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Fairhavenqueen

I was a stay-at-home mom who home-schooled my kids. When my youngest was HS age, I went back to university and finished my Spanish degree. (I underwent brain tumor surgery and major abdominal surgery during those university years, which contributed to my weight gain.) I graduated at age 48, at which time I weighed 213 lbs. Yuck! I spent the following year doing volunteer work, and working out and losing weight, and got down to 145. Went to work as an educator, and the snacks in the staff room ...
I was a stay-at-home mom who home-schooled my kids. When my youngest was HS age, I went back to university and finished my Spanish degree. (I underwent brain tumor surgery and major abdominal surgery during those university years, which contributed to my weight gain.) I graduated at age 48, at which time I weighed 213 lbs. Yuck! I spent the following year doing volunteer work, and working out and losing weight, and got down to 145. Went to work as an educator, and the snacks in the staff room were deadly. I put 25 lbs. back on over the next 4 years. In May of 2013 I discovered SparkPeople, and it totally changed my life! I had just turned 53, and was pretty convinced that losing weight at this age was an impossibility. Decided to give it a try, though. I set an initial goal of getting back down to 145, and to my amazement I did it! While eating more than I thought possible on a "diet!" So I decided to keep on and get down to what had always been my REAL goal: 135. I made it before Christmas, and now I'm having the time of my life being a size 6, addicted to exercise, and feeling absolutely terrific. I track everything, balance each day's meals carefully, weigh in every day, and check in with my Transitioning to Maintenance/Maintaining Team. My only regret is not finding Spark many years ago!
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Member Since: 5/26/2013

SparkPoints: 26,783

Fitness Minutes: 34,786

My Goals:
My goal was to get down to 135 pounds by the end of 2013. I made it! Now my goal is to learn to maintain that for the rest of my life, because Spark is a plan that WORKS for me!! I love it! Now I am concentrating on converting more fat to muscle, so my bones stay strong for life.

Learn to swim the crawl stroke.

Do 50 "girl" pushups without stopping.

Do 50 crunches without stopping. COMPLETED 2/15/14

Take a Spin class.

Jump on my Hippity Hop from the school's side door clear to the cafeteria without stopping.

Do 15 reps at 20 pounds on that weight machine that kills me (the push-it-straight-up one).

Burn 350 calories in 30 minutes on the rowing machine. COMPLETED ON 2/28/14.

Burn 425 calories in 30 minutes on the elliptical. COMPLETED 2/27/14.

My Program:
Because of SparkPeople I branched out and am trying new things. I now swim at least once a week, and do a strength training session 3-4 times a week on the weight machines, and run on an elliptical, and ride a stationary bike a few times a week. Exercise has become like a hobby, which I never would've thought possible! I have reached my goal, and now have to learn how to maintain my weight. I plan to keep tracking, to help with this.

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SNOWYOGA
8/27/2015 11:52:57 PM

Fairhavenqueen is The Motivator of the Day emoticon emoticon This is really cool, but not a surprise to me, because I already knew you were to me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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JIBBIE49
8/27/2015 8:54:26 AM

emoticon The Motivator of the Day. What an accomplishment to go back and finish college at 48 and deal with a brain tumor. So glad you are healthy and fit now. emoticon emoticon



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SNOWYOGA
8/26/2015 9:19:00 PM

Your welcome, I really enjoy your post, but were you having bad weather (NO TORNADOES)? If so I hope you don't get them I hate them too emoticon Hope you have a goodnight too! emoticon



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PHEBESS
8/26/2015 12:09:19 AM

Ooooh, the Panama Canal - how exciting!!! Sounds like great fun!!!

And insect spray is probably a better bet, since you don't want to get dengue fever either.



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PHEBESS
8/25/2015 12:46:44 AM

Are you going somewhere that you need the typhoid vaccine, or is this just an update? We travel all the time, so I'm just wondering about the pills.



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