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How I chose my name. In the past, I suffered journey fatigue and fell off the journey. This time I am committed to actively work to remain positive. I started this journey to improve my life, be fully active life and live without weight restrictions. I call it Physical freedom.

Prior to joining SP, my comfort zone was ignoring my weight. Today, I am taking responsibility for the choices I make, one by one. I let fear keep me from even trying for years. It was scary to make this decision but I found out that celebrating every small victory or a glass of water stops my fears. I lost 80 pounds in 2009 with SP but faltered and regained 60 prior to restarting this journey.

A successful journey is 10% changing what you eat, 20% fitness and 70% clearing the neurological junk in your head. A lasting journey starts with working on your inner head issues. Determine where those negative thoughts came from and resolve those issues. Once you get that done the rest is so much easier. I reminded myself that this is what it takes and that I said I'd do ANYTHING to lose weight. This is the Anything.

Being at peace with myself allows me to follow the journey without the daily struggle and fears for the first time on my life. The inner critic becomes quiet. It's not out of the ordinary. It feels totally normal. I feel healthier, happier and am slimmer. Even a vacation was not enough to derail me.

I'm over 70 and I've discovered that the suggested "calorie range" generated by SparkPeople is unrealistic for many women over 70. To lose weight consistently, my calorie range is between 1200 and 1500 calories a day. I track calories eaten but do NOT offset for fitness minutes. My goals for fitness and exercise are for strengthening, toning and cardio vascular fitness.

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“I don't care." I say that when I don't want to face an inner feeling or emotion. I don't care becomes permission to do or eat just what I want. The pitfall is that it is an addictive feeling of abandon. Once I give in to that feeling, it easily becomes my norm.

No one is forcing me to take this journey or behave in a certain way. I am doing this because I want to become a healthier person.
I am choosing to add healthy foods to my meals and I am not deprived.

The real reward is peace. It's not a reward that I can see in a mirror or touch like new clothes, but I can feel it.

Remember how GOOD you felt just after you started this journey and how bad you felt the day before you started this journey.

My knees no longer hurt each time I get up from a chair. I can walk farther, faster and easier without getting out of breath. Physical freedom tastes sooooo sweet.

Motivation is what gets you started. The joy of healthy living is what keeps you going.

Member Since: 12/24/2013

Fitness Minutes: 8,804

My Goals:
Physical Freedom.
Interim goal: 200lbs.
To learn to live comfortably in a slim, fit, healthy body.
To spread the Spark and seek support for the Journey.

My Program:
Exercise three times a week. I started with walking. I couldn't walk 1/4 mile without stopping to catch my breath. I can now walk 4-5 miles a day. I celebrate spontaneous exercise opportunities. I plan and shop for weekly meals and track honestly.

Personal Information:
I am 70, married and live in Southern California. Love to read. Sing in a choir.

Other Information:
I pursue a healthy lifestyle to the best of my ability. I feel powerful & successful and have reduced my stress and fears.

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    That was nice of you to clarify your comment on my blog. I pretty much understood your point and that you were not comparing your situation with mine. I have this thing I always say when people apologize for comparing themselves to me....or when someone complains to me about their pain--and I wish that my pain was as small as theirs...and that is: EVERYONE has their own "worst pain story" and that if a stubbed toe was the only pain that they ever experienced, then to them, that was the worst pain in the world. (just for an example...not calling your worst pain to be equal to a stubbed toe). Knowing that has saved me much upset. People just like to tell me their worst pain story as a means of saying "they understand--or at least they want to."

    Did you ankles heal properly? I know what ankle pain is--it has been the most limiting factor of my illnesses...well, that and my spine issues. emoticon Thank you though, for your clarification.
    2 days ago
    Thank you for your comment, Yes the number to focus on is 1. You are so right!
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    6 days ago
    hi. yes you are absolutely irght Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. May God bless your day!

    9 days ago
    Thank you for leaving a comment on my Sunday blog. I am right behind you (68) and I've found the calorie range here was too high for me, too. I adjust it downward like you did. I can't lose weight when I eat as much as they recommend. I do love this site. The community is fantastic, so encouraging and supportive. Hope you are having a healthy week.
    9 days ago
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