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I'm Back!!! I know it's been years... and I've gained A LOT of weight... *sigh*.... so now I'm getting back on the wagon.
I have since been married, for a year now... and I blame my husband for the weight gain haha.
now, i have almost 200 lbs to lose to get to Onederland. I'm confident I can get there... three years ago, before I started dating my husband, I was only 3 lbs away!
Hi - I'm Kathy. I live in the DFW area and have battled weight all of my life.
A couple of weeks ago, I made my goal of getting to wonderful ONE-DER-LAND by 9/30/13! I'm so excited about it.
My new goal is 175 by 12/31/13.
I use a low-carb diet (more South Beach than Adkins), working out, and hypnosis to help me achieve my goals.
Hello everyone. My name is Nicole. I have now officially reached my highest weight of 205.8 and when I saw that number I felt like crying. I need help and I need that support.Its gotten to the point where I need to set up daily reminders of posting on chats and logging everything in. My fiance is over weight and I am afraid that not only are we going to grow old together but fat as well. I have never really admitted it till now but it is a fear of mine.
I have been on SP on and off since 2008 and I want this to be the last time on. I want to reach my goal and feel good about myself. My soon to be sister-in-law runs and does 5K, the mud races and all those things fit people do and would love to do it with her. We even talked about doing a half marathon together but I am in no way or shape able to. On top of being over weight I have bad asthma and the doc told me to take it easy but walking around 10-15 min a day. I know its a start but I know I can push myself more.
This is the first team forum I've ever introduced myself on -- I don't know whether to reply to the first post... the last post? I'm a little nervous about putting myself out there.
I've been "battling the bulge" for about 20 years now. Round about in my 30's I started to see the scale numbers rise and rise and I just didn't know what to do! I tried Weight Watchers, clinical diets, fad diets. Even hypnosis. I would lose a little here and there, but eventually the pounds would come back, and keep piling up.
This is my third time coming back to SparkPeople. It's the most sane and easy to use website I've found so far. I had success each time I used this site - at least for as long as I kept using it! I realize that to be successful in my goal to get healty, lose weight, and find my lost energy, I'm going to need some help maintaining my commitment. And commitment and determination are definitely requirements!
So I've decided this time around I'm going to reach out to some support groups on SparkPeople to help shore me up when I'm feeling wobbly on the ol' commitment thing. "Will-a-bies" just sounds friendly! And I definitely want to be in a group where we all seem to be facing the same way. So thanks for having me!
On a personal note - I have one dog, one cat, one husband. I love to knit, read, garden, and cook!
Hi everyone, my name is Sandy and I have been in denial all of my life. I hid from scales and people that made me look at who I really was. I was always "pretty" but overweight. I have a pretty good humorous personality outwardly...at least enough to make me appear like Im happy. AM I HAPPY?
What would living life in the 100's feel like? Would it make me happier? More spontaneous, less cautious? Make me forget about hiding myself away?
So as a ballooned upwards to the 400's I got married not once, but twice a long the way and had 2 children that are now practically grown. My daughter is about to make me a grandmother. I am 44. I am now married to a man that is the love of my life and do you know what he does? He works on scales for a living. Isnt life crazy?
I love to read and watch movies and people. I think Im crafty...but not truly great at anything. I seem to know a lot from my reading adventures, yet I am in no way a scholar.
I've had success's and failures. Lived...yet seeking to live in ways that I cant even imagine yet.
I love the taste of food, I eat when I am bored, and I eat when I need comfort....its a tri-fecta!
My goal is to be 250-ish in September and hopefully Onderland in the new year!
I started in 2010 and lost 106 pounds before starting to gain it back and struggle with the same 25 pounds for the past year. As of today I am at -91 and recovering from a horrible weekend of NEEDING to be normal and eating whatever I wanted, and suffering from a 6 pound weekend gain. I am a dumbazz. lol.
