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A Journey to get Weight off the Leg Joints

My knees, hips, and spine are wearing out. Too much weight is part of the problem, according to the orthopedist. I have a terrible scoliosis problem. So I have begun the process of taking control.

UPDATE: 177lbs and back into size 16 jeans. That's down from size 20 relaxed fit, comfort waist jeans. I'm pretty happy about this!

UPDATE: 169.4lbs and size 16 jeans are quite baggy.

UPDATE: Hovering around 168lbs at the end of Apr 2013. I am aiming to lose 20 ...
My knees, hips, and spine are wearing out. Too much weight is part of the problem, according to the orthopedist. I have a terrible scoliosis problem. So I have begun the process of taking control.

UPDATE: 177lbs and back into size 16 jeans. That's down from size 20 relaxed fit, comfort waist jeans. I'm pretty happy about this!

UPDATE: 169.4lbs and size 16 jeans are quite baggy.

UPDATE: Hovering around 168lbs at the end of Apr 2013. I am aiming to lose 20 more and then re-evaluate the situation. I'd like to do this by the end of August, but I will be in the US for 3 weeks in July. In Maine. Eating lobster. I'm going to enjoy it and do my best to get a long walk or swim in every day.

I need more time/miles on the treadmill each week. I need to try to stay closed to 1200 cals/day. I need to really devote time and energy to strength training, which I've been ignoring.

UPDATE June 2, 2013 - 160.6 lbs. this morning!
UPDATE July, 2013 - 156 lbs and I bought (and fit into) size 14 jeans! Beaming!

Update June 11, 2014 - After last summer's success, I got lazy. My good diet went by the wayside and the treadmill and kettlebells sat unused. I got back up to 176 and I feel it all in my gut. I've dropped 6 of those pounds and am currently at 170 lbs and working hard on the treadmill almost daily, trying to reach at least 10,000 steps a day.
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Member Since: 4/13/2010

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My Goals:
My big, long term goal is to get back down to at least 150 and to be healthier.

Weigh-ins every two weeks.

Try to track foods.

Cut way back on refined carbs.

Get my butt moving - the hardest thing for me to do consistently.

Goals!
200lb - Dead videos All the Years Combine - DONE!
190lb - get an 18lb kettlebell and a second 10lb kettlebell. I ended up getting 2 15 pounders. DONE!
180lb - order a new Cuisinart work bowl to replace the broken one - I got a whole new Cuisinart for Christmas! Thanks, Mom!
170lb - get one half gallon of Haagen-Dazs every two months. Put it on the calendar. (I have not done this, as I feel it would be sabotaging myself...)
160lb - get the old size 14 pants out of storage
150lb - alter favorite clothes
140lb - If I can get back down to 140, I'll be thrilled to have recovered my health and well being. This will be the ultimate reward.


My Program:
I have started keeping closer tabs on what I eat - choices and quantities.
For exercise I used Leslie Sansone's 5-mile walk videos, which I found on YouTube.

I've added kettlebells (doing the LiveFit Revolution program - www.livefitrevolution.org ) and a resistance band, as well as a Gaiam balance ball chair to sit in while I work (from home - on the computer all day) for core strength.

Personal Information:
Originally from Bethlehem, PA, I moved to Central Mexico 18 years ago.
My husband is a full-time folk musician. Here's his website:
www.bolasuriana.com

He's the tall, skinny guy with long hair.


Other Information:
I started gaining weight in my mid-20s when I was diagnosed with endometriosis and began hormone therapy. I went from 125 to 185 in the course of about 2 years. I did a great deal of physical activity in the following years - cycling, skiing, hiking, but the weight didn't come off. I began taking a weight loss product I had seen on an infomercial, and, over a year and a half, went from 187 down to 134. The product increased my metabolism and was wonderful for me. Then I moved to Mexico and was no longer cooking just for myself. My husband is a bean pole, and I have ballooned to over 215. Unfortunately, the weight loss capsules I used to take have been taken off the market, so now it's up to me to get in control - difficult, as I love sweets, especially chocolate. And red wine...

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7/2/2014 7:57:54 PM

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MEADSBAY
7/1/2014 9:16:38 PM

Prednisone is a potent anti-inflammatory, as well as being good for allergies. I have had chronic bursitis, now in both hips, starting 5 years ago and I aggravated it and caused a wicked flare-up by overdoing lower body ST in May--booo-hooo!
Anyway, it is a miracle drug but the side effects can be potent- in humans anyway- not sure about dogs!
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6/30/2014 3:18:36 PM

I lived in an area with about 25% unemployment so it's a bit harder



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AKATHLEEN54
6/9/2014 8:23:58 AM

Thanks for reading my blog. I was in the habit of eating a lot of soup in the winter, but now that it's getting warmer not so much. With the summer days though its easier to make more healthy salads and eat lots of fruit and fresh veggies. I agree that its easier not to gt involved in too much cooking. I like to do that when I have the time and I'm feeling it, but I think I also tend to stay on track better if I keep it simple and don't have to think about it too much. You have been doing a great job on that treadmill!! Hope your time without hubby goes quickly, but you have all your furry friends to keep you company. Thanks for stopping by!! emoticon



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