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One Year Under Goal Today!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Before Picture 2008

The picture above was taken in late 2008. In late 2009 I had a double by pass operation!
When I read my report it mentioned the "O" word. Obese!!!

It has taken me since then to go from 195 lbs to 157 lbs goal weight.
Talk about your turtles. I wrote another blog about my health issues and changing my
original goal of 165 to 157 because I found I was an inch and a half shorter than I thought.

Well I became even more determined to get that weight off (not that I wasn't determined,
just painfully slow.) That turned out to be a good thing as I found my health improving
accordingly. My Primary care Dr. and my Cardiologist encouraged me, saying that slow was
good and would last.

I hit a plateau after a heart attack in 2013. In August of 2013 I decided to join the Spark
Solutions' Spark Coach site to spur me on to losing the last lbs. I did it and hit 157 Sept 1, 2013

I did not stay on the SparkCoach Site but do recommend it. My next goal was
to record my weight each week on the Largest Virtual Weigh In site. Also on
the Over 70 site where our leader faithfully keeps a place to weigh in and track progress.

I also thank those on the Florida Team and The Healthy Heart Team. all gems.

Yes I am over 70 and of course this won't be the end of my story. Next goal will
be losing a bit more...keeping it off another year and then another, and definitely
toning. Along the way I've made dear friends out of those who were once strangers.
They have been so encouraging in all my walks of nutrition and health and other challenges.

The Spark People site has been priceless. (literally) as no charge, but a lot of opportunity.

Today is a biggie for me!! One year under goal. One year after hitting goal.

Thank you Spark People and Spark Friends. We CAN do it!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NASFKAB 9/7/2014 9:25AM

  congratulations Lee you are fantastic

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TUTUNAN 9/3/2014 11:13AM

    Congratulations! You look marvelous.

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HELEN_BRU 9/3/2014 10:39AM


Congratulations for your determination to reach goal and then maintain for an entire year.

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And you continue to help everyone along the way. . .

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VDALE4 9/2/2014 11:49PM

    Congratulation on your loss, What Wonderful News, Something to really be happy about ! ! It is always Great to maintain for a whole year. I think that is one of the hardest thing to keep that extra off and not have it come creeping back. Sometime I have to watch very closely, especially around the holiday, and vacation time. Your really looking very healthy and vibrant.

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LINDA! 9/2/2014 11:17PM

    emoticon Wow! Fantastic progress!

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SQUEEGEE 9/2/2014 6:05PM

    I am proud of you--and jealous.
I have just now lost 28 lb-again, and again, and again.
And you look marvelous. emoticon

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KRYSSCOTT 9/2/2014 4:49PM

    Congratulations, You took it off and kept it off, which is no small feat.


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GRANJERRY1 9/2/2014 10:54AM

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Well Lee you are simply amazing......used all the emoticon's I could.... emoticon

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MOMMADOT630 9/2/2014 10:45AM

    Lee you are an very proud of your accomplishment. emoticon emoticon A job well done! Hugs Dot

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RDEE22 9/2/2014 8:32AM

    Lee you are emoticon . You look so good. What a great effort plus coping with heart problems as well. emoticon

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MISSM66 9/1/2014 5:32PM

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LUCYCAN7 9/1/2014 4:16PM

  Congratulations great accomplishment!For I too am short and it does take a
longer time to lose weight?Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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SLLYONS51 9/1/2014 4:03PM

  Congratulations on your anniversary. What an accomplishment!

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SUSANSLIFE 9/1/2014 3:42PM

    Congratulations! Your perseverance and commitment are inspiring. What a nice anniversary you are celebrating!

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My workout Shake up

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Through a lot of SP reading I have finally figured out I cannot do the same old exercises everyday. I've been doing 40 minutes a day on the treadmill. One week my ankle hurt and I pushed through. I paid for it with some pain and healed it with rest over that weekend but went right back to it.

I have decided my body is on to me. It has come to expect my food intake and exercise to stay the same and has decided "I'll show her". Scale isn't budging much despite my "doing everything right". Wrong.

I've been neglecting my strength exercises and probably in the habit of eating not quite enough. So yesterday I ate a bit more and gained a 4 oz.
So what. Today I did the same eating wise with a piece of dark chocolate thrown in for good measure. Yum.

