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I am back again. I certainly am praying that God will keep me and help me through to stay diligent this time. I am ready. I have had some life changes and have looked through my journals in order to learn from my experiences. I just as excited or even more as the other times I have started. I know I will get it right soon.
WOW!! A SPARK MOTIVATOR! I am honored. I am truly honored. This has been quite a journey for me filled with ups and downs. I am very honored that you all would think of me as a motivator. This is yet another thing that keeps me encouraged to continue to gain a healthy and fit body, mind and soul. Thank you so much.

I am so proud of myself. I thank God for all that He is blessing me with. I thank God for giving me this golden opportunity to change my life for the better. I am looking forward to many more years of living healthy and living well.

I am focused and driven on completing this journey and making sure to stay on the same path forever. Soon the path will be well worn and much easier to follow. That is when I know that it is a lifestyle change for me.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!

Don't hesitate to email me or add me as a friend. I am looking forward to coming back from time to time to update my page and to update you on my progress.

So for now, everyone stay blessed and keep losing.

Awayz blessed,
Kynita aka Joynhrt


NOTE: UPDATE 4-16-2009
I decided not to record my water weight gains and losses during those weeks when I am struggling to eat a low sodium diet. I find that the weight gains and then the dramatic weight losses may seem decieving or discouraging for others. I am not focused on losing weight at an extreme fast rate. I use to and it never allowed me to maintain the results that I wanted to see. My focus is the recommended 1/2 to 2 lb loss per week. Therefore, on the weeks where my weight is shifting dramatically, I will make note that it is water weight, but I will record what would be my normal loss on the following week.

Starting again: 4/28/2010
Wk 0: 299.6 lbs
Wk 1: 284.4 lbs

TOTAL: -15.2 LBS

~*~Start Thinking About MAINTENANCE Now~*~

1. Continue to exercise, monitor what I eat and drink at least 64oz of water.
~~~ (Currently working out 4-5 nights a week. I actually began with 1 night a week for a couple of months in order to build consistency. I then added one extra night every 4-6 weeks, until I had built up to the 4 -5 times a week.)~~~

2. Plan to join a face to face group once desired weight is reached or once I reach 178lbs.
~~~ (I actually decided I needed to do this when I had climbed back up to 304 from 265 this past July '08. I joined Weight Watchers after being prompted by a coworker who had shown quite a bit of success with it. WW was just what I needed to teach me how to manage food and not make it the controller of my life.)~~~~

3. Plan to continue to check in at SP even after desired weight is reached. (Still checking in, but not as often as I use too. I decided to focus on recording information on the WW site being that they actually calculate my points for me. However, the boards here and the teams are the best.)

4. Plan to weigh in daily to monitor weight fluctuations.
~~~( I actually do this now. It doesn't discourage me, it just helps me monitor what I am eating. Such as how much more I need to eat or how much less I need to eat. For instance if I am gaining or not losing I eat less or Ii eat more fruits and veges or add more water to make sure system is being cleansed appropriately. If I am losing too fast I try to eat a little more. This also helped me show the doctor why I was so concerned about a recent weight gain and helped him prescribe me the appropriate meds several weeks ago. It helps me adjust my sodium and water intake as well.)~~~

5. Make sure clothes fit well and close to body. Give away the fat clothes!
~~~(I give away clothes all the time. That is what allowed me to get back on track because all of my new clothes begin to get too tight. I am in a size 16 right now and that is down from a 26-28. I have given everything, but a few pieces away. I try those pieces on every now and again to show myself how far I have come.)~~~

6. Get an acountablity partner who is maintaining too.
~~~(Kendra is my workout buddy. She also helps hold me accountable to what I eat and when I excersice. I do the same for her. She is now working on maintaining after losing 21 lbs and going from a size 14 to a size 6-8 now. Even though we are on two different legs of the journey now, it still helps for us to workout with each other.)~~~

7. Plan to eat anything in moderation, but make healthy substitutions when available. No deprivation!
~~~(Weight Watchers is helping tremendously with this one. I can eat and not feel deprived. I still watch what I choose most times, but occassionally I do splurge on something ooey and gooey. Just make sure you record it truthfully or if you haven't measured, go for the larger amount when counting your calories or points.)~~~

