My face in 2007

When I was skinny- My grandmother, my mother, and me.

May 26th, 2008


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I'm back, again, to lose weight. I'm over 200 pounds and NOT OK with it. -February 2012.

-------------------before the weight-gain, I had this posted:
The end of 2009: I had gotten down to a size 8 and my stomach was mostly flat. I stopped paying attention to calorie intake and I also stopped walking. Things happened - I lost my job, my dad's mother became deathly ill.. But I still could have stayed within my goals. I just didn't. Now I am weighing over 150 and my work clothes hardly fit (got another job eventually) and I get winded just walking short distances. My grandmother passed away recently and I told myself after her funeral I would quit smoking (again) but I haven't yet... I also need to lose weight, but I haven't yet... She died of congestive heart failure/emphysema, and her husband died years ago from lung cancer. I know I need to get to healthy. So, I'm trying this again. Even though Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, I think I'll be OK if I "diet" before, in the middle, and after the holidays. Here's hoping.

From 2008: For almost my whole first year on SparkPeople, all I had in this section was this:
"I want to do this, I really do..."

Well, I am here to tell you almost one year later that I have lost 50 pounds so far! That included "bad" consecutive months, and times when all I could do was a few lying adductions while I was in bed watching tv. Things started picking up about four months after I joined SparkPeople. Even after I lost 20 pounds, I lost my motivation and had another lazy period.

So I now want to tell you what happened this past winter:
My best friend set a wedding date. She asked me to be a bridesmaid. I used that as a pick-me-up to stop eating in restaurants and getting fast food. It motivated me to get out the front door and walk, not even run, around a few blocks in the neighborhood. I pictured myself in the dress, at the wedding, two ways: If I lost weight, or if I didn't. The mental picture of seeing those two choices kept my determination going. When Becca first asked me to be a bridesmaid I was a size 14. When she walked down the aisle I was standing there in a size 10!

That was at the end of March, 2008. Since then I have tried to continue to improve. Again, I am using mental pictures of how I could look, verses how I currently look.

I have also learned that when I think I am hungry- I should wait a few more minutes before going to the kitchen. If I have eaten within the last 6 hours, I tell myself if I need to eat, I have to limit it to a snack less than 200 calories. Many times over the last year that has helped me make the right choice. I either don't end up snacking because the craving goes away, or I end up having a sensible snack that any dietitian would approve.

I have been posting a lot of blogs lately, and I hope I continue to do so.

I am now in my healthy weight range, so I am not dieting as hardcore as I was, but I still intend to lose another 25 pounds to get down to the low healthy weight for my height.

I am 5'3. Healthy weight range (according to a BMI Scale) is from 110 to 140 pounds. I think I would enjoy being 110 pounds.


Member Since: 6/13/2007

Fitness Minutes: 2,615

My Goals:
Get to the low end of the BMI scale's healthy weight range for my height. Tone my body.

Exercise often and consistently enough so I never have to "start exercising" ever again!!!

My Program:
I try to limit my calorie intake to 1200 calories a day and walk at least 20 minutes daily.

Personal Information:
My name is Kate.
I live in Memphis and work as a legal assistant.
I am a recovering alcoholic, and consider myself spiritual.

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"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." - Buddha

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