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7/14/14 12:46 A

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Hello Everyone!!

It's been 3 years since I have been on Sparks and I have managed to maintain my weight. Being overweight and a shorty is not a great combination. So being 4foot 10 and 165pds was just not cute. So I worked my tail off and got down to 125pds my lowest. So I have gained a few pounds and I am up to 134 and I would like to loose 10 to 15 pds by November I am going on a cruise to celebrate my husband birthday. So ladies and gents helpful hints and encouragement would be much loved. emoticon . And of course you will have me as your personal cheerleader !! emoticon

One pound at a time.

 current weight: 180.0 
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6/19/14 4:53 P

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Hello Ginny! I am almost 38 and believe I have a few pounds to lose too, though many would argue with me. My bones are super thin ... and I know bone size has a lot to do with how much you weigh / your ideal weight, though I do not think many take that in to consideration. My healthiest weight was 114 ... but I was muscular, fit and very active. I am comfortable at an 'unfit / unmuscular' weight of about 108.

As it is, I have really reduced my activity level over the last 3-4 years due to Multiple Sclerosis. I am no longer fit, no longer muscular, and have actually gained a bit of fat on my stomach. All of the women in my family were thin like me till their mid-thirties and now they are all obese or dead (died in their 40s and 50s!!). I do NOT want the same so even though I often times feel really bad because of the MS I just keep pressing on the best I can.

And that brings me to my point (I did have one!) ... we can each only do the best we can. If we are not doing our best then we are working against ourselves and being hypocrites (is that too strong? I'm not meaning to be offensive here, just honest). The more in to this crazy disease I get the harder it is for me to hold on to a decent weight, though I try the best I can. Portion control seems to be one of the most important things for me to keep hold of. I try to have my largest meal for lunch and then a lighter meal for supper, aiming for no later than 7 and not eating again for at least 12 hours to give my digestion a break and my body time to repair what it can over night.

Another thing that is big for me is dairy. It makes me gain weight like nothing else ... and it makes me feel yucky ... so I just avoid it if I can. I do allow a tiny bit 'here and there' when at others houses but in general I avoid it, especially at home.

I have never been fond of sweet things and am actually border-line type-1 diabetic (autoimmune connection? I don't know.). I am thankful for this problem!! When I do make sweet things I cut the sweetener in half or more and always use honey. So, for instance, many cake recipes call for 1 1/2 - 2 cups of sugar. That's a LOT of sugar and you know what? It doesn't need it. I only use 1/2c honey and that suits everyone just fine. I skip the frosting ... once again, it just does not need it. Sometimes, depending on the type of cake, I will sprinkle a little cinnamon-sugar on top before baking. This add a bit of sweetness to the surface.

I avoid eating things I know I have a problem with ... like plain lay's potato chips :) Yes, I'll eat them once in a while, but in general I just keep away from them. If someone else serves them to me I will take a small handful.

So, MODERATION is another key thing for me. There are some things I know are not agreeable to me or that are just not good for me. I allow a little sometimes but am careful not to have a lot and not to have too often.

I suggest you keep healthy snacks on hand and bring them to work too. One of my favourite snacks is hummus. YUM! Of course you can put these on crackers or pita bread, however carrot sticks work well too. Hummus are becoming more and more popular and can often be found ready-made in the refrigerator section of the grocery store (usually near or with the produce), but they are super easy to make too and you can tweak it to your tastes.

If you want something sweet and cannot shake that craving, grab a few medjool dates or other similar sweet fruit.

If you want to do some 'mindless munching', have some carrot sticks ready in the fridge. Peal the skins, slice in to sticks and store in water in the fridge. The water keeps the longer and makes them so crispy and cool.

Have you ever considered making your own pro-biotic drink? This is a great replacer for wine and is good for you. Here is a blog post I did a while ago sharing how to make this soda

Well, I hope this has helped you.

6/13/14 7:29 P

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I completely understand. I'm 5'1", and I have 7-8lbs to lose. That's a lot when you're short! An entire pants/dress size. Ideally, I'd like to lose 10lbs, but I don't think it's realistic for me. I need to pack on a bunch of muscle to keep up with the guys at work (because, yes, that is required for my job). Oh, dear. I have some work to do. Good luck!

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5/22/14 11:52 P

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Hello Ginny,
This is my very first post or response at all but felt compelled because your goals are exactly the same as mine! I am 5'2" and I am just looking to slowly but surely get down 10 Ibs. I don't plan to be radical and I am not looking for change over night. I am taking the "hare" approach. But I like this site and this forum as a way to stay motivated. It's also nice too to have a place for those that don't need to lose excessive quantities of weight -- just a diligent effort to tweak what we have. Hope you have a great summer!

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5/13/14 10:17 A

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Hi all! I'm new to SparkPeople and am trying to keep my motivation. I'm 38 and would like to lose 10 pounds. Doesn't seem like a huge amount but it feels like a monumental hurdle to me. I'm 5'3 so every single excess pound seems to really show itself. I have two young daughters - one is 2 1/2 and the other is 1 yr old. I've lost most, if not all, the pregnancy weight although I do feel that my tummy area is somewhat different. I am currently at 138lbs. and have also recently joined WW. I used to be very active and run regularly - in fact, I ran the NYC marathon in November. However, the girls' needs and schedule have really had a terrible effect on my exercise time or even desire. I am not looking for radical changes - I would be thrilled with 1 lb. a week until I hit 128 lbs. My weaknesses seem to be portion control, carbs, and mindless munching - like grabbing a handful of M&Ms from a candy dish in the office. At the end of the day, I am tired and usually grab a glass of wine or some carbs to round out the day. Hoping to get inspired and be fit in time for our July 4th scheduled getaway which will include bathing suits (!)

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