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11/1/2009 - 192 lbs. down 51 lbs.

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I joined Spark in May 2009 and lost 50 lbs by Nov 2009 working the Spark program. Then I let family issues sidetrack me and I gained 30 lbs back.

My husband Steve and I last spring began a moderate exercise program. Just trying to walk 4 times a week.

On May 31,2011, Steve had a heart attack while driving home from work, crashed his car and died. He was only 55 years old. My whole world came to a crashing halt as well...

I'm 49 and FAT! I've been fat and then thin back and forth all of my life. I am so tired of being sick and tired! I've got to do it for good this time!

Update 11/21/2009 - 54 lbs.down-6 months into Spark...

Well I'm still 49, but I am 100% healthier than I was when I started Spark in May 2009. I have decided to embrace the Spark program to the best of my ability. I have been exercising 5 mornings a week before work using free workout videos. I started with Coach Nicole's 10 min workouts on Spark and have graduated to the free Workouts on Comcast On Demand. I am a Jillian Michaels groupie. I like that she's tough and no nonsense. I have been tracking my food and fitness. I am on Spark twice a day. I find that tracking after work lets me know how many calories I have left for dinner and how much more fitness I need to get in before the day in over.

That in no way means I have been perfect at it. I've fallen off the wagon and have been frustrated many times. I've hit a few plateaus and have felt sorry for myself. But when those times happened, I didn't quit. Quitting is how I used to handle things that didn't come easy. This time when I find myself having a hard time I blog about it, talk to a Spark Friend about it, or read Spark info to help me thru it.
I am competitive by nature, so Spark Teams and Challenges have been very good for me. I like being held accountable for my weight loss program. Its funny that a silly challenge to lose a certain amount of weight by a certain date will motivate me more than just doing it for my own health. That's just my silly quirk.

I have made my health a priority in my life. I have 2 teenagers with special needs and I used to think that I was being selfish to take time for myself. But I have learned that the opposite is true. By not taking time for myself, I was just wallowing in self-pity about my weight situation. Now I am showing my children (and Husband) by example that your health is important. I am WORTH the effort that it takes to get and stay healthy. I am a much happier mom and wife. My kids are seeing that setting a goal and working towards it is important. Its not easy, but we can all accomplish what we really put our mind to.

I will update again on April 26, 2010, my 50th birthday . By then I hope to be Fit and Fabulous!

Member Since: 5/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 18,214

My Goals:
Lose 100 pounds in 1 year!

Am I crazy???

RUN A 5k
(my 1 yr sparkiversary)

Running goals:

Join Sept run/walk challenge - DONE 8/25

Run 1 mile by Sept 30

Run 2 mile by Oct 30
Done - 10/24

Run 3 mile by Mar, 30

Run 5K by May 2010

My Program:
Change my food choices.

Start exercising again.


Track my food and exercise EVERYDAY!

Personal Information:
51 years old
Married for 27 years
2 teenagers
Live in Philadelphia

Other Information:
Weight Loss Goals
5 lbs at a time...

25 - use my gift cert for facial (done 7-25)
30 - pedicure (8-5)
35 - new clothing item for Wash DC weekend
(done 8-22)
40 - mani/pedi(9-11)
45 - ipod!!!!(10-3)
50 - Get massage
55 - mani/pedi

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  • v TROPICAL618
    glad you figured out how to get the "pounds lost" on your profile image - isn't that so motivating! i tried to figure it out again and it's right there on "change your profile image" - but you already got it! keep up the great work!
    4157 days ago
    Thanks for the encouragement! One step at a time and baby steps at that, right?!
    4163 days ago
  • v TROPICAL618
    Hi I don't remember how I figured out the "5 pounds lost" for my profile pic. Knowing me, I probably right-clicked on the image from someone else to "save as copy" and then went in to edit my spark page and scrolled down to where it says "change my profile pic" and pasted it in there! If I figure out the "real" way to do it I will let you know. It may also be an image that spark has as an option somewhere on the site... Also, thanks for the blog comment - it was very sweet of you!
    4165 days ago
    We can do this!!! I am so determined. I have never been thin my whole adult life. I want this so bad.
    Keep up the hard work.
    Maria: ) emoticon
    4181 days ago
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