GUITARPLAYER7's SparkPeople Blog GUITARPLAYER7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Maintaining weight loss <img src=""> Wow! It's been quite a journey since I started losing weight over 5 years and 160 lbs ago. I reached my goal weight of 120 lbs several months ago and have maintained that varying up and down a few lbs. I've done it with a healthy diet of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains and protein. I walk an average of 4-5 miles daily and recently added 2-3 days at my local gym. Lots of prayers too... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 01:47:07 EST Almost to my weight goal...2 more friends died It has been a year of prayer...asking God's help for family and friends and myself with 4 family members dying and 3 friends dying and 2 friends family members dying. I have learned to pray without ceasing as I think of all those left behind grieving the loss of spouses, family and friends. I have also prayed for strength to stay out of the kitchen except for meal time to lose weight constantly over the past 2 years going from 233 Jan. 2013 to 135 now. My Dr. wants me to get to 130 lb. I hope... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:41:33 EST Summer fun! This summer is flying by. I have been having fun gardening with my children and my 2 grandsons who are both 2 yrs old. I have also been able to help my daughter with 3 yard sales. I get to babysit for my son and his wife 1-2 evenings a week so they can go to the gym. I have been attending Overeaters Anonymous weekly which is very helpful for the past 2 years. I have been walking 2-3 hrs daily which helps my depression as well as my weight loss. My life is so blessed and I am surrounded by lov... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:15:48 EST 5 Deaths in my circle of family and friends in past 5 weeks I have had 5 deaths in my circle of family and friends in the past 5 weeks. Plus the death of my daughters dog of 10 years, and the death of my friends cat of 10 years. I have been praying lots for those affected by these deaths and clinging to my faith in God. He has brought much comfort to me and I try and share that with my family and friends affected. <BR> <BR> At first, I was turning to food to numb me and gained 7 lbs the week after the first death. Then I lost it and yo yo'd between ... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 14:51:49 EST Feb 26, 2014 Three deaths in family in past month I have had 3 deaths in my family in the past month plus my daughters dog of 10 years died. I have been overwhelmed, emotional and drained. not sleeping well. stomach aches from stress. headaches from stress. <BR> <BR> Over eating...emotional eating. Going from 170 to 177 for past month. Just got back to 170 yesterday then overate last night. back to 172 this a.m. <BR> <BR> frustrated. Will I ever get under 170? I got to 170 in early Jan. The lowest I've been in 15 years. <BR> <BR> Got n... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:14:30 EST Already Jan 19, 2014! Still losing weight It was a year ago this month that I started losing weight again after a visit with a Dr. who told me I was obese and it was dangerous for my heart and organs. That was all I needed to hear to start counting calories but more importantly change my eating habits to having 4-6 servings of fruit and veggies a day and cutting out cheese and eggs due to high cholesterol. I was already walking daily for the past 4 years but I increased my walking time so that by last summer I was walking 2-3 hrs a d... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:09:14 EST Already Jan 19, 2014! Still losing weight It was a year ago this month that I started losing weight again after a visit with a Dr. who told me I was obese and it was dangerous for my heart and organs. That was all I needed to hear to start counting calories but more importantly change my eating habits to having 4-6 servings of fruit and veggies a day and cutting out cheese and eggs due to high cholesterol. I was already walking daily for the past 4 years but I increased my walking time so that by last summer I was walking 2-3 hrs a d... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:09:14 EST I made my goal of 175 lb today!!! I started the year at 233 lb. My goal was 175 by the end of the year! I made it today!!! YAY!!! Now to maintain it with Christmas coming and all the goodies! <img src=""> Fri, 6 Dec 2013 13:15:44 EST I'm thinking of my dad this morning I'm thinking of my dad this morning. He died when I was 36 so he's been dead 16 years I miss him. <img src=""> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 06:55:12 EST Down to 179 lb. Nov. 9, 2013 I have kept up walking 1 to 2 hours a day even as the weather has gotten colder and wetter. And I have remained constant keeping my calories around 1500. It has paid off. I'm losing about 2 lb a month now. Slow and steady wins the race. I'm down 54 lb since Jan. of this year. YAY!!! <em>91</em> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 23:35:19 EST I was almost 300 lb in 2010. Now I'm down to 183 ! When i started this weight loss journey back in 2010 I was almost 300 lb. ! Now I'm down to 183 lb. I lost 100 lb. Then gained back 43 lb. Now back down to 183 lb. It has been an exciting journey. I am at my lowest weight in 14 years. