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Progress to date - April 30, 2009 to now (with pictures)

Friday, April 22, 2011

When I first joined Spark People on April 30, 2009, this is what I looked like:


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I weighed 183.7 lbs for my 5'1" frame. Way too much weight for my tiny self. My cholesterol was reaching the 300 point and I was always tired. I was somewhat active doing Tai Chi three times a week and walking a couple of days during the week but it wasn't enough. For what I was consuming, the exercise level had to get MOVING!

I must point out at this point that I am Hypothyroid and that losing weight is extremely difficult to do but it is feasible if you put your mind and mostly your energy in the process. It does take a lot of determination to achieve this but it will be done. To other Hypothyroids, don't despair because emoticon.

In the last two years I have learned to make better choices for food and my exercise level is way up -- I do an average of 100 minutes a day. Initially, both my knees were extremely painful but the pain has subsided substantially with the weight loss. I do Turbo Jam, Taebo, Jillian's 30 Day Shred, do Hip Hop, do four hours of Tai Chi, walk a minimum of 12 miles a week, lift weights, etc. For a 62 y.o. woman, I feel great about my progress and look forward to losing the excess I still have on. I now weigh 150.48 lbs.

This is what I look like today:


Inches lost:

April 30, 2009 Neck: 13" Now: 12 Minus 1 inch
Chest: 43.5" to 38 Minus 5.5 inches
Waist: 34.5" to 30.5 Minus 4 inches
Stomach: 41" to 37 Minus 4 inches
Hips: 44.5" to 39.5 Minus 5 inches
Upper R. Thigh: 26.5 to 22 Minus 4.5 inches
Knee: 17" to 15,5 Minus 1.5 inches
Calf: 16.75" to 15 Minus 1.75 inches

BMI: 34.6 to 28 Minus 6.6 points!

Am I happy with my progress? You betcha! And you haven't seen the end either.

I wish you well on your journeys because if I can do it, anyone can...

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TAM_ALA 6/9/2011 9:02PM

  You're doing great, very inspirational!

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GOOSIE922 5/28/2011 9:37AM

  You inspired me to keep it up. It is only day 12 for me and a 1.4lb weight loss is a little frustrating but I plug away at it. emoticon

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REJ7777 5/4/2011 9:39PM

    You look incredible! WOW! emoticon emoticon

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CCSDESTINY 4/29/2011 10:41PM

    Wow! that is awesomeness! Keep up the great work! You look fantastic!

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BEACHGIRL76 4/27/2011 4:11PM

    Cool! What an awesome transformation! :)

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ANDEENNATE 4/26/2011 4:34PM

    wow fantastic!

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INTOTHESOUTH 4/26/2011 4:13PM

    You look amazing!!

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PRAIRIE_MUM 4/26/2011 3:06PM

    Fabulous!! emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/25/2011 3:35PM

    Excellent!!! Thanks for sharing about your progress and your pictures. BTW, I joined SP the day after you!

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~INDYGIRL 4/24/2011 10:52PM

    Fantastic!

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JOLOVESRUM 4/24/2011 9:57PM

    You have this getting healthy thing down to an art. You rock!

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WENDYSPARKS 4/24/2011 4:49PM

    You looking good!!

Wendy :)

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FUTUREYOGI 4/24/2011 7:15AM

    You look fantastic!! congratulations on your achievements you are an inspiration!
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READYRACHEL 4/23/2011 8:31AM

    You look fabulous! Thank you for sharing that hard work really does pay off.

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ONEWAYSTREET 4/23/2011 8:19AM

  Your efforts have been rewarded... the changes are beautiful!!
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COOLPOODLE 4/23/2011 2:09AM

    emoticonWay to go!!!! Thanks for sharing your story. You look fab!

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MARTHAWILL 4/22/2011 10:48PM

    Wow. Congratulations. Well done. You are an inspiration to many. You look great!

