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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, regaining the 25 pounds I had lost in the last year I worked, in an attempt to ease my chronic pain. I'm an emotional eater and eat for comfort or out of boredom.

I found SparkPeople the fall of 2006 and �lurked� for a couple of months, reading articles, visiting teams, and reading ...
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, regaining the 25 pounds I had lost in the last year I worked, in an attempt to ease my chronic pain. I'm an emotional eater and eat for comfort or out of boredom.

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 challenge was and is exercise, since I couldn�t (and still can�t) exercise long or hard.

I reached my final goal on March 11, 2008, losing 40 pounds. I set a goal range of 153-157 and stayed in that range for about 5 years. The longest I ever maintained a weight loss!

The thing that surprised me was that my chronic pain did not improve at all after I lost 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. The up side is that I burn more calories by squirming in my seat all the time.

After reaching goal I drifted upward several times, into the low 160�s, but always got back around 157, until late 2009-2010 when several family/personal issues came up and I began emotional eating again. I stopped paying attention to my maintenance plan and ended up in the mid 160�s, not where I wanted to be.

I tried again and again to get those extra pounds off, taking off 5 or so pounds, then putting them back on again. I was so frustrated but not willing to give up.

Then in 2013 my arthritis worsened, now affecting my entire spine, low back all the way up to the neck and shoulder blades, especially the left. By fall 2013 the only exercise I could do was walking. I was so frustrated. I turned to food for comfort, gaining more, now in the upper 160�s-170. I struggled for a year, and in October 2014 I was ready to give up and almost quit Spark. Instead I quit all my teams and took time just for me.

Since October I�ve gotten the upper back and neck pain under pretty good control and am back to exercising, mostly walking with some gentle strength exercises, and making better food choices.

Since mid-January I�ve lost 8 of the 14 pounds I want to lose, to get back to 157.


My exercise �

Walking all over the basement every morning before breakfast � 20 or so minutes
Upper back/neck stretches and resistance exercises after my morning walk daily
Wii tennis a couple times a week
Strength exercises � upper as tolerated, lower, core � 2-3 times/week
�ABBA� walk � walking to my ABBA CD � 1-2 times/week
Afternoon �basement walk � 1-2 times/week

Eating plan �
Lots of veggies, beans, fruits, chicken, fish, no beef

Problem area � sweets, baked goods, junk food � I�m working on this right now


Making healthier food choices has become second nature to me. I do great planning healthy meals. My main problem is what I eat between meals, tending to choose unhealthy snacks. I�m currently working on making better snack choices.


I remind myself every day -

�I am committed to a healthy lifestyle & will stick to my healthy plan no matter what.�
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Member Since: 9/12/2006

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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:
65 years old
Married 39 years
No children
(2 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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SUNSHINEGB
2/8/2016 10:31:00 AM

emoticon Hi, thank you for the warm welcome to the CALLING ALL SPARKPEOPLE MOTIVATORS TEAM. I see you are fairly new on there too.

We have similar health issues, I have severe spinal stenosis and also stenosis in my one leg. The stretching exercises are really helping my leg muscles, I can feel the great improvement!

I've added you as a friend. I sure like your page and wish you all the best on your healthy lifestyle journey!
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2/6/2016 10:37:11 AM

emoticon to....CALLING ALL SPARKPEOPLE MOTIVATORS TEAM


You will LOVE THIS TEAM! It's amazingly positive and supportive. The members here are always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. They have done it for me and they will do the same for you!! We are here to support and encourage you on your journey to success. All the best to you on reaching your goals.

It's great to have you on board. Come and join us on the Forums for some fun and challenges.

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1/21/2016 10:56:54 PM

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Fitness isn't owned, it's rented.
..& you have to pay that rent EVERY single day.
- - Unknown - -


Keep pushing. Keep striving.
Keep working hard. Keep giving it everything you've got.
Keep paying that rent each & EVERY day!!
It WILL pay off.
It will make you better.
It will make you stronger.
YOU are capable!! YOU are deserving!!
YOU are a top priority!! YOU are worthy!!
Stay Motivated, Change IS Coming!!
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Jes

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1/19/2016 11:46:33 AM

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YOU are NOT a drop in the ocean.
YOU are the ENTIRE ocean in a drop!
- - Rumi - -

Dare to love yourself a little more today!!
YOU are FABULOUS!!!
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Jes

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