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I think I began my journey toward lasting weight loss in late 2009, when I saw myself in pictures. My weight has been up and down throughout my adult life, starting with 20 marital pounds (1988) that have never been shed.

I was at my heaviest in December 2003. I got pneumonia that month, and knew my weight was a factor. I was pushing size 20-22, unemployed, and had been unhappily married. When my daughter and I looked for a fat picture to post on SparkPeople, she complained ...
I think I began my journey toward lasting weight loss in late 2009, when I saw myself in pictures. My weight has been up and down throughout my adult life, starting with 20 marital pounds (1988) that have never been shed.

I was at my heaviest in December 2003. I got pneumonia that month, and knew my weight was a factor. I was pushing size 20-22, unemployed, and had been unhappily married. When my daughter and I looked for a fat picture to post on SparkPeople, she complained that I looked miserable in all of the photos. I was; those pictures show a very sad and angry woman.

I took an active job and dropped a bunch of weight. My husband and I reconciled. We bought a house in 2004. I dropped some more weight from doing yard work. I thought I was doing great, fitting into size 14’s and sometimes large 12’s.

Then, fateful Facebook arrived. I didn’t like how my picture looked. I was surprised to see how heavy I still appeared. In retrospect, I believe I had gone from an obese BMI to an overweight one, and I felt a LOT better. But the pictures didn’t show my progress or how much better I felt.

We got a Wii board during the 2009 holidays, and I started using it as a scale. I started riding the stationary bike regularly. I went on the No Flour, No Sugar (Dr. Gott) diet, and dropped about 20 pounds by August 2010. I kept it off successfully for a couple of years by weighing daily, biking regularly, and avoiding sugar. If the pounds crept up, I went back to eating no sugar.

At the end of the Food Stamp Challenge in March 2011, I was 135 pounds—a weight I had not seen since before I was married. Frankly, it freaked me out. I had dropped 5 pounds in a week, and I hadn’t been able to focus or concentrate on anything that week. All I could think about was my next meal, whether I could afford it, and what I could afford to eat. As I attempted to resume my normal eating, I found it hard to contain myself. I was just so grateful for food! I faltered and struggled, and weight maintenance was no longer steady. I slipped in 2012, and slid in 2013.

Something snapped in me as the year turned from 2013 to 2014. I just bought fat pants. I heard my inner voice say, “You’re not good enough.” The heck I’m not! I came to Spark People for help, and I’m getting it. And guess what? I haven’t even worn one of those pairs of fat pants! I’m doing the work, and my body is changing for the better, and I’m making some great e-friends. Spark on, everyone! You can do it!
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Member Since: 1/12/2014

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My Goals:
Goal: Keep weighing in at a normal BMI.

new goals 7/14/14:
Don't go more than one day in a row "sedentary" (as defined by my fitbit).

Don't go more than one day in a row over or under calorie range.

My Program:
Ride the stationary exercise bike at least 30 minutes and 6.7 miles each day (and 6 days per week minimum).
Use the nutrition tracker to help guide my eating.

addendum 7/14/14
7.3 miles is better
35 minutes will put me into the "successful maintainers" exercise range--and I want to be One of Them!

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12/17/2014 8:08:12 PM

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HILLSLUG98239
12/17/2014 10:22:11 AM

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I try to keep in mind that I cannot control the world around me; I can only control how I react to it. It's a difficult lesson for a person who likes to over analyze and control everything. But I'm happier and saner when I let go of the things I cannot control!



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GABY1948
12/8/2014 6:05:08 PM

Thank you for the fan (yes, I got it!) and for being such a great friend!



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BROOKLYN_BORN
12/5/2014 5:55:08 AM

Thank you for the Goodie and the kind words. The only parts of Spark that I used when losing weight were the food and fitness trackers, but I never, NEVER could have maintained the loss without the help of the community. I'm glad that you're my friend.



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