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"I am 53 and have been meaning to get the extra pounds off for almost 20 years now. I have had success and lost a significant amount in the past only to regain that plus more.

Years have turned into decades and it has come to a
now or never" point in my life.

I first joined Sparkpeople in the Summer of 2010. I still have the Class of Team on my profile to remind me. These days I'm taking a different approach to SP. It seems to be working as I have no intention of giving up and quitting.

Instead I have the intention of changing the way I've been living my life for the better. I can either do that or continue to struggle to walk and be in constant pain for the rest of my life.

Member Since: 7/2/2010

Fitness Minutes: 78,241

My Goals:
My long term goal is to shed the 70 unwanted pounds I have accumulated. My ultimate goal is to take an after picture. I have umpteen before pictures I've taken over the years, never to have an after.

My Program:
I am currently following the 18 week transformation from that book. My eating plan involves the Sparkpeople cookbook and Eating for Life and includes planning meals a week in advance and sticking to the plan. That's the plan, its the "sticking to it" part that hasn't been much of a success. My fitness plan involves the Bill Phillip's 5-25 upper and lower body workouts for the strength part, the Essentrics "Forever Pain free" and "Weight Loss" workouts for the flexibility part and Leslie Sansone walk workouts and Bowflex Max trainer for cardio as well as any other activity I can work in like walking my dog and I do military push ups every morning while I'm waiting for coffee to brew. That keeps me strong enough to walk my dog Bella.

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I've struggled and tried to get back in shape for many years. I had real success about 6-7 years ago with the Bill Phillip's program which is why I keep coming back to it. My struggles come from just giving up one day for no clear reason. I need to take a good an honest look at why I will give up even when I'm having success. I can see if I go 2-3 weeks where the scale won't budge! I have a lot of work to do and need all the support I can get. Thanks.

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Before I wanted to get in shape to look good and well, now I'm older and sure I want to look better and have my clothes fit better an wear smaller sizes but these days my priority is managing my pain. I have arthritics in my lower back and both hips. There is never a day when I don't have some pain somewhere. Then when my sciatica nerve kicks in (which is every evening when I am trying to cook dinner) I get the pain trifecta. I've read articles and info on how to get rid of the pain and they all say "drop those extra pounds" UUUUHHHHHH!!!! Gee I didn't realize! since it is so easy to do, I'll get right on that! Anyway, one thing I have learned is laying around and resting because of pain is not the answer but is instead the problem. I'm really hoping to find true success here.

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    Thank you for the goodie and birthday wishes!

    2 days ago
    Thank you for accepting my invitation to join me as a Spark Friend. I hope you will have a fantastic Friday.

    "If you face setbacks, as we all do occasionally, avoid thinking of them as failures. Instead, embrace the opportunity for growth and learning and keep forging ahead."-Jane Powell, Meditations for Women
    4 days ago
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm glad you like the Pegasus necklace. I hope you will have a 'thankful' Thursday.

    I added you as a Spark Friend. I look forward to traveling this journey together.

    “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” – Wayne Dyer
    5 days ago
    Hi Andrea,
    thank you for adding me also.
    I clicked on your name "follow" at the Community Goal Feed. Thank you for commenting on my exercising.

    I read your page also.
    Bruno is so cute.
    We are both on the Fitbit Users Unite! Team. Yeah!

    I hope your week is good and healthy.

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    6 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/13/2018 12:29:39 PM
    I appreciate your blog visit. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you had a superb Saturday.

    "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    9 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/10/2018 12:50:08 AM
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