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As of May 2, 2008, I am a 58 year old retired woman. I have had a severe weight problem for what seems like my entire life. This winter I participated in a weight loss study at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and I believe I have found the way for me to finally lose weight and keep it off. I have lost 54 lbs since retiring 4 years ago, about 40 of that since Sept 2007. I babysit for my twin nieces' 4 children 3 days a week, and exercise 4 to 5 times a week for 1 hour to 1 1/2 ...
As of May 2, 2008, I am a 58 year old retired woman. I have had a severe weight problem for what seems like my entire life. This winter I participated in a weight loss study at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and I believe I have found the way for me to finally lose weight and keep it off. I have lost 54 lbs since retiring 4 years ago, about 40 of that since Sept 2007. I babysit for my twin nieces' 4 children 3 days a week, and exercise 4 to 5 times a week for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours. I am really feeling great, and have been enjoying reading some of the Spark People entries and thought I would try it too.

Well, as of September 14, I am now a 59 year old retired woman! Still feeling confident and good about myself and my weight loss journey!

I have been having a difficult time with my chronic back injury for the last several months. I began physical therapy today, Monday, Sept 22, 2008, and am encouraged that the therapist seems to think we can correct some of my problems so they do not become acute so often. I have been unable to exercise until the last several weeks, so I am trying to get started again!
December 28, 2008. The physical therapy has helped a great deal with my back pain. Am feeling much better in that regard. My heel spur has been giving me trouble for a few weeks, so I have changed my exercise routine from elliptical and treadmill to swimming. Also am continuing physical therapy exercises.

Over the holidays, I have lost an additional 8 lbs. I am not subtracting that from my tracker until my weigh in on January 5, 2009. Kind of my reward for the new year. So, this morning my scale was at 265. Feeling really good about how easy it has been to get through the holiday season. I know I have learned a lot over the last year between the weight loss study, and the wealth of information and support I have found on Spark People. I am sure that one of the main reasons for my success has been the change I have made from negative self talk to being more positive about myself, and less critical of who I am.

January 22, 2012. Have just reread what I have written here. It is a good reminder for me to remember that in 2008, I was having such a terrible time with my back. I know that it began to be really bad long before that, or I would not have gone to therapy.

Makes me know, if I didn't already, (I do), that having surgery in Oct of 2011 was so the right decision. I turned 62 on Sept 14 just before having my back surgery.

Recognizing that I had suffered for so long. Things are looking so much better without the pain that I am so much more optimistic and confident that I am doing well.

I had gained weight during the period before my surgery, but am realizing, that I have still kept 51 pounds off for over 4 years (since the beginning of the study on Nov 26, 2007) even with the tough times.

Wow, glad I read this, it is giving me a whole new appreciation for the changes I have made in my life.

On to better days ahead!

May 15, 2012

Today I was Motivator of the Day on SP. Not sure how it came about, but it was a boost of encouragement.

Have had a setback in the last 5 or 6 weeks due to the issues with my back, legs, knees, etc, that the back surgery could not address. The surgery was a success, so that is a good thing

Have been going to the Chiropractor for the last week and 1/2, and am improving

Hoping that by next week, I will be able to get into the pool again.

Needed to write this here and now, so I could see where I am the next time I check this out.

The pain is no where near what I had before the surgery, but the dr's don't want me to exercise yet.

Have done PT, and am looking forward to getting back to that soon.

One day at a time. Have to keep myself reminded!

April 21, 2014

Just reread the above, and decided to add a bit. In Aug and Oct of 2013, I had both knees totally replaced. Had gained weight again before surgery, lost weight after surgery, and have been struggling for the last 2 months. Right now, I have kept off about 48 pounds, up and down, but still have kept a lot of what I had lost off.

I am beginning to work on the basics again, remembering to stop the negative self talk, and working on one small change at a time, one day at a time.

Life really is a journey.

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My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to be healthy and be able to be more active. I would like to lose an additional 80 lbs, but am in no hurry. Just want to concentrate on learning to live like a healthy person. Then, I know the weight will come off.

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Exercising and forgiving myself if I overeat. NOT punishing myself with food.

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I have decided to update my personal info. This is Jan 5, 2014. I have been with SP for almost 6 years. I originally lost 70 pounds, and was doing well being active. Three years ago my chronic back issues became acute, had a major back surgery Oct 2011 and now have had 2 total knee replacements. I have been helped so very much over this time by being here on Spark. I am much better physically, and am looking forward to losing more weight and being much more active.

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My favorite books are the ones written by my close friend Nina Wright. If you enjoy Stephanie Plum in the series written by Janet Evanovich, I think you would enjoy Nina's Whiskey Mattimoe series. It begins with "Whiskey On The Rocks". There are now 4 in the series with the 5th to be published within the next 6 months or so.

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7/29/2014 1:25:47 PM

You have made me smile, so I decided to visit your page. I can see where your smile comes from - your Mom! My Mom had both knees replaced at the same time - God Love her! As one of her caretakers, I know how hard that was, and with back surgery too... Holy cow! Keep that spark burning! I have added you as a friend.


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7/27/2014 11:41:01 AM

Enjoy ur day Bonnie. Prayers going out to ur friends. Cancer is a nasty disease. God bless u and ur friends. emoticon emoticon Theresa

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7/27/2014 7:44:10 AM

Thank u Bonnie for the comments on my page and my blog. emoticon just gotta emoticon . Hope u have a great day today and don't forget ur 10 mins of movement.

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7/19/2014 11:54:52 AM

I just finished getting shots in both of my knees and also a series of physical therapy and water therapy. Water therapy might be something you would enjoy. I know I did, and it was just what I needed. For the time being I am nearly cane free, but I keep it handy in case I need it. A Sports Medicine doctor prescribed the therapy for me, but you might benefit from spending time in the pool walking back and forth and from side to side and then incorporating more of your knee exercises into the weightlessness of being in the water. Taking the weight off of your knees and then moving them is good exeercise and it will strengthen you muscles, tendons, and ligaments. That will make you stronger and being in the wateer will help with the pain. A warm therapy pool would be best because it is so soothing. Try to find a pool at 86 degrees, the kind that people with arthritis use. if misery loves company we make a good pair! I have cervical stenosis, have had lumbar back surgery, last year I had a breast cancer recurrence followed by a bilateral mastectomy and then tissue expanders and implants this past December. I am familiar with stress, anxiety, and full blown depression and see my doctors, and a therapist and take my medicine to stay closer to normal. lol I'm 67. I think my "normal" changes daily, but I am persistant in the pursuit of each new normal! I am looking into cataract surgery to see more clearly in the near future and hoping to put off knee surgery as long as possible while losing weight to realistically do what I can to help better my chances for a good surgical outcome. I just had a stair lift installed to help me get upstairs to work in those rooms. They need lots of attention! It will take time and persistence, and I can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon PS I live about an hour from Bowling Green. We should meet somewhere sometime when you are feeling up to it!

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7/18/2014 12:51:18 PM

Bonnie, You use the chat thread from the first section of our choices down our team page. Look down all the team sections to see the Motivation group and under that is the Fine Tuning Challenge thread. Miss you there.

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