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    MARCIAC10   47,634
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A glance at my stats since joining Spark in 2010.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Highest weight ever: 192 in May of 2010
That was the last year that I taught school and it was the toughest on me physically. I came home wiped out each day, in pain (arthritis) and Crohns problems. I could barely make the drive home somedays!

June 2010: joined Spark and lost 18 pounds. Weight: 174

Dec. 2010: got my first Fitbit (this was the original Fitbit)

May 2011: was down to 169.8
June 2011: Closed down my Spark account. Needed a break as I recall. Felt I could do this on my own.

Aug. 2011 Rejoined Spark (luckily my user name was still available) but didn't really stick to Sparking.

Oct. 2011 my weight started going back up.

May 2012:weight had crept back up.
Got back to Sparking on a regular basis at that time.

June 2012 Highest weight this time around: 187.3
Rejoined the 5% Challenge for the Summer Challenge (had done several challenges my previous time in Spark in 2010). Weight started coming off slowly.
By the end of June I was down to 182.3

July 2012: down to 180.9

Aug. 2012: 177.9
Sept. 2012: 180.4 My back went out and my right knee got really bad.
Oct. 2012: 184: Knee injections, Physical therapy, and I think the beginning of the histoplasmosis, as I was getting a lot of headaches.

Nov. 2012: Got up to 185 on Nov. 17 before my illness really got its grips on my (started running that fever the beginning of Nov.).

Dec. 2012: My last weigh in before hospitalization: 175.6 This was due to my illness: the sight and smell of food repulsed me.
Was down to 171 right after coming home from the hospital. I still had trouble eating but had to try to help my recuperation and build up my immune system.

Jan. 2013: Got up to 174.8 but didn't worry about that. Was still focused on getting stronger and healthy. This was a time when walking from the front of my house to my bedroom took every bit of energy I had and left my heart pounding. Losing weight at this time was not something I needed or was able to focus on.

Feb. and March 2013: I kept fluctuating from 170.6 -173.7. I was finally able to get back into an exercise routine by the end of Feb. by walking a little each day, gradually increasing the distance as I was able.

April 2013: I am down to 169.7. I am just on the borderline of leaving the obese category for BMI.

I need to keep moving my weight down. I can see from my patterns the following:
1. I need to stay with Spark: I can't do this on my own!
2. The 5% Challenges are a big help in motivating me. Even if I don't lose much, they keep me focused on healthy habits.
3. I need to keep my weight from moving up too much when I am laid up with back or arthritis issues.
4. Never give up. Even when the weight moves back up, you can bring it back down. A little perseverance, motivation, and work is all that is needed.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LYNNIERN 4/23/2013 7:31AM

    Great blog and your plan is a great reminder of what needs to be done to stay on track. Thanks for sharing.

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LINWASH23 4/22/2013 7:45PM

    You can do it and we will encourage you. emoticon emoticon

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KSCHRAUT 4/22/2013 6:19PM

    Go you !!

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PCOH051610 4/22/2013 4:03PM

    Wow, that is quite encouraging to me actually as I've sort of had my ups and downs too and sometimes that little voice in the back of your head questions if it is all worth it.

We both know Spark works and slow and steady is the best way to go.

Thank you for your support during the recent Cloverleaf Winter to Spring 5% challenge. I requested to re-join my Teddy Bears for the next challenge as they were my original team but I will cheer you on regardless! emoticon


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LESLIE2561 4/22/2013 3:28PM

    Hang in there and just keep pushing. When you have medical issues it is really hard to focus on weight loss. I have appreciated your encouragement during this last 5% challenge and I am impressed with your 3 mile walks. I'm doing good to get in 1 1/2 miles at a time. emoticon

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