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Getting healthier day by day - November 2014

May 2011- I want to look like this again. in the 180's, then lower!

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Getting healthy IS my job! One day at a time!

Here we go again! Strong, Able, Focused! Change in goal plan: Celebrate each day as a blessing! I haven't arrived, but I sure am on my way: TODAY is the day. This is it. This is what we have, and I am using it to the fullest! If I don't lose it today, it's still on its way! My goal - Better health, mobility, flexibility, strength, and losing body fat along the way.

Name: Deb, Age: 59; Height: I am 4'11 and 1/4" and proud to be a shrimp! Starting highest Weight 212. Lost 30 lbs ...
Here we go again! Strong, Able, Focused! Change in goal plan: Celebrate each day as a blessing! I haven't arrived, but I sure am on my way: TODAY is the day. This is it. This is what we have, and I am using it to the fullest! If I don't lose it today, it's still on its way! My goal - Better health, mobility, flexibility, strength, and losing body fat along the way.

Name: Deb, Age: 59; Height: I am 4'11 and 1/4" and proud to be a shrimp! Starting highest Weight 212. Lost 30 lbs prior to back surgery, and regained a bit while recovering from the surgery. So, I hit the reset button. I was 210 in July 2009, reached 179 a year before my back surgery, but then hit a bad bout of pain while waiting for the surgery. Kept most of it off until a few months ago. I am grateful I kept most of it off up to my three surgeries, because I hate to think how heavy I would be now if I didn't lose the weight before the surgery.

Overall Goal Weight: 125 - 130 (should be lower for my height but.... I will aim for this)
The time is NOW! The weight will vanish with hard work, and I am kicking it out the door! Losing is so hard being over 50. Working on it to increase my flexibility, core strength, movement, due to an unstable lower spine (spondylolisthesis), stenosis, and 2 fused discs cervical spine and one in lumbar spine fused, and an impaired knee. I have to be really careful with my movements sometimes, because little things send my back into spasm.. I am strengthening, gaining mobility and flexibility day by day. I weighed 207/210 at the Doctor's office in July, 2009. I am losing weight, lbs. and inches! Although I regained those 30 lbs, I am back on the fitness wagon, and gently getting my exercise on, and eating healthier (January 2013).

My new Beginning
212 lbs December 2012 BMI 42
205 lbs January 2013 BMI 40 - The Adventure Begins Again!
199 lbs July 13, 2012
195 lbs May 24, 2015

I have environmental allergies, a congenital heart murmur and the hypertension, which has improved since losing some of the weight.
I am happily married, mother of two adult sons. I am permanently partially disabled but am recovering from back surgeries. My first love is being creative, the arts, and anything that I can make with my hands. I am also a librarian, but working for a publisher at the moment and absolutely love my job. I am also able to work full time at this position!

My WEIGHT and General Health History
210/207 at Dr's in July 2009 - 41.9 BMI
184 5/7/10 smaller size T shirt
182 6/11/10 New Bras!
179 8/17/2010- 36.2 BMI
1-1-2011 - 182 lbs oops (Ok, now cut it out, that was a 3 lb gain. Get the momentum going again)
2-6-11 182 - still struggling with back, and back spasms. Hard to move like I WANT to.
SURGERY update 3-9-2011
Anterior Cervical Discectemy and Fusion C5-6, C6-7 - (3-11) left arm greatly improved with surgery, still some numbness in right hand, and upper back spasms. Still - I am healing. Lots of rest. rest. rest. WEIGHT 183 - Losing a lot of weight and working on my fitness before surgery counts a lot in how I am recovering nicely. I am very positive about the outcome.
June 2011 - after a bout with a severe facial rash, steroids and illness in April after my surgery, my weight blossomed to 190. I am happy to say that by the time I had my knee surgery June 15, 2011 I reached 188 again!
August 2, 2011 - FINAL surgery - L-4-5 laminectemy, discectemy, fusion with cages, rods, screws - I am a walking hardware store! Maintaining 188!!! Not ready yet for physical therapy, but doing my little home routines until September 19. I am making it happen one day at a time.
187 lbs! 8-19-2011
205 lbs 5-19-2012
212 lbs 12-31-12
204 lbs 3-23-2013 and 2 inches since Feb. 2013
200 lbs 6-30-2013 and 2 inches since March 2013
199 lbs 7-13-2013
198 lbs 7-17-13
196 lbs 8-5-13
194 lbs 8-6-13
192 lbs 8-26-13
190 lbs 11-1-2013
189 lbs 12-3-2013