8. Keep an active lifestyle. Keep my body moving in other ways besides exercise.
~~~(Being more deliberate about my overall movement everyday. Parking farther in parking lot. Getting up and pacing while I read in my office. I have also added a dance class to my weekly workout. It is lots of fun and offers a change from my daily run.)~~~

9. Don't celebrate with food. Don't reward myself with food.
~~~(I set up several rewards for my intermediate goals. I sometimes will reward myself a couple of pounds shy of my goal just to keep me motivated and moving forward. Then I hold myself very accountable for reaching that goal.)~~~

10. Look at before pictures often.
~~~(Hung up an old ID picture when I was 343. I have also recently hung up several other pics of me at my heavier weight. And, I have one pic of me at one of my lowest adult weights. I actually weigh less than I did in that picture now.)~~~

Addition 4-16-2009
11. Set up small incremental goals of 5 - 10%.
~~~(I have set up incremental goals that are actually 10% of my weight each time I reach that goal. For example, My first goal was 30 lbs (304), next was 27 lbs (274), next 25 lbs (247), etc. This helps me to stay focused on a smaller number and not the large amount of weight in total that I have to lose. I also only set my ticker to the amount of my incremental weight loss and then once I reach that goal I add on to my ticker. I like to see my ticker reach the end sometimes. And it encourages me to keep going.)~~~.

This list may change from time to time as I learn more about maintenance.

Weight Maintenance Advice

The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) is a national database containing data on a large group of people who have on average lost more than 60 pounds and maintained their weight loss for 2 years. Here are some of the weight control strategies adopted by these 'weight-losers.'

They eat a regular breakfast.
They monitor their weight regularly (sometimes daily).
They take up to 60 minutes of daily exercise daily, burning an average of 400 calories.
The most popular weight control exercise is walking.
They follow a fat-reduced diet, (24 percent calories from fat) while eating healthy carbs.
They control their calories, averaging 1400 calories, per day.

Member Since: 5/26/2006

Fitness Minutes: 9,291

My Goals:
Short Term Goals:

May 10 lbs
June 8 lbs
July 10 lbs
August 8 lbs
September 8 lbs
October 10 lbs
November 8 lbs
December 8 lbs

January 10 lbs
February 8 lbs
March 5 lbs

Intermediate Goals

Long Term Goals:
Total Weight Loss of 200lbs

1. Joined Weight Watchers @ 299.6 lbs
2. Spa Weekend @ 270 lbs
3. Professional Pictures @ 243 lbs
4. Jewelry @ 219 lbs
5. 56 inch Flat Screen TV @ 198 lbs
6. Bahamas w/ Boys @ 179 lbs
7. Donate 200 Can Goods or $200 @ 162 lbs
8. A Year Maintenance Body Lift (If needed)

My Program:
I have rejoined Weight Watchers in November '09 (again Mar. 10) I am running my race again. I was very successful and fell off for many reasons. I do know now that the support of meetings is important for me and so that is where I will continue to concentrate my time so that I can continue to be successful. I still can't wait to become a lifetime member.

Personal Information:
I am a 36 year old teacher and mother of 2 boys. I am from Oklahoma, but have lived in several different places over my life. I had a very difficult life growing up and I do believe that contributed to my weight problem. Over the years, I have spent to much time dwelling on past issues and taking care of others and so there was no focus on me and what I needed. When my dad passed away at 48, I decided that I needed to focus on me. However, I have had many detours. I have decided it is time now.

Other Information:
All time favorite movies: Imitation of Life, The Color Purple, Titanic, Mommy Dearest, and Dreamgirls.

I love music so I listen to just about all kinds, but mostly Gospel.

Hobbies include surfing the web, reading, dancing, meeting new people, hanging out with my boys.

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