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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: 25,434

Fitness Minutes: 32,979

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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JCORYCMA
1/19/2015 10:15:14 PM

Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog! It's certainly a live and learn process and I have times when I struggle too, but the wonderful people here on SP help keep me on track! emoticon emoticon



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TORTISE110
1/11/2015 7:27:11 AM

Loved reading about your 'kick back' day on the maintenence thread!



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OOLALA53
1/3/2015 12:30:44 PM

Nice work on your year!

I'm a teacher and it wasn't the staff room sweets for me; it was the habit of visiting discount markets for the bargain of the day that was just too hard to pass up after a day of the sheer difficulty of dealing with failing to meet the entertainment desires of hs sophomores. They haven't changed, but our differences are not a reason to eat anymore!



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MAREE1953
12/15/2014 11:36:01 PM

Congratulations girlfriend on your one year anniversary of maintaining your weight loss goal!! Best wishes for your continued success in your health and fitness goals!



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RAVELGIRLY
12/15/2014 1:38:06 PM

Congratulations on one year of maintaining your amazing weight loss! emoticon



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