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My 1 year weight loss anniversary- Goal busted

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Last october 20th,2009 I decided it was time to get serious about losing weight and getting healthier in general. On August 31,2005 I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer after being diagnosed 30 days earlier. It really threw me for a loop and my weight just ballooned from then on. My mom kept telling me, Debbie lose weight before you hit 40 because after that it is twice as hard to lose it. Well 45 came and went and I was still overweight. After She died, I promised myself I would lose weight, not for her, but for me so that my children wouldn't lose their mother at too young an age.(mom was 75 but very contemporary and modern for her age). It really took me 4 years to get over her death and finally I was ready. I had been lurking on Sparkpeople for a while but NOW was the time. I was very successful and lost 50 pounds in the first 6 months. Then I started having back problems and have been sidelined for a while. I have lost another 10 pounds for a total of 60 pounds but did not meet my 1 year goal of 75 pounds. I feel good, look great and am SOOO very happy that my children are proud of me. So, I didn't meet my goal of 75 pounds but I know I have added years to my life and 15 pounds is a much more manageable amount of weight to lose over time. I have been told that I look 10 years younger too. Hey, who wouldn't want to look 42 instead of 52(actually I have 6 more days of being 51).
My Daughter just recently said to me "mom, now you can wear a really nice and sexy mother of the bride dress to my wedding" I thought to myself,yeah,It will be nice to not wear a frumpy tent like dress.
My 35th High School reunion will be coming up in 2011 and even though I have never gone to any of my previous ones, I will go this one without having my weight be the deciding issue to not go.
My Dad who lives in Florida has not seen me since last thanksgiving(I had lost 20 by then) will be coming up north for thanksgiving this year and I know seeing me will put tears in his eyes... but good tears.
To be continued...... I have to have dinner and then off to the bowling alley to practice since I have not bowled for almost 2 years and will be subbing tomorrow night on my daughters league. I did have a 150 average when I stopped so hopefully I can get a decent score.

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JILL-CINCY 1/28/2011 9:14PM

    So, it's been awhile, how are you doing now? How's your back? What did you do for it?

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SCHARFRED 10/21/2010 6:48PM

    emoticonYou've done mighty fine.

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BECOMINGDEB 10/21/2010 6:30PM

    Congrats on your weight loss! 60 pounds in a year is a great amount to lose... it averages over 1 pound a week, which is FANTASTIC! Keep up the good work!

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Trying to deal.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I have been having back pain off and on since October. It finally got really bad, forcing me to go to the doctor. I knew it was pressure on my sciatic nerve, but I didn't know that my L5/S1 disc is completely gone. No bulge or rupture... just no disc what so ever. I go for a MRI tomorrow and then I will find out what my options are. In the mean time, I am having trouble sitting for more than a few minutes and laying down is also a problem. The doctor prescribed an anti-inflammatory and gave me a back brace to wear at all times (except sleeping) Since this has been in the acute phase for over 2 weeks, I have not been able to walk any significant distances and can see that my weight is not budging. This is distressing to me since the weather has gotten a bit warmer and all I want to do is go hiking with my DH. I guess that will have to wait a while. I hope I can back to walking/hiking soon because I really miss this part of my day. Since I have changed my eating habits and lifestyle, I have started to become a more active person and this is really putting a damper on that. I have to stay positive and get through this so I can get back to being "the new me".

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JANNYMACK 10/21/2010 7:51PM

    I am sorry you are having to deal with this physical ailment. I know physical ailments can hold us back from reaching our fitness goals. This takes an enormous amount of patience and fortitude. It can be discouraging when you have worked so hard toward achieving your personal goals. It can be difficult, especially when you wonder if there are others are out there who know what it is like for you and understand. I do understand and I just want to encourage you without pressure.

You already know to be patient with yourself and your body. You already know that it is a slow process. In our "we want it now/instant" society it is a difficult place to be because most people just don't understand. I just want you to know that there are people who understand, and I am one who does. Just do the best you can and know that I am keeping you in my prayers and take it one day at a time.

A Friend,


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My thoughts after 6 months of weight loss

Thursday, April 22, 2010

April 20th has marked the 6 month anniversary of my committment to lose weight and get back into a healthy lifestyle. I have lost 50 of the 75 pounds that need to be gone. I am really proud of myself and feel so much better. I wasn't always fat, just slightly overweight. It has been in the past 10 years or so that the weight really increased. As an added bonus, My 26 year old daughter keeps telling me how proud of me she is. She can't wait to go shopping with me to help me pick out some really trendy stuff. I have to admit my clothing choices were very traditional with a lot of overshirts and jackets. Who did I think I was fooling anyway? Now, I want people to see this body even though it is still a bit too large. Do I need people to notice that I've lost weight? not anymore... At first I was getting upset that I had lost 20 pounds and NO ONE noticed, then 25 and still no one but at 30 pounds people started noticing and now not a day goes by that people notice and comment to me how good I look and even a few have started calling me "skinny" (although I am far from it). At this point, I am starting to wish that all this attention to my weight loss would stop and people would see me and think of me as I always saw myself (as normal weight/slightly overweight (funny how we delude ourselves into not seeing our bodies increasing or that the clothing size has increased once again)). As time goes by,hopefully people will forget that I was ever fat and not comment on how great I look because I lost weight but comment on how great I look PERIOD.