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6/2/12 3:15 A

I love the name FLUFFYNOMORE -- I can so identify with that. Like you, things just got our of hand and now I am 65 pounds overweight and 69 years old. Fortunately, I am only considered pre-diabetic, but my daughter is diabetic and takes multiple drugs to try to control it -- but she isn't doing so well. Insulin has been mentioned.

I wish you well in your journey towards better health and the "new you" that you mention in your post.

I'd like to know how you are progressing. Perhaps we can be online friends.

FLUFFYNOMORE52 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/29/12 6:36 P

I don't feel like me anymore. I am clumsy and tired all the time. Everything aches. I see myself in the mirror and i say OMG what have I done to myself. I am diabetic and my blood sugars are out of control. There are so many things I could write in here but basically I think that I just can't stand living in this fat suit anymore. I can't just unzip and step out of it like they do in the movies so I have my head going in the right direction now. Forward I go to finding myself again.

DOLPHINS2012 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/26/12 6:18 P

Just want to be smaller!

SPIRIT42013 Posts: 1,020
5/26/12 1:54 P

When taking care of my personal hygiene became a challenge...

5/26/12 1:45 P

Struggling to bend over and tie my shoes.

RELLINGS SparkPoints: (11,911)
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5/26/12 8:22 A

I bought a scale.

GAELA-I-CAN Posts: 2,000
5/25/12 8:32 P

Health issues

KCWIND SparkPoints: (43,727)
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5/24/12 11:04 A

A video of myself at my students Graduation. I asked who is that large woman? A co worker repliedThat is you, Hon. LOL

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5/24/12 4:01 A

Last year I remember laying on my bed after a horrible visit to my rheumatologist, I weighed in at 136 kg. I felt like the weight was crushing me. I had the thought that this body was done and I'd rather be dead. (After a LOT of attempts to lose weight, having various illnesses, many injuries because I was exercising - and it wasn't really being too vigorous).

I kept at the recumbent bike, I would use it half an hour a night. I wasn't eating a whole lot, and that was heavily restricted by allergies. My weight kept going up. I don't know what I weighed at my highest. I ended up giving up exercise all together. But then it was forced on me because our car died and I had to walk the kids to and from buses/school and had to walk to get groceries and walk to my language tutors house and back. I started feeling a little better.

We moved. This entailed ALOT of lifting/cleaning/walking to and fro etc. This year: I found Runs With Cookies (Thanks so much Katie! I owe you so much). I weighed myself on the Wii, it read 119 kg!!! I couldn't believe it - I was so overjoyed you wouldn't believe! This ended up being about 14 kg lighter than I actually was. Got hooked on Sparked b/c of Katie, and here I am - I've actually lost in real kg from my estimated biggest 14.1 kg since January this year. And so I continue!

SPIRIT42013 Posts: 1,020
5/23/12 10:55 P

XMA, I know how keeping myself away feels! Please try not to do it anymore. They might think that they had done something to offend you, whereas, you have offended yourself. I hope both you and I can forgive ourselves and move forward with love!

My best to you,
Spirit emoticon

XMAS2012 Posts: 232
5/23/12 10:17 P

I avoid seeing family and friends that it has been a while. Im missing out on memories and experiences because im too focused on my weight. I have decided if i cant get over seeing people this way then its up to me to make some changes.

iv only just started a week now but knowing im on the right track and feeling a sense of peace and calmness each evening while i walk is enough for me right now. As this all develops i am sure i will include may things into my daily routine i would have never previously considered.

NANCYKALED SparkPoints: (3,317)
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5/23/12 11:00 A

Take baby steps. When I first started I cleaned out my kitchen and slowly added spices, wild rice, brown rice, even quonoa. Then I bought the Sparkpeople Cookbook. I lived by this cookbook for a couple of months, still do but know I can cook things on my own because I learned so much. My husband and I are doing this together which helps.

Next we join the gym. It's right next to work so we go right after. I also bought Coach Nicole's Bootcamp dvd and Cardio Blast DVD. They are awesome. I'm 58 years old, if I can do them anyone can. I walk at lunch everyday rain or shine. It's about 2 miles.

Love this site. Go on everyday. So encouraging!!!!

