Me at 318 pounds with my dogs Roxy and Lucy

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It's never too late! I turned 60 just 17 days ago. I have been heavy since the age of 12. I weighed 175 pounds when I got married 36 years ago. I had 3 children and gained weight with each one. Since that time I've tried just about every diet I encountered and became Queen Yoyo. I would lose about 20 pounds, start feeling deprived, go into a rebellion and systematically eat back those 20 pounds and another 10 for good measure. I actually dieted myself up over 100 pounds.

In March of 2009 I had a right total knee replacement. At over 300 pounds, my leg was so large that the doctor had a hard time putting in my new knee. I developed an infection within a week of the surgery and spent the next 9 months having it treated. It refused to heal and the choices became prolonged high-dose antibiotics, removing the new knee, or possibly even having to remove the leg itself above the knee. During this time I was not allowed to exercise at all because moving caused the infection to travel from the bones into the bloodstream causing reactions. At one point I had sores all over my body that were painful and itchy. After wearing a wound vacuum for 2 months and then going into the hospital 7 days a week for 2 months straight to have high-dose antibiotics administered intravenously. After that I was switched to oral antibiotics and allowed to start going to physical therapy to start exercising the knee and have the still-open wound redressed. The wound has finally closed, and I will be finished taking the antibiotic pills in February, almost a year after the surgery. All the time and treatments that had gone by left my muscles so weak that I couldn't tolerate any resistance on the machines and started out at the easiest setting of everything I did. I'm now in my third month of trying to get motion restored in that knee and I have been able to increase the resistance in small amounts. I have graduated from physical therapy to a gym to continue strengthening my muscles.

I know that it's possible that my other knee will have to be done down the road. I vowed that before that happened I was going to shed at least 100 pounds before having to face that surgery again. Knowing that dieting would cause me to yoyo again, I began making small lifestyle changes and had been doing that for about 2 months. Then I found and joined SparkPeople.

I've been a member for almost a month now and to date have lost 16.2 pounds. I'm going to the gym 6 days a week doing cardio and strength training and am slowly raising the weight resistance. I'm regaining some motion in my knee and I feel my strength returning. Best of all, for some reason I know that I have found the right help at the right time. My total experience has given me the motivation to win the battle this time, and I know I will continue with my lifestyle changes and succeed at building muscle and health while losing the excess weight. I'm so thankful to God for using this experience to get my attention so I can improve my health once and for all; and for giving me the strength and determination to make it this time. I'm also thankful to my husband who has stuck by me during this entire painful, frightening, depressing year. He is now my biggest cheerleader.

I am humbly using all the excellent tools I've been given to achieve my goal of health, movement, and self confidence. I WILL be successful this time, I know it. Yes, I'll make mistakes and bad choices, but I won't let them derail me. I'll begin again. And again, And again, until I reach my goal of losing a total of 170 pounds, enjoy a strong body, and get rid of some of the medications I now have to take. I'm looking forward to meeting some new people here at SP and encouraging each other. Everyone has a story, and no matter what lead us here, we have a common bond and can help each other reach our goals.

Member Since: 1/7/2010

Fitness Minutes: 10,530

My Goals:
My main goal is to become healthier. A large part of that will be to lose the 175 pounds of extra weight I'm carrying around. I want to fit comfortably in an airplane seat and be able to take my dogs on significant walks every day. So, to make this doable for me, I'm setting a series of smaller goals. I'll go for 10% of my body weight each time until I reach my ultimate goal of 143 pounds. Start weight is 318. I hope to lose about 2 pounds a week.

1. 32 pounds by 3-18-10
to 286 DONE!
2. 29 pounds by 6-17-10
to 257
3. 26 pounds by 9-16-10
to 231
4. 23 pounds by 12-23-10
to 208
5. 21 pounds by 3-10-11
to 187
6. 19 pounds by 5-26-11
to 168
7. 17 pounds by 7-28-11
to 151
8. 8 pounds by 10-6-11
to 143

I will stop somewhere between 151 and 136 depending on how I feel between those weights.

My Program:
I'm following SP's suggestion for number of calories and am working in good fat, whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables. For exercising I'm going to the gym and doing cardio and strength training. I'm looking into food cycling as a possibility after I learn more about it and exercise cycling as well. I'm using all the tools I've been given in my STEPS group, a local group that I belong to about wellness in all areas of my life.

Personal Information:
Michigan is where I live and I do love it here. I'm near Lake Superior, and the area is so beautiful. I have a husband, 4 children, 4 grandchildren, and two dogs, a golden retriever and a labradoodle. I love computers, doing crafts, reading, and spending time in nature.

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I live in Sault Ste. Marie, MI and love the natural beauty around me. I'm an old movie buff but still like some of the new ones. There are many types of music that i love. I volunteer with a group of refugees who are some of our country's newest immigrants from Burma.

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