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Long-term Sparker here! So, here's the long story.

I wasn't always heavy; in high school, I weighed about 150 but it was solid muscle because I was in a weight lifting class (roughly size 8). I'm 5'7" by the way. After high school, I stopped working out. I was getting steadily heavier and heavier but honestly didn't realize it. I never paid much attention to what I looked like or how much weight I was putting on. And no one ever mentioned it to me. I was literally blind to it.

2007: I weighed in at 272. Again, I never really paid much attention to my weight or what I looked like - willful ignorance I guess. My doctor said I needed to lose weight and offered to put me on a diet pill called Bontril. It worked wonders at first. I dropped all the way down to 190 (in about 6 months). I changed the way I was eating, but looking back now, I hadn't really changed much about food content, just quantity.

2015: By this time I had put most of the weight back on, though thankfully not all of it, even though I had been diligent about portions (but still not content) of what I ate. I found out in late 2015 that I have been living my whole life with scoliosis (my back has always hurt but I assumed it was just part of life). My dad had the same issue and recently had surgery for it. I realized that I didn't want to live my life with screws and rods in my back like he was going to - so I decided I needed to get serious. I went to physical therapy and started to cut back on the quantity of food I was eating.

2016: So the past 10 months or so I've been working out 3-4 times a week and doing all my core exercises for my back (I also have problems with my right knee - 2 surgeries). But I still haven't lost much weight. Then I got a notice that the company I work for is starting a pilot wellness program called COMMIT. I joined the program and here's what it entails: complete metabolic bloodwork, fitness test, 12-week fitness program (to increase V02Max), and one-on-one advice from a registered dietician. The program is offered through our local university.

The program helped me realize that the content of the food I've been eating is probably the #1 reason I have trouble losing weight. (We got a free book called Eating Right for Life, which I highly recommend.) So I've cut all refined carbs, added more veggies and fruits, and switched to low-fat protein choices. I'm amazed! I ate so much food the first few days that I was sure I had gone over my calorie limit (I was FULL all day long) ... then I realized I'd only had about 1680 calories! What??? Whole grains and protein really help keep you full! It's not just a myth.

2017: Since May 2016 to now (June 2017), I've lost 15 pounds and most of that came off during the COMMIT program (which ended in December 2016). On the COMMIT program, I improved my V02 Max from 7.1 to 10.4 METS. My resting heart rate dropped 6 beats and my max heart rate increased by 12 beats. My blood pressure dropped 4 points. Since the COMMIT program was all about cardio and nutrition, now that it's over I'm adding some strength training in. I'm in a plateau right now because I've had some other health issues come up (bulging disc and migraines) but I'm still optimistic because I haven't gained any weight back! Yay!

Member Since: 1/19/2010

Fitness Minutes: 18,483

My Goals:
I'd like to be at 200 or less by this time next year (June of 2018).

I want to be able to do squats WITH 20lbs weights by the end of this year.

My Program:
More veggies! More intense workouts, including more strength training and focus on core and back muscles.

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Tulsa, OK
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  • v JIBBIE49
    Have you had a physical with a doctor who REALLY understands obesity? I am 67 and finally found a doctor who is working with me. The last doctor told me "At your AGE you can't expect to lose weight now since you have Metabolic Syndrome." He then called me back and said "Your blood sugar was 115 and diabetes doesn't start until 126 so you don't need Metformin." Well, this new doctor said "True you don't have diabetes YET, but read this." In the write-up for Metformin it says it can be used for patients who are high risk of BECOMING diabetic in the future. He said "You are close enough." He also put me on Armour Thyroid (I take it at night as he showed me a study that says it works best then.) and a shot, Bydureon that I now take once a week. I'm doing so such better. He also gave me Bontril, but I haven't even needed it after the first pill. I have no night cravings. I told him I had PCOS when I was young & he said that it all fits a life-time of my weight struggles. Richard Bernstein M.D. in "The Diabetes Solution" says all women can benefit from Metformin for weight loss.
    1538 days ago
  • v JHARMON31
    I'm basically doing the same and would appreciate any support
    2283 days ago
  • v NSMANN
    Saw your post on the forums and I really like your attitude! Making your body you personal project sounds like a great idea! I will follow along with your progress. Good luck to you!!
    2731 days ago
    ty for the great info on the post - I had no idea that being sleepy in the afternoon is natural _ if u ever come to Paris, let me know, and I will buy u a café or wine§
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    2938 days ago
  • v BOBF15
    Hey, thanx for the shout out Goodie, it is getting increasingly more difficult to exercise, but I am staying at it.

    I started a walking club at school, and do that 3 times a week. I don't get a lot of mileage in, but I am moving. The congestive heart condition and arthritis are a one - two punch that I have to fight and overcome just to exercise a little, but I am working on getting both monkeys off my back.

    Again, thanx for the encouragement.

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    3025 days ago
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