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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 14ís and sometimes large 12ís.

Then, fateful Facebook arrived. I didnít 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 didnít 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 poundsóa 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 hadnít 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, ďYouíre not good enough.Ē The heck Iím not! I came to Spark People for help, and Iím getting it. And guess what? I havenít even worn one of those pairs of fat pants! Iím doing the work, and my body is changing for the better, and Iím making some great e-friends. Spark on, everyone! You can do it!
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Member Since: 1/12/2014

SparkPoints: 15,571

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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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MOBYCARP
7/26/2014 11:16:42 AM

Digging 5K Your Way plan out from under other papers? Here's the link:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/train
ing-plans.asp

SP did not let me put an active link on a page comment; you'd need to copy and paste into a browser to go there.

Comment edited on: 7/26/2014 11:17:48 AM

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MOBYCARP
7/16/2014 9:23:38 PM

Responding to STRIVERONE's comment below, on your question:

"Re: Couch to 5K--What do you use to time the "walk 4 minutes, run 1" or "walk 2, run 2"? Seems like quite the hassle to look at the sweep second hand on my watch. Is there a gadget that will tell me "run now" "now walk" or even declare the minutes? I do have a smart phone, but I'm rather inept at using it. I've been struggling with Endomondo, but at least I can get time, distance, and speed from it."

When I first did intervals, I looked at my decades-old Timex watch. (It's digital, and I don't remember when I bought it, but I was living in Lincoln at the time.) Later on, I used RunKeeper on an iPod because I could set it to indicate time intervals with an audio readout. It was better on a smart phone, because the iPod GPS is not accurate enough to track distance; but the timer worked even on the iPod. It doesn't say "run" or "walk", but I can program the intervals to "slow," "steady," or "fast." Three different tempos is one more than I've ever needed.

Now, I use my Garmin; but if you already have a smart phone, getting a running app is a lot cheaper than getting a GPS watch. Time enough for the GPS watch if you get to a point where you want to do mixed intervals of time and distance, which is what drove me to get the Garmin. That, and fumbling starting the app at the start of a couple races; the Garmin is easier to control when moving or in cold weather.



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MOBYCARP
7/16/2014 9:06:00 PM

Yes, pay attention to that C25K plan! Particularly for beginning runners, a non-running day after a running day is important. I tried to self-train for a 3.5 mile race several times, and failed. The important reason that the 5K Your Way plan worked for me was, it told me when to quit pushing.

Later on, you'll be able to run on consecutive days. But when you're first developing your legs for running, not a good idea.



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STRIVERONE
7/15/2014 4:56:21 PM

Hi Alicia,

I'm afraid I won't be much help here so I'm going to copy your original question so that someone more savvy than me can chime in.

"Re: Couch to 5K--What do you use to time the "walk 4 minutes, run 1" or "walk 2, run 2"? Seems like quite the hassle to look at the sweep second hand on my watch. Is there a gadget that will tell me "run now" "now walk" or even declare the minutes? I do have a smart phone, but I'm rather inept at using it. I've been struggling with Endomondo, but at least I can get time, distance, and speed from it."

Here's my two cents.

My wife and I may be the last people in the US who have never owned a cell phone, much less a smart one. When I started, I used a Timex Ironman sports watch. Then I graduated through a couple Garmins. The truth is that precision is not important here. After a couple runs you will know landmarks. If you live in a city, you might just measure your minutes in blocks with a running block taking 2/3 the time a walking block takes. Walk three blocks, run two, or something like that. I live in a very rural area and used trees and driveways. Search "c25k phone app" online. If you have an MP3 player, you could try this: www.c25k.com/podcasts.htm and use music as your timer.

Vinny C

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AKA_GAMERMOM
7/15/2014 4:40:25 PM

Thank you for adding me to your list of friends! Your kind words after my post about the auto accident were so comforting. I look forward to knowing you in the days to come.
Peace,
Regina



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