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I have struggled for years with my weight and have tried every diet under the sun. My highest weight was 214 in April 2003. I found Spark People in 2009 and took the step and created my Spark page and put my weight and goal into print for all to see. Good grief, I can't believe that I did that, only my doctor knew how much I weighed; now all of Spark People knows what I weigh. I really want to succeed at losing this weight and getting healthy and I think the best way is for me to be accountable for my weight, what I eat and how much I excercise; and that is what I am doing, putting it out here on SP for all to see. I am tired of looking in my stuffed closet and only being able to wear about 10% of the clothes in it. I am tired of going on diets and losing some weight only to regain more than I lost. I am tired of waking up every morning and the first thing I think about is how fat I am. As I read the blogs from other Spark People, I feel their positive energy and that is what I want to catch. I want the spark.

Motivation to do strength training.

Excerpt from Dean Anderson article 9/10/10
"If you don't strength train, as much as 30% of the weight you lose could be muscle weight, which works out to about 15 pounds of muscle loss for your 50-pound weight loss. Losing 15 pounds muscle could cost an active person several hundred calories per day in lost calorie burning capacity since active muscles (as opposed to resting) burn 30 times more calories than fat. This is one of the big reasons why people who lose weight rapidly on crash diets (without exercise) almost always put that weight back on later. However, an effective strength training program can reduce that 30% muscle loss figure to 3-5%. That's much better for your fat burning goals and your metabolism."

Member Since: 1/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 67,967

My Goals:
My weight loss goals, reset on 1-06-14 at 171 lbs
* lose 5 lbs per month. I am 5'3"
* goal weight 125 -130
*Exercise goals
--strength training 3 X week
--walk 1 mi daily
--stretch daily
*calories 1500 per day
*eliminate white sugar and white bread
*substitute whole grains for the white stuff.
*substitute Splenda for sugar,research says it is safe and IMHO is better than Truvia
*consume 2T virgin coconut oil daily (Costco)
If I lost a pound a week in 2014:
by Valentines day I would weigh 164, by St Patricks day - 160, by Easter 155, by Memorial Day- 148, by 4th of July 146, by labor day - 135, by Columbus Day- 130, by Hal

My Program:
Use the Spark nutrition tracker, my calorie range of 1500. SUGAR is a major challenge for me, I love candy, chocolates, cheesecake and desserts of any kind. I am eliminating most sugar and white flour. I am eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits, berries,sugar free smoothies and yogurt are my new desserts. I walk one mile a day, 7 days a week in my neighborhood and I do strength training 3 times a week at home on my Nordic Flex weight machine.weight.

In Jan 2014 I added 2 Tablespoons daily dose of coconut oil to my diet, I use it instead of butter or oil. I also apply it topically for dry skin. One thing I have noticed is that it seems to curb my appetite and calm my sugar cravings. I'll see what happens with that. "The Coconut Oil Miracle 5th Ed" by Bruce Fife

Personal Information:
I live in Wofford Heights, Ca with my husband and our three chihuahuas, Zoomer, Poncho and Cisco. I am 71 years old and a retired professor of radiologic technology. I was a stay at home Mom until my daughter was 10. I then entered the healthcare profession as a radiologic technologist for 11 years at a hospital in Long Beach, CA, after that I took a teaching position at a Ventura County College for 16 years and retired in 2006. I am from Ohio, a coal miners daughter. My husband is from West Virginia. We met on a blind date when we were 16; married at 19. The day after our wedding, we got on a Greyhound bus in Wheeling, W.Va and headed to Long Beach, Ca. We have lived in California for 51 years. We have two children; a son and a daughter, and four grandchildren; all living in California. My Mom and 4 sisters and 1 brother still live in Ohio. I love to fly back to Ohio for family get to gethers.
My husband and I enjoy going on road trips in our 30ft travel traile

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Favorite mantras and motivators.

+ “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own and you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.” Dr Seuss

+Put the fork down and nobody gets hurt.

+ Target a bad habit, figure out what keeps it alive then create a plan to kill it.
+ NO Excuses
+Guard my weight loss like a newborn
+Watch my calories like a hawk
+ Eat less, move more.
+ Dieting is hard, being fat is hard; choose your hard.
+ I will be my own best advocate, speaking up for myself.
+"Exercise is king; nutrition is queen. Put 'em together and you've got a kingdom!"
Jack LaLanne

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    hi Jo,

    try again.

    copy the line below into google

    'you tubewalkaway the pounds. Leslie Sansome'.

    9 videos come up on page 1.
    0pen one, then click 'add to favourites' button (a star) in your browser. you can add loads of videos this way. SP have a huge choice too.

    come back to me if you need help
    2133 days ago
    honey, there's no need to waste time searching for your old dvds. just google 'walk away the pounds', choose one of leslie's routines and add it to your browser.
    See, no excuses....just do it :) begin with baby steps and you'll be fine.

    2135 days ago
  • v CANNIE50
    Just thinking of you, wondering how you are.
    2603 days ago
  • v CANNIE50
    I am glad to hear from you, I was thinking about you recently. Thank you for relating to my blog - that is always comforting. I have some peace about the estrangement from my son, and all the attendant messiness. I, too, have not been as connected to Spark, the past month. It was just enough to let me know how much I appreciate being here and for me to recommit to being here, being accountable, and being helpful and encouraging to others. emoticon
    2624 days ago
  • v CANNIE50
    Thank you for the lovely goodie and sentiment. I was just thinking about you when I saw the goodie. I appreciate you reading my "numbers" blog. Here is some perspective for you, my dear. You are taller than me. Your current weight is my goal weight. Your current weight, just to remind you, is a lot less to carry around than where you began this Sparkly journey. If you need to be further reminded of that, just pick up two 20 lb dumbbells and walk around the room with them. You will be happy to set them down, just as I hope you can focus on how happy you are to have set down that forty pounds that used to be on your body. Because, and I am just making a wild guess here, my dear, you have probably spent quite enough energy and time focusing on the amount you re-added. I am going to boldy suggest that you have spent enough time beating yourself up over this but maybe not enough time recognizing that you are still far better off than you were when you began SP. The fact is, you have relieved your body of 40 lbs that it did not need and could not use for its benefit. I know the daily struggle but if shame and regret and disappointment could "shape us up" we would be in fabulous shape and we would not carry any excess baggage. Clearly, that does not work for us. Showing up, cheering on each other, offering understanding, finding willingness to make better choices and certain changes - that works, it just does not work quickly. So, here is to showing up, day after day, no matter what we weigh, and taking better care of our bodies today, than yesterday. emoticon
    2698 days ago
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