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    NELLJONES   337,035
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I have been at goal for 43 years!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I actually don't remember the exact day, but it was December of 1970. I just picked Christmas Day because it's a joyous day for so many other reasons.

My life has changed in a million ways since 1970. I'm older, of course. I had two more kids, divorced and re-married (for 32 years now), acquired a wonderful step-son. Three of those sons are now married with children of their own. I have moved 7 times; I live in a different state than where I lost my weight.

Time goes by and stuff keeps happening, yet I stay on top of my food plan just as I did when I was losing. I have had to say No to food countless times over the years, yet it has all been worth it. I got up this morning about 10 pounds less than that original 1970 goal.

I never feel deprived, I always have something wonderful to eat. I learned to cook on WW, and am grateful every day that I learned to love cooking. Actually, as Emeril Lagasse said, I love to eat, therefore I love to cook. I eat differently now than I did in 1970. Who knew that a whole world of international (who ever hear of jicima or tomatillos or lemon grass?) and non-seasonal foods (strawberries in winter?) would be available for me to enjoy? We always hear about how ubiquitous industrial food has become, yet so are all the other wonderful foods no one ever heard of in 1970.

So a Merry Christmas to us all!!! 2014 will be another year in which to succeed!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NEWJEANSDAY 1/9/2014 8:54AM

    "I love to eat therefore I love to cook!" I like it!

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BOPPY_ 1/4/2014 5:34PM

    THIS! YOU! I find INSPIRING! emoticon

Thanks! emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 1/2/2014 2:53PM

    Congratulations to you, and thanks for pointing out that our food choices *CAN* be much better than they were in 1970, it just depends on us.

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MAESTRAPLANK12 12/31/2013 6:25AM

    What a great blog! Yes, we choose what we eat. Wise choices certainly pay off. Deprivation is not an option beaause of the many many new and exciting food options that we have now. As a 68 year old, I truly appreciate the improvement in the variety of foods now available to us. Who knew I would be making Almond Milk Lattes each morning and that I would be improving my diet with wholesome colorful foods ....kale, for instance. I think the pursuit of healthy foods and recipes keeps us happy, healthy, and certainly helps our family members have more food options. I enjoyed your blog. I have been a yo yo dieter for years until I joined SparkPeople and now I am really finding success following the Paleo Lifestyle of eating. Blessings to you today and always!

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LESLIESENIOR 12/28/2013 12:42PM

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your wisdom and strength with us all.

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KAYYVAUGHN 12/27/2013 9:51AM

    You set a very good example for me. Maintaining is not easy for me, but I have for several years. I'm leaning to do much better. Yesterday, I did eat more than I should, but today is another day.

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AJDOVER1 12/26/2013 6:58PM

    This is so good to read!

Thank you for spreading such cheer. I love your positive words!

Blessings to you and let's make 2014 and wonderful year!

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WATERMELLEN 12/26/2013 9:36AM

    What a cheery optimistic and confident message: love it. I remember when a delicious apple and a big navel orange and some grapes were exotic treats in my Christmas stocking. Winter was mostly root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, turnips, beets) and not fresh greens or herbs or cucumbers. And although now "industrial" food is common place, there are so many other choices available, and at reasonable prices every day in the supermarket. Fresh raspberries??

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GABY1948 12/26/2013 9:29AM

    emoticon on so many years of maintaining emoticon

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JEANNE229 12/26/2013 9:24AM

    It is all in attitude, Nell, and yours is golden. I admire your fortitude and long-lasting accomplishment. I'm getting close, but I will never make 43 years. Just the same, my attitude has changed this time, and it IS much easier once that happens.

Hope you had a great Christmas and that your husband is as well as possible (son's right. It probably will never be perfect again).

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LADYRH 12/26/2013 7:06AM

    Congratulations Nell emoticon success

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/25/2013 11:12PM

    I'm so grateful you're here to provide perspective. Looking forward to hearing of many many more years of your maintenance!


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TENNESSEEWALKER 12/25/2013 10:22PM

    (TennesseWalker without a comment - that's how amazing!)

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/25/2013 9:56PM

    So awesome! emoticon and Merry Christmas to you as well! emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/25/2013 7:40PM

    Congrats and Merry Christmas!

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TOKIEMOON 12/25/2013 7:37PM

    Your life has turned out pretty well! I am buckling down to reach and STAY at my goal weight in 2014. Nell, you are someone I admire for the strength and determination that you exhibit to make your life the success that it is today! Merry Christmas!

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TINAJANE76 12/25/2013 7:37PM

    What an amazing inspiration you are! Congratulations again and keep on Sparking so the rest of us can learn from your example.

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JUDY1676 12/25/2013 7:12PM

    emoticon on years of maintaining!

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FOCUSONME57 12/25/2013 6:24PM

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Awe inspiring! Here's to #44!

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-WISPY- 12/25/2013 5:19PM

    Happy goal day Nell. Sending loving thoughts for a Happy New Year.

Hugs Wispy

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CATLADY52 12/25/2013 5:18PM

    emoticon And have a Great Christmas!

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DR1939 12/25/2013 3:06PM

    emoticon I agree with you on the variety of food available.

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 12/25/2013 12:28PM

    You have inspired me so many time. Thank for being part of my life.
Merry Christmas

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NASFKAB 12/25/2013 12:18PM

  congratulations did not kow how great you are what sort of food do you eat just to get a idea

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ZEEDRA 12/25/2013 11:29AM

    Congratulations, Nell! Good story and an inspiration to many of us.

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CELIAMINER 12/25/2013 11:10AM

    Congrats, Nell! Hope this Christmas finds you safe and warm, and I hope your DH and son are doing well.

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SUNSHINE192DAY 12/25/2013 11:04AM

    Merry Christmas and you are such an inspiration to me!

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--KREN 12/25/2013 11:02AM

    Nell, congratulations for a long and successful track (tracking?) record!

Do you think your health improved and that you've stayed healthy due to your eating plan?


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FISHINGLADY66 12/25/2013 11:01AM

    Congratulations on your determination. Your amazing.
emoticon MERRY CHRISTMAS emoticon

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