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Four pounds from goal in 2010


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Hello! I'm BAAAACK..... I'm 61 years young, and getting younger by the day! That may sound crazy, but it's true. In January of 2009, I weighed well over 310 pounds, could hardly walk, and had a perpetually sour look on my face. I hid from pictures, and loathed buying new clothes. I wore no makeup, and really didn't care what I looked like. I was in an incredible amount of pain from severe spinal stenosis, and bone-on-bone osteoarthritis of the knees.

Today, I am happy, but I was happier two years ago, when I was very close to my goal weight. During the past two years, I have been living with a sabateur -- a loving one, but still someone who frequently sabotaged my weak willpower, and I regained nearly 50 pounds of the 100+ that I lost. Even so, I now love to buy pretty things, wear makeup, and I have an assortment of beautiful and sassy wigs so that I can "change" who I am on any given day, and I've only gone back up 2 pants sizes (but that's 2 too many!).

Thanks to a laminectomy and fusion, I'm no longer in pain from my back, and the knee issues were dealt with when I replaced BOTH of them on the same day a year and a half ago. I WAS doing a regular exercise program, but a Worker's Compensation injury has sidelined me, and I'm still dealing with it on a legal basis, so any vigorous exercise is out for now, although I still try to ride my stationary bike (because even normal walking hurts my shoulder - with the weight of my arm stressing the tears in the tendons).

I think the best thing about my weight loss is that now I CARE about myself. I CARE enough to work at being healthy, eating healthy, and maintaining this great new lifestyle! I'm having FUN again - for the first time in maybe 30 years!

Member Since: 9/8/2011

Fitness Minutes: 15,638

My Goals:
Get back down to my goal weight of 170 pounds

My Program:
Eat 75 to 100 or more grams of protein per day

Eat 75 or LESS grams of carbs per day

Eat 30 grams or less of fat per day

Drink 80 - 100 ounces of water per day

Exercise on my stationary bike at least 4-5 days per week

Personal Information:
I live in Denver, Colorado.

In my mundane life, I work for the state. In my spiritual life, I honor the feminine divine, and am a Dianic Priestess, serving the women's community. I am also an "End-of-Life Transition Coach" or "Death Doula", and I own my own business making Goddess rosaries (Gaia, Isis, Kwan Yin, Sarasvati, Hecate, White Buffalo Calf Woman, Cerridwen, Lilith, Kali, Medusa, Daena, Wilendorf, The Triple Goddess, The Dreaming Goddess, The Chalice Seeker, and the Spiral Goddess). I also have fun with other Goddess handicrafts, such as travel-sized altar boxes, Totem dolls, Intention Dolls, witchy signs, embossed velvet pouches, and water-bottle carriers with Goddess appliques.

I am OUT, loud and proud.

Other Information:
I am a voracious reader.... (I'll even read the toilet paper wrappers if there's nothing else to read!). My favorite books right now are the Maeve Chronicles by Elizabeth Cunningham, and the The Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra. Additionally, I'm reading "The Tipping Point" and "Blink" by Malcom Gladwell. I also love the "People of" series by Kathleen O'Neil Gear and Michael Gear; the Darkover series by Marion Zimmer Bradley; the Earth's Children series by Jean Auel; any Goddess Spirituality book (by Diane Stein, Barbara G. Walker, Vicky Noble, Ruth Barrett, Jean Shinoda Bolin, Merlin Stone, Mary Daly, Shekhinah Mountainwater, Z Budapest, Starhawk, Phyllis Curot, and others); any book by Taylor Caldwell, any book by Robert Ludlum, With Roots in Heaven by Tirzah Firestone

I enjoy Goddess music by various artists - Shawna Carol, Lisa Thiel, Jennifer Berezan, Ruth Barrett, Libana, and others. I also love country music, and "women's" music artists like Cris Williamson, Holly Ne

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    Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog, I do appreciate it!

    Here are some motivational thoughts for you today!

    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

    “Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little.” ~ Plutarch

    “Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there.” ~ Josh Billings

    “I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” ~ Pablo Picasso

    Have a wonderful week!

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    2427 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. Yeah that is EXACTLY how my slacking started haha. I had a cold, my son and the my husband and THEN I got sick again but it was worse then the last cold! It sucked. Last week though I was finally feeling better and don't have a valide excuse haha. Oh well it happens. I hope things calm down for you, life can get busy sometimes I know. That is great though you are still keeping active, that is the best. Hope you have a wonderful day. :)
    2428 days ago
    I didn't respond to your Second Saturn Return post, because I have no idea what that means. That may be the case with other GGs as well. I hope you got private feedback, or on another team if you posted elsewhere.

    Hoping all is going well in your life! Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon
    2433 days ago
    Your weight loss story is very inspiring!
    2445 days ago
    Hey Erica, thanks for stopping by my Cape #1 blog. I would LOVE it if you girls could ever get out this way. I just know you would LOVE P-town!

    It's also nice to see you in my other teams & would LOVE to see the things you make. Do you have a web site or catalog?

    to my Young Crone friend!!
    2468 days ago
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