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My goal is to get back to a healthy weight and maintain it so I can stay healthy and active.
Update 6/9/09
I have less than 1 lb to go. OH My Gosh! Now How do I do this part? In the past I would have quit long ago - and now here I am and I am excited, and nervous that I may not be able to maintain this! I know, I know - Just keep on Keepin' on! It's just that I have never been able to really maintain my weight loss before, and this is a little scary!

Update 9/24/09
Just a year ago I weighed 165, not good on a 5' 3" tall person! I had alarmingly high blood pressure and cholesterol and was on medication for both. I had hip bursitis and was to the point where I was seriously considering using a walker! And I had awful acid reflux.

I had managed to lose some of that weight before I found SparkPeople in January of 2009. But just like all of my previous attempts at losing and maintaining weight loss, I was floundering and about to give up! I knew I really had to do something that would change my entire attitude about losing weight. I was looking for a way to monitor my calories (at least I knew I had to be responsible for what I put in my mouth!) when I found the SparkPeople site. I didn't hesitate to join and start using the information I found here.

I reached my goal weight in June of this year and today I am still at that weight! Occasionally I go up a pound or two, but it comes right off again! What I thought was so scary, maintaining the weight loss, has just become a way of life! I have decided I would like to lose another 5 pounds, but am in no hurry to have it come off - it will happen in its own time.

My blood pressure is now normal, my cholesterol is now normal, I seldom ever have acid reflux any more (greasy food will still do it, so I avoid that!) and most surprising to me - the hip bursitis has improved to the point where I not only walk and exercise regularly - now I RUN! I used to run and do 5K races in the late 1990's, but weight gain and inactivity took its toll! I have run 3 5K races (took 2nd in my age group in 2 of them. ). I am registered for another 5K this weekend, where I will run with my daughter and granddaughter - 3 generations all running together! I am also registered for a 10K on October 4 (that is 6.2 miles!) and I plan to run a half marathon the end of November.

I am probably in the best health of my life today! I have been thinner - but not necessarily fitter!

Every day, in every way I am getting stronger, fitter, faster!

I believe without SparkPeople and the wonderful Sparkie friends I have met that would not have happened!

Member Since: 1/31/2009

Fitness Minutes: 38,237

My Goals:
My goal is to get back to a healthy weight and maintain it so I can stay healthy and active. I have lost 30 lbs since August of 2008. I joined Spark People on Jan. 31, 2009 and now have just about 2 lbs to go to reach my goal weight. It's a little scary at this point, since this is where I usually give up. I don't want to do that this time. Spark People has been such a great resource and help to me in calorie counts and keeping my eating balanced and healthy.

A short term goal was to run a 5 K race, and then a 10 K race. I have now run 2 5K's and am training for a 10 K in October!

Update Nov.2,2009
I have now completed
4 5K's, and my first 10K. I am officially registered for my first Half Marathon on Nov. 29, 2009.

My Program:
Since joining Spark People I have been eating a healthy balanced diet with reasonable calorie count. I work out six days a week. I am now able to run (I didn't think I would be able to do that again, but look at me now!) I run 4 to 6 miles at least 3 days a week. The other 3 days I do other kinds of cardio and strength training.

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I live in Western Washington with my hubby of nearly 43 years. I have 2 grown children, and 4 grandkids. And a Cocker Spaniel named Sammy.

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