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LANIDOLL 4/22/2011 9:31PM

    Super!! Encouraging, motivating and very upbeat. I got tired just reading your list of exercise, but the way you look and the way you sound is energizing.

Thanks for the words of wisdom and keep it up.

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JERESS26 4/22/2011 9:19PM

    Thank you for sharing. You have done quite a bit. It is very encouraging.
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TARANITUP 4/22/2011 9:16PM

    Fabulous, Lise! And to think you're doing it all WITH hypothyroidism... I'm sure you will be an inspiration to many with the same issue! Keep rocking on! (And that is a LOOOOTTTTT of exercise! Wow! You look like you're in your 40s.)

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HOPE2011 4/22/2011 9:05PM

    Congrats to you - you look great!! emoticon

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JLPEASE 4/22/2011 8:47PM

    Congratulations. You look great, and you are an inspiration to the rest of us. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

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-LORI-B 4/22/2011 8:28PM

    Congrats on how far you have come and how far you will continue to go. You are amazing!

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SISSYFEB48 4/22/2011 8:23PM

    Congratulations....you look terrific. And obviously feel so much better. emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 4/22/2011 7:45PM

    What an inspiration you are for me. I am 4'11" and hypothyroid and 62. My arthritis prevents me from doing the activities you do but I will keep trying until I find what is the thing for me. emoticon on being the Spotlight member of the week. emoticon

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MILLYMOLLY99 4/22/2011 7:42PM

    Wow, you look fantastic! Well done!
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CERIUSLY 4/22/2011 7:25PM

    emoticon emoticon Gorgeous! But most importantly healthier! Great Blog!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/22/2011 7:25PM

    WTG! Those are some awesome changes!!
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MOSTMOM1 4/22/2011 7:24PM

    What an inspiration! Your transformation is gorgeous. Congratulations!
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SLEEPTALKS 4/22/2011 3:12PM

  CONGRATULATIONS! What an inspirational blog! Thank you so much for sharing your progress! Amazing!

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ANNEMAC5 4/22/2011 1:37PM

    You look amazing I love seen before pictures to really appreciate peoples journey. 100mins a day of fitness, that is fantastic. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AARONSGIRL420 4/22/2011 12:51PM

    Great progress! And look at that radiant smile!

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MONIKA1948 4/22/2011 12:30PM

    What a transformation!! You look amazing. You truly are an inspiration to us all. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITFABME2 4/22/2011 12:11PM

    So wonderful - what a great success story!!

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I'm proud to call you my friend - you are a true inspiration!!!

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KAMAPERRY 4/22/2011 12:09PM

    Wow, wow, wow!!! AWESOME!!!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/22/2011 11:57AM

    You look amazing Lise, no wonder you've been elected MOD!
You've done a fantastic job and are an inspiration to other Sparkers! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/22/2011 10:47AM

    You have made awesome progress!!
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LIZABETT 4/22/2011 10:12AM

    Lise, I'm so proud of your progress. And you look beautiful! I know you can and will do it, because I did. Although I lost my 60+ pounds when I was close to 200 pounds, 5'1" frame in a different way a few years ago, and then regained some back, I am getting my final 10-12 off with SP and I love it. Actually I have only about 3 and 1/2 to go and then on to maintenance--yes, tracking and exercise still in the process. This is a NEW and very healthy way for me. Thank you for your inspiration and motivation to all of us on this journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLS413 4/22/2011 9:55AM

    Those are some great losses.
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    Congratulations Lise! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sorry for not being around much of late...

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I had to have my computer reformatted and to reinstall everything just took forever. As you may already know, older programs sometimes are not compatible with new programs, therefore, after having installed Windows 7, I could no longer use my scanner nor my printer. The technician had to come back and reinstall Windows XP for me so all my programs and tools that I have that still work, can be functional for me. I'm back!

Hugs to you all.

  
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DOLLIE6 4/22/2011 3:08PM

    You just look beautiful in your pictures.
You have done a good job.
Happy Easter.