Edited by: NANCYKALED at: 5/23/2012 (11:02)
NIKSLIM2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/23/12 10:59 A

I find it difficult to stay on track but I have a photo of my self and it stops me getting back to old habits, also I'm going away to a theam park and water park and need to get a swim suit and I have two months so I'm getting the swim suit in a size smaller than what I am then got to work hard to get into it. Also if u feel like diving into the biscuit barrel just get on to sparkpeople and read and talk to people they get u back on track. With exercise do something u like , dancing or go for a walk if u can only do 15 min a day u done something , I try and do squarts while I wash up or iron. Even have fun and games with my kids kicking a ball down the park pushing them on the swing it all helps and do sit-ups just before I go to bed start with 5 then do 2 more the next night and so on it dose work u see the clothes get looser around your waste

Hope this helps ,it has me I've lost 5lbs

5/23/12 10:32 A

One number on the scale was a major wake up for me. I've been carrying this extra fluff for a long time with the attiitude of "more of me to love". Ive never been too critical of myself, but then one day I hit that mark and realized this is just unhealthy. After I realized how unhealthy it was I also came to realize how not lovable it appeared. I guess when I looked in the mirror I only saw the face, looking in the mirror at the whole was a bit surprising. So now my journey has begun. I'm finding my greatest challenge just in finding energy. I'm good for two or three days, then I crash. Any tips are appreciated. Reading motivational pages is helping me keep my eating on track, just not sure what to do with exercise.

SPIRIT42013 Posts: 1,020
5/22/12 9:40 P

Bariatric revision surgery has low success ratio. The doctor wouldn't say how low, just that it failed often for the same reasons it did the first time, over-eating and lack of exercise.

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5/22/12 9:38 P

my wake up call was when my husband stared chatting another woman by text message, i don't know if amy thing 'else would of happened if he didn't get caught! she was slim and showed him attention which i wasn't as i felt so low about my self and then wasn't interment with him, also now find i have arthritics in my knee so have to loose over 50lbs or be half crippled for the rest of my life . but know i had my wake up call i'm on the slow decent down to my target I've lost 5lbs all ready and not looking back

Nikki x

5/22/12 6:43 P

I really never had a wake up call. I was always conscience of it, ever since my doctors put me on prednizone (a steroid), for an auto-immune disease that I as diagnosed with, at the time, that started making! me gain weight. My doctors have always been trying to tell me not to worry about it. Well, I always felt that it was easy for them to say; it was not them. As soon as I insisted on them finding something else to give me; and they, finally, did ... I started trying to find exercises that I could do, to lose it. Working on my own, without a plan, was going super slow. Then, I found SparkPeople. I do not know what I would do without them!


NANAGO1204 Posts: 291
5/22/12 5:48 P

Years ago it was because I saw a picture of myself and decided I was too young to look that old! I was going to do that gray naturally thing but I could see it wasn't working for me...and I needed to lose a few pounds to wear my clothes well again. So I got my hair color adapted and lost a few pounds with Weight Watchers. happened...I was over 40 and the stress in my life was taking it's toll on my willpower. Over several years I regained the weight and added more so my clothes no longer fit. It has taken several years more to balance out my emotions and allow my will power to resurface. Thanks to tracking things I am able to see some progress and it feels great!

GAELA-I-CAN Posts: 2,000
5/22/12 9:42 A

Diabetes and renal failure

SMANISMELL SparkPoints: (76,799)
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5/21/12 2:33 P

The constant pain in my legs! Also, I am tired of my doctor attributing all my illnesses or whatever to my fatness! Plus, I just don't like the way I look anymore.

5/21/12 10:46 A

Hearing my 52 year old mother talk like she's much older. She's always complaining that she hurts and that it's difficult to do things. She gets tired after a short walk. My grandfather is the same way. He's got cholesterol problems and diabetes and it's just hard for him to do much of any physical labor.

Anyway, I had begun to notice myself having back, hip and knee pain at night. I would walk slightly hunched over by evening and I'm thinking I'm only 31. I'm too young to be feeling old. If I continue on the path that I was on, I will end up like my Mom and and like my Grandpa. I'm looking to change my future. I'm looking to create a future of health and vitality. So that's my turning point.