Edited by: SANDY1969 at: 4/8/2013 (12:42)
I've been surfing around our site and found this thread and realized I never formally introduced myself or told my full story.
I am currently 46, happily married to Jeff for the past 22 years and we have 3 beautiful daughters: Meghan 21, Jessica 18 and Lauren 11.
I have been overweight all my life and have battled it since my teens. I had one major success in 2004-05 when I joined South Beach and lost 70 lbs. I was under my doctor's care at the time and had to check in with her monthly because she was prescribing an appetite suppressant. This worked well for about 6-8 months and then things started getting really ugly at my work and unfortunately I gave up on my healthy lifestyle and gave into my weakness of falling back on comfort food. Since then I gained all but 8 lbs back and have been losing and regaining the same 20 lbs over and over again.
I joined SP in 2010 and floated around to different teams. I was invited to this team by Chris and have loved every minute of it.
2013 is going to be MY year... I will stay focused and on track.
Edited by: JEAN111766 at: 1/23/2013 (22:12)
EXERCISE/ DIET AND BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION!!!
Persistence... Determination... Consistency... Prayer...
This is how I am going to reach my goal of weight loss...
I've got about 57 lbs I need to lose to reach my first goal and I'm hoping being back here in this team will keep me motivated since we're all in the same boat, more or less.
Found this team while looking over some SP friend's teams to get an idea of what others are involved in. The name alone attracted me because I'm desperately trying to get down to 199 by the end of the year. I may or may not make it by year's end, but it won't be because I haven't tried.
I'm 61 years old and have been on Spark People for about 3-4 years but didn't do much with it until late 2009 when I wanted to get serious about my weight because by then I had already gotten up to 360 pounds several years ago but had lost down to about 348 pounds when I joined SP. Then New Year's weekend 2010 I got sick and ended up in the hospital from 1/4-1/26 with two abscesses that burst in my colon. I ended up with a colostomy as they took out a portion of my colon and on discharge from the hospital, I went to a nursing home for rehab where I stayed until the end of March.
If you go to my Spark page, you can read my blogs which go into more detail about what happened to my and my recovery which was rather long because of complications. It was those complications that really started me getting serious about my weight because I wanted to have a colostomy reversal. The surgeon told me to lose at least 50 pounds and he would do the surgery. At that time, I weighed 317 so had lost some, but not enough. I finally had my "big surgery" on February 29, 2012, which ended up being rather extensive, but GOD IS GOOD and I'm still here and very thankful to Him.
As of today, I weigh 249.2 pounds which is a loss of 100 pounds approximately. I was at 247 last week but had a bad eating week which I'm turning around. I never give up. I also found that a Spark friend of mine, Ma Diddles, is also on this team. She has been a real motivator for me since getting involved in the STOP team and the LEMON team. I am on the Lemon Team which is a private team from the Biggest Loser team.
Is this another "offshoot" from the Biggest Loser. I see it mentioned several times in reading over the material. My biggest thing is that I need accountability so am anxious to be involved where I have to record my weight publically each week. I am hoping to be assigned to a team or however it is done. Right now I'm confused although I did write down what the requirements are.... so if anyone can Spark mail me on this, I would greatly appreciate it.
Looking forward to being a "loser" along with everyone.
Your new Spark friend,
Easley, South Carolina
Phillipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Joshua 24:15 But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up. ï¿½ 2nd Corinthians 4:8
Exodus 15:26 ....
Thought I'd better introduce myself, for those that don't know me.
I'm Vicki and I live in Florida.
I'm working towards making the healthiest choices I can when it comes to taking care of myself.
I want to make exercise a top priority as I have a couple of health issues that exercise would improve. Also it would definately give me more energy.
I am basically trying to keep all my nutritional numbers within a set goal I think will work for me. It's not strictly any one specific program. If I had to push it, I'd be more inclined to say it's a lower carb plan.