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FITFABME2 4/17/2011 4:03PM

    Great to have you back - the good news is I doubt you missed a beat with your fitness program regardless of the computer issues.

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    emoticon glad you are back.

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WENDYSPARKS 4/16/2011 3:46PM

    Glad you are back!!

Wendy :)

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/16/2011 3:45PM

    Computer upgrades can be a bear....

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NATPLUMMER 4/16/2011 12:24PM

    That's one of the reasons I haven't upgraded to Windows 7. I'm glad you finally got it all sorted out.
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LIZABETT 4/16/2011 12:00PM

    Lise, I have missed you and wanted to check in to see how you are. My other old computer needed replacing a couple months ago with the Windows 7 application. Also replaced my printer. It was really difficult to get used to it, but now I'm okay with it. Glad you got yours fixed. I also had the XP and it seemed much easier. Anyway, so glad you're back. emoticon emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 4/16/2011 10:50AM

    Yay!! Welcome back! emoticon

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TURTLETALK 4/16/2011 10:04AM

    Glad you are back. These computers are wonderful things but when they are down life gets complicates.

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MISTYRIVER64 4/16/2011 8:44AM

    OH, OH - and I'm planning to purchase a new computer next week with a windows 7 application! I'd better get prepared or maybe just wait for a while before making the switch. It sounds like an awful lot of headache!!!! Glad you're back - we all miss you when you don't post!

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DUFFYDYER 4/16/2011 8:01AM

    Good to hear from you!

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NEW-CAZ 4/16/2011 6:04AM

    Nice to have you back Lise, glad your problems are sorted now.
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Have a good laugh!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Did you hear about the desperado who tried to hijack a bus full of Japanese tourists? Fortunately the police had 5000 photographs of the suspect.

  
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3SISTERS 4/22/2011 9:37AM

    That was funny..thanks for sharing!

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CANDACEMICHELLE 4/14/2011 12:02AM

    ha!!!

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FRANKLY5 4/13/2011 9:54PM

    Cute. Made me smile

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/13/2011 11:46AM

    thanks for the laugh!

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KARENZIO 4/13/2011 11:23AM

    Ha! Funny!

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MEADSBAY 4/12/2011 8:25PM

    hahahahahaha
so true!
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Have It Your Way!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

C.E.M. Joad, the British philosopher, was waiting at the Reading Station when a London train made an unscheduled stop. He jumped aboard, only to be told by a porter: "I'm afraid you'll have to get off, sir. This train doesn't stop here." Unabashed, Joad replied, "In that case, don't worry -- I'm not on it."

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/3/2011 5:22AM

    cute----love your background photo!

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MEADSBAY 4/1/2011 9:20AM

    hahahahaha!
Common sense prevails.
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WENDYSPARKS 3/31/2011 1:41PM

    Funny!!

Wendy :)

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A new joke

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The pet-shop customer couldn't believe his good fortune. The parrot he had just bought could recite Shakespeare's sonnets, imitate opera stars and intone Homer's epic poems in Greek, and he cost only $600.

Once the man got the bird home, however, not another word passed his beak. After three weeks the disconsolate customer returned to the shop and asked for his money back. "When we had this bird," said the proprietor, "he could recite poetry and sing like an angel. Now you want me to take him back when he's no longer himself? Well, all right. Out of the goodness of my heart I'll give you $100."

Reluctantly the man accepted his loss. Just as the door shut behind him he heard the parrot say to the shop owner, "Don't forget -- my share is $250."

  
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NORDICVALKYRIE 4/11/2011 4:24PM

    LOL!

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JULESDUD1 3/25/2011 5:25PM

    you are great!! thanks for the laugh! always get perked up by your spirits ! Hope the weekend is fantastic!! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 3/20/2011 1:58AM

    Hahahaha!! Cute!

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    You gotta watch those birds. emoticon

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MONIKA1948 3/19/2011 9:57PM

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    cute

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DANSMOMTPM2 3/19/2011 7:50PM

    Hilarious! thanks for the laugh

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