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 07:27:07 EST Down 50 lb. Jan. 1 to Oct. 1, 2013 Well, today I hit 50 lb. lost this year so far . YAY!!!!! I have continued daily to count my calories even when on vacation for 2 1/2 weeks recently. And even being sick with a bad cold this past week. I just put one foot in front of the other and keep on keeping on. I'm halfway to my ultimate goal of 130 lb. But I'm taking it in small goals. My recent goal is to get to 175 lb. God has helped me stay faithful to the goal. Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me. <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 21:15:17 EST 40 lbs down I have actually lost 40 lbs since Jan. as of today. YAY!!! Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:18:58 EST I've lost 30 lb. since Jan. 2013 Jan. 2013 I weighed 225. Today, Aug. 6, 2013 I weigh 195 lb. I'm losing slowly these days. Only a couple lb a month even though I'm only eating 1100 to 1300 calories. I am walking 60-120 min most days. Except on these really hot days in the 90's. I have been on track for the past 4 months. <em>9</em> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 09:58:45 EST I'm back up to 220 lbs...yeach... Well, in the past year I have gone from 190 (which I had maintained for 1 1/2 years) to 220. I am so upset with myself. I do fine all day. Then I binge eat all evening and even when I wake up in the middle of the night. I have to STOP!!! I haven't been walking as much since the rain started a month ago. There are exercise machines in the lunch room. I need to get up earlier and start using them. I need, need, need to let go and let God. sigh...I don't seem to be dedicated to this. Why do I ea... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 04:13:30 EST I keep gaining weight I have been counting calories since Feb. but have been eating too much at night. I have gained 15 lbs. since Nov. I am going the wrong direction. I need to have commitment . I think I do and do good all day and then pig out all evening. I just lack discipline. I need to get back on spark people and log my exercise...which I have been walking 1-2 miles every day. and keep up with all of you my spark friends. Here goes a new day. I know I can do this with all of your help. <em>100</em> <em>... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 18:54:00 EST Accountability works As of last Monday, Feb 6, 2012 I started counting calories again. I tweaked my diet to include more vegetables and fruits and more protein. Less bread. I called my sister who also needs to lose weight and we decided to be accountable to each other. I also said I would get back onto Sparkpeople again. I have been grazing in the evenings and put 10 lbs on over the holidays. I am at 200 lbs and my goal is 170 lbs. I already lost 3 lbs this week by eating healthy and no evening grazing. I k... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 17:14:43 EST New Years Resolve I gained 5 lbs over the holidays and have lost 4 of it. I was bouncing between 190 and 195 since last Feb. Then over the holidays it went from 195 to 200 up and down. I am an addictive eater. I don't get cravings . I just eat for the sake of eating. I start eating in the evening and can't stop. I do fine all day long then around 7 p.m. I start making numerous trips to the kitchen and stuff myself. The past 2 nights I haven't binge ate. And in 3 days have lost 4 lbs. I want to continue losi... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 15:23:45 EST I'm going to be a grandma twice I have been doing much better eating a well balanced diet. Getting lots of fruits and veggies and beans, nuts, soy, tofu for protein. I had an eating binge last night which was discouraging but today is a new day. I haven't been doing that as often so am pleased with my progress. My daughter and daughter in-law are both pregnant. They are 3 weeks apart. These are my first grandchildren so this is very exciting. My daughter has been very ill with all day sickness with her pregnancy so I ha... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:02:16 EST I am a food addict I am physically ill this morning after a major eating binge last night. I have been doing really well the past week after deciding to be a vegetarian and was down 2 pounds in one week. Then last night I was lonely and tired and instead of going to bed like I should have I watched a movie and ate the whole 2 hours. I woke up this morning nauseous. It is just like having a hangover. My body is poisoned by all the carbs I ate. I have been doing so good and know today is a new day and I am ta... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:04:04 EST I need to quit overeating! This past week I have just eaten and eaten...I weighed in this morning and I am up 5 pounds from last weekend. How frustrating!!! I need to get serious about portion control. I don't know what else to say. Thanks for being there. <em>198</em> Sat, 3 Sep 2011 08:34:19 EST My son's wedding Well, my son is married as of last Saturday, August 20. I was able to prepare the fruit and veggie platters with the help of my sister and her husband and my Aunt. We had a good time doing it and it was a blessing to be able to help my son. He and his bride are honeymooning in Hawaii. Now both of my kids are married. And so, life continues with new adventures. <BR> <BR> Last night I made a "rock" garden with stones I have collected and multi-colored glass rocks from the Dollar Tree (a fun... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 08:50:09 EST I am enjoying living close to my kids It has been a little over a year since I moved back to Washington County in Oregon where both of my children and their significant others , my sister and her husband, and my Aunt and Uncle live. It has been such a blessing to be close to my family again and to be able to participate in their lives. My daughter walks with me several days a week and we spend Saturday's together going for a walk and to Farmer's Market during the summer and then grocery shopping and then to work in her garden. ... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 22:01:11 EST painting is fun It is Sunday morning and I am slowly getting going. I helped my daughter paint their spare bathroom Wed. through Fri. It was alot of fun and good exercise too. It turned out really nice. I have been sticking to my diet and yet have not lost any weight yet. I am stuck at 190 lbs. i have been there for several months. My son's wedding is in 2 weeks. My goal was to be down to 179 by then . Well, I can't do that in 2 weeks but I am not giving up either. I will do my best with the time I have l... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 13:55:01 EST I walked a 20 minute mile today . YAY!!! Wow! I walked a 20 minute mile today! That's a first for me (other than when I'm walking with my long legged sister). I usually walk a 30 minute mile. I am so excited. I have been walking with my daughter the past 3 weeks every morning and it is paying off. My depression is much better (My doctor started me back on anti-depressants which has helped too). All this walking has my endorphins going. I am feeling much better about life in general. I still am not losing weight much which is ok f... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 20:09:52 EST Time to start losing again I am spending the weekend with my sister. We have both decided it's time to start losing again. We are going to encourage each other to eat healthy and walk daily. We are going to call each other while we are walking and walk at the same time each day. I appreciate all of you sparkpeople who encourage me too. I need to lose 10 pounds by mid-August for my son's wedding. My sister gave me a cute dress but it's a little snug on top. I don't want to pop the buttons so I need to lose. I also ... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:30:08 EST I'm a yo yo... I am a yo yo...eating and sleeping too much one day and staying on track the next. I am battling a depression and despite walking and going to AA several days a week and socializing with my neighbors I am still struggling. I have been gaining and losing the same 4 lbs. for the past month. This is the first time since I started losing weight 14 months ago that I have gained. I am frustrated that I can't stop eating some days. Then I'll do really good at staying at 1500 calories for a few d... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 22:24:58 EST ARGHHHH.....I am still binge eating and have gained 4 lbs. Well, here we are the first nice day in forever and I am getting out and walking with my son. Now, if only I can stop binge eating and take off the 4 lbs I have gained the past two weeks. My colonoscopy went fine. You would think that being only on a liquid diet for one and a half days would have kick started me back into eating healthy...but NOOOO... I am still gorging myself on bread and butter. sigh....I have lost consistently for a year and I am not giving up now. Each day is a new day.... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 14:37:03 EST I've been binge eating...sigh... Well, I have the victory of walking almost daily and am feeling more fit, but I have been binge eating and the scales are going up again. On top of that, I am having my first colonoscopy this Thursday. I can't eat nuts or seeds this week. It's amazing how many foods have nuts and seeds...even my nine grain bread...even berries and cucumbers and tomatoes and peppers...everything healthy that I like to eat!!! Wednesday I have to have a liquid diet only. I am hoping to get back on track of eat... Mon, 23 May 2011 21:56:30 EST Enjoying my new apartment I can't believe I have already been in my new apartment 3 weeks already! I love having my own space. I am living in downtown Hillsboro and am enjoying daily walks through town, poking my head in all of the fun shops. I am so thankful to not be having foot pain right now and am enjoying walking again. I feel like I am alive again! Last weekend I went camping with my family for the first time in years. It was a lot of fun. Tomorrow I plan on visiting the farmers market in the downtown Hillsb... Fri, 6 May 2011 23:11:58 EST Working in the flower beds Spring is here and with it the joy of gardening. I helped my daughter work in the flower beds today. Two hours flew by. We visited and worked and had a blast. With the nicer weather I have been walking again plus am back to the gym. I love this time of year...the trees are budding and some early flowers and bulbs are blooming. The air is so crisp and fresh. I am getting back on track with my diet. I am enjoying the lenten season and preparing for Easter and the celebration of the resu... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 14:25:06 EST Getting back to the gym With my feet bothering me so much I have not been to the gym in awhile. This week I took a couple of nice long walks and I got back to the gym. I am not going to let my foot pain paralyze me. I am learning to cope with it. It is nice to be back at the gym. I am back to the library too and doing more e-mail. I am starting to eat less again. I have high cholesterol and need to eliminate cheese and red meat from my diet. If you have any ideas for diet to help lower cholesterol, let me kno... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:49:44 EST Learning to live with arthritis in my feet I went to the foot doctor Monday and recieved very discouraging news. I have been having foot pain since October and the doctor thought I had a stress fracture. He had me go to the hospital for a bone scan. I saw him Monday and he gave me the results. I have arthritis in my feet. I am going to have to live with this the rest of my life. I am researching what I can do with diet and supplements to help relieve the pain. I need to enjoy the days when the pain is minimul and keep a positiv... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:16:46 EST My doctor says I am doing Fantastic!!! At my 6 month Diabetes checkup today my doctor said I no longer have diabetes. She said my sugar levels are normal and my weight loss and exercise are helping me be healthy. She is very impressed with my consistent weight loss. I am so excited. Despite my foot pain and lower activity levels I am still losing weight...even a pound a month...still losing. YAY!!! <em>104</em> <em>224</em> <em>9</em> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:10:38 EST My trip to South Carolina...FUNNNNNNNN My trip to South Carolina for a family reunion was so much fun!!! I enjoyed fitting nicely in my airplane seat and having several inches of seatbelt left . My visit with my siblings and parents was fantastic. I came home with very sore and swollen feet so have been non=mobile as I have been keeping my feet elevated and iced. I see the podiatrist Monday and hope to find out what is going on. I am eating more veggies and am looking forward to less foot pain so I can be more active. I miss w... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:34:39 EST I started a year ago a size 4x and 28 XL and 18 pants!!! I am SO EXCITED!!! I am down to a size 18 pants!!! I am in shock! I had a pair of 26 pants still in my closet. There is a big difference between 26's and 18's. My room mate was impressed! I am impressed! Wow! What a fun journey this is!!! <BR> <BR> I am flying to South Carolina with my sister tomorrow. I can't wait to ease into my seat on the airplane! Last time I flew I weighed 273 lbs and had to ask for a seat belt extender! This time I will fit into my seat with room to spare! I am ... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 19:45:40 EST I'm eating more veggies WOW!!! I lost 2 pounds this week in spite of Christmas! I am eating more veggies and working on not snacking in the evenings. It is a battle but I am winning! I am down to a record low of 196 lb. I haven't weighed this little in over 10 years! I am still working on not giving into depression and anxiety. My foot doesn't hurt as much today. I am working on a "One day at a time" strategy. I went to the movie with my daughter and son-in-law today and enjoyed the new Narnia movie. God bles... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 20:11:12 EST My foot hurts again...I am anxious and depressed...will this never end? I am at the library this morning and am headed for the gym. This despite the fact that my foot is hurting again...which limits my walking...and am dealing with anxiety and depression. I am trying to stay motivated and keep working out despite the fact that I just want to bury my head under the covers and hibernate. I am so tired of struggling through the anxiety and depression. I will persevere. I have been eating too much and have only lost a few pounds since the beginning of October whe... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 13:49:18 EST I'm back to the gym and walking...YAY!!! Well, after almost a month of giving into depression, a hurt foot, and feeling trapped by the rain I am back to the gym this week and am walking again on these clear days now that my foot is no longer hurting. I am so thankful that through all of this I have not put on weight. Now I need to get back on track with less calories, and more veggies and start losing weight again! I am so thankful for all of my spark friends and their encouragement. <em>30</em> <em>192</em> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:11:49 EST I'm back down to 197 lbs. ..pre-thanksgiving weight I guess I finally have a metabolism...that's what my daughter told me. I have not been walking or exercising due to my sore foot and my depression...they kind of go hand in hand I guess. Anyway I havent' gained fact I am down 3 lbs. from Thanksgiving...which is a miracle due to my evening "grazing" lately. Anyway...each day is a new day and I try to do something productive each day. Today I made cookies for my room mate and my daughter and her husband. And I only ate one! Hav... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 16:00:54 EST Thanksgiving is over and I only gained 3 pounds Thanksgiving has come and gone. Lots of fun and food with family and friends. I didn't count calories the past 3 days and allowed myself to indulge in the festivities...minus no alcohol...I am so pleased I only gained 3 pounds. I know I can get back on the band wagon tomorrow and get back on track. I need to get back to the gym. I have an injured foot which makes walking next to impossible. But at the gym I can ride the bike and do the weight machines without irritating my sore foot. Eno... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 20:29:26 EST YAY! I made it to 199 lbs! Yay!!! I am down to 199 lbs. I am going to celebrate by buying some new earrings! Thanks for your support! <em>9</em> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 16:55:41 EST With God's help I am succeeding. I am down to 200! I am at 200 pounds today! One more pound down and I will be under 200! That is my first goal. WOO HOO!!!!! I am so encouraged that despite over a month of depression I am still having victory in this weight loss journey! I am also staying sober despite the depression. I am making much victory with God's help. Mon, 8 Nov 2010 17:43:40 EST I'm working on a more positive attitude and getting back on track After more than a month of depression I am working on having a more positive attitude. I am learning in therapy and groups that I can think positive thoughts in spite of depression and keep up with my diet and exercise routine in spite of depression. I am feeling more positive this week-end. I am visiting my sister and that always inspires me to have a more positive attitude. Friday I went to a meeting where "attitude of gratitude" was the topic. It helped me to realize that everyone has h... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 20:06:57 EST I have the rainy blues I am still struggling with depression. Our rain has returned and it was all I could do to get out of bed this morning. I finally talked myself into showering and taking a walk inspite of the rain. I have several appointments this week and hope by Friday I will have time and energy to get back to the gym. I know I have much to be thankful for and hope to focus on those things. <em>39</em> <em>102</em> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 17:22:20 EST I sprained my back last still able to take a short walk Last night I went to pick up something from the floor and turned wrong and sprained my back. This used to happen once or twice a year. I usually go to the doctor, get on muscle relaxers and high dose of Iuboprophen and use ice and heat. This time I was able to get to sleep afterwards and this morning felt better already. Although I was not up to going to the gym, I was able to take a nice walk. My weight loss and daily exercise has really made a difference. YAY! <em>224</em> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 15:36:53 EST Working through depression...coming out the other side It has been over a week since my psychiatrist changed my medication and already I am doing so much better. I am feeling more positive. I managed to walk or go to the gym every day during that dark depression. I have my appetite back and am so pleased to not have gained any weight during the roughest days . The sun is out , outside, and in my heart. I just feel so much better. Thanks for all of your encouragement. <em>4</em> <em>213</em> Fri, 15 Oct 2010 17:09:00 EST Staying healthy through depression I am struglling through a depression. Although I am still eating healthy, I am having a hard time eating enough as it takes so much energy to fix meals and to eat. It is all I can do to get out of bed in the morning and walk or go to the gym. My sister has encouraged me to eat more...I am trying. Everything is just so difficult right now as it takes so much energy to even move. My doctor and therapist are doing all they can to help. It just takes time to make it through. Anyway, thank you... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 19:04:21 EST Visiting My Sister...lilangelwings I am visiting my sister Joni for a few days. Our mom is flying here from South Carolina and we get to spend tonight and tomorrow with her before she heads to Madras, OR to visit our Grandma to celebrate her 90th birthday. This morning Joni and I went for an hour and 20 minute walk...along the way we climbed a BIG hill! I thought I would die! LOL! I usually only walk for 40 or 50 minutes so it was a challenge...but a FUN challenge! I enjoy pushing myself when I am walking with my sister as... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 18:16:14 EST Working out with my daughter at the gym My daughter Crystal has a free 3 week pass to the gym so we worked out today. We will do this 4 times a week. We played "Around the World" on the basketball court and she beat me. It was fun. The time goes much faster when you have someone to work out with. We did the free weight machines and the eliptical machine. Last time I tried that I only lasted 3 minutes. Today I lasted 6 minutes. That is progress. <BR> <BR> I have increased my walks and am walking about 2 miles a day give or take a ... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 17:10:41 EST