I'm working to lose about 100 lbs but have no set time to lose it in. I'd love to lose it over the next couple of years, but I tend to be a very slow loser. So I'll take it one pound at a time.
My name is Sandy. I am about to turn 51 and don't know how the number doesn't match how I feel... hm, and that varies. Sometimes I feel like I am still in my 30s and sometimes I feel like I am in my 80s... anyway: where to start.
I am married, but about to be divorced for the second time. Never thought I would ever be divorced once, let alone twice. My husband moved out 1 year ago today... I guess he isn't coming back. That's ok.
I am a Christian mom of 3, my son is 25 and my girls are 21 (yep, they are twins). The girls and my son-in-law live with me. And I am going to experience the joy of becoming a grandma for the first time in January! So excited!!!
I am a teacher's assistant in a KIDS program with the school district. I have been with the school district for 13 years, wow, and I love my job. I work with 3 to 6 year old children with Autism. It is a fun, exciting, rewarding, tiring, amazing job! I have been in the same class with the same teacher for 8 years. I also do some private tutoring with an 8 year old with autism, and I work part time at Lakeshore Learning. So, I am pretty busy.
I have been a member of sparkpeople for several years. I lost 45 pounds when I first joined. My weight has stayed about the same since then, fluctuating a little, but basically staying about the same. Now I am ready to lose the rest of the excess baggage. I know that sparkpeople works. And I know that one of the most important tools is being involved with a good sparkteam. So, here I am... ready to get started again. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you!
Las Vegas, Nevada
CHANGE IS GOOD!!!
Looking forward to the changes I am going to make in my life!
Hi, I'm Vicki. I'll be 55 in 9 days and I need to drop about 60 lbs just to be at a healthier weight. I'd like to lose more than that but I don't think I can as it's been extremely hard to drop any weight since menopause ( I gained 100 lbs from 2005-2011). In 2005 I was 142 lbs but due to a number of reasons ( see my home page) the weight started climbing and it's been a huge struggle to get the weight to come down at all.
I figure if I can manage to lose a pound a week and keep it off I'll be doing extremely well and can use all the added support I can get.
Hello, everyone! I'm Jennifer. I joined SP on January 1, 2011 and have lost 29 pounds so far (next weigh-in is tomorrow so hopefully I'll cross the 30-pound threshold).
I'm a Texas middle school math teacher and I'm married with two children and two step-children. My youngest is 3 and my oldest is 17.
So far everything is going great since joining SP. This is such a supportive community and the site has a wealth of information. I ran across this team and thought it sounded perfect for me. I've been over 200 pounds for several years now and used to think that is just where I'd have to stay. But now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel...only about 15 pounds to One-der-land!
Jennifer, (Co-Leader) Get Fit & Stay Fit for Life
Cinco Ranch Rotary 5K (37:00)
Lone Star Stampede 5K (34:46)
ASH Dash Bunny Run 5K (31:15)
Bellaire Trolley Run 5K (32:27)
Bayou City Classic 10K (1:11:23)
Bunny Hop 5K (34:06)
USA Fit Half Marathon (3:14:21.8)
Turkey Dash 5K (38:15)
Monster Mash 5K (41:35)
Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer 5K (42:26)
Save the Males 5K (44:39)
Hi! My name is Wendy, I'm 46, married to Michael, we've been together for 25+ years. We have 3 great kids, Jeromy-24, Shane-20, and Courtney-16. I'm self employed, a licensed childcare provider for 20 years. I've battled my weight for most of my life. In August 2009 I saw a picture of myself that threw me for a loop, I weighed 267 and decided it was time to change. I found the Will-a-bies on another website, joined and had great success, getting down to 229. Well...life hit me in the face last Spring, I had some issues, the biggest one being that my middle child joined the Army. That was the beginning of the end for me, I went into an emotional tailspin and completely lost track of what was truly important. Anyway, I'm back, weighing 264 and ready to fight the war and not let the battles defeat me!
