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MOTIVATION! I remember what this felt like and I want to feel like this again!!

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MORE MOTIVATION! I felt so completely empowered and LEAN. It felt GOOD. I want this again!!

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NEVER AGAIN! This is me at my highest weight (HW) of 272.6 on 11/23/93.

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"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." -Stephen Dolley Jr.

Updated 1/1/2019:

Happy New Year!!!!

Back in 2006 I started a Spark-journey that was an incredible ride. I lost 114 lbs, felt healthy and good about my life (because it affected everything, not just the scale or my pants size!) and even decided to gain a little bit of it back on purpose to be healthier. I made some lifelong friends and even was in a couple magazines. I maintained my new weight for over 3 years and then, little by little, I started paying less attention to my goals. FORTUNATELY, a LOT of the habits and lifestyle changes I made using SparkPeople and my attitude about myself and my weight stuck with me!

Unlike with past weight loss journeys, I haven't "gained it all back and then some." I have gained back more than I would like and more than I intend to let stay with me, but I needed to focus on other things besides myself for a while and that was the price I've paid.

But now it's a NEW year and I want the OLD me back! Last spring sometime, I ditched the sugar beastie that was plaguing my ability to stop thinking about food 24/7. I haven't gained any weight all year. BUT.... now I want to lose weight and get into better shape and I already know that using SparkPeople works, so I'm back here to give myself a little TLC. First up, tracking and drinking more water. I'm already getting enough sleep and will continue to do that. Then, once I can get rid of the backache that's immobilizing me right now, I will also start exercising regularly again.

No gym memberships. No quick weight loss gimmicks. No new workout clothes. No new exercise machines. Just a new attitude and a willingness to make myself my number one again!

Member Since: 11/14/2006

My Goals:
Phase I: Track my food intake and drink that water!
Phase II: Center myself better and VISUALIZE where I'm headed. Exercise consistently!

My Program:
Focus on ME, keep my eye on the long-term goal, enjoy each day and make it count and make LIFESTYLE changes.

Personal Information:
I am 55 and live in both Walsenburg and Denver, Colorado - the former with my husband and dog, and the latter with my 23-year old daughter in our old house so I can go into the office periodically. My 19-year old son lives with his dad in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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My favorite quotes:

"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse."
-Stephen Dolley Jr.

"We don't beat the reaper by living longer; we beat the reaper by living well and living fully."
-Dr. Randy Pausch

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
-Theodore Roosevelt

"Do, or do not. There is no try."

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  • v SMILES4383
    SO SAD that SparkPeople is going offline Aug 17
    If you have anything you want to SAVE better get some screen shots.
    I've been saving recipes and as many great blogs as I can.

    56 days ago
    The scale I bought was on Amazon and I chose it mainly because of the good ratings. It turns out that it was very reasonably priced at $19.99. I chose a digital scale because that's what I'm used to. I didn't want anything fancy that measured body fat or uploaded to an app or anything. I like to keep it simple. This scale is very thin and smaller than my other scale, which is a good thing. Here's the link if you're interested: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G2SSM
    854 days ago
    Thank you for your comment and support on my blog! It's so great to see someone on here from when I first joined! I caught up a bit on your blogs and I'm glad to see that you're putting yourself first too. It really is hard to do as a mom, but it is so worth it! I look forward to being back here and being on this journey together. I am here for you as well!

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    874 days ago
  • v SMILES4383
    Good to hear from you.
    Not on SP as often as prior years, but still make my rounds occasionally.
    Good to hear you are back at it.
    Absence from SP does not mean neglect of lifestyle plans...
    I know it doesn't for me, and am pretty sure it doesn't for others.
    Glad your blogging again.
    892 days ago
    Hi! I read your comment on Riverbenicta’s post about being addicted to the scale, and it made me think a lot, and sparked the inspiration to reflect upon my own journey. I also really appreciated hearing your insight - thank you!
    910 days ago
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