I also cut back on my treadmill minutes to 25 and added several strength exercises. Take that, body!!! I will continue this for a week or two and then change again. I firmly believe this will fool my metabolism (at least increase it) If it doesn't' well then I'll try something else new.

I can only benefit despite a plateau! I think I'll win this one! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 8/25/2014 2:05AM

    Ypu might want to look into the HIIT work out and see if that helps you get your system back to doing what it needs to.

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FLORIDASUN 1/24/2014 10:15AM

    Check out my latest diet plan... 'The Fast Metabolism Diet' by Haylie Pomroy.

She goes on exactly the theory you are talking about...shake up that metabolism and keep it guessing. But I warn you this plan has plenty of NO's and tons of cooking. I'm bound and determined to stick with it for the 28 days and hope she knows what she's talking about in losing up to 20 pounds and resetting our metabolism.

Day 12 and so good so far. I don't weigh in til Saturday for this week but I did lose about 5 pounds in I think it was 8 days. I'm totally stuffed to the gills with good healthy food...who knew...we have to EAT to lose? I like the way she thinks..yes I do! emoticon emoticon

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VDALE4 7/24/2013 11:44AM

    Good luck on your thoughtful workout. Sometime the change is what our body needs.
emoticon Hope you will see some great results, I've been hanging on to two pounds the same way. I think you have inspired me to shake my body up too.

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MOMMADOT630 7/18/2013 10:53AM

    Good for you my friend ~ if it works for you I will be trying it. Would love to beat my plateau been on it far to long. emoticon Dot

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RDEE22 7/18/2013 7:38AM

    Sounds like you are on the right track Lee. Go Girl!!! emoticon emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 7/17/2013 7:49PM

    Sounds like you have a plan, Lee, to shake things up a bit. Funny how that works - and I'm sure it will in your case. With your perseverance and determination, you will move mountains!!!
emoticon emoticon for never giving up!!!

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CAROLJ35 7/17/2013 5:14PM

    Sounds as though you have taken the "bull by the horns"!!! I think you will be victorious!!!

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SUSANSLIFE 7/17/2013 4:32PM

    Bravo! You are a terrific example of this theory which for most of us is absolutely true. Keep shaking things up -- you are far more intelligent than your metabolism! Keep us posted, please.....

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A Journey to Health

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I believe I started on SP over 5 years ago. I must admit it has been quite an experience. However, all along while not losing as quickly as most, I kept my eye on the goal.

During this time I had gallbladder surgery. (lost fast for awhile as fats sent food flying through me). The following year came a double by-pass. This was an eye opener as when I read my report I actually saw the words OBESE. Wow bad enough to have to recover from that, but that word really stuck in my craw.

I had had heart surgery before (valve replacement) but was thin at that time. This time I took it seriously and decided I would have to get to my goal.
Still I knew I wasn't eating properly. I am lucky not to be a diabetic as it runs in my family. However insulin resistance was rearing it's ugly head.

Finally I reached the goal I had set about 6 months ago. And low and behold this ole gal had a massive heart attack. My arteries used for the double by pass blew out in March 2013. Yes it was 3 months ago. I am fine PTL. However, I found out I had also become one inch shorter than I was when all this started. emoticon

Enter the new Spark book; the Spark Solution. Buying it offered me free time on Spark Coach. I had always logged in to track my food. Not a problem. however, not so good with the exercise. After Cardiac rehab I got back into the habit and the Spark Coach and Spark Solution is keeping me there.

Did I lose the 5 lbs in two weeks. Nope! But I am losing, ounce by ounce. Remember I've been doing this awhile. The Spark Coach is now offering me some Plateau coaching (within my free time from buying the book) I am in a challenge right now. After that I plan to take advantage of that opportunity.

I will meet my new goal. I did not enter it as I am proud that I am below my original one and have stayed below that goal. It is a psychological trick I use for me. I need to shed a little over 8 more lbs. to get a normal BMI. All I can say is Spark People knocked on my door with an opportunity. It was up to me to open that door. Sure the loss was slow but it worked and will continue to work.

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CAROLJ35 7/17/2013 5:20PM

    You are a plucky gal! Been thru a lot and still upbeat and determined to be even healthier!!!

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VAHINA 7/1/2013 5:57PM

    I am glad to see your blog so that everyone on spark can see the wonderful you like we do every day in our group. Keep up the good work.
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JEANSHEP2 7/1/2013 2:29PM

    You are an amazing woman! You have always been an inspiration to me and now you are my hero. I want and need prayer to keep doing what you are doing and what I started doing over 5 years ago.

