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I Hit My Goal Weight. Here's my story

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I never thought I would see this number on a scale again! I have been trying to lose these last 10 pounds all year. I have done better in the last three months since I got back on Spark People than I did on my own from January to August.

I have been working on my weight really since my son was a baby, 22 years ago. I had my daughter at 19 so I bounced right back in shape after her. I was a tiny 19 year old. I also didn't have a car so I was walking a few blocks to and from the bus to go to work every day.

Being 5 feet tall, it doesn't take much weight to make you look large. I would work out here and there and then give up. One night we watched the video we made of our trip to Florida. My ex husband filmed me and my son playing in the water park. My son who was five at the time said "wow mommy look how big your butt is!" I think I was 155 then. My heaviest ever.

I got determined, joined up with two other women I barely knew at work to lose a pound a week. I did really well. Got back down to 135. Then I got divorced and after the initial stress weight loss, I bounced right back up... this time to about 163 or so. Yay, new all time high.

I dusted off the Nordic track machine I was using for a clothes hangar. I got on it every other night after dinner, took walks at work, cut back on the junk food after 8:00 and got back down to 138 or so. My daughter asked me to join a gym with her. I was slacking off and the weight was creeping up again. It was wonderful. I attended a lot of fun classes, I was in the best shape ever!

Then I met my wonderful husband. He's a great cook, loves to watch tv and cuddle. I moved in with him in August of 2006. By our wedding in Key West that December, I was 172. YAY outdid myself again!

At my job, which I recently left, they had health challenges every few months that I would do well at. We received points for logging exercise, for pounds and inches lost and for how many points our blood pressure dropped.

I signed up to do The Warrior Dash a couple years ago. Look that up if you have never heard of it. Its a tough 5k obstacle course race. What a rush but I was EXTREMELY sore for five days! It really got me hooked on getting stronger. Then came the Beach Dash, not as extreme, I was only sore for three days afterward. Tons of fun!

I have watched my mother deteriorate physically for over 12 years from her sedentary lifestyle. Knee replacement surgeries, carpal tunnel surgeries and spinal fusion surgery. She has been on oxycotin among other meds for several years and she is still in horrible pain every day. She is 74 but looks older and needs a walker to be able to walk.

I am determined to be strong as I age and be active. I want to be able to run 5Ks without walking breaks and I want to be less sore after the 5K obstacle course races.

I will stay on Spark People this time even though I'm at my goal. This is the hard part for me, maintaining! I really enjoy my spark friends. I love reading blogs, they really inspire me. So many people out there facing challenges more difficult than mine and they are making things happen!

Not sure if anyone will read this looong rambling blog but it helped me sum it all up and see my patterns. So I'm throwing it out to the SP universe.

If you have stuck through this rambling, I hope you are having a great day. If not, I hope tomorrow is better!


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STOPPLAYING2011 11/30/2012 12:33AM

    emoticon on reaching your goals i 5'0 also so i know what you mean when you say being thick doesn,t fit you well i need to drop 10 pounds myself so any advice or tips you can offer will be greatly appreciated thank you for inspiring me to emoticon emoticon

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CHAQUITA73 11/28/2012 10:19AM

    I missed this when you first posted...CONGRATS!!! You are doing an awesome job.


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SPARKGUY 11/26/2012 3:56PM

    Thanks for sharing your story and have fun continuing to reach your goals in all areas of life!


ris (SparkGuy)

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4KWALK 11/25/2012 8:10PM

    emoticon emoticon Thank you for blogging about your journey. When I read how you stayed the course and reached your goal it gives me hope that I too can stay with Spark People and someday reach my goals tool
The comments about your mother remind me of my own mother who also has difficulties getting around because she is so short winded. I too want to be in much better physical shape as I get older so I don't have to go down that path.

Thank you for your honesty as you shared your story. It is inspiring to me.

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HEALTH4LYFE 11/25/2012 1:00PM

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That if GREAT news about reaching your goal weight. I am hoping I will be able to get there very soon as well. And the tough part can be staying there. There are a number of maintenance teams on SP. You might want to check them out. They could be an invaluable resource.

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HIKING-4-ME 11/25/2012 9:37AM


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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/25/2012 9:32AM

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Way to go for reaching your goal! Wishing you all the best as you stay at goal weight and get stronger!

Have you seen the Spark Team -
At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance

gratulations on the well earned results!

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TDEMAIO2 11/25/2012 8:30AM

    emoticon thank you for sharing!!!! we all have challenges and it is nice to know we are not alone. Our moms are the same age and she has had health issue surgeries and weight gain- she is like you she is tiny and a little weight gain shows :O She is finally going to the gym 3 days a weeks and eating much better and it is giving me hope for ME :D

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Recently I responded to someone on the message boards who asked for help getting active when they had no motivation to do so. I said some of my better workouts came from saying to myself "I'm too tired, I'll just do 10 minutes on the elliptical" and ended up doing 30.

Tonight, I had a rough day, a big meal, a nutty bar, got in my sweats and watched the end of Jumanji. My eyes were closing when I remembered my response to that person and thought to myself "put up or shut up". So I did.

