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I have been overweight for about 30 years. (Overweight is the nice term. Morbidly obese is more accurate.) I had knee replacement surgery in December of 2010 which was not successful. I had nothing but pain for 20 months. I did NOT want to have the knee redone, so I decided that maybe if I lost 50 pounds, that would reduce the stress on my knee enough to not need to re-do the surgery.

So, starting in January of 2012 I started journaling all of my food and counting calories as a way to permanently change the way I eat. By June I had lost 50 pounds, but it didn't make any difference in my knee, so on August 7, 2012, I had the knee replaced again.

I don't know if they just did the procedure correctly this time or if the 60 pounds I had lost by the time of the surgery made the difference or what, but this recovery has been a totally different experience. Four weeks after surgery I am back at work, I've lost 6 more pounds and my knee is feeling really good.

I am now onto my second goal of losing another 50 pounds and after that, 20 more to get to my goal weight. That will be a total loss of 130 pounds. I have lost 66, so I am about 1/2 way there. I feel so much better, and I find that is a great companion to me on my journey. I have even found some exercise videos on the site that I can do, so I am starting to add exercise to my plan, too.

Member Since: 1/30/2012

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I intend to lost a total of 130 pounds. I am about 1/2 way there, having lost 66.

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I am tracking all of my food and counting calories. I have just added fitness to the mix.

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I am from Maple Valley, WA., about 25 miles southeast of Seattle.

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    "You've been given the innate power to shape your life...but you cannot just speak change, you have to LIVE change.
    Intent paired with action builds the bridge to success. You can't just want it; you have to do it, live it...BE it!
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    I hope your week is going great, Sparkfriend! Keep doing your best each day to get closer to your goal. Putting in the effort means you are a success! I know you can do it!

    2094 days ago
    "Your dreams are calling to you right now, calling for you to begin living them in this very moment.
    Stop holding yourself back, and let yourself be all you know you can be."
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    Thank you for dropping by my page and encouraging me on my streak. I hope you had a good weekend and are ready for a healthy week!
    2097 days ago
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    Thank you for the friend add. You are doing an amazing job and I wish you success.
    2102 days ago
    “Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time.
    Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest.
    In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change.
    Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future! Today is a new day!”
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    Every day is a new chance to take steps towards reaching your goals! Just keep doing your best, and never give up. Always remember that you are worth the effort!
    2102 days ago
    I live and work in Tukwila, and train at an all-women's martial arts studio in Seattle (the only time I go into Seattle by choice; I'm not a big-city gal). I am not surprised that your weight loss has slowed. I never lost more than 4-5 pounds per month at the beginning, and the last 5 pounds took about 3 months to come off. But then I've reached my preliminary weight loss goal, and I'm currently inching my way down to a healthy BMI. But then, for me, this is not a race. I'm finding what works for me long-term. I loved this piece of advice I heard here on SP "Don't do anything to lose weight that you aren't willing to do for the rest of your life."

    But then we all have to find what works for us. I'm all about the inner work along with the outer activities, and creating balance in the different areas of my life. I wish you continued success and joy on your journey!

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    2105 days ago
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