LUNADRAGON
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My first day of my new birthday year. Making it happen, staying positive.




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




More of me is melting away October 2017. This is at 207 - nearly 11 lbs gone since August 2017.


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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: 61; Height: I am 4'11 and proud to be a shrimp! Life and pain happens, and I continue to aim to overcome these things and be healthier for it.

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

First Ten - bought some clothes when I got to 208 September 2017
First Big Goal Break 200 and get to 199 - CELEBRATION Reward?
190 lbs - Reward?? new bras
180 lbs - Reward?? concert tickets
Bonus Goal for reaching 182 - losing 30 lbs - Celebration with my husband - a special date night
Milestone goal 175 lbs Getaway mini vacation
Half way there goal 171 lbs new dress
Goal 4: 155 New Outfit
Goal 5: 150 vacation
Goal 6: 140 concert tix
Goal 7: 135 ?
And...
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!




BELOW is a history for my information. Life is a roller coaster.

My most recent highest weight was 218 at the Dr 8-2-17
Starting highest Weight 212 (2009). 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.

My new Beginning


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!


History Lesson:
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
199 lbs July 13, 2012
212 lbs December 2012 BMI 42
205 lbs January 2013 BMI 40 - The Adventure Begins Again!
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

January 2017 - 212 BLAH.
Onward! Let's do this!
218 lbs August 2017
206.8 lbs 11-18-17


Member Since: 2/6/2010

Fitness Minutes: 89,393

My Goals:
To be the healthiest me I can be.
Current small 3 month goal - to lose 22 lbs by mid October.
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 5000 steps at least daily, recumbent bike, light dancing, and wii fit.
I aim for around 1550 calories per day



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 a freelance audiobook proofreader and I love it! I am a mom, and a grandmom. I don't know what my age is supposed to feel like, so I feel younger.


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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
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~ for those days when things seem so out of control. God is, and that is all that matters.




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  • v FROSTY99
    Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest – Mark Twain
    14 days ago
  • v HOMEBODY4EVER
    emoticon TO .....Coffee Tea and "Me" Team

    You will LOVE THIS TEAM! It's amazingly positive and supportive. The members here are always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. They have done it for me and they will do the same for you!! We are here to support and encourage you on your journey to success. We would love to have you join us on the Forums for some fun and challenges.

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    Marj.
    36 days ago
  • v NORASPAT
    Hello I still wore my Pumpkin shirt and it reminded YOU!!

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    HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
    42 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/1/2017 10:48:39 PM
  • v JOANOFSPARK
    thanks for your comment on my spark page.....I am in and out lately......so much going on in real life, which actually sounds silly since the process of losing weight and working at it is very real......but you know what I mean, though....I need to get back into the groove and get with it.....no time like the present, right? it is good to see you.....:) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    45 days ago
  • v NORASPAT
    I drove my friends to the mountains. We wanted to see the foliage.

    We have had a fabulous moth with 93 and still in 80 and high seventies.
    I did a long blog and I took photos. I tried to put up me wearing your original pumpkin Turtleneck. Pat in Maine.

    The photos LOST my BLOG after a very long time of memories. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    72 days ago
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