December 6, 2008 - I've maintained my goal weight (well, 6 pounds UNDER goal) for 9 months!

DH, DS, DD and me - 6/20/08 - graduation night!

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I am 5'9" tall, so people really notice me when I walk into a room! I would much rather have them notice a tall, slender person than a tall heavyset one!

Working out regularly is also helping me to maintain muscle strength that I am in danger of losing due to my battle with MS.

My page is tinted orange, 'cause that's the color of MS Awareness! Help find a cure!

Update 3/5/09:
It's here - 1 YEAR since I reached my goal weight of 150 pounds with the help of Spark. And where am I today?
141.4!!!!! WooHoo!
35-26-37 (not exactly Barbie, but not too bad considering where I started!)
Update 12/6/08:
Now that I have an article about my success in the new Walking Guide, people often ask for more information about how I reached my goal. Other than walking, what I did...So, here's the answer...

Quite simply, I stuck with my program every day for 8 months, making healthy choices one meal at a time!

I logged into Spark every day, stayed involved with my teams, and even was a team leader for a while, helping to encourage others! I feel that helped me a lot, because while I was so involved in helping others I really felt like I couldn't consider going off-track!

I entered everything I ate into the food tracker (except the 1 or 2 cups of coffee I drank; I made a decision at the beginning that I was just not going to include my daily coffee!)

I ate a very well-balanced diet, around 1200 calories a day, every day for 8 months.

I drank LOTS of water every day, generally 10 - 12 cups daily.

I exercised a lot, usually 7 days a week, although in varying intensities. Yoga/stretching every day, because that helps my MS, and I generally used my Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds dvd's every day too, but I varied the length of the walks, doing anywhere from 3 - 6 miles a day. Some days I also used other dvd's like my Belly-Butt-Thighs from Prevention Fitness or their 3-2-1 Fitness workout. I used 3 pound dumbbells in each hand when I walked (sometimes 5 pounds for a mile), so I got in some mild strength training every day too. My workouts usually took about 2 hours in total - yup, that long, but only about half that time was really intense cardio.

These days I no longer have to weigh and measure everything...I eyeball it mostly, and keep a rough count of my intake in my head...I still try to drink plenty of water, watch my sodium, and eat a balanced diet. I still workout a few times a week, and try to overall make healthy choices! I get on the scale daily, and keep my weight within a range from 143 - 147.

This morning, 9 months after reaching my original goal, I weighed in at 144. I'd call that a Spark People Success Story!

If I could do it YOU can too!
Update 8/6/08:
Happy One-Year Anniversary to Me!
Well, I have gotten down to 142, then go back to 144, but my husband says 144 is low enough!!! So, maybe I'll settle for my 62-pound loss and just continue to work on toning! Either way, I've been weight-stable since April, and loving the new me! I have truly made a lifestyle change - I work out 3 -4 times a week because I LIKE to, and make healthy food choices almost all the time because I feel better when I do! Thank you Spark People! Thank you Spark Friends!

Update 7/16/08:
Now only 3 weeks away from my one-year anniversary on Spark, I have decided to try to drop just a few more pounds! I am now UNDER 144, and will try to get down to 140, so I can "float" from 140 - 144! In the meantime, I continue to feel awesome about my new slim and trim shape! Thank you SparkPeople! Thank you SparkFriends!

Update 4/1/08:
I have lost an additional 6 pounds, giving myself some "wiggle room", and actually am even happier at this somewhat lower weight! DH agrees - 144 seems really good - so although I reached the goal I had set for myself on March 5th, I have continued to lose weight and tone up and feel even better!

Note - If you get a note from me, you might notice that it is signed with {{{sweaty hugs}}}...that's because most of working out is done with a wide variety of Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds dvd's....Leslie refers to us as "Sisters in Sweat", so I like to close my messages on Spark with {{{sweaty hugs}}}

Member Since: 1/14/2007

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My Goals:
My original goal was to lose 46 pounds between August 6, 2007 (when I actually started to USE this site) and my 49th birthday - March 18, 2008. I reached THAT goal in December, so I decided to keep going for another 10 pounds! I'm so glad I did! I feel great! I haven't been this thin since before I got pregnant with my daughter, and she turned 23 in January 2008!

My Program:
First of all, I now eat to live, not live to eat! I still enjoy food, but it is no longer my primary focus!

I have been in maintenance mode since April 2008. I continue to workout about 3 times a week and still use the same workouts that I used to lose weight - my favorites are Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds (a wide variety of her dvd's, 3 - 5 miles at a time), plus Gaiam AM/PM Yoga and Prevention Fitness Systems 3-2-1 Workout and Express Workout for Belly, Butt and Thighs. I use 3 or 5 pound dumbbells in all my workouts, and "pump it up" when I can.

I still try to visit my friends on SparkPeople daily, and certainly still drink LOTS of water!

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I was introduced to SparkPeople in January of 2007, but did not begin to use the site (and really try to lose weight) until August 6, 2007 - the first day of my NEW life!

Now it an invaluable tool, and a daily resource!

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    I saw your story on the SP articles and was really excited to hear your tips. You are so inspiring! Your journey makes me feel like I can do this too. I'm a lot shorter than you (5'3") but see there doesn't have to be any excuses to get healthy! Ty
    99 days ago
    This is simply amazing. While looking for different exercises to help me with MS, I find your story. I also walk with Leslie Samson and have found the videos great. Have been doing about 5 miles daily. Thanks for your inspiration and keep it up!
    193 days ago
    Just read your article and looked at your pics on here. Wow! Congrats on your success!!!
    222 days ago
  • v QTEALADY20031
    Hi, I read your article and I just wanted to compliment you on your achievement of weight loss! I am 5ft 9 in and I weighed 145 lbs most of my life but after retiring from nursing and surgeries, I gained a lot of weight so I am now in the process of losing this weight. I love Leslie and I am getting back to her dvd's after ankle surgery. You are a big impression to say the least and with MS you are to be admired and congratulated. I wish you the best in the future. emoticon

    460 days ago
  • v SHER0001
    Loved your article! So inspiring! emoticon
    570 days ago
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