As of 5-24-2015 - going back down - 195 lbs

I have over 75 total lbs to lose. (maybe 85)

First Big Goal Break 200 and get to 199 (7-13-13)
190 lbs - Reward?? 11-1-2013 (got to get there again!)
180 lbs - Reward??
Bonus Goal for reaching 182 - losing 30 lbs - Celebration with my husband - a special date night
Milestone goal 175 lbs
Half way there goal 168 lbs
Goal 4: 155 New Outfit
Goal 5: 150 vacation
Goal 6: 140 concert tix
Goal 7: 135 take a pottery class
My words of encouragement to you since you have reached the bottom of this page...
In the words of Dorrie, Just keep on swimming.
Inch by inch it's a cinch, yard by hard makes it hard.

Slow and steady wins the race (the tortoise from the tortoise and the hare)
You CAN do it, You ARE doing it because you are! You Rock! Keep it up, you are getting there.
Just because you haven't arrived does not mean you are not on the journey!
When life hands you lemons, squeeze those lemons dry when you make the lemonade, because you will strengthen your muscles when you do.

Let the recovery and strengthening continue.

I am healing, I am getting stronger. I am approaching my main goal nonetheless - Getting healthy IS my job!

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My Goals:
To be the healthiest me I can be.
Current small 3 month goal - to lose 10 lbs by the end of October 2014.
lose 1 inch per week (somewhere).
In 2011, I had 3 surgeries. Two major, one minor. I am getting back on track to strengthening, losing weight, flexibility. One step, one moment, one day at a time.

My Program:
My entire program is pretty modified -
Daily PT (physical therapy exercise ) , walking, recumbent bike, light dancing, and wii fit.

I plan to again tackle gardening this summer, first time since surgeries.

Personal Information:
Creativity is key!
I am an artist/librarian.
I yearn for my creative side. I am visionary and forward thinking.

I am working on my writing and art again, as well as my textile arts.

I am an audiobook proofreader and I love it!

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The joy of the Lord is your strength - Nehemiah 8:10
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
~ for those days when things seem so out of control. God is, and that is all that matters.

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Member Comments:
9/13/2015 5:06:35 PM

Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful. –Norman Vincent Peale

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You can do it, I know you can,
I trust and believe in your plan.
It has been processed in your mind,
The ideal path, you shall find.

It's clear that you have what it takes,
You simply won't need any brakes.
Since you have so much passion inside,
This dream of yours will be a special ride.

You can do it, I know you can,
I'm your first and biggest fan.
One more thing I'd like to say,
Enjoy the journey - day by day.

by AnitaPoems

Wishing you a Blessed Sunday my dear friend.

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This is for my Online friends, just to let you know,
I'm so glad that I met you and now I'm letting it show.

Even though we have never met, except through a screen,
I enjoy chatting to you and that I honestly mean.

Sharing tales, secrets and such or just talking everyday things,
It's so nice to have online friends for all the joy it brings.

So if you feel sad or happy or even mad and blue,
Please know that you have online friends and they will be there for you.

Although we have never met, I consider you a good friend,
You are a very special person to me and that feeling will never end.

Good luck to you in all you do and may the stars shine bright,
May all your dreams and wishes come true. -You never know they might.

I hope we will always be friends for you are special you see,
Even though we are far apart I know you will be there for me.
~Unknown Author~

Have a Sparktacular Weekend Dear Friend.

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Welcome the freshness of morning and the opportunities that await you the start of each new day.

Remember that the choice of how you greet each day is up to you-greet it with a smile on your face and resolve to work towards your goals.

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9/7/2015 7:03:28 PM

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Make the most out of today. There are no do overs-once a day is past it is just that-PAST,

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