Hi, I'm Diane and I live in Sunny AZ. I joined Sparkpeople 3 years ago. I had quit smoking after 30 some years and weighed almost 270 and at 5'4 that was a lot of weight. I had set three goals, to quit smoking, lose weight and get organized. Still working on the last 2 but I know I will not go back to smoking, so I am done with that bad habit. I have been doing strength training for 5 years, in the beginning it was a circuit weight gym similar to Curves, I have since hired a Personal Trainer and am having great results. I am stronger then I have ever been. Cardio is a different story as I have terrible feet and am always struggling. I recently took tennis lessons, but was unable to continue due to foot strain problems.
I have been married to the same man for 25 years and have a 21 year old daughter who is attending college. I have 2 cats, I recently lost my oldest one.
SUNNY GAL 4 LIFE & PART OF THE SUNNY SISTERHOOD FOREVER
Diane from AZ
Since my original post, a few things have changed, so I'll share those with you....
My consulting business is expanding this year to include esthetics. I'm just working on getting that going this year! Yay! My first love is that, so it won't even be like work!
I've done alot of charity work in the past: ten years ago began a local chapter of a business women's association, built a closet and wrote and implemented a back to work program for local homeless women that I continue to do monthly, and help in other various ways locally. Though I'm the chair for a yearlong program, I've set it up so it won't take alot of time. I don't want to give up the others....because I'm trying to streamline my life so that health can be the center along with spirituality and family.
Last September, we lost our beloved lab, Gabby. I still tear up when I think of her and how special she was to my husband and I and everyone who met her. She was one of a kind for sure. Don't think that whole in my heart will ever be filled til I see her beautiful spirit again one day.
Let's see...what else, I too, started with MCC and came over with this group to Spark. I began helping Cindy Womack lead the team recently, and will continue as long as I am needed/wanted in that capacity.
My health goal is to feel great and be able to do anything I would like to do. I have not selected an actual number to complete my journey of good health. I am going to have certain checkpoints to evaluate how I feel and maybe how I look;)
I am excited this year to join each one of you on our journey to One-der-Land! I am planning on getting there THIS year! I plan to spend next year maintaining my spot there with those of you who make it there first. I plan to spend the rest of my life making sure I stay there! So, ladies, (and Trent if you are still there), let's get this thing done! How do they say that.....cow girl up? Yep, let's DO IT!!!!!
Who's with me????
2011 is OUR YEAR at the Willabees!
Here we go...............
Edited by: SYN-CA at: 1/16/2011 (15:26)
♥•*Syn*•♥ Your OW &
Sunny Gal ~~Sparkfriend~~~
You become what you think about
Q1 --2012 Tracker!
My name is Chris - Scrap317 is because I am an avid scrapbooker and my birthday is St. Patrick's Day. I live in Northern Virginia with my husband of 22 years and our two great kids - Megan who is about to turn 21 and her brother Alex who is almost 18. I am a kindergarten teacher. I am almost 43 years young. We have a black lab Hanna (14 yrs) and a cat Cuddles (12 yrs) who lives at college with my daughter.
I've been with the One-der-land Willabies since the MCC days and moved over here with them last year - a wonderful move for all of us! At my heaviest I weighed 282 and I have recently reevaluated my goals and feel that this time I will be successful at losing, and most importantly, maintaining my weightloss. My goals focus on my Christian values and food/exercise goals. I feel strong and confident that I am making permanent changes. I'm so glad to be on this wonderful journey with this amazing group of people!
