Kelley and Lauren and Bob at Kelley's High School graduation
Kelley, Bob and I saying goodbye at the Humane Society to our wonderful dog Sweetheart!
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I am a 65 year old woman who has recently lost 102 pounds, prior to joining SparkPeople last February, now am 240, gained some weight back over the holidays last year. I am still working at it and my next mini goal is to lose 10 pounds, to 230, then 10 more until 220 and so on. My goal is to take it step by step, one day at a time, and to not beat up on myself when I don't meet weight goals! I still have about 60 pounds I want to lose to reach a goal weight of 175 to 180 . I have gone from a size 28 to a size 18-20 since the middle of October last year. This picture, albeit fuzzy, is the most recent one taken recently by my daughter. I'll see if I can get her to take a better picture soon.
Other than that, I am happily married to a wonderful, loving and supportive man who I forget to tell him how I feel about him! We will have been married 30 years, hard to believe, on August 11th, next week!
We also have two daughters, one who lives in Seattle, the younger
daughter still lives at home with us. They are both beautiful girls who are seeking to find their own way!
We live in Issaquah, WA, with a background of the mountains and still a little country flavor, despite rapid development all around us!
I love having so many places nearby to go to, the mountains, the Puget Sound, and one of my very favorite places, the Oregon Coast and walk along the beaches with small waves lapping at my toes, barefoot of course!
Let's see, what else would you like to know about me. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Fine Arts which I seldom use, pity!
My next profession was to become an Occupational Therapist, but unfortunately, I never completed the program. My next profession, my longest was working for the Boeing Aerospace Company for 13 years.
My next profession was to become an Alcohol/Drug Counselor and then I took the state boards and became after a lot of study, a CDP
or Chemical Dependency Professional. I am still a CDP with a license that is, Active Retired, now. I'm not sure that I will return to that field, it is pretty competitive and very stressful. I had a major heart incident in October, which may prevent me from working as a CDP again!
Right now I am working as an independent Provider, Home Health Aide for our disabled daughter and that's fine for now!
Happy Valentines Day SparkFriends and those I haven't met yet!
I look forward to great results while sharing about me and what's happening in my life and with my weight loss journey!
It Works if You Work it !!!!
As of August 1st,2014, I have many goals:
First and foremost, I want to continue healing, to the degree I can from my heart disease/damage.
I want to continue weighing myself daily( not really, but necessary to keep track of my sodium levels and potential swelling of my legs and feet and the resultant weight gain.) I guess this is not a choice, since Cardiologist recommended!
I will continue to tweak my food plan and sodium levels to not more than 2,000 mg. daily, also Dr. directed.
I want my left ankle to heal from a bad sprain in June that is stubborn about healing. I have to see a foot and ankle specialist.
Hopefully I will be able to soon and have my ankle heal to the degree that I can resume my regular exercise routine.
I will continue to weight and measure my food and track my food, recently carbs, and exercise, to the degree that I can!
I am also working with a nurse at the University of Washington, as a patient vol
What I am doing now is probably overkill, I am logging my food and exercise on three different apps. One is with LoseIt, another with Diet diary, and then with SparkPeople.
I have found a new one which I may use exclusively. It's a diabetic specific program that tracks carbs and is all in one. But, of course, I will check in with the SparkPeople Community regularly as I have been and keeping up with my challenge threads as I can.
I believe that I have already covered this information in other sections. As new news is created I will update accordingly.
Finding new information about living as a heart disease survivor.
I am learning about and trying to practice living in the "NEW NORMAL" and accepting the limitations of my disease and also what new successes are present in my current life.
I am also learning to appreciate my "SPARK" and learn what life will be like as an"INCREDIBLE SHRINKING SPARK WOMAN! Lol
Secrets of Success
| current weight: 253.0
I Wish You a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas
I wish you a Merry Chrismtas.... And a Happy New Year....
Good Tidings to you .... and all of your Kin............................
I Wish You a Merry Christmas, and a HAPPY NEW YEAR
~Happy Holidays~ * ~BLESSings ALLways~ Deby
131 days ago
~*~ HAPPY ~ HEALTHY ~*~ NEW ~ YEAR ~ 2016 ~*~
~*~ CHEERS to Making it a SUCCESSfilled ~ 2016 ~*~
~*~Wishing You and Yours all the Very Best in 2016~*~
~*~ LOVE~ & ~BLESSings ~*~ ALLways ~*~ Deby ~*~
480 days ago
~Hello my SPARKling Friend~
I hope all is well with you and yours & that you are enJOYing the Summer...
I thought I would share some words of encouragement
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."
"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...
these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."
~Wishing you all the Best and much Success~ ~Keep SPARKling~
~BLESSings ALLways~ Deby
618 days ago
For joining us at Healthy hearts.
683 days ago
Sorry i didn't see you post for help from several days ago until now. Have things improved?
The best defense against eating too much sugar I've found for me is to make sure I have full meals with at least one serving of a good fat at each one. I tend not to eat sweets during the week, except on holidays and some birthdays. Then when the urge or opportunity comes up, I remember the great meal I had and the one coming up. If I slip, I don't let that become a reason to crash the car! But it's usually better if I just stick to savory foods most of the time. I'll definitely enjoy sweets on Christmas! But I didn't get here overnight. It actually took a few years to get routine about it.
You probably know that it's typical for people who have lost weight through calorie limits to have a backlash of desire to overeat later. But if you're eating reasonably, there is no harm in just tolerating those desires to eat without giving in. They will peak and subside, or the next meal time will appear, and you'll get to enjoy that meal, savoring every bite, right? You've already accomplished so much! I affirm that your skills will kick in here soon, and you'll either get the strength you need when it's hard, or it will get easier again
Hang in there!
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