grains, fruit, vegetables and lean meats, poultry or fish.

    I have always tried to make my sons part of the process even in the kitchen. When it comes to handling the food that is just as important as knowing how to pick it out if we want it to remain healthy enough to eat. That is why wash, rinse and sanitize is such an important fact to remember when it comes to food prep and handling.

    After the shopping is done and everything is put away. Dinner is over with, we have the choice of sitting in front of the tv or going to our rooms and playing video games. Not in my house. We would go for a walk, bike ride or often a hike across the canal in the woods around Peanut Lake. The boys to this day are still very active and even belong to gyms. I am so proud that they take an active roll in their relationships as adults in meal planning and exercise.

    Remember that also snack planning is just as important. Not just for the children, but for those of us that want to eat healthy. We can prepare our snacks ahead of time and have them ready to go in a snack bag. This makes snacking healthier and convenient.

    So how about you, are there any suggestions that you can think of ?
    9 days ago
  • v FROSTY99
    Concentrate on helping others and grasp every opportunity to offer encouragement.

    It is in the moments when we are selfless that we get the most out of life.
    10 days ago
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