(¨ ´*•. (¨ ´*•..•*´¨ ) ¸.•*¨) -:¦:- *~Chris~*-:¦:- (¨ ´*•. (¨ ´*•. .•*´¨ ) ¸.•*¨) -:¦:-
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
hi all nice to meet you all :)
well my name is giorgos i am 29 and i still study law. i am a old college student ( not realy proud of it) well i have some help problems nonthing realy serius . i had asthma since 4 i think well i was active i have practice lot of sports until 18 i was always overweight but fit ,when i went to italy to study law my asthma went away for 3 years but i create polyps in my nose since then i had 13 surgery . 10 with topical anastetical 3 with total anastetica.well 2 yearsand half ago i had one more surgery at stay in hopsitall until 3 april because i told them that i want to make my birthday at home , ,my mam was always in my side all this time but this time was hard for her because she was on chemio therepy because of cancer surgery. half year after that my mam die 50 years old so i went in depresion then i notice that one eye was litle more close that the other but i thought it was form sadness cry etc but 6 monty after my mothers funeral i realize that was something else but i did not care ,i went to eye doctor a "good one" she told me that i was born like this and that i was handsome ( i realy laught hard inside me of how stupid that person was) well i told her about my polyps and medical history and ask her if it was possible that polyps brake the bone and do that to my eye. she laught so hard and told me this is fantasy and that probably i was like this and ask me to show her my id foto . well so i went to make a magnetic tac. well it was realy bad it was us a said but worse. i stay in hospital 10 days before surgery and 20 after that i had 9 hours surgery my case was rare . i was full of them i was lycky that they did not enter my brain:P,i didnot lose my eye or life. well about my weight . every time that i remove them i got 1 month of cortizone so i always put weight after that 4 pounds less or more .but last time 2 months after surgery i was ok 240 pounds but then summer came and i had no energy,i pass 90 days inside my house i was only eating i could not move a had diziness and i was tired all day, i was eating because i felt hungry all time even after overeating ,
then i weight my self i was 281 pounds i try to make something but it was hard realy hard so i told my self nice you will be 400 pounds soon.( i was eating minimum 6000per day maybe much more) and i was burning only 1200 because my body fuction i was lazy to move and i could not move. then one day 12 of semteber i try with my cousin to walk outside home at night . i did 200meter 1/8 of mile and it was so hard so so so hard .but since that moment 1 year and 6 months have pass i have lost 71 pounds i weight 210 (209) i was realy hard now i walk 20 miles if i want and in the elliptical i do marathone i can bike 50 miles easy.i am still near obesity but i feel well . i will try to lose weight even if i will take cortizone (small dose)for life .for 3 year i will not need any surgery and i hope in god that i will not need any more.now about me i love family i love my parent and borther and sister i even love my enemys .i am so good that sometimes i make sick my self but i can not change it .its the way i am . i want to reach 182 pounds but frist i want to reach 199 realy bad:P but my frist goal is take my diploma in law. sorry for my mistakes. i am greek and i study in italy . i can read english and talk them but write them no :P sorry for your eyes forgive me
hello everybody you sound a friendly diverse group of people.my name is karen and i am 45years of age.i am british,my family is based in wales but i spent alot of my time travelling around as a child as my dad was in the forces so yesi guess you can say i am a forces brat but wales was our base to come back to.i am married to a tunisian man(2nd husband) who is cronically ill and we have three beautiful sons who all have special needs the worse being my oldest son who is 8 next month.he goes to a special school and has three illness if not watch or treated probably he could die from.in fact there have been several near misses with all my children and as an emotional/stress eater it is not always easy to stay on this path .in total even though officially i have lost over 100lbs in truth it is more like 300 to 400lbs i have lost.get the picture.anyway this last two years since the birth of my last son(26.11.2008)i have nearly died 4 times.three times in the first 5 weeks of his life.that is what got me more serious about keeping the weight off this time.i have to be as fit and strong as i can be to be there for my husband and sons as they need me.also i don´t want my boys to go though growing up without their mother like i did.my mother was ill from the time i was 7 and we had to help nurse her,she died when i was 12.i need all the help i can get to keep being motivated and comitted.i was very sportly at school and right up till i was 26 and injured in a dancing compitition.i even repersented north wales for long jump and high jump in high school.that was when i first started putting on weight.before that i was always thin but having my leg in traction at 26 for 10 months after doing between 2-4 hours exercise a day and eating out of boredom you know the rest.apart from dancing for fun i never really got back to sport or exercise again till after i joined sp nearly 2 years ago.i was doing well with sport but sinceabout june this year i have not been allowed to exercise so my weight loss is slowing down as a consiquence.after a big operation in august with 5 percidures at once and now my right foot having torn ligaments and two hair line fractures and my right knee having problems with the miniscus(i get measured for my splints tomorrow to keep the knee stiff)and walking on crutches exercise is very limited and painful.i am only walking for day to day living,e.g.kids dr´s,hospital and therapy appointments and i am logging them down as exercise as believe you me it is hard work to do even that.i guess that is all about me.i am will to support and encourage any one who needs it and i will also take all the supportand encourage ment i reacieve from other people.i can do this,you can do this,we can do this.keep smiling no matter what it does help.
