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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I am one of 10 children....#8 in line and youngest girl. When young, I was always slender. When I graduated from college, I was 115 pounds. Marriage, working, raising two beautiful daughters...I forgot self. Little by little my weight increased. Off and on I would lose a little weight, but I was never consistent with a weight loss plan. It seems like every time a decade came around 30, 40, 50...I would think "I must get in shape." When my daughters married, I hated that I was as big as I was in the pictures. My highest weight was 234.
I have tried quite a few diets. I have never gone for the severe fad diets. I tried to follow reasonable plans - First Place, South Beach, etc. I have seen people find success with Weight Watchers. I found inspiration in Chantel Hobbs. But I would eventually get back to old habits. I think there are a lot of great plans out there. The trick is finding the one that works for you - that you can stick with. I didn't have the time or money to join a class. I didn't like the diets that gave you a specific menu to follow. I didn't find the right plan for me that gave me the guidance and motivation to stay with it.
So what is different now? I had minor knee surgery in October 2012. During subsequent doctor visits my blood pressure was always high (upper number in the 160s). The nurse said I was consistently showing high blood pressure and needed to consult a doctor. Visions of my father with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and borderline diabetes flashed before my eyes. I didn't want to go there. I was about to turn 60...a big decade mark. This time I HAD to get hold of myself.
I can't even remember what made me stumble on SparkPeople, but I am so glad I did. I have found my "plan." I joined in January 2013. I decided to buy the coach sessions for one year to get me through and I have found it to be great for me. I get a lot of advise and motivation. On January 2, 2013, I started this journey, weighing in at 228.
Today is March 27, 2013. I now weigh 203 pounds - 25 pounds down. I am a high school art teacher. I have been having the school nurse monitor my blood pressure. My last reading was 120/70. Whoo hooo. Sparkpeople gave me a goal to lost 50 lbs. by June 20th. I divided that up into monthly mini goals and I have been reaching those. When I get to that mark...178...I will still be too heavy. I will reset my goal. My eventual goal is to be around 135-140...around October.
So, how am I doing it? I started out with small steps...learning to track my food and drinking 8 glasses of water. I am learning to make better food choices. I started adding exercise little by little. I have a morning routine now where I log in to SparkPeople and go through my coaching session. I track my breakfast and lunch and do a short 10-15 min. exercise video. I do additional exercise in the evening. I feel so motivated. Even when I hit a plateau or the few times I have gone a little over on my calorie intake, I don't want to quit. I am going to make it this time!

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LRAPP80520 4/8/2013 6:11AM

  I had to laugh when I read your story. I said,"Oh my gosh! She must be my sister!" What a parallel. Like you, when my daughters got married, I hated that I was my size. Also 115 most of my younger years. I thought that when I weighed in at 122, I was obese! I've been in denial but this past weekend had the "inventory" of me. Today was to be my start day. It must've been a "God thing" because I "just happened" to get a notification in my email that there was a notification from you and had no idea why. Now I do. My journey will be just a little different though because I've been diagnosed with diabetes so I'll be counting carbohydrates instead. Keep up the good work because you definitely do not want to go down the diabetes road! Oh, I had knee surgery too, but mine was total knee replacement. Ironically, even our weight is/was the same. Wow! I've not admitted that to anyone (shhhhh, don't tell lol) I'm retired, paint some but my main thing is sewing. I sew for charity but also love making bags. I volunteer with Hospice and am also the caregiver for my 91 (in June) year old mother, who lives with us.
Keep up the good work! You're doing great--- I'm right behind you!

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CARRAND 3/28/2013 7:16PM

    You can do it! I lost 70 pounds when I was just about your age. I'm still sparking, and trying hard to keep off the weight I lost. I definitely improved my health and fitness. I didn't want to die of a heart attack at 67 like my mother did.

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BOPPY_ 3/28/2013 12:58PM

    You have definitely figured "this thing" out.

As you said, the first rule of figuring it out is never being content that you have "figured it out".

The measuring and planning are key.



