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I started out as a skinny kid and very picky eater. I didn't have a weight problem until I had my first baby at age 32. Of course, in my 20's I got on the Diet Rollercoaster and was constantly dieting and thinking I was fat when I really wasn't (wish I'd known then what I know now). I got married at 31 and gained 60 lbs. in my 1st pregnancy. Yup. I was eating for two, dontchaknow. Strangely, I didn't lose any of that pregnancy weight --scratching my head--! Two years later in my 2nd pregnancy, ...
I started out as a skinny kid and very picky eater. I didn't have a weight problem until I had my first baby at age 32. Of course, in my 20's I got on the Diet Rollercoaster and was constantly dieting and thinking I was fat when I really wasn't (wish I'd known then what I know now). I got married at 31 and gained 60 lbs. in my 1st pregnancy. Yup. I was eating for two, dontchaknow. Strangely, I didn't lose any of that pregnancy weight --scratching my head--! Two years later in my 2nd pregnancy, I gained only 15 lbs. just eating normally, but I was already doomed by my fatness. I spent the next 20 years getting thin, then fat, then thin, then fatter, then thin again (hey! I was a weight-loss champ! I was just really good at gaining it back again.) Ok, yes every pound that I lost found me again and brought a few friends. Exasperated, I put up a Surrender Flag and gave up diets forever in August 2006 (at least I thought so, haha) mainly because I felt like I'd been dieting forever. Oh, the pain! I initially gained 40 lbs. by legalizing food when I started Intuitive Eating (of course, I was on my way up the scale again at that time after getting halfway to Skinny-for-5-Minutes), and then lost about 20 pounds after I got the hang of tuning into my hunger/fullness and my appetite settled down somewhat. But I got stuck at the same weight (my all-time high weight, of course) for over four years and carting around about 90 morbid lbs. of excess tonnage. Sadly, intuitive eating alone had done nothing to reduce my weight further. I was getting Nowhere fast, and digging myself into an early grave with my fork! Then I discovered intermittent fasting and tried doing Fast-5 for the past year and a half and getting nowhere again. In August of 2011 my youngest daughter got engaged, and I thought "Oh crap! I'm going to be a fat-mother-of-the-bride AGAIN. It was time to get serious and admit that I had to go back to that evil four-letter-word and find my LAST (diet). I came across Gary Taubes' book "Why We Get Fat", and read it because I wanted some insight into Why I Was Fat, and was seriously skeptical at first because I thought that low-carb diets were a load of horse manure, but as I read it over the course of 2 days, I became CONVINCED (Dumbstruck! Flabberghasted! Astounded!) that excessive carbs in my diet were making me too hungry and keeping me FAT! I stopped eating all refined carbs in an instant from that day forward AND am now minimizing enough carbs every day to keep me in ketosis. I know now that it was the EVIL White Carbs--if you listen carefully, you can hear them cackling evilly in the background--that were making it too hard for me to stick to any diet, and now that I'm doing my own version of a low-carb diet, my hunger is polite and easy to manage, my weight is falling off, and my energy is high!

And yes, I lost 25 lbs. (which was my goal) by the wedding, so I was a not-so-fat-mother-of-the-bride. Hey! It was a short engagement. I did great! And am determined to lose the rest in 2012. I should get there (my goal weight) by this summer, or fall at the latest. I am determined! And don't forget that I'm STILL a weight-loss champ! This will be the last time, I believe learned from my past mistakes, and maintenance is all planned out.
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Member Since: 9/8/2008

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My Goals:
I need to release about 90 pounds of unhealthy fattage from my poor body and reclaim my natural biological weight once and for all.

My Program:
I've designed my own weight-loss plan because I'm not a program person, and one size does NOT fit all. I'm applying a lower-carb eating approach, but doin' it MY way cuz I don't like following too many irritating edicts and diet rules! I know myself best, and it's an ongoing journey with twists and turns all along the way, as I pick up one tool and discard another that doesn't serve me anymore. My plan is 20-60 carbs per day with up to 75 allowed on Saturday or Sunday...I decide. I try to follow my hunger signals and generally stick to 3 meals a day and a snack or two if needed.

Personal Information:
I'm a homemaker from Utah. Happily married for 23 years to a wonderful man. Mom of two beautiful young-adult daughters (now both married!), and a new empty-nester.

I love to garden, crochet, read, listen to music, play the piano, banjo, and violin. I have deep religious beliefs and faith in Jesus Christ.

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Favorite books: Organizing, scriptures, Jane Austen spinoffs and sequels, Time-travel, Fantasy fiction, Mystery.

Music: Classical, Bluegrass, music from all the decades. Love Alison Krauss, Dixie Chicks, Nickle Creek, Folgelberg, Moody Blues, Sarah McLachlan, Linkin Park, Evanescence, and Desperado by the Eagles.

Favorite movies: Avatar, Pride and Prejudice (both versions), Harry Potter (but liked the books better), Somewhere In Time, Lord of the Rings, anything epic but not scary!

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JENNYR0506
3/10/2012 4:21:11 PM

I haven't seen you on the site for a while. Wanted you to see that you were greatly missed when you check back in! Drop by my page soon!

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JENNYR0506
2/26/2012 9:43:20 AM

Have a Blessed Sunday, SparkFriend!

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BECCABOO127
2/22/2012 6:37:59 PM

"BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AWARD"

Hi! Just a shout out to congratulate you!

You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!

"Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!"

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JENNYR0506
2/20/2012 5:25:49 PM

Just dropped by to say Hi! I hope you are having a great week. How is your mother doing? I think of both of you often.

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BECCABOO127
2/15/2012 10:25:03 PM

Did you ever try to catch fire flies? I used to love to watch them light up the nights (when I was a little girl). My sister said that the fire flies have come back to the old homestead, as they had been gone for decades!



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