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Monday, June 04, 2007

I've been trying to keep at my goal weight and was doing a pretty good job of it. Then I decided to lower my goal weight and everything went haywire.Everything seemed to be happening at once. I got a new job , and it was my birthday, and I still have my wedding anniversary to go through this weekend. Each time I try to stay within my calorie range but it's not always easy and then it just seems to roller coster away from me.
I'm back to basics again this morning and hopefully I'll manage to keep it that way even on the weekend.It will be our 40th wedding anniversary and the Children are taking us out with family and friends to celebrate.But at least this will only be one day not a week of celebrating ,like it was for my birthday.
Oh well I've come this far and I'm determined not to let it get away from me so I will be tracking my food and water and excerise untill I can't track it anymore.I find that this is what really helps me along the way.
This week I ended up with a 2.6 pound gain But in the olden days it would have been a lot more.
so back to basics and watching what goes into my That's the way to go.

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NORAKENO 6/5/2007 9:13AM

    Hi Margaret, Maintaining is the hard part, or so I've been told. I think it's perfectly natural for you weight to go up and down a few pounds each month. Good for you in going back to the basics to keep a lid on it. Happy belated birthday and happy anniversary! Hugs, Karon

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First week at Goal

Sunday, April 22, 2007

April 22,2007. It has been one week to the day since I reached my goal. I have been trying to eat more calories like they said to but I must be doing something wrong. I woke up this morning and had my weekly weigh in and got a surprise. I was up 3 pounds.I'm not going to get discouraged I'm going to fight back . I'm going to keep at my original calories and then maybe after another month I'll try to increase the calories again. That way after a month I will hopefully be down more and be able to play with the calories to see when I start gaining again and know when I have reached my maximum calories .
I'm still so thrilled to be at this new level and have so much energy to do more things.
Yesterday I put in 5 1/2 hours in my garden. I was amazed that I was able to do it all by myself. Usually my hubby does the roses for me ,but it was a challenge and after some scratches and picks I wa able to do it.
My neighbours after not seeing me for the winter were quite surprised to see me out there in the yard and couldn't get over the change in me.LOl That wa a nice feeling as well.
The weather was beautiful so I managed to walk 8.22 miles as well as have a nice conversation with my daughter as we were going around.
So today I will start again at 1200-1550 calories and stay with it for a month and then I'll see where to go from there.

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NORAKENO 4/22/2007 2:06PM

    Margaret, I am so very proud of you! Maintaining is the most difficult of the entire process. I know you will not give up until you have it mastered. Stay on top of it and you will figure it out. Know I'm thinking of you. I'll try to post more often, at least to my blog but of late I've had one struggle after another and am happy to just do as well as I am. Hugs, Karon

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Well today April 15th 2007 I finally reached my goal weight.I couldn't have done it without my sparks friends. They have been there for me every step of the way.
Back in January 2006 when I started sparks people I was amazed that I had found this site by accident.It was exactly what I had been looking for.I used the food tracker and excerise tracker everyday and realized what great tools they were.I hit my first plateau around October and just got over that and hit another one around Christmas. That one took me longer to pass over. But I finally did it.
I've learned how to eat healthy and how important it has been to drink my water and excerise.I feel like a youg girl again. I have so much energy and my days are full now with going to the gym and doing aquaform and step and walking.Over the past year I have walked a total of 1156.95 miles.It's amazing what an hour here and there will do .I have dropped a total of 91 1/2 inches and a total of 118 pounds. I have gone from a size 26 to a size 14-16 at least that is what I'm wearing now but they are a bit big. (lol)
I have been on a high all day today I've been so happy to have accomplished what I had set out to do. Now I just have to find out what my calorie range will be for me to keep at my goal.
I want to thanks Sparks People for being there and for being free. If it wouldn't have been I would never have reached my goal.So thanks again Sparks People.And thanks again to all my sparks friends for being there for me with encouragement and helpful hints along the way.
The goal I reached today was not only a weight one.It's also given me a chance to see my grandchildren,and children succeed and be happy in life .That has always been my number one wish.

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CAROL-60-G 5/29/2014 9:33PM

    Hi - I'm very new to Spark People (started May 7th 2014) I love your success story! I too enjoy tracking my food, and I'm exercising ALMOST every day - getting better at that little by little. Finding you and others on this site is very inspiring, and there's such a great team spirit of supporting one another. Thank you for sharing!

