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This is my third time back to SparkPeople. I am not sure if that's good or bad! I was 53 when I started, now I am 58.

Talk about yo-yo weight gain and losses! I nearly achieved my first goal in time for my daughter's wedding. Then, as is natural, I slacked off a bit that winter.

Fortunately I had a walking buddy who pushed me to get out and walk in the spring! Hooray for walking buddies! JD I love you.

We almost hit our weight goals, and WE LOOKED MAHVELOUS! Great legs and tush, flat bellies and even some arm definition because we would stop and do push-ups on bench backs!

Then I got sidelined by a synovial cyst on my lower spine that caused me all kinds of problems. Eventually the cyst was, more or less, resolved and I ended up in PT to restore some flexibility and strenthen my core (the cyst was covering up a herniated disk as well!)

Of course, I had been flirting with arthritis in my left knee for some time, now it is even worse! I live on the second floor and let me tell you how many times I never went downstairs to get the mail because my knee protested the stairs! One more obstacle to overcome. I wear a kneecap stabilizer when it really acts up.

Those 3 day a week 4 mile walks and 7 on Saturdays are gone for me, at least for now.

Then a local hospital sponsored a Go Fit program with a free 3 month membership to either the Y or Curves. I picked the Y for the pool. After the 3 months, and a 10 pound weight loss, I joined for good at a reduced, unemployed scholarship rate. Again, success! Did not get to goal weight, but was on my way.

Suddenly, last February, I quit going. I sat down and craved carbs, the sweeter the better. I dont know why, I guess winter got to me.

In the last year, I have put on 40 pounds, weigh more than I ever though I could, broke and passed the 200 pound barrier! I am so astonished!

I was just told that all along there has been a second cyst very near my hip joint, which would account for the pain I have been having there. We will see what the doc decides to do about that, but it keeps me from walking or standing for too long.

So, here I am back at SP, motivated and determined. I have been getting back to the Y more often, not yet on a regular routine, but I will get there. I am turning my back on those sweet carbs, even though they call my name, and trying to eat more fruit and veg - and whole grain. Back to what worked for me before.

I am luckier than a lot of people that my health is still good, unluckier than some, but I try to stay positive about it all! I love the motivation that SP gives me to make each day a new day (and it doesnt hurt that Ive already dropped a couple pounds....).

So, here's to success, for all of us, however we define it! SP can help us get there. I know from experience.

Member Since: 3/22/2007

My Goals:
I have a lot of goals, but we'll start with this one: I want to feel as good as I used to.

My Program:
My program, so far, has 3 parts:

1) Move MORE. I joined Curves, and as soon as the weather is stable, I plan to walk on the alternate days.

2) Eat BETTER. Get back to my healthy ways and leave the bad stuff behind.

3) Find FRIENDS. Here I am!

Personal Information:
Call me Jackie. I'm a little teapot: short and stout.

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    2263 days ago
    Hi and welcome to the Fit & Organized team. See you posting on the team threads!
    2456 days ago
    Haven't seen you around in the chat room. I hope you are doing OK.

    2676 days ago
    Thanks for the warm welcome to my post on the Buckeye Beauties board, JUMPUP! It sounds like we have a few things in common having read thru you page: namely, the up and down weight progress ;-) It's a constant battle for me, but SP really helps. I'm trying to avoid the "diet/deprivation" mentality and shift towards a long term, sustainable lifestyle approach. Every food is allowed in moderation occasionally, and perfection is NOT my goal anymore. I live in Lake Co. If you happen to be on the east side of Cleveland we could maybe set up a "play date" and meet somewhere in the middle????? I walk, hike, kayak, and OWN a bike but rarely ride it. I have a dog who likes to walk with me but has some "men and big dog" issues. A not too crowded hike venue works better for her, but she doesn't have to accompany me. Best of luck with your Spark journey!
    2953 days ago
    Thank you for reading and commenting on my Memorial Day blog. There really wasn't much difference in the role women played in the US military in WWII and the Vietnam Era. Women only entered combat zones if they were in the medical field (usually nurses), and it was totally voluntary. It didn't change much until fairly recently. When I enlisted in the early '70's they were just starting to put women in jobs traditionally held by men, that was why I ended up on the flight line. All non-combat jobs, whether held by men or women, were considered support roles and were very important. It's not that your aunt didn't do much, she just did different things than some of the men emoticon

    We went to an annual Memorial Day Classic Car Show Sunday and my husband overheard some teen-agers who were asking each other what Memorial Day was celebrating. It made me sad that they wouldn't know.
    2991 days ago
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