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June 27, 2013 In "hand-me-up" blouse from my daughter. 124.2 pounds.





Christmas 2013 125.2 pounds





Dad and my siblings. My sister and I are smaller than last year. Christmas 2013



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November 2014 - I had maintained more than a year when my Dad entered his last 4 months of life, and after he died, grieving, working to settle his estate and getting his house ready to sell distracted me. I gained 11 pounds over 6 months without ever quitting exercising. (My one victory is that this is the first time I've stopped the gain before regaining more than 25 pounds! That's progress of a sort.) I am currently less than 5 pounds above my goal.

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November 2014 - I had maintained more than a year when my Dad entered his last 4 months of life, and after he died, grieving, working to settle his estate and getting his house ready to sell distracted me. I gained 11 pounds over 6 months without ever quitting exercising. (My one victory is that this is the first time I've stopped the gain before regaining more than 25 pounds! That's progress of a sort.) I am currently less than 5 pounds above my goal.

June 2013 - My youngest daughter got married at the beginning of the month. I'd been maintaining for over 2 months successfully. I usually weigh between 124 and 126 pounds. Still tracking food and exercise!

March 23, 2013 - I exceeded my goal! I weigh128 pounds - down 31 from November - and beginning maintenance today. I'll still be tracking and exercising. Now to find the balance point for calories...

January 2013 - I finished 2012 well. I'm down 16 pounds, with another 13 still to go. Keep watching... I will finish well and this time KEEP TRACKING!

November 2012 - This year hit me hard with my Mother's decline and passing as well as two falling injuries of my own. I'm nearly healed now and am back determined to maintain only the pounds I want to keep. I will not be packing on the pounds over the next 2 months! Watch and bear witness...

February 2012 - Itís difficult to come back admit Iíve failed to maintain my weight loss. I failed to stop the upward spiral even when it became impossible to ignore.
Of the 30 pounds I lost, Iíve regained 26. Sigh. Iím ashamed to come back to my Spark friends in this condition, but it would be worse to stay away because I am embarrassed.
I am beginning again, and will not stop checking in when I reach my goal. I need the trackers and the encouragement/challenge of checking in with others. Thanks for your support! I am determined...


April 2010 - I'm down 26.5 pounds now (I weigh 131.5 pounds). That's less than my last goal weight. My DH wants me to stop losing now. I don't really care what number is on the scale as long as I look trim. So.... now I am off to learn the tricky skill of maintenance. Wish me luck...

March 2010 - I'm 21 pounds lighter than last November. I miss my workout if it is a rest day. That means I've developed a new habit! I even exercise more if someone wants company on his walk. :-)

January 2010 - I'm starting 2010 10 pounds lighter than 2009. I've been exercising regularly and am trying to find ways to make it less like a duty and more like a pleasure. I'm pleased to find that it doesn't make me as exhausted as it used to even though I'm exercising more now.
Current favorite quote: "If hunger isn't the problem, eating isn't the solution."

November 2009 -My work and all my hobbies are sedentary. I need to find a way to make exercise enjoyable so I will do it consistently.

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Member Since: 11/14/2009

SparkPoints: 67,906

Fitness Minutes: 91,505

My Goals:
More Energy
More Flexibility
Greater Strength
Increased balance
maintain a slim shape

My Program:
Track food and exercise daily. Do 25-30 minutes per day of cardio.
I want to add some strength training 3 times per week.
Walk at least 10,000 steps per day.

Personal Information:
My name is Joan. I'm 57, 5' 6 3/4" tall, live in Portland, Oregon, and I've been married to my delightful husband for 37 years. I love to read, quilt, sew, knit, chew and swallow. Love how I feel AFTER exercising.

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SANDISOCAROLINA
11/20/2014 11:14:49 AM

Hi Hope you're doing well in this cold snap and all you're going through. Appreciate your stopping by. Yes the little Fun Walk/ Run is a "for sure" again next year Lord willing. It will be the park's 26th annual and my 2nd. Hope your holidays are OK- I know it's hard to be more than that when there's a loved one missing around the table. Sending love and good wishes and all the best.



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WATERMELLEN
11/7/2014 5:49:17 PM

Flu seems to have disappeared, thanks for your kind thoughts: felt well enough today to go and get a flu shot!!!

Thanks for your comments on my blog today -- hope you had a happy time focussing on "YOUR" house!



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SLENDERELLA61
11/7/2014 1:17:16 PM

Yes, our SparkTeam had 2 walks and one dinner per month for the first 2 years I was active. Unfortunately, Teresa fell on a walk and was injured. Donna and Cyndi have serious physical limitations and struggled with the walks. One very funny member who I adore has Parkinsons. Our newest member that comes has spent a lot of time in the hospital. Eileen and I rode bikes together several times, but then she retired, lives 25 miles away, and no longer is interested in biking the trail near my house and I sold the car that my bike rack fits on. We aren't a good match anyway; she bikes much faster than I. And since I've been running, I'm much faster than anyone else on the team. Cyndi and I belong to the same gym and talk often, but do different activities. So it just works better for us to get together and share our accomplishments. Maybe sometime it will work out for us to get an exercise group going again. Good idea! -Marsha



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WATERMELLEN
11/6/2014 5:12:40 PM

Yup, still fighting the flu -- thanks for your comment on that discouragement blog today. My goodness Dr. Beck is a clever clever woman!!



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KIMI_SILVA
11/4/2014 10:21:33 AM

Belviq is a new weight loss medication. It's the first that's been approved by the FDA in 13 years. It doesn't make you feel full like must pills do. It works as a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, but focusing on weight alone.



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