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9/17/16 11:06 P

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emoticon PATSYANNEB and emoticon to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us again on the journey to a healthier lifestyle. Hang in there emoticon ... emoticon ... emoticon emoticon

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

 current weight: 138.0 
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9/15/16 10:16 P

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The good news Patsy, is that it is commonly agreed that at least 80% of our weight loss can be accomplished by controlling what we put in our mouths. The extra 20% that can be lost is due to our physical activity.

Finding what works regarding your food choices can soon lead to enough weight loss that it isn't long before we can finally enjoy MOVING again and treat ourselves to even greater levels of fitness.

You are such an important part of the world around you. Jump in, take control of your choices and be more alive than ever!

You can do it!

Remember one of our SparkPeople mottos:

Being Overweight is Hard
Losing Weight is Hard
Choose Your Hard


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Tell Me What Is It You Plan To Do With Your One Wild & Precious Life? ---Mary Oliver

Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha

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9/14/16 10:26 P

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Hi Patsy and welcome!! i'min my 50s..and closer to 60 than 50..had a knee replacement need another. i just do all i can. i have a big dog that needs walking, i make myself walk more...swim when i can, and eat as well as possible. you can do this!!

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9/14/16 10:03 P

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Much of SP is geared to the younger and/or more fit, but those of us who are ...more mature (I am that, AREN'T I??? lol) have to sift quite a bit to find what works for us and not get tangled up thinking about those things that we truly cannot do. Not "will not do" but "CAN not do". Big difference.

Losing weight as we get older is harder for very real reasons, so we have to be more patient. Which is hard. I find that looking at 5% numbers as goals is helpful because my focus is closer. Since June I've lose a bit over 5% and somehow that just feels GREAT. Recently I read an article about how people spend much more time thinking about what is impossible for them than they spend thinking, planing and doing what they CAN do. Start from there. (I did!) Ok, you walk with a cane. But you can do stretches and chair exercises probably. Redefining what we can do to reach goals can be a huge challenge, so grabbing onto it as a FUN challenge instead of a chore may be the first step toward success: positive thinking and slow, steady permanent changes in habits WILL get you to goal.

But first? Talk to your doctor about any suggestions or limitations.
YOU CAN DO THIS. One hurdle at a time will bring steady but certain progress. And as the pounds melt off, those depressing age-weight thoughts will not be so dominant.

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9/14/16 7:31 P

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Hi - I've been a member of SparkPeople for a number of years but it has intimidated me and I simply ignored it for years. I was 276 and went down to 249 - that was last summer - slowly I've gone back up to 286 and I seem to have stuck. I just turned 70 and want to get down 99 pounds by next spring. I have a serious problem exercising because I have a bad knee and my legs swell up to twice their size.
I have one child, a daughter who is 46 and she is married with one child, a daughter, who is 7. I have problems walking and so now use a cane. I worked until I turned 65 and retired when my department was outsourced to AZ. I live in NY up on the Hudson River and absolutely love living in a small village where Main St. literally ends at a park on the edge of the River - we're surrounded by mountains yet I'm only 1-1/4 hrs away from NYC on the train. I love to read and recently moved to a senior townhouse development here in my village. I need support and friends and examples from people my age who have had to fight the hard fight to lose weight and aren't as "flexible" and active as most of these younger one.
Well that's my story, to me its become depressing and so makes me want to vegetate in my recliner and watch the world go by outside my window.

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