7/15/2009 At my previous lowest weight of 122.
me and my sweety. I'm about 160 here.
9/1/2013 at goal weight of 120 lbs.
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In February '08 I. Weighed 159' not healthy for my 5'1" frame. I joined Spark and began weighing, measuring and recording everything I ate. I also began running and, as a result, in September '09 I weighed a healthy 122 and felt great. Ahh but then I had to stop running due to knee damage and I got tired of weighing and measuring and recording. Then there was the Christmas baking .... Well you get the idea.
As January 2013 approached my weight was 147 and I was not happy with myself. I woke every morning angry and depressed that I had pigged out the night before and stayed in a blue funk the entire day. Something had to change!
New year - New beginning. I reviewed my old journal to see what I had done before and have implemented it again with some changes. I will be weighing, measuring or tracking my food because it worked for me the last time around. Also, I will only weigh once a month because, again, I will weigh my self regularly, but will try to focus on the NonScale Victories that are just as important as the number on a scale. I won't set a deadline, that only frustrates me if I don't make it. This is not a race, it is a lifestyle, and I will gradually make many small changes that I can live with permanently. This is my plan. I am not suggesting anyone else follow my example, everyone needs to use the plan that works for them.
May 3, 2013 Update - I have lost 11 pounds and 4 inches so far. I have been able to abstain from sweets and chocolate for 96 days and am tracking everything I eat. I have also added exercise. I walk 30 min. a day, ride my stationary bike 20 min. a day and do a 30 min. Jessica Smith aerobic workout 3-5 times a week. So, all things considered my healthy lifestyle plan is working!
June 5, 2013 Update: I continue to exercise 60 minutes a day 6 days a week, and a minimum of 30 minutes on my rest day. I have increased riding the bike from 20 to 30 minutes 6 evenings a week. I walk 30 minutes 7 days a week and throw in an extra 30 minutes on the rebounder or with the dance video as the mood hits. This is streak day 159 of no sweets, fried food or chocolate. I am averaging 3 lbs a month, not fast but I have lost 18 lbs and lots of inches - only 8 lbs more and I will be back at my goal of 122!
August 4, 2013 Update: I am now at 125, just 3 lbs from goal! My exercise plan has settled into a minimum of a thirty minute walk in the morning and 30 minutes on the exercise bike in the evening, although both of these frequently exceed those minimums. It has been 7 months and 9 days since I have had sweets, fried food or chocolate and I am amazed and thrilled that I no longer crave these foods. Actually, the craving dissapeared a long time ago, but I am still amazed! LOL I have cut Spark teams to just the two that motivate and inspire me the most; the idea being I am less likely to get burned out trying to keep up and post on so many teams. I have subscribed to several blogs from people that have maintained their loss and this has helped keep me on track.
If anyone would have told me back in December it would take 8 months to lose 25 pounds, I probably would have stopped before I even got started, but I am glad that it has taken this long because it has allowed me to adapt to a lifestyle that I can maintain and yet not feel deprived. My blood pressure has dropped significantly from my old normal of 145/85 to 120/65. I have dropped 2 sizes in clothing and am back into size 6 and love feeling slim and healthy! Best of all, I never wake up angry at myself.
May 30, 2015 Update: My weight is 132. I have continued to walk 30 min 6 days a week and ride my recumbent bike 30 minutes 5 days a week. I still do not eat chocolate or sweets and try to stick to whole grain breads and pasta and brown rice, lean meats, veggies and fruit. So why the weight gain? Guess what? You can still eat too many calories while eating healthy! Who knew?? I blame the fact that I had stopped weighing and recording what I ate, so I am back to doing just that. This has allowed me to lose a pound a week, not fast but effective. As I said before, this is not a race, it is a lifestyle. This small 10 lb gain has been my wake up call and a lesson learned.
1) To be comfortable and happy in my body.
2) To be healthy
3) To keep my goal weight through the Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays.
1) I have given up sweets (candy, cookies, etc.) chocolate and fried foods.
2) I eat whole wheat pasta, multi grain bread and brown rice instead of white.
3) I track everything I eat as well as my exercise.
4) I exercise in 2 - 30 min. Sessions 5-6 days a week.
5) I wear the Spark tracker every day.
5) I stay within my calorie range 5-7 days a week.
I am so much more than a number on a scale! I am a 70yr old motorcycle rider, retired nurse, gardner, and software instructor. I am a mother, grandmother, and a great grandmother. I am a wife who has been happily married to my high school sweetheart for 50 years.
|148 Maintenance Weeks
You are my inspiration. Thank you for showing me that choosing to be healthy can happen at any point in life.
167 days ago
Thank you for responding to my blog post. I want my story to be a victorious one like yours. The fact that you made a plan that worked for you and that you gradually shed all the excess and have maintained the right weight for such a long time, makes my hope and faith soar! One thing I notice that is different is that you implemented exercise right away along with tracking, weighing, measuring, and cutting off the sugary junk. Exercise used to be the only thing I did rather than focus on the food part, because I enjoy exercise and it was so much easier than controlling my food intake. NOW, I need to put exercise back in while sticking with my victory eating habits. Thanks for the inspiration!
393 days ago
"Many things are simply not going to happen with just one, or three, or even a dozen attempts. Yet anything becomes possible with enough persistence.
Keep going, and allow your efforts to build upon one another. Keep going, and transform the disappointments into achievements.
You have what it takes to keep going, because all it ever takes is just one more step forward.
Keep going, and work your way steadily to the richest rewards you can imagine."
-- Ralph Marston
Hope your week is going great, Spark friend! Keep taking those steps towards your goals. Never give up! As long as you keep going, you will succeed. You are always worth your best effort!
886 days ago
Wishing you a Happy New Year -- and great success in achieving your goals.
895 days ago
Success is a Choice
"Today I will make many choices, and each will have a consequence. Today I can choose to tell myself that I am worth the effort, or I can tell myself doesn't matter, I'll do it tomorrow. Today I can choose to journal, or I can choose not to. Today I can choose to drink my water, or I can choose to be
dehydrated. Today I can choose to stay in my points range, or I can choose to hinder my goals. Today I can choose to be more active, or I can choose to take the easy way. Today I can choose to be motivated, or I can choose to tell myself "I can't." Today I can choose success. IT IS MY CHOICE."
Stopping by to wish you a great week, Sparkfriend! Keep doing your best to reach your goals...its up to you, and you know you're worth the effort, right?
903 days ago