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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I am one of 10 children....#8 in line and youngest girl. When young, I was always slender. When I graduated from college, I was 115 pounds. Marriage, working, raising two beautiful daughters...I forgot self. Little by little my weight increased. Off and on I would lose a little weight, but I was never consistent with a weight loss plan. It seems like every time a decade came around 30, 40, 50...I would think "I must get in shape." When my daughters married, I hated that I was as big as I was in the pictures. My highest weight was 234.
I have tried quite a few diets. I have never gone for the severe fad diets. I tried to follow reasonable plans - First Place, South Beach, etc. I have seen people find success with Weight Watchers. I found inspiration in Chantel Hobbs. But I would eventually get back to old habits. I think there are a lot of great plans out there. The trick is finding the one that works for you - that you can stick with. I didn't have the time or money to join a class. I didn't like the diets that gave you a specific menu to follow. I didn't find the right plan for me that gave me the guidance and motivation to stay with it.
So what is different now? I had minor knee surgery in October 2012. During subsequent doctor visits my blood pressure was always high (upper number in the 160s). The nurse said I was consistently showing high blood pressure and needed to consult a doctor. Visions of my father with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and borderline diabetes flashed before my eyes. I didn't want to go there. I was about to turn 60...a big decade mark. This time I HAD to get hold of myself.
I can't even remember what made me stumble on SparkPeople, but I am so glad I did. I have found my "plan." I joined in January 2013. I decided to buy the coach sessions for one year to get me through and I have found it to be great for me. I get a lot of advise and motivation. On January 2, 2013, I started this journey, weighing in at 228.
Today is March 27, 2013. I now weigh 203 pounds - 25 pounds down. I am a high school art teacher. I have been having the school nurse monitor my blood pressure. My last reading was 120/70. Whoo hooo. Sparkpeople gave me a goal to lost 50 lbs. by June 20th. I divided that up into monthly mini goals and I have been reaching those. When I get to that mark...178...I will still be too heavy. I will reset my goal. My eventual goal is to be around 135-140...around October.
So, how am I doing it? I started out with small steps...learning to track my food and drinking 8 glasses of water. I am learning to make better food choices. I started adding exercise little by little. I have a morning routine now where I log in to SparkPeople and go through my coaching session. I track my breakfast and lunch and do a short 10-15 min. exercise video. I do additional exercise in the evening. I feel so motivated. Even when I hit a plateau or the few times I have gone a little over on my calorie intake, I don't want to quit. I am going to make it this time!
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  • LRAPP80520
    I had to laugh when I read your story. I said,"Oh my gosh! She must be my sister!" What a parallel. Like you, when my daughters got married, I hated that I was my size. Also 115 most of my younger years. I thought that when I weighed in at 122, I was obese! I've been in denial but this past weekend had the "inventory" of me. Today was to be my start day. It must've been a "God thing" because I "just happened" to get a notification in my email that there was a notification from you and had no idea why. Now I do. My journey will be just a little different though because I've been diagnosed with diabetes so I'll be counting carbohydrates instead. Keep up the good work because you definitely do not want to go down the diabetes road! Oh, I had knee surgery too, but mine was total knee replacement. Ironically, even our weight is/was the same. Wow! I've not admitted that to anyone (shhhhh, don't tell lol) I'm retired, paint some but my main thing is sewing. I sew for charity but also love making bags. I volunteer with Hospice and am also the caregiver for my 91 (in June) year old mother, who lives with us.
    Keep up the good work! You're doing great--- I'm right behind you!
    1781 days ago
    You can do it! I lost 70 pounds when I was just about your age. I'm still sparking, and trying hard to keep off the weight I lost. I definitely improved my health and fitness. I didn't want to die of a heart attack at 67 like my mother did.
    1792 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    You have definitely figured "this thing" out.

    As you said, the first rule of figuring it out is never being content that you have "figured it out".

    The measuring and planning are key.



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  • MAWMAW101
    Your story sounds so familiar, only 8 in my family and the decade for me is 70. Found an old Weight Watchers book from 5 years ago and realized I weighed the same as when I started that. I am now down 16 pounds and know that exercise (mostly walking) is the most important to me. Working hard to stay off cholesterol medicine. Thanks for being our leader.
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    1793 days ago
    awesome job keep it up.
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