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Updated: 3/9/2017 The Continuing Journey

Wow a year ago was my last update. Yeah I am past due!
This has been a active year for many reasons. I am 15 months since tummy tuck surgery and I am still glad that I did that. I have gained about 10 lbs but that mostly happened toward the end of the year when my stress levels were SO HIGH. More later on that.
During the year I worked on maintenance and that is a challenge too to figure out what to do and I also had to learn that the journey doesnt stop when you get to your goal weight. I really have come to learn this lifestyle is a change for my lifetime and that is not bad. But the challenges continue and really that may not be bad complacency would make it easy to fall back to bad habits.
I took a great class about a year ago helping me to deal with stresses in my life and I learned so much about that and what it was doing to my physical and mental health and that I was the one to make the changes. I also realized that there were some underlying things that it was time to get resolved old old stuff that still was hurting me. That I am still working on.
I was pretty sick and in the hospital for 10 days with a partial bowel obstruction, lost weight since I had a tube and could not eat for like 8 days but once I was back to eating of course I gained it back, rats...LOL
Later in the fall I was too stressed out due to partial the political climate and election that happened took me hard and the fear and worry well I was so sad and depressed. I am working through that too but since I have little I can do to make things better I am learning to live with what I can and dealing with the rest. Not a good place to be. Also as part of this brought up so very old problems I have had with family, the political climate made it worse and I now need to take care of these feelings. This all dates back 40+ years and I have keep it in all this time. Since there is no talking to the people I have to learn to let go and I am ready to deal with those relationships and move on to be happy. I have a great husband and life. I am healthy and in a good place in my personal life. Time to learn to be happy with that and not want more or except to accepted even by family. Weird those you should be able to rely on the most for me are the ones who refuse to let me be me. But that is life and I am all about what I haven now.
So this year 2017 its my time and I plan to make the most of these years ahead of me.
Update: 3/5/2016: New Year about to begin our Spring Challenge!

So much happened this last year I came close to my goal weight and then had tummy tuck surgery to remove nearly 45 years of excess skin. Surgery a success and am recovered now back to exercise. I still have a little to go to get back to pre surgery weight. But it will happen. Then beginning new adventure maintaining weight! I have plateaued before and maintained nad not gained but this will be different. I am excited about this new chapter in my life. This has not been an easy battle to lose these last pounds. I did join Jenny Craig and have for nearly the lat year worked to get off the last 40 lbs. I am within 8 lbs of goal weight. Boy that light at the end of the tunnel is soo bright :D
So 7th years with SP and I am a happy camper with all that has happened. I am so grateful for this site and those who make it just awesome. I am so very grateful for all my friends who have supported and encouraged me, those who have inspired me to keep going to fight for my dreams. They have helped me in ways I dont think they could even realize.
So onward to this new chapter and all that it brings. I am ready for those challenges too. I am ready to enjoy the rest of my life at my healthiest ever and know I am at peace and as ever optimist about the future.

1-11-2015: A new start. I thought that with beginning my 6th year SP it was time to update my main page info. I didnt just delete the info from the last 5 years; I copied it on to my blog page. I mean there is a lot of info I have and see at some time.
My name is Deb and dynamic is a nickname given to my years ago by one of the owners of the business I worked for, he was always giving out nicknames and this one struck. I mean it is really me and I have used it ever since. I live in Sacramento, CA with my DH, 6 cats( 4 we owns or who own us and 2 who are strays we have adopted, they are more outside then inside) and my youngest son. My oldest son is in the Navy and I am very proud of him and what he is doing. He has made many changes and overcome challenges and is doing well. It has been a learning time for us all. I volunteer with Loaves and Fishes, a group who help homeless in Sacramento, I worked in their library and reading room, I have done this since 2008. I enjoy helping and just being there sometimes all I do is listen and it helps. With DH we have starting do hikes up in the hills near our home, long hikes on trails it is fun and I love getting out in nature and near water. This is pretty new for us, we have both worked hard at getting healthier and losing weight. That is one of the major changes that has happened with the 135 lbs I have lost in the last 5 years.
This year I am starting a new, reset ticker and am working on a new plan. I have been on a plateau most of last year, so it is time to do some readjustment to my diet and my thinking. I still have a goal to get to my healthy weight (140) right now it is time for maintenance and then try again. I wish I could just loss the last 30 lbs but at this time my body is fighting that. So 2015 is the year I learn to maintain, learn what it means and how to do it right. It�s a good challenge for me. And I do love a good challenge.
Updates to follow!!

Member Since: 1/13/2009

Fitness Minutes: 218,330

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I want to feel physically better and help my health. I need to lose another 10 lbs to get to goal weight. I also need to learn how to maintain.

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3-0-60 min cardio 5x a week
30 min strength 4x a week
drink 10+ glasses water daily
Eat to my mid range of calories
Keep a determined and positive attitude, knowing I can learn and grow and make it to my goal and healthier me

Goal weight 140 lbs -
Reward: to have achieved this goal and full spa treatment!

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I live in Sacramento, CA.
Living there with the man of my dreams since 2007 with our 4 cats, Sammy Marblecakes, Princess Gosmer and Candie. I have 2 sons and he has a daughter and 4 steps and 8 grandkids.
I volunteer with Loaves and Fishes, helping the homeless.
Love to cook and be with friends and family.
I also love SparkPeople!

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Learn as if you will live forever. Live as though you will die tomorrow.
I love to read, knitting blanekts, have enough members of blended family it keeps my pretty busy and spending quality time with family and friends

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