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I gained weight after I stopped working in 1993 due to arthritis of the spine. The first few years I was not working were very stressful and I responded by eating. I'm an emotional eater and eat for comfort or out of boredom. I often find myself eating mindlessly when I'm not even hungry. I did successfully lose 25 pounds in 2003, but put it all back on, and then some, after a series of personal crises.

I found SparkPeople the fall of 2006 and ...
My History –

I gained weight after I stopped working in 1993 due to arthritis of the spine. The first few years I was not working were very stressful and I responded by eating. I'm an emotional eater and eat for comfort or out of boredom. I often find myself eating mindlessly when I'm not even hungry. I did successfully lose 25 pounds in 2003, but put it all back on, and then some, after a series of personal crises.

I found SparkPeople the fall of 2006 and “lurked” for a couple of months, reading articles, visiting teams, and reading blogs. By January of 2007 I was inspired to start working toward my goal. I didn’t join any teams at first but followed the program, taking baby steps, making small changes. I increased my intake of water, fruits and veggies. The hardest change was exercise, since I couldn’t (and still can’t) exercise long or hard.

I reached my final goal on March 11, 2008 !

March 11, 2011 – 3 Years at Goal !

March 11, 2013 – 5 Years at Goal !

The longest I've ever maintained a weight loss !

My current plan - goal weight range - 153-157 – I’ve been running about 5 pounds above this and really want to get back to that range.

Food journal – record what I eat + calories – I use it a lot but not daily

Exercise – 30” total 5-7 days a week, divided into 2-3 sessions a day + strength twice a week
I use elliptical, gazelle, Leslie Sansone walking DVD’s, SparkPeople DVD’s, Wii – Walk It Out (a favorite), Wii Sports and Sports Resort (tennis, swordplay),

Eating Plan – I drink lots of water every day, I eat mostly veggies and fruits, no beef, some chicken & turkey

Problem areas – sweets and portion sizes – I’m still working on these

Making healthier food choices is becoming second nature to me. I do have my "moments" when I overeat, usually on sweets or maybe pizza or pasta, but I forgive myself and get right back on track. The thing that surprised me is that my chronic pain has not improved at all since losing the weight. In fact, it actually worsened, especially sitting. I find now that any seating is painful whereas before it was mostly firm seating. I joke that it's because I lost the padding on my butt, but even my doctor says that's probably the reason. The up side is that I burn more calories by squirming in my seat all the time.
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Member Since: 9/12/2006

My Goals:
Get healthier - met
Pain control - not met
Learn to make better
food choices - done!

To make this a lifestyle change, not just a "diet" to lose weight - successful, but a work in progress


FINAL GOAL ACHIEVED !!!

3/11/08




My Program:
Healthy Lifestyle Plan

Food journal - calories
Watch portions
Watch sweets
Lots of veggies/fruits

Exercise - most days

Take regular "me" time











Personal Information:
64 years old
Married 37 years
No children
(3 cats, they're
our children)
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Listen to your Body not your mind.

Eat with Awareness & without Judgement.

Eat only when Physically Hungry.

Stop eating when Satisfied not Full.

Eat what you Want Most.

Notice how your Body Feels after Eating.

Honor your Feelings Don't Bury them under Food.

From -
"The 7 Secrets of Slim People" by
Vikki Hansen
Shawn Goodman



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SPARKED2BFIT
1/26/2015 6:49:46 PM

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Thanks For Being SUCH a FABULOUS Friend!!!
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"No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it. Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Continue to persist and persevere." — Brad Gast



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"There is INSIDE of YOU
ALL of the potential to be WHATEVER you WANT to be;
ALL of the ENERGY to do WHATEVER you WANT to do.
IMAGINE yourself as you would like to BE,
Doing what you WANT to do,
& each day, take ONE step towards your DREAM.
Though at times it may seem too difficult to continue,
HOLD on to your DREAM.
& one morning you WILL awake to FIND
That you ARE the person you DREAMED of,
DOING what you WANTED to do,
Simply because YOU had the COURAGE
To BELIEVE in YOUR potential
& to hold on to your DREAM."
- - Donna Levine - -


Gorgeous,

Believe in YOURSELF & know that you already have inside of you ALL that you need to become anything & everything you hope to be, want to be & dream of being!! You are stronger than ANY obstacle; You are capable of overcoming ANY hardship; & You are POWERFUL beyond measure!! Acknowledge YOUR potential & OWN it - - YOU are FABULOUS!!!

Stay Positive, Stay Focused, Change IS Coming,

Jes

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