Keep up with your plan and you will always be a winner. emoticon emoticon

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MOMMADOT630 7/1/2013 10:37AM

    Great Lee, emoticon emoticon emoticon cheering you on my friend!!

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SUSANSLIFE 6/30/2013 10:17PM

    Oh, my goodness! You have certainly had a lot of serious medical programs and yet here you are, thinner, happy, with a great attitude. You are a winner, for sure! Best wishes for continued good health!

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PEEDLE 6/30/2013 10:05PM

You're quite a gal!
So glad I'm on the same Spark team with you.
You are inspiring.
Mary Lou

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LINDA! 6/30/2013 8:33PM

    I am so proud of you. emoticon

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RDEE22 6/30/2013 8:33PM

    You have done so well. Not much further. I admire you conquering all those adverse conditions as well. emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 6/30/2013 8:28PM

    We really know so little about one another when only on a team. Your story about yourself is inspiring, Lee. I had no idea what all you have gone through in the past few years. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/30/2013 7:25PM

    Congratulations on answering the "knock at the door!"

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IDLETYME 6/30/2013 7:10PM

    That's a wonderful blog. I can see that you have made your plan and set your goal and I KNOW this time you will make it!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Diet Sabotage

Saturday, June 22, 2013

I am fortunate to have the kind of friends who realize I am doing my best to lose

I have come to the conclusion that the only person to sabotage my weight loss efforts lives in my house. Since I am a widow, that would be me. I have also learned that if I bring it into the house I will eat it.

Controlling what I eat when I am out with friends is much easier. Well shucks and guess what? I am a secret saboteur. NO More however!!! I am doing my darndest to make sure that only good foods find their way into my shopping cart.

Therefore they are staying out of the House and don't get past my lips. Sure I have my lapses! Don't you? However,I also have a conscience. The only one I am cheating is me. Being no angel, I can only try harder. I'm game. Are you?

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HELEN_BRU 6/29/2013 10:43PM

    Count me in!

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SUSANSLIFE 6/29/2013 8:59PM

    Secret Saboteur! That's a new one and sure does apply to me. Did you read Helen's recent post about getting contented with the status quo and then losing all control? I keep a stickie on my monitor which reads "I will NOT be CONTENT!" emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 6/25/2013 12:17AM

    When you go to the store make sure that you ate before you go and you will find it easier to buy healthy foods.

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MARIANTONIA2 6/22/2013 10:42PM

    I understand. When I decided to buy plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and other healthy foods, I lost weight. I gradually went back to pastries and other sweet foods, my weight came back. I have decided not to let the sweets get in my house too often, but will have them occasionally.

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RDEE22 6/22/2013 9:34PM

    I have to do that as well. If I don't bring it into the house It won't go in my mouth. Luckily I have a husband who is sensitive to a lot of additives and stuff, so he doesn't feel he is missing out.

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/22/2013 8:47PM


Keep it out of my house if I can't eat it responsibly!

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LINDA! 6/22/2013 7:21PM

    I agree. I can be my worst enemy. If I see snacks or sweets I will eat it. My hubby and I are empty nesters so we try to avoid buying junk food. But yes, I will stray from my diet on occasion as well.

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Reason to Be Proud

Friday, August 31, 2012

I went over to BAM this afternoon and bought a copy of SELF magazine. (September Issue). I only did it because of a Diet Club mentioned in SP and I knew the exercises featured someone we know.

I felt such a sense of pride, because the pullout for exercises had wonderful pictures of Nicol Nichols. I also felt a wee bit possessive because Nicole is our very own SP trainer and we have a proprietary interest (to my mind).

You look fantastic Nicole and SELF has very good taste in featuring you. I sure hope others buy this month's issue of SELF. (nope I don't have stock), to see Nicole and to support SP.

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CAROLJ35 9/5/2012 11:38AM

    Thanks for reminding me to buy SELF. I never buy or read many magazines, but will try to get this one.
I was just stopping by your page to say HI and we haven't met in a long time!
Hope all is well with you and yours.

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LINDA! 8/31/2012 6:53PM

    I love Self magazine and subscribe. Isn't it awesome that Nicol is getting recognition!

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