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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 ...
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

SparkPoints: 114,379

Fitness Minutes: 80,822

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:
63 years old
Married 37 years
No children
(4 cats, they're
our children)
Homemaker



Other Information:
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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MADMANSMAMA87
4/24/2014 6:15:01 PM

Felina,

I hope you see the BEAUTY that I see in YOU!
I hope you see the GREATNESS that I see in YOU!
I hope you see the STRENGTH that I see in YOU!
I hope you see the POSSIBILITY that I see in YOU!
YOU are someone SPECIAL!
YOU are someone WORTH celebrating!
YOU are someone who is completely IRREPLACABLE!
Thanks for being SUCH an AMAZING friend to me:)
Stay Fabulous, Darling!

Jes



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MADMANSMAMA87
4/23/2014 3:29:32 PM

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Ten Ways To Reduce Negativity in Your Life

1. Don't take others negativity seriously.
2. Surround yourself with positive people.
3. Be the positivity you want to see in the world.
4. Change the way you think.
5. Focus on solutions.
6. Give love to anyone around who needs love.
7. Don't be afraid to show people you care!
8. Accept that life has both ups & downs & roll with it!
9. Live in the present!!!
10. Let go of anything or anyone who is holding you back!

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Felina,

Hope you're having a Winning Wednesday!
Stay Positive & Keep Rockin' It, Darling!
YOU are FABULOUS!!!!

Jes



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FITANDFAITHFUL1
4/22/2014 10:32:05 AM

Thank you, friend, for sending that talented clown to my birthday party. He was so fun. And since I spent my birthday in Washington DC, he was quite the trooper to walk through the Smithsonian AND bike ride especially with those really big shoes on! I am truly inspired to see over 300 maintenance weeks that you have enjoyed thus far. Someday, I will join you in the Maintenance Club. emoticon



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4/22/2014 12:29:34 AM

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4/20/2014 10:56:41 PM

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