FBI AGENT(FBI level 1 first recuit) in the BLC challenge
if at first you donï¿½ï¿½t succeed,try try again.
start weight sp-270.4lbs
if i was worth my weight in gold i would be a millionair.my riches are measured by other standards and are worth far more than any gold.
we cant become what we need by remaining what we are.
Fear less, hope more; Eat less,
Hello all! I have been a member of SparkPeople for awhile now...but I haven't been very active at all. I just finished up graduate school last May so between studying for qualifying exams, completing a thesis, and then looking for a new job fitness/diet have definitely been on the backburner.
Things are finally settling down at my job, and I've got several trips planned for the summer so I think it's time to get on track!!! I have tried several things...I currently have a trainer, have tried yoga, etc. Right now since I'm trying to jumpstart weightloss I am on the Belly Fat Cure diet (today is day 4!), and so far so good. To me the BFC diet is a more healthy version of atkins as you are allowed to eat carbs! I had several friends do Atkins with great success, but it just seemed a little too unhealthy for me. My weigh-in will be on Monday but I hopped on the scale today and I was down 4 lbs!!! Super excited! I told myself that I would commit to following the BFC strictly for the first week to see if it really would work...and so far it is! Hopefully on monday the scale will reflect the hardwork and it will be motivation to stick with it and reach one-der-land because it's so close I can smell it!
Good luck to all!
I could have sworn I posted to this page, but here it goes.
I'm Jenny. I'm 26 from Cleveland Ohio. I'm an accountant at a Hotel Management Company. I am not married and do not have any kids. Yet. I'd like to someday. hah.
I started my journey in August of 2008. I've lost 74 pounds since then, and hope to lose about another 45 pounds. I am currently inching closer and closer to my goal. I found the OW's on MCC back then, and this is the longest I've ever kept weight off. The Food Journal ,and support is key I think. That, and actually getting off my butt and working out. I've been eating much healthier, not snacking as often, and when I do, I make good decisions (usually).
I've actually come to enjoy working out, and need it sometimes to help me through the day. I joined the rec center last April, and have consistently used it over the year. I found a gym that I might join when my rec center membership is up to continue my workouts, that is a bit more financially in my price range.
Thanks Cynthia and MRSHDS. I appreciate your welcoming me. I want to weigh 195 by Memorial Day. Tomorrow, I'm going to start a 7 week climb up to eating 3-4 fruits and 4-5 vegetables a day. That should knock most of my remaining 15 pounds out. We'll see.
GREAT to have you with us TRENT. Together we can all do this!!!
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
I'm Trent. I joined SP in August of last year. I've lost around 15 pounds and am stuck in a bit of a rut. I've been looking for a team that is small, active and focused on changing the hundreds digit of weight from a 2 to a 1. I haven't been below 200 in a long time.
