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Hawaii with Tim, November 2011




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In January 2011, when I first whispered, "I declare 2011 to be the year of ME," I really had no idea where that statement would lead. But with great help from SparkPeople (the focus on the whole person, the support of Spark Friends, and the many tools), the weight I had resigned myself to taking to my (probably early) grave is gone.

As a first step, I set a goal to lose 50 pounds, just to see if I could actually pull it off. Focused effort has paid off in ways I never dreamed possible. Those 50 pounds went away, so I set new goals that will result in 75 pounds gone when I'm done remaking myself. I closed out 2011 on December 31 at 154 pounds and a BMI of 24.9! That put me 9 pounds from my goal and in the healthy BMI range for the first time in over 2 decades.

As a plus, DH suggested we train together to run a 5K in the Spring. I so looked forward to that, even with my arthritic knees. Unfortunately, DH developed hip trouble that kept him from training, so when the day came, he jogged partway with me and walked the rest.

That race seemed to help nudge me out of a fitness slump so I could continue toward my goal. On May 19, I declared victory on the weight-loss front. As I approached that goal line, I realized I'd better have an outlet for my energy and determination, or I would get hit with the letdown that comes after accomplishing a hard-fought battle. So I've tackled decluttering my house as a follow-on and am using techniques I learned (or relearned) at SP to make headway.

December, 2012 update: I hit my six-month maintenance goal a few weeks ago and rejoiced that I have never maintained a weight loss for six months in my decades-long yo-yo history. I set a December goal to exercise each day in some way, stay within my calorie range daily, and track food and fitness each day.

May, 2013 update: Hit my one-year maintenance goal! That's longer than I have EVER kept the weight off.

Member Since: 2/14/2011

Fitness Minutes: 115,487

My Goals:
Met my weight loss goal (75 pounds gone) 5/19/2012

Met my 1-year maintenance goal 5/19/2013

Next goals:
1.5 years in maintenance (11/19/2013) - Success!
2 years in maintenance (5/19/2014)

My Program:
- Cardio at least 4X each week
- Strength training minimum of 2X/week
- Yoga 2X/week
- Work on 6 hrs of sleep each night
- Track, track, track

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I'm married to a wonderfully supportive husband and am owned by one very snarky cat.

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    ~Hello my SPARKling Friend~
    I hope all is well with you and yours & that you are enJOYing the Summer...

    I thought I would share some words of encouragement

    "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."

    "The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...
    these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."

    ~Wishing you all the Best and much Success~ ~Keep SPARKling~
    ~BLESSings ALLways~ Deby

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    282 days ago
    I know what you mean about wondering if it's time to move on....one can only try and see where it takes us!
    360 days ago
    Haven't heard from you in a long time. Hope all is well with you. Cheers.
    361 days ago
    Yoo Hoo

    Popping in to say hello!
    404 days ago
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    emoticon H - Have some chocolate today.
    emoticon A -All work and no play can make you a basket case.
    emoticon P - Putting all of your eggs in one basket is never a good idea.
    emoticon P - Paws and reflect on how green your grass actually is.
    emoticon Y - You have to break out of your shell to find out who you really are.

    emoticon E - Every bunny loves somebunny some time . . .
    emoticon A - A cute little Easter bonnet can tame the wildest hare.
    emoticon S - Some (chocolate) bunny is waiting for you.
    emoticon T - There’s no such thing as too much chocolate!
    emoticon E - Everybunny needs a friend who is all ears.
    emoticon R - Remember to keep your paws off of other people’s jellybeans or chocolate.
    420 days ago
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