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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

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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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PHILLIPS661
11/26/2014 10:51:18 PM

hey Alicia..thanks for talking to me about the wii board...I used to bowl on it but nothing else...sure was a lot of fun...now she's too old to play on her wii and we use it for netflix...not any excercise there...I still get to walk in AR...only when there is rain out or ice I won't go walking...back when I ran I was so gung-yo..about it I ran in rain sleet and snow....not smart..I pulled some muscles bad by doing it..and I always jogged on the hwy..which wasn't smart with snow on the hwy..i could have been hit...God watched out for me...I'm trying hard to get my walking more consistant and building up my stamina...when running i could run for hrs. without stopping but now I can barely walk at a good pace for 35 min. hope it gets better if I keep at it...but it's slow going..bad knee and all..motorcycle accident..got me back on track though...thank God for the small things...lol..have a great Thanksgiving..rico emoticon emoticon emoticon



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PHILLIPS661
11/25/2014 4:15:57 PM

Hey Alicia...my daughter has a wii..that she doesn't use..what is the wii board..and how does it work?like to know more...sounds like good exercise if you can usually count on a loss of a pd. a month...from just it...or do you do other exercises? too...rico emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILLY814
11/24/2014 7:38:32 PM

your blog was inspiring!



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PHILLIPS661
11/24/2014 10:52:51 AM

Loved your blog..making you today's inspiration for me...love to see you at the Birding across America team thanks for inspiring me today....was it ever a slow go for you..or did the pds. seem to go regularly? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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GALINAZ
11/23/2014 1:30:04 PM

Read your post and you are inspiring! you made me think about taking it a day at a time with your goals of "don't go..." thanks for the ideas



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