Hello all, well I am 27 years young, I am not married nor do I have any children. I am currently working on myself (spirit, BODY, and soul) before I consider marriage or childrean. I have always put education first, completing both an undergrad and graduate degrees and am currently working in a rewarding career. My goals are to be healthy, yes I want to drop this weight, but I want to do it in a healthy manner, so my goal for the year is to drop at least 50lbs. Life makes me laugh and God is my motivation.
Hello, I am 55 (I just got my first senior priced breakfast and was carded !!!LMAO)live in Sacramento, Ca, grew up in Illinois, and have been married to a wonderful man(most of the time) for eleven years. He is my third and final try. He has three kids of which I am close with two. One daughter gave us a wonderful grandbaby 8 years ago. My career in retail management took me to work in 18 states over a 25 year period. When I met my hub, he was building a power plant in Co, and I was a Regional Manager supervising 34 locations on the west coast. After I met him, I bought a cosmetics studio(so we could be in the same city), remodeled it, and developed it into a spa, got my esthetics license, and we were married a year later. I just sold it in December 2008; I was blessed that I did that as three businesses next to mine closed and went out of business within a few weeks after that. Currently I am developing a new company with my closest friend, taking some college classes, and remodeling our modest home a little—or should I say digging out of the clutter remodeling makes. I enjoy spending time with friends(incl. SP) & family, working in my herb & veg garden, cooking, reading, traveling, thrift store shopping, and spending time with our beautiful and loving black lab. I started MCC fall 2008 at 276 (my highest was 286). In high school I was a size 13 and around 150—tall and big boned with a curvy shape, but definitely not thin—haven’t been since age 10. Looking forward to getting to know all of you and working hard to achieve our goals……I know I have already made life long friends! Love, V, (MS. H.D.S.)
Edited by: SYN-CA at: 3/9/2010 (22:55)
♥•*Syn*•♥ Your OW &
Sunny Gal ~~Sparkfriend~~~
You become what you think about
Q1 --2012 Tracker!
Hi Ow's --- I'm Gypsygirl45 ---Kathleen and I too have been with the One-der-land Will-a-bies. Have been so motivated by you ladies for some time now. For those of you who are new let me tell you alittle something about myself. I've been married (for the second time) to my soul mate now for 22 years. I am retired from banking after 25yrs. Together we have 7 children and 12 grandchildren, 1 golden retriever named Stormy. Living in Southern Calif but soon to be moving to Oklahoma. Hooray !! I do all kinds of crafts (woodworking, beading, tole painting, needlework and what ever else comes along) Lately have been remodeling my home. Learning to do gardening. Could use some help in this field! I joined this group to get support and support I have found here. I am 63 yrs and it has only been the past 15 years that I have been over weight. But I really want to be happy and healthy for myself and for my soul mate and grandchildren. I want to be there when they get married and see my great grandchildren. Love all you ladies and thank you for all the encouragement I receive from you. We can make this journey together to be healthier.
Edited by: GYPSYGIRL45 at: 3/4/2010 (13:14)
Hi all! You know me from MCC as DarLin. My name is Lin and I am 62 years old. I need to be with our beloved forum group but got so tired of Everydayhealth.com That is in the past because you are coming to SP. SP's food journal is wonderful and easy to me. I can log on and off so fast. I like the bright, cheerful format.
I need to lose more than 70 lbs but am setting small goals. I plan to lose 5 lbs by the end of March.
Starting each day with good intentions and following through until the weekend has been my usual. Eating too much on the weekend puts me back in the same place each Monday morning. I have to change this and WILL
Any navigation tips on the forum will be appreciated!
I hope we can motivate each other.
HI OW's My name is Bev and my most exciting news at the moment is that i've just moved from the UK to Switzerland.
