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Seven years after I first started at Sparkpeople, I am back and seven pounds heavier than when I started the first time (now 270). I am not sure I feel ready for anything "long haul" but I plan to take baby steps until my head's in the game. I don't even know where to start but my health is at stake. I need to adopt lifestyle improvements to have the future I want to live.

I'm a 52 year old mother of three (two of whom have left home). I hope the Sparkpeople program's multi-pronged approach will help me on my path to a healthier life. Natural energy kept me going until a couple of years ago. Since then I have "felt my age" -- achy joints, always tired, etc. I need to give my body a break:)

I was normal weight until I had surgery 5 months after the birth of my first child. My weight skyrocketed, and it has been a seesaw battle ever since.

I am on the slow to moderate weight loss program, which I am really enjoying. It is generous in terms of flexibility, and unlike other attempts at weight loss I've been on, I never feel desperate in terms of hunger or energy levels. This feels sustainable!

Here is a deeply important question that BOOKWORM27S discovered. It absolutely applies to my life as well.:

"Are you wanting to eat out of OPPORTUNITY or NECESSITY?" Seems obvious, I know ...

Here is a quote I particularly like:

"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life." -- Golda Meir

Interim goals:

250 by Christmas *DONE!* (249)
245 by husband's birthday (Feb. 9) *DONE!* (243)
240 by March Break. *DONE!* (239)
233 by June 25/11

As Sparker YOOVIE says, "I'm going to practice daily victories!"

Here are a few quotes from my sparkpal Pat:

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

"People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel!" ANON.

I very much admire her kindness and attitude toward life -- you rock, Frosty99!

It's official. There are at least two family weddings (both nieces) coming up. Dates are August 27, 2011 and July 12, 2012. Just two more motivations to keep working on the weight. Just added: Two more weddings! September 10 and October 2011.

Here is a challenge I have to do: "The Weekend Project"

"Remember truly successful, happy people all have one thing in common. They own their lives. When they make bad decisions, they face them head on, create a plan, and focus on overcoming any obstacles in their way. Owning your bad choices leaves you free to learn from your mistakes. It helps you move past them and improve your future.

So I am going to leave you with a project this weekend. Make a list of five things you don’t like about your life today. Think back and ask yourself what were the past choices you made led to each of the five. Decide today on a plan to change all the items on your list. Create concrete goals, whether it is to lose weight, pay off your debt or get a better job, realize only you control your future."

Member Since: 10/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 17,182

My Goals:
I'd like to embrace a more healthy lifestyle in terms of nutrition and physical activity.

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I am starting slowly by committing to walking the dog 5 days a week, and am using the Nutrition Tracker.

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I love to read. Here is a short list of some books I've read and enjoyed recently: "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese,
"Plainsong" by Kent Haruf, and
"Burnt Shadows" by Kamila Shamsie.

I used to love sports -- a ridiculous dream is to lose enough weight to find a team and sport to play for fun. I love the ocean -- we have a cottage in PEI. BTW, my Sparkpage background is the view from our cottage, and my daughter wrote the poem "Gentle Island".

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  • v FROSTY99
    Hi-glad to hear from you. Compared to your weather ours has been great BUT temperatures in the 60's is COLD to us!! We only got to 67 today. After being in the 80's most of Feb it is a shock to the system.

    We have been remodeling for the past week. A simple project turned into major renovations but I love the end results. New flooring in the living room (we took out the 1/2 dividing cabinet between the family room and living room and love the end results-one big room! The cabinet was then built into the kitchen and added more storage in there.

    Today I had to go to the dentist-it was my scheduled cleaning but a cap came loose last week so also had that taken care of today.

    DH has had more issues and waiting to hear results of his most recent tests. His health is like a see-saw. One day good and one day bad!!

    Needless to say, I have done terrible with my eating lately. I need to rein myself in and get back on track.
    3 days ago
  • v JENNA54
    One day at a time. 2 pounds off is a victory however you look at it!

    This year my book group has rejoined the Book Discussion Scheme, and we are all reading the same title for a change. We went through a period where we did our own thing, which worked okay but left me feeling vaguely dissatisfied.
    Anyway, this month we read After the Crash by Michel Bussi, an interesting 'thriller' which w all enjoyed. Other titles we are reading are A History of the Rain, We are Called to Rise, A thousand Hills to Heaven, and another friend absolutely loved A Marker to Measure Drift. Where would we be without a good book?

    "Don't fear failure. Fear being in exactly the same place next year as you are today"

    It's a journey, one step at a time, one day at a time. It is not a race. emoticon

    7 days ago
  • v FROSTY99
    I say about 6 - 8 inches - I buy ones that will fit easily into my 9 x 12 pan.
    You are most welcome to share the recipe. We love it.

    I also sometimes use zucchini to make lasagna-just slice it fairly thin and use it in place of the pasta noodles.

    I was using eggplant that I would slice fairly thin and then I would partially cook it by boiling it a few minutes and use that to make lasagna but we have found we like zucchini better but you might want to try that to change things up. I base what I make based on what vegetables are available. We are so lucky to have the farmer's markets available year round.

    Not sure if you like cabbage, but I have a cabbage casserole I sometimes make too. Let me know and I can send you some of my recipes. If you want, send me a private message with your e-mail and I can send the recipes to you that way as I keep a file

    21 days ago
  • v ALOFA0509
    Hello! I stopped counting calories, I hated it. lol I eat a low carb diet & I practice Intermittent Fasting. I basically eat my meals between 10am- 6pm.. I shoot for abt 16 hrs daily.. I wlk/run 3-6 miles daily depending on day😀
    22 days ago
  • v FROSTY99
    Zucchini Boats

    I try to find 4-6 medium sized zucchini, wash then and trim the ends, cut in half and scrape out the seeds in the middle to make an indentation to put the meat in

    I use either 1 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey and brown it with chopped onion (depends on how much you like onion as to how much you add-I usually add about 1/2 of a small one) I season it with salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic powder to taste. Drain any grease and add 1 jar of tomato sauce with basil & oregano (I like Bertolli) to the meat and mix well.

    Spray non-stick spray in a 9 x 12 pan and place the zucchini in it skin side down. Put them so the touch each other. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese into the hollowed out portion then spoon meat mixture over the zucchini keeping most of the meat on top of the zucchini. Bake 40 min in 350 oven, remove and sprinkle more parmesan cheese on top of the meat and bake till it melts another 10-15 min. (I use most of an 8 oz pkg of grated parm cheese)

    Hope you like it as much as we do

    22 days ago
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