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I'm a 7th generation native northern Californian, and I love all the beauty of this area. I had back surgery in July of 2011, and am happy to say I'm on the mend.
I've been teaching for 26 years. I enjoy yoga, wine, winemaking, hiking, reading, and my wonderful husband and college-aged daughters. Poor Santosh is outnumbered by all of us females, but manages to dodge our drama by keeping busy programming or golfing! I have 3 girls, ages 20, 20, and 23. Having adult children is ...
I'm a 7th generation native northern Californian, and I love all the beauty of this area. I had back surgery in July of 2011, and am happy to say I'm on the mend.
I've been teaching for 26 years. I enjoy yoga, wine, winemaking, hiking, reading, and my wonderful husband and college-aged daughters. Poor Santosh is outnumbered by all of us females, but manages to dodge our drama by keeping busy programming or golfing! I have 3 girls, ages 20, 20, and 23. Having adult children is surreal! I can grab a glass of wine with my oldest, and the twins can vote!! Weird! The oldest is a nursing student, and the twins go to Sonoma state University, right in the heart of the wine country. Needless to say, I love to go visit them! Ha ha!!
I am currently at the lower end of my weight range (nov. 2012, and I am in the mid 130's), but I've been as heavy as the upper 160's! Below is an older "intro", that tells more about my yo-yo journey here on SP, and in the years before SP:
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I've been using sparkpeople regularly since 2006. In those years, I've lost as much as 20 lbs, gained as much as 27, and lost and gained any number of pounds in between. It is my desire to lose and keep off 20 or so pounds. But It always seems that my "thermostat" creeps the weight back up. I just tell myself that if it weren't for this online community, I could easily weigh in the 200's. So far, that's never happened. My hugest breakthrough in weight loss and maintenance came in 1996, when I began working with an endocrinologist specializing in weight loss/mgmt. He taught me how to eat smaller meals more frequently, and the ratio of protein to carbs to fat that my body miraculously responded to! I went from 145 to 112, and looked great! I maintained my svelte, tiny stature for a few years.

But in 2000, I suffered a loss and the grief threw me into a deep clinical depression. Myriads of anti-depression medications, a sedentary life, and using food and wine as self-treatment had me pack on the pounds in a very short time. At my heaviest, I weighed 167 lbs (I am only 5'2").
I was also diagnosed at that time with PCOS, T2 diabetes, and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. WHich caused what??? Fat=disease? Disease=weight gain? A little of both, probably. I feel like I'll never know.

Slowly, I recovered. I discontinued all the depression medication (which was not helping), and instead addressed the thyroid and t2/pcos. I began to lose weight, though I've never been able to get down to that lower range I enjoyed in the late 90's. The hair that fell out during my sick time never did grow back. That's an ongoing battle to deal with my scalp-revealing alopecia areata.

I joined Sparkpeople in 2006, and lost some additional weight, getting down to 138 lbs. That's the lowest weight I've been since that time I worked with the weight-loss doctor. The weight is once again creeping up (this time due to lack of discipline, motivation, menopause, and my nemisis: WINE). My greatest pleasure is playing sommelier, and pairing wines with wonderfully prepared dinners. I even make and bottle my own wine from wine grapes, right in my dining room!

Alas, I have eaten and drunk myself to an undesirable 157 lbs, In the meantime, I have begun re-incorporating the lifestyle eating strategies I was taught back in 1996.

I may not ever weigh 112 lbs again, but if I could get to 136, that weight falls within the healthy BMI range for my height. I'm shooting for 132 lbs-- an even 25 lb weight loss.

ROOT FOR ME! LOL!
Lisa in Northern CA

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Member Since: 5/26/2006

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My Goals:
Exercise 5 mornings a week, either jog/walk or swim

Daily meditation

Yoga 3 times a week

Keep calories between 900 and 1200 per day

Eat lean protein in the amt of around 100 grams a day, with equal or less amts of carbs, and no more than 30% intake of fat, daily.

Consume Wine only 2 days a week; one to two 5-oz glasses

Get 8 hours of sleep per day

Drink 64 oz of water per day



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Under the guidance of an endocrinologist, I strive to eat and exercise in accordance with the above-stated parameters.

Personal Information:
Lisa from Northern California- age 49
married, mother of 3 college-aged girls, and teaching Kindergarten
(26 years beginning in August).

Losing weight, and maintaining weight loss has been difficult to nearly impossible, thanks to Type 2 diabetes, Hashimotos thyroiditis, PCOS,
Insulin resistance, and menopause.

Because I am SHORT (5'2") and LIMITED in what I can do for exercise (Major back surgery in July of 2011), I cannot consume the generally suggested 1500 calories per day that others insist that "everyone" needs. This is too generic to insist upon for every person. I have had my BMR calculated at my gym using C02 output and I only need 1,317 calories to MAINTAIN my weight. Therefore, I need to eat less than that, to lose. In other words, I am not "starving myself". LOL!!

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XNANNY
12/21/2012 7:42:56 PM

I hope you get the snow you want. That was very common when I lived in Minnesota, one brown Christmas in about twenty years. Funny that someone born in Los Angeles should live for six years in such a cold climate.



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HEALTHY-SPARK
11/29/2012 1:05:08 PM

Thanks for posting on my pantry staples message -- I'm so glad I posted it, have gotten many great ideas from everyone! I've added you as a SparkFriend -- thanks!



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RICKISMOM1
11/26/2012 12:36:56 AM

What I said about my son asking if I was OK.. he was afraid that maybe I had cancer and wasn't telling him... so I told him "Look at me, I bouncing with energy, do I look like I have cancer (even though I look a bit gaunt)??



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GRIZ1GIRL
11/25/2012 5:37:17 PM

Thanks for your comment! You look FANTASTIC! Congrats on your weight loss! I smiled when I saw that we weigh exactly the same & are pretty close in height (I'm 5'3")....it's good to be short. :) And I too am a mother of (fraternal) twin girls!

I just had back surgery myself in October...it's been tough to get back in shape after a long recovery period--and when I have to totally change the way I live due to a newly "fragile" lower back. Always some challenge in life....it's never dull.

Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving - Have a great Holiday Season--working out in your own home!!! I will too....Griz1Girl :)

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MARIAJESTRADA
11/21/2012 9:08:50 AM

I really liked your post on the moderate forum. I was doing a bit much in the beginning, working out in the morning and going to a trainer in the evening two to three times a week. We also did plyometrics, squats, and lunges on a regular basis, but then I realized, it was too much for me or at least my body did. (I'm forty.) So, now we focus on strength training, crunches on the stability ball, and low impact exercise. The world didn't end.



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