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MAWMAW101 3/28/2013 7:09AM

    Your story sounds so familiar, only 8 in my family and the decade for me is 70. Found an old Weight Watchers book from 5 years ago and realized I weighed the same as when I started that. I am now down 16 pounds and know that exercise (mostly walking) is the most important to me. Working hard to stay off cholesterol medicine. Thanks for being our leader.
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DEBBIELCG 3/27/2013 6:20AM

    awesome job keep it up.

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In Ten Years

Sunday, March 10, 2013

SparkCoach instructed us to look at ourselves 10 years from now and have that person talk to our present selves. Interesting exercise.
Me in 10 years: I will be 70 and retired. I think I will still be living where I am. I believe that I will be active and involved in my community and church. I might be giving private art lessons and doing volunteer work. I would also be going to classes for various interests. I want to be a life-long learner.
I would tell my current self "thank you." Thank you for finally getting hold of yourself and doing something about your health. If you had not done that my 70-self might not be able to do much at all...or not even be here. I would tell my current self to keep at it and don't give extend the energy to organizing and disciplining yourself in other parts of your life so your last years in this world can be more full and enjoyable.

March 13, 2013 - If I didn't have a scale, how would I determine I was at a good weight? It would have to be how I felt. Energy level would be one thing, as well as mobility and stamina. I would also be able to shop for clothes in the Misses section instead of the Women's section. I am really going to be excited when that happens.

June 17, 2013 - Spark Coach asked us to set long term goals for 1, 5, and 10 years. I thought I would add them here.
One year: I will have my house and classroom organized and de-cluttered. I will be at my goal weight and maintaining it.
Five years: I will be looking at retirement. I might possibly be retiring at this point. I will be maintaining my fitness level. I will be building my skills as an artist and musician. I think I might like to learn to play Tennis and take dance classes.
Ten Years: I will be 70. I would like to have my own art studio and offer lessons. I particularly am interested pottery. I want my own kiln and wheel. I would like to set up at crafts fairs and do some traveling.

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SARAHST0T 3/10/2013 1:05PM

    Great reflections!

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BEWELL48 3/10/2013 7:39AM

    Like your reflection on the exercise.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Someone posted this on Facebook - taking the twelve steps of overcoming alcohol or drug addiction and putting them in the framework of overcoming food addiction.

1 - Admit you are powerless over food - that your life has become unmanageable.
2 - Believe that a power greater than yourself can restore you to sanity.
3 - Decide to turn your will and life over to the care of God as you understand Him.
4 - Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourself.
5 - Admit to God, to yourself, and to another human being the exact nature of your wrongs.
6 - Be entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7 - Humbly ask Him to remove your shortcomings.
8 - Make a list of persons you have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all.
9 - Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10 - Continue to take personal inventory, and when you are wrong, promptly admit it.
11 - Seek, through prayer and meditation, to improve your conscious contact with God as you understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for you and the power to carry that out.
12 - Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, try to carry the message to food addicts, and to practice these principles in all your affairs.

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Favorite Quotes

Friday, February 15, 2013

A SETBACK is when you slip up, get busy, or become distracted from your goals. A FAILURE is when you decide your health isn't worth the effort.

ACTION is worry's worst enemy.

Direction, not intention, determines the destination.

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the FEARFUL it is threatening because it means that things may get worse; To the HOPEFUL it is encouraging because things may get better; To the CONFIDENT it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. - King Whitney, Jr.

Borrowed from 111Butterfly111's sparkpage:
"Better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backwards." - Chinese proverb

Thanks, Kathryn1955 for this one:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
By Marianne Williamson

ABILITY is what you're capable of doing.
MOTIVATION determines what you do.
ATTITUDE determines how well you do it.
- Lou Holtz

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BEWELL48 2/16/2013 4:52AM

    Action is worries worst enemy....funny that I wrote that one and carried it in my pocket yesterday! Need to learn to practice it more often. When I do it works!

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CARRAND 2/15/2013 8:44PM


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    Good quotes !

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AZMOMXTWO 2/15/2013 6:45AM

  great ones thank you

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