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Fall 2010 =Time to get healthy. Weight: 263


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Seven years after I first started at Sparkpeople, I am back and seven pounds heavier than when I started the first time (now 270). I am not sure I feel ready for anything "long haul" but I plan to take baby steps until my head's in the game. I don't even know where to start but my health is at stake. I need to adopt lifestyle improvements to have the future I want to live.

I'm a 52 year old mother of three (two of whom have left home). I hope the Sparkpeople program's multi-pronged approach will help me on my path to a healthier life. Natural energy kept me going until a couple of years ago. Since then I have "felt my age" -- achy joints, always tired, etc. I need to give my body a break:)

I was normal weight until I had surgery 5 months after the birth of my first child. My weight skyrocketed, and it has been a seesaw battle ever since.

I am on the slow to moderate weight loss program, which I am really enjoying. It is generous in terms of flexibility, and unlike other attempts at weight loss I've been on, I never feel desperate in terms of hunger or energy levels. This feels sustainable!

Here is a deeply important question that BOOKWORM27S discovered. It absolutely applies to my life as well.:

"Are you wanting to eat out of OPPORTUNITY or NECESSITY?" Seems obvious, I know ...

Here is a quote I particularly like:

"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life." -- Golda Meir

Interim goals:

250 by Christmas *DONE!* (249)
245 by husband's birthday (Feb. 9) *DONE!* (243)
240 by March Break. *DONE!* (239)
233 by June 25/11

As Sparker YOOVIE says, "I'm going to practice daily victories!"

Here are a few quotes from my sparkpal Pat:

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

"People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel!" ANON.

I very much admire her kindness and attitude toward life -- you rock, Frosty99!

It's official. There are at least two family weddings (both nieces) coming up. Dates are August 27, 2011 and July 12, 2012. Just two more motivations to keep working on the weight. Just added: Two more weddings! September 10 and October 2011.

Here is a challenge I have to do: "The Weekend Project"

"Remember truly successful, happy people all have one thing in common. They own their lives. When they make bad decisions, they face them head on, create a plan, and focus on overcoming any obstacles in their way. Owning your bad choices leaves you free to learn from your mistakes. It helps you move past them and improve your future.

So I am going to leave you with a project this weekend. Make a list of five things you don’t like about your life today. Think back and ask yourself what were the past choices you made led to each of the five. Decide today on a plan to change all the items on your list. Create concrete goals, whether it is to lose weight, pay off your debt or get a better job, realize only you control your future."

Member Since: 10/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 17,467

My Goals:
I'd like to embrace a more healthy lifestyle in terms of nutrition and physical activity.

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I am starting slowly by committing to walking the dog 5 days a week, and am using the Nutrition Tracker.

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I love to read. Here is a short list of some books I've read and enjoyed recently: "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese,
"Plainsong" by Kent Haruf, and
"Burnt Shadows" by Kamila Shamsie.

I used to love sports -- a ridiculous dream is to lose enough weight to find a team and sport to play for fun. I love the ocean -- we have a cottage in PEI. BTW, my Sparkpage background is the view from our cottage, and my daughter wrote the poem "Gentle Island".

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  • v KATHY024
    Hi, back again! Sometimes our internet connection leaves much to be desired! Living in the heart of the computer explosion amid billion dollar companies our basic internet connection sometimes leaves a lot to be desired!

    I'm so glad your parents and your family had such a good time at the anniversary party. What a blessing to have energetic parents that are in good health!! I guess I'm with your mom on not wanting to spend too much time at the remote cabin. Wearing a hat with netting would be like putting on my watch in the morning! I'd also have to have a night light. Some people have not experienced "remote" at night, when having your eyes open or closed is the same!

    How was the wedding? Did the bride have a flying veil? I see that is getting to be popular in some countries. Last year we had three weddings in the family, so I'm glad we are taking a break this year. We had just gone to bed last weekend when the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan started. She's a beautiful girl and looked so pretty in her gown. Very demure. We are going to miss her on the TV show "Suits" . Fell asleep in the middle of it all so caught the rest on the news.
    14 hours ago
    Hello dear friend! It took me a while but now I am back also!! Woo hoo! xoxo
    So good to see you!!!
    8 days ago
  • v KATHY024
    How wonderful to be planning a 60th wedding anniversary!! I really like that idea of the family history stories being told by each member. What a hoot! I know it would be like that in my family too, as my sister 6 years older than myself always steals my adventures and makes them her own. I keep telling her she must have had a ho hum childhood! I hope all goes well with you celebration, I'm sure your parents will have a marvelous time remembering it all.
    11 days ago
  • v FROSTY99
    H Deidre Nice to hear from you. Hope all is going ok in your world. It has been crazy here. Not sure when I last wrote but our office manager at the park quit in Mar and the board hired a new gal which the previous manager & I spent 3 weeks training and she gave her notice this past Mon. They let her go on Tues as no sense in wasting any more time in training her, Sharon is a snowbird now and she also left on Tues so I am managing the office on my own for now. I am working to get things straightened out from the gal who quit in Mar.

    Bill has had some health issues and the board knows if he needs me he is my 1st priority so praying it doesn't come to that. He had an iron infusion on Thur and will get a 2nd one on Fri. He is wearing a heart monitor (actually an outside defibrillator) to see if he needs a pacemaker. He has had that for 5 weeks now. Got it after his last stay in the hospital at the end of Mar for congestive heart failure.

    I seem to be running on almost empty lately and last night ran a low grade fever and had chills. Think it is from not enough rest and the stress of trying to manage everything. Oh well, this too shall pass.
    19 days ago
  • v KATHY024
    I finally slogged my way through Wuthering Heights again. emoticon Such a depressing story, one has to wonder how she came up with such characters. Definitely not the book to read unless you are in your "happy place". Iknow It didn't depress me as much when I was 17. Hope our new selection goes in the other direction.
    30 days ago
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