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Hi, I am known as FreeOak.
I was 71 yrs old on Dec 23, 2012.
4' 8" short. I'm married 49 yrs...yup,
to the same man. LOL!

I am so grateful to SparkPeople for this wonderful site. I joined in January 15, 2006. I had a starting weight of 237.7 pounds and I wore a
size 40W clothing.

August 2, 2006 I fit into a size 18W.
I was astounded. Yet, by the same token,
I did not see a difference in my size.
I keep thinking the clothes and scale are
lying to me. I have always had a trust issue.

SparkPeople is teaching me to be more aware of my bad habits and to become more responsible eating-wise. I am an Emotional Eater, *BIG TIME*. To me, portion control had always been an enemy to me. I LOVE FOOD. The unhealthier, the better. I Love Fatty foods. You can have the meat, just leave me the fat. That is slowly changing. I still like that type of food, but I do not feel as deprived as I did in the past.
The holidays of 2007 I really went off the wagon!

As of January 11, 2008, I regained(!) all 50 pounds
I had lost in 2006.
I invite you to share your successes here in this
Magickal Place

Sadly, 2007 I lost my willpower and on January 11th, 2008, I gained back my 50th pound.
Today is Jan. 10, 2009

I have been on track for 231 days.
231 days ago, March 25 (?), 2008 I weighed 237.7 pounds.

Today I weigh 192 pounds. During the 231 days
I had several binge days, the last being New Year's Day.
It shows old habits are just beneath the skin. I am a food-a-holic or a food-a-cartic. I have an addiction to food!

Since it takes 10 - 14 days for a binge to show its affects,
tomorrow will be day 10 after the binge on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day 2009.

Knowledge is power and I no longer become upset. I get right back on track and try as best as I can to stay on track.

I told my neurologist about how well I was doing but the holidays had been my down fall. He said, "That's OK! You're doing well. Life gets in the way at times. So, enjoy it. You'll get back on track."

I will keep on, keeping on, just like the
Little Engine that Could!
"I know I can, I know I can, I know I can!"
Today is March 2, 2009. I've been on re-track with SP
for 282 days now. I had gone from a size 40W to a 20W.
I went from 237.7 lbs. to 184.5 lbs.

Below my little hamster picture is our Wiccan Garden
dedicated to: HONESTY; Love; Acceptance of all people, of all cultures, spiritual paths, lifestyles; Forgiveness; Healing; Strengthening; World Peace; Respect for all living things and our whole planet.
Today is March 16, 2013. I am now 71 yrs old and I am beginning to change a lot of negative feelings into positive. Oh, I stumble a lot, but I keep on, keeping on. I STILL maintain that Spark People is the best site around. Still struggling with losing the weight I had gained in the last 3 yrs, but I WILL do it. I think I get scared of success. Still trying to figure out why I sabotage myself. Each one of you are in my prayers. We are all in the same boat and can identify with one another. We CAN and WILL do it!

Member Since: 1/15/2006

Fitness Minutes: 29,122

My Goals:
My main goal is to strive for a healthier
lifestyle physically, emotionally, and

I would like to be the kind of support to you as I would like to have for myself

My Program:
I came to this site, many thanks
to a very dear friend who was also a
new member.
I have restarted and have a bountiful menu from which to choose.

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I enjoy reading. I have several favorite books.

"Ship of Fools," "To Kill aMockingbird," "Ragtime,""The DaVinci Code,"
Good mysteries
to name but a few.

Saying: "Be the world
you would like to change."

I love to curl up with a good, old fashioned mystery.

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    I have a disability also. We can do it.
    1864 days ago
  • v FREEOAK1
    Thank you to all who have contributed comments. Medically, we are going through a ton of things between Tom, Harley (our cocker spaniel), and me, that we do not always have time to get on the computer. We had rescued Harley 2 (?) months ago. He had ACL. Now we are in the midst of rehabbing him between the vet hospital and ourselves. He is very strong and stubborn :- D and will dig in his heels to not do everything has to do. He and we had bonded instantly. I have had 12 falls in the past 2 yrs and the 12th one happened this week. So, the DR had me have a CT scan 2 days ago. Tom has an Atrial flutter of the heart and this coming week he will have his heart reset. He has a low white blood count, too. Prayers Please. Thank you again.
    2178 days ago
  • v CATLIB56
    You have come a long way! So glad your health is improving, little by little. emoticon
    2387 days ago
  • v FREEOAK1
    Thank you all for your inspiration. I am trying to take in all your wonderful advice and Keep on, Keeping on! Love and hugs, FreeOak
    2390 days ago
  • v CATLIB56
    It's a good time to get re-motivated. I know you can do it. Look what you have done so far! After gaining back more than half of what I had lot before, I got serious again in April and am (mostly) on the losing side again. emoticon

    2506 days ago
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