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A Journey Back to Me......

March 2018

Once upon a time............


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Who says you can't loose weight if you're older, or on medications that "make you fat". Well, I know everyone and every circumstance is different, but I'm 64 and am on psych medications that are well-known to make you gain weight in that they increase your cravings and slow metabolism, but I have lost 50 pounds despite that! So, don't be discouraged, you CAN do it! Because I did and if I did, so can you.....

I had a very wise older friend (91) who, when I commiserated how hard it was for me to stick to a weight loss commitment that "It just wasn't important enough to me, and that when it became important enough, I would loose the weight." And that's exactly what happened! I finally made a conscious decision and an affirmation to myself that this was it, it was finally important enough to me to change my eating habits, change the way I looked at food and cravings, and loose the extra weight that would affect my health adversely in my older years (I'm 64).

I also want to share something about my weight loss journey - It is an amazing story because I am on medications that are well-known for making people gain weight. It creates a tremendous urge for carbs and the chemicals that are in chocolate and such. It also slows down the metabolism. But twice now I have lost 40 and now 35 pounds. That just goes to show you that even with those strikes against you, it IS possible to loose weight. Just don't make it an excuse. Increase protein, watch carbs, use the food tracker, and get exercise, even if it's just a short walk every day.

Ok - Jan 15, 2018 and I am finally in the "overweight" status! Goodbye Obese! Twenty-one pounds to goal weight of 140. I know I can do this! I have decided I can't be old and fat. I have too many health issues right now and being overweight will only add to them. I am terrified of getting diabetes, and over-stressing my bones more than just age has done and my years of being obese has already done. I can't afford to continue this trend of being overweight. So, permanent life changes are needed. The way I look at food intake, what I eat, why I eat. Why to track what I eat, keeping my eye on the target and off the table. Focusing on things in my life other than food and enjoying those and not moaning and groaning because I'm not stopping by the DQ twice a week. I have been on this trek since last Spring and have dropped 33 pounds! I only have about 27 pounds to go to be at a "normal" weight rating! Haven't had that in over 20 years! I'm excited! People are starting to ask how I'm accomplishing this. I tell them just cutting out most bread, pasta, rice. I do have cereal a few times a week (using almond milk 30 calorie), wraps or high fiber quality bread a few times a week but it isn't the heavy processed bread, it's the organic kind that is mostly whole grains and nuts. I eat dairy, eggs (mostly egg white) fish, chicken occasionally, lots of veggies and fruit. I have found low calorie frozen pizza that I love, it's the real thing, just pared down in a thinner crust and less cheese and sauce, but it hits the spot! I also discovered Halo ice cream and it is a terrific substitute for the real thing and has lots of protein and you can eat the whole pint and not blow your calorie count for the day. All that kind of stuff is what works. I still have deserts - no problem. Just watching the rest of the stuff compensates for those treats. Consistency is the key. The weight is coming off very slowly, but I'm not in a sprint, I'm in a marathon............. :)

I am a 64 year old "girl" who lives in Jacksonville, Florida. I love reading, walking, doing crafts, travel and watching movies, spending time with friends and family (duh) and life in general. I am also an avid genealogist. With my crafts right now I have set a new goal with my crochet.

I have reached my goal in a personal project I set for myself of knitting 100 hats and scarf sets this year to give to the homeless shelter for their "guests". I hope they will enjoy the personal touch and know that someone does care about their well-being.

My favorite books (and now TV series) are Outlander series and the Game of Thrones by George RR Martin, Robin Hobb's Books: Rain Wild Chronicles and Liveship Traders, The Fool series - these are only a few of the series books that I have enjoyed. I am always looking for new books, so if you have a good book I would love to hear from you.

Favorite movies: Gone With The Wind (my parent's first date movie), Harry Potter series, The Butcher's Wife (anything Demi Moore is in), Lord Of The Ring series. These are only a few of the great movies I have enjoyed.

I am loving SparkPeople and will be around here for a very long time. This is the best support site I have ever found, and I know it will be a large part for my success in meeting weight goals.


I am feeling thinner today
I am getting stronger, healthier and slimmer everyday
I am losing weight effortlessly
I look and feel slimmer everyday
I am losing weight slowly but surely
I enjoy being slim and fit
I am on the road to great health and a great looking body
I am proud of myself for eating the right foods
I love how I feel after I exercise
I love the feeling of being slim and healthy
I am ready to be thin again
I find It feels so good to have a toned body
I create an abundance of energy when I work out
I acknowledge that my health is extremely important to me
I am taking care of myself and it gives me great confidence
I am committed to doing what it takes to become slim again and healthy
I deserve to be healthy in body and in mind
I will succeed at controlling my weight
I enjoy life when I am in good shape
I find water is refreshing and satisfies my food cravings
I find that every day I notice positive changes in my body

(I got this from a fellow Sparker, loved it and made it my own.)

Member Since: 4/6/2012

My Goals:
Jan 15, 2018 I want to loose 21 lbs.

My Program:
I am following no plan except to track what I eat with the Nutrition Tracker and keeping my calories under the numbers they recommend. This worked before, and it will work again.

Personal Information:
I am a 64 year old "girl" who lives in Jacksonville, Florida. I now weigh TOO much. I am disabled, so am always home and not running around at a job, so burning calories is a struggle. In April I did adopt a little dog, so now am getting some walking exercise every day. A win-win!

Other Information:
I love reading and playing games on my computer, I also love playing Mah Jong. I struggle at getting there, but do water aerobics whenever possible (the winter months are even more challenging). I write poetry and crochet.

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