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June 2012, 78 pounds gone and at goal

Christmas, 2012.. just before the unwrapping and the turkey is in!

Yuri, 3 years and Sasha, 4 years, out on their harnesses in the garden. Both are Siberian Forest cat


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I am a yo-yo dieter and of an age that it's time to finally loose the weight and keep it off. I'm aiming for a loss of 1 lb/week and should reach my goal by July 2012. I am a life time member of W8Watchers, but a "fallen angel".

My overall goal is to pave the way for me to live the rest of my life in optimal health. I want to feel as young as I am in my mind's eye!

Update: Today, May 15th, is my One Year Anniversary with Spark! It has been an interesting and challenging journey. Originally, I set my goal for a loss of 70 pounds, which would have moved me from my start of 211 to 141. Since reaching that, I have reset my goal in terms of a healthy BMI of 23?.. now I'm aiming for a weight of about 136 pounds, with the aim of never going above 140 longer term. It's a different stage now in terms of trying to be a bit more balanced with living life. I feel very fit but the psychology of maintaining a healthy weight is a yet unknown and a bit scary.. to have worked so hard to "get here". I will keep you posted and for anyone reading this, if you have reached your goal and maintained it for some time I'd like to know how you did it. There are days more frequently now than in my earlier part of this journey where I just want to hang my hat up, so to speak, and go on holiday!

Update May 13/13: My Two Year Anniversary!
A lot has happened this past 8 months. Last Sept. I became ill and lost more weight.. down to 130 lbs. I remain off work at this time, and because I have been bedridden for part of the year and recovering, I ate more than I should have.. even though I pushed myself to exercise. I will be better but it will likely take many more months. Now is a time of recuperation.. I'm not feeling 100% but so much better that I was looking into buying a bike... something I had planned to do last year but put off as I started feeling so unwell. Bottom line, I have gained 10 lbs that need to go. I made myself change my ticker to reflect this. Better now than wait any longer! Wish me well as I wish you all the best in your efforts too!

Update: November 10/13 Well, I'm still up 10 lbs.. have to get it off!
I'm humble.. I obviously love eating and with a still compromised activity level find it harder to curb my eating.. i eat healthily but too much! It's time to get control before "It" and I am out of control. Meantime, my DH over this past year lost 30 lbs (using SP) after watching me :). He looks great and feels good too! why is it we're not quite ever on the same page at the same time??? :) hugs to all !

May 11/15: well. I have been depressed for a year now and it's finally under control.. you can see from my posted "Restarts" I've got work to do!!
"Be the change you wish to see in the world"

"love is the simple gathering of human kindnesses"

"The thought manifests as the word. Word manifests as the deed. Deed develops into habit. And habit hardens into character." ~Buddha

Mantra: Being fat is hard. Losing weight is hard. Maintaining weight loss is hard. Choose your hard.
(taken from ALWAYSCHANGING's Sparkpage)

Member Since: 5/22/2011

Fitness Minutes: 60,321

My Goals:
Weight loss goals:
start: 15/5/11 (211.2 lbs)
10 lbs*: 11/06/11
20 lbs*: 18/07/11
30 lbs*: 30/08/11
35 lbs*: 30/09/11
40 lbs*: 30/10/11
45 lbs*: 07/11/11
50 lbs*: 03/12/11
55 lbs*: 02/01/12
60 lbs*: 20/01/12
65 lbs*: 04/03/12
70 lbs*: 08/04/12
75 lbs*: 08/06/12
77 lbs: 12/06/12

Restart 7 May 11/15 @ 180#
Restart 6 Aug 23/14 @ 173#
Restart 5 June 28/14 @173#
Restart 4 March'14 @162#
Restart 3 Jan1/14: @ 157#
Restart 2 Nov 10/'13 @ 147#
Restart 1 May 14/13 @ 146#

Eat healthy
Maintain wt within 4 lb of 138
Cardio: 3-5x/wk
ST: 2x/wk
Yoga: 2x/wk
Reduce stress
Increase quiet time
Read book daily
Reduce fatigue

My Program:
1) Track food intake daily on SP
2) Do and track cardio 3-4x/wk
3) Cross train more: swim/ elliptical 1-2/wk?�
4) ST 2-3x/wk: try for free wts @ home 2/wk

Personal Information:
I live in Ontario, Canada and have been married to a wonderful man for 41 years! Six years ago in January we lost our 21 year old son Michael to depression. It has been a long struggle back to caring about anything. I will always be defined by my three children, it's just that two are no longer with us.

I enjoy the four seasons of Canada, even winter!! I like working out on the treadmill at home and at the gym, the elliptical.

I absolutely am in my groove when I am out in nature! Gardening is my favourite hobby, where I feel the presence of Michael most keenly and my way of play and meditation.

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  • v LCDM83
    Hi! It has been a long time. Good to see you :) Unfortunately, I still have to stay constantly on my toes to keep on the maintaining. It is when I let go that things go... I have been able to relax a little more which is nice. Keep up your hard work!
    1622 days ago
  • v JSAMMONS1981
    Here to invite you to visit my page winter challenge week 1 , just stop by leave a comment, emoticon, or give a goodie, Thanks in advance!!

    Team Amethyst

    1653 days ago
    Thank you for the birthday goodie last month. I am back now on Spark and it is nice to see that my friends were still checking in on me.

    I am ready to put my health first again and feel better. I can't worry about my mistakes, I have to just start making good choices and being accountable again.

    Thanks for still being here even when I wasn't.

    1767 days ago
  • v VEENAS1
    Welcome to the 50+ with 10 pounds or less to lose. I wish you luck on your goals.
    1816 days ago
    Welcome to the 50+Maintainers Team.
    Congratulations on your weight loss and lifestyle changes.
    Please join in our daily chat and let us get to know you.
    I LOVE your cats.
    1816 days ago
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