I started my weight loss journey at 217 in Jan 2008, I was on holiday snowboarding and I realised I had gotten so heavy that i went off the top of the chart at the hire shop - how embarrasssing - I was also struggling to get up as my huge belly was getting in the way ! I was mortified and found an online forum - MCC the day I got back. Which is where I met the rest of the OW's
Over 2 years later I'm 44 lbs lighter and now able to go into a hire shop without topping the charts and generally feeling much fitter which is good as I decided to move to switzerland for a lifestyle change. Everyone here is far more into the great outdoors and I cant understand the TV so Im not tempted to slob out and watch it. My challenges are to stay away form the chocolate and the cheese !
I still have 33 lbs to go to get to my final goal of 140 lbs but its not a race so long as i keep heading in the right direction I do not mind if i get there this year, next or the year after.
The thing I love most about this group of ladies is that they never judge, everyone had bad months and good so everyone is is very supportive of each other through thick and thin
Hi OWs~~~~~I'm Roxann--Roxie---and I too am a Will-a-bie from the MCC site. I joined Sparkpeople in 2007, but just recently returned after having difficulties with the other site.
I'm 62 and I retired about 6 yrs ago from retail after about 25 yrs there. I mostly did it for my health,BUT also I was just burned out. I have a lovely husband of 43 years and 1 son, 39, this month. also a cat & dog. I love to garden and read and I'm trying to learn to love exercise.
At my highest I weighed 245 and now I am at 213.4, it's been a very slow journey for me, BUT all my on-line friends keep me going. When I was diagnosed with cirrohsis of the liver last April--I was told--the only thing to be done was LOSE WEIGHT and so I began my journey with the Will-a-bies and they have helped me stay on plan and not quit when I was discouraged---They are the best
one day at a time
I am 50 years old. I’ve been married (for the 2nd time – after being single for 13 years) for three years to a wonderful man named Kelly. We both work at a small Liberal Arts college in NW Georgia. This is my 2nd career. My first career was in law office management in which I worked for 23 years in downtown Atlanta and made a 156 mile a day commute to and from work – in other words, my life up until 2007 was pretty much devoted to my work as I was either at work or on the road to work about 14 hours every day, and when the weekend rolled around, I was so worn out from the daily grind that I was just collapsed. Somehow during this time, I managed to adopt and raise my biological nephew, Curtis, who is now thankfully a loving son. He is however not a very responsible 25 year old – but I hear that this is a common problem among young folks these days...... My 2nd career is fun and exciting, but very hard work – I’m Executive Assistant to the Provost at the College where I work. As part of the job, I’m responsible for planning and implementing all of the academic formal ceremonies – this includes 6 graduation ceremonies per year, honors day programs, faculty retreats and convocation.....it keeps me hopping, but I love it. I’ve struggled with weight issues my entire life – I’ve lost over 100 lbs. two times before, but managed to put most to all of it back on both times. I have a problem with binge eating during emotional times in my life....I’m one of those that appears cool as a cucumber on the outside, but full of turmoil and angst on the inside. I decided in March of 2008 to simply start trying to get healthier – I had read an article in a health magazine about how people who keep a daily food journal overall lose weight more consistently, and keep the weight off longer....so I did a search for free on-line food journals and that’s where I found MCC (the first food journal I started out using). I started out just making myself do the daily journal for one month to see what happened, and the rest is history – I’ve since lost 89 lbs. It’s not been a fast loss, but it’s been consistent. I’m not near as strict on staying under my calories as I might should be – but I’m also not feeling deprived and am sticking with it. In or around June of 2008 a group of us that had become friends completely by accident made a decision to start the One-der-land Will-a-bies forum. We voted on a name and almost drew straws as to who would post the forum and off we went. Some of the original members are still with us over a year later..... DarLin, Beverly, Wendy, Chris......have all been there from the beginning along with others I’m sure I’m forgetting. We made the move in March of 2010 to Sparkpeople because of technical difficulties with our previous web-site. This group has been a lifesaver for me, and I truly mean that from the bottom of my heart. I so depend upon you guys to keep me in line.....and hopefully we can all help one another along in this journey to a healthier body.
Edited by: CWOMACK138 at: 1/18/2011 (14:35)
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