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Jan. 2008, In the beginning, this is what I wrote: Hi! All of a sudden I have realized that I ate way (weigh) too much over the holidays and I need to fit into the dress for my son's wedding in June.

I reached my goal and my son's wedding in June was wonderful!

Now the name of the game is "Maintaining"!!! Somedays are easier than others and right now I have gained back 3-4 pounds. UGH!

Jan. 6, 2010--Happy two year anniversary to me! I am still battling the same 3-4 pounds that keeps coming and going. I think with this new plan, I can make them leave for good!

January, 2009: I'm still here, and still 4 pounds heavier than I would like to be. I am counting steps again and still hovering 3-4 pounds over. The kicker is, I feel good. I haven't been sick at all during this school year. I am eating healthier, and I do believe I am healthier. So, what's up with these pounds?

Here are my steps now and a year ago:

Jan. 2008: 6142..........Jan. 2009: 5679 (off to a slow start)
Feb. 2008: 7580...........Feb. 2009: 7876 (That's a little better)
Mar. 2008: 8840...........Mar. 2009: 7604 (ooops--went down)
.........April, 2009: 7734 (not there yet)
.........May, 2009: 7888 ( smidge better)
.........June, 2009: 7838 (DAMN!)
.........July, 2009: 7255 (Double-damn)
.........August, 2009: 7711 (baby steps)
.........Sept., 2009 : 6713 (boy, does that stink!)

Do you ever feel invisible? That is a bit how I am feeling right now on Sparkpeople. I feel like those of us who didn't have a lot of weight to lose, or have an inspiring story, don't really matter. Sure there are appropriate teams for us, and I have found common ground with those members, but I get a bit tired of only hearing about those who have struggled, and such. I know this is a way to promote SP, and it is great that so many have had success, but come on! There are others of us out here in cyberspace too! I know this will never be read, but I feel better for having written it.

Member Since: 1/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 42,211

My Goals:
My goal is to loose the extra pounds that found their way onto my waist and butt.


Now, maintaining and finding the balance between exercise and caloric intake.

6/01/09--Maintaining is really tough going right now. I go up and down 3-4 pounds but never really stay at 117 for long. This is really getting annoying, and sometimes gets me down. I'm trying to not let it bother me,but it does.

July 6, 2009: I am really bummed about the weight thing. I am going to have to go back to square one and do what I did when I first began. Lots of crunches and more strength training. I am certainly walking enough, but that isn't enough any more. I've also discovered that I can eat and drink again and I'm enjoying it. That is a new pleasure for an IBS sufferer! I need to get more disciplined. Starting NOW!!!!!

My Program:
New Plan:
This Bootcamp will feature existing SparkPeople workout videos. Here are the basics of the 7-day workout plan:

Sunday: Do the Jump Start Cardio Workout

Monday: Do the 8-Minute Lower Body Ball Workout
+ 30 minutes cardio of your choice.

Tuesday: Do the 8-Minute Upper Body Workout with Ball Video
+ 30 minutes cardio of your choice.

Wednesday: Do the 5-Minute Core Workout with Ball Video
+ 30 minutes cardio of your choice.

Thursday: Do the 10-Minute Lower Body Workout
+ 30 minutes cardio of your choice.

Friday: Do the 6-Minute Upper Body Workout with Ball Video
+ 30 minutes cardio of your choice.

Saturday: Do the 15-Minute Abs Workout

I love to walk outside but that isn't going to happen in this cold weather, so I'll make a better effort to use the treadmill, and get back into my yoga class.

That was then---this is now. I walk everyday outs

Personal Information:
I live in southeast Indiana and work part-time as a school counselor.

Other Information:
I love working with kids, but the most important thing to me is my family.

Favorite book: Follow the River by James Alexander Thom.

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    I saw you at the Huddle. Congratulations on making progress!
    4290 days ago
  • v MMWILLIAMS1984
    Hello! I wanted to welcome you to the Teachers Learning to Lose SparkTeam! We are so happy to have you here! I hope this team serves as an encouragement and a support for you as you continue on your journey. Please take a few minutes and check out our forums and introduce yourself to the team. Be sure to check out our January Newsletter, which will tell you what is currently happening in our team. Also, take the "getting to know you survey." It’s a great way for people to get to know you. There are wonderful people here. This group is a great place to be. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you!

    We have a program in the Teachers Learning to Lose team called "Accountability Partners." We pair people up with someone else in the team who they will have something in common with. This team and as a whole is very large, and can be rather overwhelming. Having an accountability partner really helps you connect. It's a great way to have constant support, motivation, and encouragement from another team member. If you're interested, just SparkMail me and let me know.

    I look forward to getting to know you! Have a fabulous day!

    4292 days ago
    Hi and welcome to the Teachers Learning to Lose team, if you haven't had a chance to already come on over to the Message board and introduce yourself. Take a look at our December Newsletter, that will tell you something about our team.

    I have a wedding I am getting in shape for also, my daughter is getting married in September. I really want to be fit and healthy for those grand children I am anticipating (not yet, but one day).

    We have a program we call Accountability Buddies, you are paired up with a team member with similar goals and interests so you can provide each other with that extra measure of support and motivation. Just send a Spark Mail to my team co-leader MMWILLIAMS (Maryann) and she will get you started!

    Again welcome, I look forward to getting to know you.

    4292 days ago

    Hi and WELCOME to SparkPeople and the SP Class of January 6-12, 2008!
    If you've got questions there's a thread on this team called POPULAR QUESTIONS where you can review - see if your question has already been posed - or ask a NEW one - we'll do our best to help you out!
    (TIP: easy way to search the page - hit the CTRL button and the 'F' key (find) and type in the word you're searching for)
    Good luck on your weight loss goal and your quest to a HEALTHIER lifestyle!

    4293 days ago
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