I got on the elliptical, set it for my 30 min course, planning to knock the intensity down a notch and quit sooner than the 30 minutes.

I hit shuffle on the ipod, first song up Zac Brown Band, Keep Me in Mind. I felt the groove. When he sang "it's gonna be funky" in the beginning, my mood lifted and I got into it, had a little fun with it.

Then Keep the Faith by Bon Jovi. "everybody's bitchin cuz they can't get enough, it's hard to hold on when there's no one to lean on... you're gonna live through the rain, gotta keep the faith" I felt inspired to keep going, my mood elevated even more!

Next up, King Nothing by Metallica. The intensity on the elliptical kept going up by this point but I forgot about knocking it down a notch or two like I originally planned. I went into a zone, worked out the demons of the day and my past..... "Careful what you wish, careful what you say, careful what you wish you may regret it,careful what you wish you just might get it."

As if the ipod knew I needed to lighten up, Baha Men was up next Let Your Body Move To the Rhythm. I went in total party mode, singing where I could when I could catch a breath, holding on with just my left hand, leaning back to the right, right arm swung back, switched hands, leaned back to the left. Thank you 10 months of yoga for helping me with my balance when I lose my mind! That could have ended ugly! :-)

A couple more songs later, I realized the intensity had stayed low, I regained my sanity, looked down and saw zero minutes left, took out the earbuds and then heard the beeping that I was done. NO WAY! I said out loud!

So there you have it. Another reason for loving SparkPeople. I am thinking about all of you throughout my day and you keep me moving. Especially when I open my big mouth! :-)

I hope you have a great day and always remember... Let your body move to the rhythm!!!


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NCSUE0514 11/20/2012 9:21PM

    Music Motivates!

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Thought for the day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The best time to plant a tree.....was twenty years ago.
The second best time is today.
~Chinese proverb

Had I started what I should have a month ago at work instead of waiting for the perfect time, my conference call today would have gone better.

If I don't give up working on running and improving my stamina over the next four months, I will improve my time at the St. Patrick's day 5K. I slacked off until late January this year so I need to keep it up!

Only 123 more days!

One of these days I'm going to stop procrastinating in all areas of my life! What can you start today that you have been putting off?


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CHAQUITA73 11/14/2012 4:40PM

    I love the quote too! I am in the same boat. So hard to organize EVERYTHING in my life now AND so hard to organize a little at a time.


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WILSON1926 11/14/2012 3:49PM

    I love the tree quote

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Good News Bad News Weekend

Sunday, November 11, 2012

It's been quite a weekend!

Bad news, my aunt is suffering with three forms of cancer.
Good news she is still a beautiful, vibrate woman who is aceepting whatever might happen.

Bad news, I helped my daughter with an emotional move out of her boyfriend's house.
Good news, she recognized the unhealty aspects of the relationship and stood up for herself.

Bad news, I don't think I will have a loss at weigh-in tomorrow so close to goal.
Good news is I ran 3.2 mles in a shorter time yesterday than I did last week, even though I thought I walked more than I should have.

Bad news, it's a dreary morning here in the Chicago area.
Good news is I'm going to see Pitch Perfect with friends later today.

Good news, my dad has been honored with other vets at the independent living facility my parents live in. A wall of 8X10 portraits from their days in the service was put up in the lobby this weekend.

No bad news there! Always good to look at life on the bright side!

Happy Veteren's Day!

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CHAQUITA73 11/11/2012 8:49PM


I'm so sorry to read your news.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/11/2012 10:42AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt and I wish her and all of your family the best.

I love how your father is being honored - very special!

The weight will come off - you are doing the right things and little longer to goal won't hurt you.

Good news to you for finding all the wonderful good news mixing in with the sadness and stress.

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Inspirational song lyrics heard on the elliptical tonight

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

By Bon Jovi....

Welcome to wherever you are
This is your life
You made it this far
Welcome, you gotta believe
Right here right now
You're exactly where you're supposed to be
Welcome to wherever you are

I have heard this song countless times but never REALLY listened to it. I hit level 9 intensity on the elliptical tonight and for the first time it didn't feel like I was trying to walk through a wall.

Wherever we all are, right now, on the road to getting stronger and healthier is exactly where we are supposed to be.

Either it's a good day making us stay motivated or it wasn't such a good day and we can stop and learn a lesson for tomorrow.

I hope everyone had a great day and you found a reason to smile!

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KELLIEBEAN 11/14/2012 11:00PM

    Wilson, funny you commented on those lyrics.mi heard that ELO song the other day and that line stuck with me. That is now on my running playlist!

4k and Maggie, thanks for the comments! Rock on!

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WILSON1926 11/14/2012 3:52PM

    Another great song quote.....

Accroches-toi a ton reve which is French for HOLD ON TIGHT TO YOUR DREAM

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4KWALK 11/6/2012 8:02PM

    Those lyrics really put it into perspective don't they. Thanks for posting them.

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MAGGIEVAN 11/6/2012 8:00PM

    Thanks for sharing. Great song and lyrics. You go girl!

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