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SAAME2YA 4/27/2009 3:32AM

    I really enjoyed your message about getting to your goal weight and I know you are way past that now a year later, but just wanted to say you give me hope. Thanks for sharing

Lynda aka saame2ya

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PAMGRIECO 5/14/2007 12:22PM

    I stumbled upon your page today and just had to say CONGRATULATIONS!

I will be looking to you for inspiration when I hit my plateaus.. as I know I will. In 2004, I went from 236 to 171 and then hit a plateau. Stayed there for a month or so and then threw in the towel. Gained most of it back.
So here I sit in 2007 - starting at a lower weight but gearing up to do it again.

So, knowing tha t you blasted your way through not one but two plateaus and hit your goal weight - you should be very proud of yourself!!

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DANA_LU 4/16/2007 3:17PM

    I happened upon your page quite accidentally today, but it was *just* what I needed! Sometimes, when the weight loss slows down and the monotany of eating healthier catches up to us, it becomes easy to lose focus. You success inspired me to keep on keeping on!


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NORAKENO 4/16/2007 8:35AM

    CONGRATULATIONS, Margaret! I well remember when you first started Sparkpeople. Now look at you, at goal and ready for maintenance. I'm so happy for you and proud of you. All the hard work you've done has paid off in health and energy. I am working on at least getting my blog here. It's great that you're still going to be around, checking on your Sparkfriends and motivating many who may think they just can't do it. Congratulations again, honey. I'm so very happy for you!

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BLUEBOBCAT 4/15/2007 10:32PM

    Congratulations Margaret!!! Way to go on reaching your goal!!! I know you must feel terrific and well you should!!! Congrats again!!!

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-GAYLE- 4/15/2007 7:34PM

    Congratulations Margaret!! What a wonderful day for you! My goal today was to reach my new trophy & it's my 3 month anniversary. It's a very good day for me too - I'm so glad we could share this *big hugz* I love SparkPeople also - for the motivation, inspiration, caring & sharing. Congratulations again!!

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trying to get back

Friday, December 29, 2006

For the past week I have been trying to get back in the swing of things. It's harder then I thought it would be. I've gotten rid of all the sweets and left overs. It's easy to slip off the wagon but it takes some will power to get back to doing the right things. I've been getting encouragement form family and my friends from sparks so hopefully I'll be back to form before long.

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SKEEZITS 1/3/2007 11:25PM

  Margaret3: you are doing so well; a little break will get you over the last few pounds. You are healthy; you are active; you go girl. I picked up a cheap easy to read pedometer for my mom from the drug store that specializes in diabetic equipment. My mom was leaving for Myrtle Beach for January 1 and I wanted to encourage her to walk for her high blood pressure. Try to find yourself a cheap one to get back on track in a hurry.
Thinking of you.

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Holiday cheating

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Over the years Christmas has always been very special for me. There were always family traditions to follow and take part in. I have tried to continue on with them in my married life as well.
You know the ones. Baking up a storm of all our favorite cookies and candy.The large turkey diner with the tortiers, gravy, vegetables and mashed potatoes.The diner table would be bursting at the seams and everyone will be there to take part in this ritual of eating Christmas diner together.
This year was no different. I have not been watching what I have eaten.So I'm sure the calories have been adding up. I have not been to the gym for a week because I've been so busy running around for the last minute gifts.My pedometer has gone on the fritz so I have no idea what i have walked but I can tell you that my legs were killing me each night .lol
I'm back on the wagon today and I'm going to get rid of all the left overs the sweets have to go and anything else that isn't healthy. Everywhere I look right now there are things that have to be put out to garbage because if they're not you know what will happen.
I needed to put this down in writing because I need the push in the right direction again. I'm not anxious to go for my weigh in because I think I will be very disapointed in myself but then again I was the one to open my mouth and shove it in so I have to pay the price.

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NORAKENO 12/27/2006 9:51AM

    Now that the holidays are officially past, you're doing what you have to do to get back on track. I'm joining you on the wagon. Most of the "bad" foods are gone from my house and I'm not bringing anymore back in. You aren't the only one who slid through the holidays. But now it's back to eating the way we know we should and on our ways once again!

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