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After seeing a photo of myself taken at a 2010 New Years Eve party, I decided I needed to do an overhaul. I was weighing in at 200 lbs. which was the highest I have ever weighed. An issue with high blood pressure and ankle pain had also developed. I had steadily gained weight over the years and decided it was time to slim down. I have always been athletic but had lapsed into a season of inactivity. Even though I was secretly embarrassed to do so, (being obese according to my BMI), I started to play tennis with an established group at the city courts in January 2010. After playing for 7 months I hadn't lost any weight according to the scale, but appeared more fit with inches lost. Then I discovered Spark People. Now, after being persistent in working the Spark People program I am realizing it is actually possible to achieve my weight loss goals!

I have learned so many new dietary strategies. It has been a long learning process of trial and error to find a personal lifestyle that works for me and I am making progress.
Restarting after the Holidays - January 2011

I have hit a plateau and need to increase my metabolism. I keep going up one and down 1 pound!
Summer 2011 - Restarting after a very stressful time. Thankfully, things are going much better and I hope to make some serious headway with more weight loss.
Spring 2012 - I have been on a plateau FOREVER! I seriously need to cut some more calories off of my daily intake.
Summer 2012 - I have cut down on (but not eliminated) "white food" consumption (rice, bread, potatoes) and almost eliminated drinking wine or beer as I notice it stops fat burning and it stimulates my appetite which is a stumbling block toward more weight loss.

Member Since: 7/29/2010

Fitness Minutes: 23,377

My Goals:
I thought of a great goal recently which is to fit into a beautiful coat my husband bought me years ago when I was in my early 30's, about a size 12. It is a classic style so I have kept it all these years and with the success I am having with Spark I realized this would be a realistic and exciting goal for me to shoot for!

My Program:
I play tennis 5-6 times a week.

Water aerobics twice a week.

An occasional bike ride.

Strength training and stretching twice a week.

Maintain a 1100-1300 caloric intake per day.

Drink water, drink water, drink water...

Get plenty of zzzzzz's!

Personal Information:
I have been married to my dear and loving hubby for 30 years.
We have raised 6 children: 3 stepdaughters in their 30's, 2 son's, 21 and 25, and 1 daughter, 18, who is still at home.
I home schooled the latter 3 children for 10+ years and they are currently in college.
I work with my hubbie in his advertising & marketing business.
I am also a dog lover and have a lovable yellow lab named "Teddy".

Other Information:
I enjoy photography, tennis, art and cooking.

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