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This is my third time back to SparkPeople. I am not sure if that's good or bad! I was 53 when I started, now I am 58.

Talk about yo-yo weight gain and losses! I nearly achieved my first goal in time for my daughter's wedding. Then, as is natural, I slacked off a bit that winter.

Fortunately I had a walking buddy who pushed me to get out and walk in the spring! Hooray for walking buddies! JD I love you.

We almost hit our weight goals, and WE LOOKED MAHVELOUS! Great legs and tush, flat bellies and even some arm definition because we would stop and do push-ups on bench backs!

Then I got sidelined by a synovial cyst on my lower spine that caused me all kinds of problems. Eventually the cyst was, more or less, resolved and I ended up in PT to restore some flexibility and strenthen my core (the cyst was covering up a herniated disk as well!)

Of course, I had been flirting with arthritis in my left knee for some time, now it is even worse! I live on the second floor and let me tell you how many times I never went downstairs to get the mail because my knee protested the stairs! One more obstacle to overcome. I wear a kneecap stabilizer when it really acts up.

Those 3 day a week 4 mile walks and 7 on Saturdays are gone for me, at least for now.

Then a local hospital sponsored a Go Fit program with a free 3 month membership to either the Y or Curves. I picked the Y for the pool. After the 3 months, and a 10 pound weight loss, I joined for good at a reduced, unemployed scholarship rate. Again, success! Did not get to goal weight, but was on my way.

Suddenly, last February, I quit going. I sat down and craved carbs, the sweeter the better. I dont know why, I guess winter got to me.

In the last year, I have put on 40 pounds, weigh more than I ever though I could, broke and passed the 200 pound barrier! I am so astonished!

I was just told that all along there has been a second cyst very near my hip joint, which would account for the pain I have been having there. We will see what the doc decides to do about that, but it keeps me from walking or standing for too long.

So, here I am back at SP, motivated and determined. I have been getting back to the Y more often, not yet on a regular routine, but I will get there. I am turning my back on those sweet carbs, even though they call my name, and trying to eat more fruit and veg - and whole grain. Back to what worked for me before.

I am luckier than a lot of people that my health is still good, unluckier than some, but I try to stay positive about it all! I love the motivation that SP gives me to make each day a new day (and it doesnt hurt that Ive already dropped a couple pounds....).

So, here's to success, for all of us, however we define it! SP can help us get there. I know from experience.

Member Since: 3/22/2007

Fitness Minutes: 9,855

My Goals:
I have a lot of goals, but we'll start with this one: I want to feel as good as I used to.

My Program:
My program, so far, has 3 parts:

1) Move MORE. I joined Curves, and as soon as the weather is stable, I plan to walk on the alternate days.

2) Eat BETTER. Get back to my healthy ways and leave the bad stuff behind.

3) Find FRIENDS. Here I am!

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Call me Jackie. I'm a little teapot: short and stout.

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