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Friday, December 04, 2009

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Well, I am not much of a blogger. I read other people's blogs and they seem to say what I want to say. So I don't bother.

I have to say though, that it's time I did write a little something. I am approaching my goal weight, having started at 224 and now at 150. At the beginning, I was motivated by panic because I was so appalled at the shape I was in. I was terrified to get my blood pressure taken (which didn't help the B.P. one little bit, let me tell you). My sister had had a stroke and I had become convinced that I would die of a heart attack any day. It was hard to get any energy going at all. I couldn't care about doing anything. My life was out of control.

So I worked at it. My sister was so supportive. The people in my staff room would encourage me and praise my efforts. That meant a lot. Then my fellow Sparkpeople would e-mail and just share their struggles too. It really helped get me through the low times.

I started walking and using the nutrition tracker (which I love). And eventually I had to go to the second hand store to buy new clothes. I am way too cheap to buy new when I am still losing weight. People started noticing that I was smaller. My students were very supportive. I teach high school and many of them commented, "You look great, Miss!" I felt good to be a good role model. They saw me eating my snacks every day so they knew I was eating healthily.

So, now, I am stuck. I can lose a pound or two a month. I hurt my back and can't do the amount of exercise I was doing. It sort of feels like I'm cheating. But by now I feel like I want to eat healthy food and exercise every day; so I know I'll get there. Maybe the last twenty pounds will take as long as the first seventy.

I'll get there. Thanks for your help.
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  • S318830
    Congratulations on all the lost weight! Awesome job! I'm sorry to hear you hurt your back. Is it something you'll be able to recover from 100%? I hope so. How are you doing on keeping the weight off despite the reduced exercise?
    3513 days ago
  • JLDACQ
    Jo, sometimes our bodies will find a plateau when it feels its mass has shrunken too much to deal with. I've lost 100lbs in 7 years, and by far, this is the longest I've kept the weight off. Because it took so long to get the first 100 lbs off, I don't look at weight loss in terms of weeks or months, but years. I've learned the hard way that my body can only deal with a 20lb weight loss per year, and that's the only tangible goal I set for myself every January.

    Like you, I'll get there someday, too. We just have to remember that works of art don't happen overnight. :-D

    Spark on!!

    ACQ
    3517 days ago
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