Chris and Jack, my hounds!
My sons, October 2013
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I'm back, I'm glad to say. I'm about the same weight as when I left -- about 25 lbs down from my top weight of 288.
My road has twisted and turned, but I am healthier by so many measures. Now its time for regular walking/swimming and weight loss. Oh, and I want to have more fun.
I'm divorced now for about 3 years and my two grown sons are out of the area. I've moved twice since leaving these pages, and am now in my own house, with my dogs.
I need this community, and I'm so glad to be back. I see success after success here. More about me updates and blogs to come.
I am on the road to health - with fits and starts along the way. My highest weight was 288 and I started Sparkpeople seriously at 280 in April, 2013, determined to lose at least 100 pounds. I've lost 30, gained some back, but I'm on the road.
I'm losing 'from the inside out" -- getting healthy in body, mind, and spirit, with the love and encouragement from so many Sparkfriends in this wonderful community. This, I know, is what I need for long term stable weight loss.
I've been though major life changes here, and I keep learning to love myself, treat myself well, and thus eat better and move my body.
My nutrition is mostly whole foods, plant based. Some fish when dining out.
Drink 10 glasses of water.
Grand Goal: Weigh about 160, be active, healthy, and and to live well in my body. Oh, to age well.
I am 95% Whole Foods Plant Based since April 2014.
I'm from Iowa and have two adult sons. Chris and Jack, my hounds, share my home. Working full time, in a job that allows me to be flexible and creative.
My continuing priority is to take care of myself like I have not yet done in my life.
Secrets of Success
This user doesn't have any secrets of success.
| current weight: 252.6
This is from the Cleveland Clinic and I thought it was so good I had to copy and share with my Spark Friends!
"What has your body done for you lately? A whole lot, actually! Focusing on function, not form, can encourage healthy habits.
Loving your body and treating it well — with nutritious food, regular exercise and enough sleep — go hand in hand. Understanding your thoughts and feelings about your body can be useful, especially since that mirror, mirror on the wall can be the most fickle of them all. The media messages we take in, from Facebook to advertising, as well as other people’s opinions, can strongly sway how we view our bodies. Create a wellspring of inside-out body love by taking a trip outside the appearance paradigm. Instead of focusing on what your body looks like, focus on what it does for you. Perhaps it allows you to run around with your kids or grandkids, walk up stairs, or sit on your porch and wave to neighbors. Maybe it supports you while walking, playing tennis or climbing mountains. Consider your senses: Does your body let you see sunsets, listen to music and laughter, and smell fir trees? Your body, whatever its shape, size or condition, allows you to live your life. Make a list of all the things your body does in a day, and be especially sure to include those little things you used to take for granted. Then spend time appreciating it — you’ll be even more motivated to eat well, move regularly and keep up the other habits that contribute to a strong and healthy you!"
625 days ago
I hope you have a great week and reach all your goals. And you may as well have a little inspiration for the start of your week....have a wonderful week and a Sparktacular Sunday!!
S -- Say something nice to someone!
U -- Undo a wrong you might have done to someone!
N -- Notice and give thanks for all the things in life we take for granted everyday!
D -- Don't give up when things go badly!
A -- Ask others for help if you need it!
Y -- You can accomplish anything!!!!
(And Special thanks to BARBIEE52 for the basis of this lovely comment today!! She's my comment mentor and I appreciate all her help and being able to steal her great ideas and craft them into my own!)
629 days ago
"When I was a child I thought Nap Time was a punishment ... now, as a grown up, it just feels like a small vacation!"
Hope you're all set for a great week and stick to those goals!
634 days ago
"May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade your every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day you whole life through."
636 days ago
You're the Cat's meow~
You take the ~
You are out of this ~
You are as sweet as ~
It may be ,
but let's make it O- -al...
You're a valued member of the Spark People Community!
*Thanks to SAMI199 for the inspiration for this comment with emoticons. It was her creative idea, not mine. I just copy and paste!!
Have a great weekend and don't forget to stay on track, drink your water and set your clocks forward on Saturday night!!
644 days ago