ROBINT63 SparkPoints: (5,749)
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5/21/12 9:05 A

About 1 year ago I'd lost 50 lbs. ~ sadly to gain it all back and then some. I feel that I'm just not able to live my life as I want to at this weight and had to make a healthy change so am really ready to commit my life to a healthy life change! And I just don't want to buy bigger clothes.

SPIRIT42013 Posts: 1,020
5/20/12 2:02 P

My wake-up call was getting back into the Plus sizes that I swore I'd never wear again because of how unflattering they usually are. emoticon

BIGDAKOTA SparkPoints: (6,894)
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5/20/12 1:38 P

I weighed in at 377 lbs and there was no way I wanted to hit 400 lbs. I also just get sick of always having to buy big and tall clothes. I want to be able to take my shirt off and not be shamed of it.

5/19/12 5:56 P

My wake up call was not just one thing but several in succession. First I could hardly breath when sitting and when I got up to walk I had a harder time breathing and my chest pounded so hard.My legs stayed swollen and hurt all the time. Also was when I got up to go to the restroom and my legs trembled so much that I could barely walk, I had to use upper body strength so that I would not fall. I knew my health was spiraling down, I was afraid that I would die and my family would not know how much I loved them. I decided that I wanted to live but NOT like I was. That's when I decided to start walking to get my legs to moving again and come back to SP. I want to see my children finish college and start their own families.I don't want to make them sad.

SARANOW SparkPoints: (9,216)
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5/17/12 1:55 P

When I had to buy clothes based on my size and not on what I like. I want to be able to walk into a store and buy whatever I like without worrying about whether it would fit.

KEITHA39 SparkPoints: (28,261)
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5/16/12 12:25 A

I just felt so sluggish.

ANAWESCOTT SparkPoints: (0)
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5/15/12 6:55 P

Two guys have asked me out but I have not seen them in six years and don't want them to see me at this weightl.

DEEJON123 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/15/12 5:09 P

A coworker joined Weight Watchers and came & told me 15 minutes before the deadline to sign up that my employer will pay for it ....... I was there in 5 minutes and never looked back. Strange, as I was not planning to loose weight or diet, but it is the best thing I ever did. Thank you Sasha!!!

NANCYKALED SparkPoints: (3,317)
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5/15/12 11:40 A

1st New Years resolution I ever kept! Went for Dr appointment and my numbers were very high. Didn't want to go on meds so that's when I found SPARKPEOPLE. I started in January 2012 at 183 lbs. Today I weight 149 and feel fabulous. Went out to buy new wardrobe. Can't tell you how good it feels to try clothes on in a dressing room and everything fits!!
This is a way of life for me now!

LREID1969 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/15/12 10:56 A

My wake up call was looking at our church picture in the directory. I went to take a family photo at the church and we got to pick one of the photos for the church directory. I looked at all the photos and I didn't like any of them. I am just huge! I knew I was overweight, but I didn't know I looked that bad. Photos tell it all!

CHEFMOM1199 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/15/12 7:42 A

I wanted to buy a whole new wardrobe and wanted it to be in the "right" size!

5/14/12 12:01 P

I did Dr. Oz Real Age test and it said that my real age was 63. That shocked me since I was 43 at the time. Due to the fact I had breast cancer and diabetic influenced my "real" age but, so did being overweight and sedentary lifestyle.

MOONCURLZ1 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/14/12 9:53 A

Tired of not being able to fit in the clothes I want to wear and not being in shape.

JJMARTINEZ SparkPoints: (14,370)
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5/13/12 4:47 P

I was just done using my back and knees as excuses to not lose the weight. One day I'm gonna be a dad and I don't want my kids to miss out on camping trips and sports with me. I'm done shaving days off my life for no reason.

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5/11/12 10:16 A

what was my at 50 was sick and found that i have diabetes and i weight 204 never been over 150
and my blood pressure was so hight they but me in hopsitel and got a cloesterol check just a big mess i take lots of med and hate it so wont a change in my life

4U2NVME SparkPoints: (14,983)
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5/10/12 1:49 P

My kids. I can't let them down!

ANGIE8975 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/9/12 8:36 P

size 16 getting tight and going to the beach this summer in a long time

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5/8/12 11:07 P

I had to have an iron infusion. My doctor was very blunt. Threw my weight and my smoking so hard in my face I had no choice but to make a change. I quit smoking 8 weeks ago. Now working on my weight.

