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Today, May 20, we finished the 5% Spring 2016 Challenge. I was so hoping to get to the 5% Loss, but, unexpected medical problems prevented me from doing so. It was determined that there is a large, dense calcification near my rotator cuff and I can barely move my left arm and shoulder. It has been very painful, and I have to keep my arm in a sling for about 6 weeks. I was given a cortisone shot, hoping it will dissolve the calcium. If not, I will need to have my shoulder operated, which is not successful in most cases.
So, now, I am hoping every night to get a few hours of sleep. I did not during the first 8 days and still feel like a Zombie, although I had about 5 hours of sleep three nights ago, about 3 hrs. the night before last, but....about 6 hrs. last night. There is HOPE!

Update, June 3, 2016: I am sleeping so much better, now. Even have some range of motion in my shoulder. Returned to the Orthopedic Surgeon: No golf for the next 4 weeks. Can start with Physical Therapy next week. However, I had a bad time with AFIB this week, saw the Cardiologist and will be going through a slew of tests. No swimming, either. Even walking is difficult. For somebody who was always healthy and very active, this is so hard to deal with.

May 25, 2017.
I just returned back from Germany, my former home, after not having seen most of my family in 13 years. My husband passed away in Feb. and my children insisted that this would be a good time to see my sisters and brother. I had a glorious time. I also saw several cousins and my 97-year old godmother. With all the family celebrations I attended, I was surprised to return with only 1# gained. Now, I have to get used to the 9-hour time change, going through all the mail, unpacking, and getting organized.
Having lost about 15# since last May, I, immediately, returned to healthier food and my weight-loss journey. I purchased lots of fruit and vegetables, yesterday, and hope to lose a few more pounds. I have no definite goal in mind, just want to feel as good as I can at my age.

10/14/2017
I can't believe we just started the 2017Fall Challenge. After selling our vacation home in Lake Tahoe, in late August, after 25 years, I have been busy ever since, trying to dispose of furniture, household goods and clothes from the entire family. It was an overwhelming job, and lots of the goods ended up in my large garage in Reno. Slowly, very slowly, I am disposing of a lot of items and give myself until Christmas to complete the job. However, at this point, I am not convinced it will happen. It's hard with my sons living so far away, although they helped me to move out of the Lake house, up to a point, for which I am very grateful. I am giving everything to different charities, and was able to get rid of a large load this week. I still have a closet full of sweaters, shirts, suits and pants from my husband that will be a project for this coming week, I hope.
This new challenge couldn't come fast enough. I am still bordering at around 150#, only slipped into the 140s very briefly, but hope to find a permanent spot in the 140s, before the challenge ends.
May we all reach our goals, eventually.


Member Since: 2/20/2008

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My Goals:
Still trying to get solidly into the 140s. Maybe, the fall challenge will help me to achieve it.
I continue to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, more vegetables at this points, and reduce my carb intake as much as possible. Protein and healthy fat are my friends, at this point.


My Program:
Continue to eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Eat protein 2 - 3 times a day, and work on drinking more water. Work out, almost daily, but no less than 5 days a week.



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I was born and grew up in Germany. Curiosity prompted a visit to the US and I never left. I am married to the love of my life. We have two sons and four grand daughters. In Aug. 2011, I celebrated 50 years in the US. Hard to believe. I had total hip replacement surgery in July 2010. I love walking, skiing, golfing, and swimming, When home, I work out with a trainer, twice a week, mainly strength training, to stay as active as I can.


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  • v JEANKNEE
    You are welcome Marlis. You should have an invitation for the new 2018 Winter Challenge from Lynn (KALISWALKER).
    10 days ago
  • v JEANKNEE
    2018 Winter 5% Challenge Invitations and Team Selection is happening this week.

    Those teams that do not get at least 20 members on board by week's end will be disbanded. Our team will be broken up and we will need to chose another team.

    Monday, December 4th at 2:18 pm Pacific Time the Starfish remain at least 5 shy of the 20 member minimum. So, if you intend to stay with the Starfish, please accept your invitation and make your team selection.

    emoticon Let's Go Starfish!!! emoticon emoticon
    10 days ago
  • v LOSINGLINNDY
    I would like to invite you to join me on the Biggest Loser Winter Challenge.

    BL Challenge is a 10 week challenge, run 4 times a year (spring, summer, fall and winter), made up of 10 teams with 24 active members on each. We compete in weekly nutrition and fitness challenges. Within each individual team you'll soon find your amazing teammates are there to support you, offer friendship, challenge you and keep you accountable just when you need it most!

    The Fall challenge round is ending and the BL Winter Challenge will be starting December 6. If you are interested in joining us, please go to the Biggest Loser Winter Challenge All Teams page, click join, and add your name to the waitlist! You will find that team icon on my spark page. You'll be notified right away of which team you've been placed! Give it a try! What better way to lose a few pounds and work on your nutrition and fitness than with a group of fantastic people encouraging you every step of the way.

    Hugs, Linn
    26 days ago
  • v EHAROTH
    You are doing so great Marlis! Those last few pounds are, for sure, the hardest to get rid of! You will get there - I know - because you never give up the fight! 😃
    32 days ago
  • v EHAROTH
    Great job on your weight loss in week 1 of our Fall Challenge Marlis!!! 😃
    61 days ago
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