WCHOWARD SparkPoints: (51,441)
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5/8/12 4:09 P

My back! I also didn't like having heartburn when I laid down! All gone now!! emoticon

COLIE826 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/8/12 2:41 P

didnt need to.

CRINKLYMONKEY SparkPoints: (4,750)
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5/8/12 11:42 A

Maybe I have alot more to lose than alot of you all here. My wake up call was when i had to tell a police officer that I did not have my seatbelt buckled because It was to small. Wow do you realize how enbarrassing that is to have to say that?

GOLFLADY11 SparkPoints: (45,954)
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5/7/12 11:19 P

Seeing a picture taken with my in-laws. I refuse to be the fattest woman in the group or at least the unfittest!

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4/30/12 11:00 A

I am a 40 year old plus woman. Came down with needing pacemaker, so I quit smoking. I am not a big eatter at all. I eat all day...just things, but I do need alot of salt in my diet cause I have low blood pressure, that is why I needed the pace maker. Anyways, I have always weighed 135, but for the past 5 months I am up to 155 to 158. Not sure why. I am now on anxiety medicine for the past 4 months, (issues with the pace maker) and not sure where this weight is coming from. I started biking 15 minutes a day and days off I walk for a mile and a 1/2. What is going on? Premenopause is an issue also. Need help...don't know where to start and get this weight off..... emoticon

PAMELA2379 Posts: 525
4/30/12 9:41 A

My husband and I were grocery shopping in Wal-Mart. We were done and he needed something from automotive, I was so tired and my legs hurt so bad I told him I couldn't walk down there and back. He is sooo sweet he said it's ok, let's check out and we will drive down there. When we parked I didn't want to go in, so he ran in. I was so disgusted with myself and so filled with self loathing I started to cry. He came out and was like what's wrong? I told him how I felt and he said...You are beautiful, you are sexy, you have value. I was crying so hard and told him I felt awful my body hurts, I have RA, I am always out of breath, when I walked I felt like my heart would beat out of my chest, my blood pressure and cholesterol are high, I need to lose so much weight that I am overwhelmed and dont know where to start. I wished I was dead I hated myself so much. He got upset and said he couldn't stand knowing I felt this way. So he got out his cell phone and called information and got the number to a bariatric doctor we had heard about and called and made me an appointment. He said we were going to do whatever it took to make me love myself again. The day of my appointment was on my 38th birthday, it was the start of a new life for me. My husband is my hero, he saved me from myself!

NICKY0405 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/27/12 11:59 A

When I realized all our pictures were of my husband and the kids because I didn't want to see myself :( I don't want to be absent from life anymore! And going to try on clothes and leaving with nothing because the xl shirt was skin tight showed all my rolls and the 16 pants were snug and I had a cake top not muffin top!

SAE2012 Posts: 910
4/27/12 8:09 A

Seeing my pictures at my parents birthday party!

KELLY824UT Posts: 6
4/27/12 4:08 A

At first it was to get into better shape to survive the 3-Day Susan G Komen walk...then as I was losing the weight, I was pleased with how my clothes were fitting better and the energy I felt, so I got serious with losing all of the weight I have gained in the last 6 years. No longer will I have to settle with how I look, but instead be proud of what I see in the mirror!

RAVINOO SparkPoints: (32,258)
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4/26/12 2:46 P

I had been on the fence since NY to get cracking on fitness and nutrition, but what really did it for me was some pictures taken at a Laua for a friends 50th birthday. I knew I had put on some pounds since quit smoking but seeing that picture really lit my fire! Been working SP program since!

KISHAKELSO SparkPoints: (3,597)
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4/26/12 11:18 A

oh, i've been there.

KISHAKELSO SparkPoints: (3,597)
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4/26/12 11:16 A

When i realized that i was avoiding mirrors, n when i looked @ pictures of a function we had i couldn't believe what i was looking at. emoticon

PATTOMMC3 SparkPoints: (769)
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4/26/12 5:01 A

summer clothes didn't fit when I went to Florida this past march!

PA7R1CE Posts: 64
4/25/12 10:32 A

I had NO mirrors in my new house ... hated looking at myself!

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4/25/12 8:32 A


KNAGREEN Posts: 51
4/25/12 7:55 A

For my own happiness!!

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