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Once again I'm here trying to get back on a "health track". I grew up thin but after decades of eating and lifestyle habits that grew steadily worse, I got very overweight and out of shape. I've had several previous successful attempts at using SparkPeople to help with getting healthier and losing weight. But eventually "life would happen" (injury, surgery, super long work hours, ETC) and I would drop my health focus and lose the progress I had made.

I seem to have had only an on/off switch when it comes to a healthy lifestyle - either awfully perfect or perfectly awful. I've been either "off" - self indulgent, totally sedentary, eating mostly restaurant food and lots of desserts - or "on" - exercising, being active and eating only very healthy home cooked meals. In the past, once I've started going downhill, everything goes - diet, exercise, activity level, sleep habits, you name it. Once I get "off track", it's very hard to get back on - always procrastinating till "tomorrow", "Monday" or any time other than "now".

Well like all of you, I've done that very hard first part - I'm back trying again. This time I'm going to try for "good enough" instead of perfect and hope it's more sustainable. Here's hoping we all succeed this time around.

Member Since: 1/11/2007

Fitness Minutes: 11,964

My Goals:
To be healthier, feel better, have more energy and an overall better quality of life.
To lose weight, look better, have more clothing options and avoid the "fat stigma".
To minimize illness and pain and remain mobile and self sufficient as I age.

My Program:
Starting with small commitments to build healthy habits:
1 - Plan what I'm going to eat the night before and tracking against the plan - no commitments as to what to eat. (But just the act of planning caused me to eat way healthier. By planning and prepping ahead to make sure I had the healthy things on hand, and many of them instantly available, made a huge difference in what I was eating. After about a week I learned to give myself options to choose from so if I'm not in the mood for something, I can just choose an alternative that is equivalent. And now I've made up a list of "fall-back" meals and snacks for times when life just interferes and I the plan isn't practical.
2 - Walk daily - even if it's just 5 minutes on the treadmill. Everyone can do 5 minutes, right? (Of course if you walk for 5 minutes you don't stop so I was walking 20 minutes or so right off the bat.) I've since targeted a morning and evening walk and almost always do that - usually for 25-30 minutes each. Bu

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I'm a Southern woman who has made a career in technology management but who also has a creative side. I like travel, reading, humor, food (ha!), music, decorative arts, playing around with Photoshop, scenic drives, walks, reading and writing poetry, bridge, techie stuff and other things depending on my interest of the moment. I like learning new things and love having the internet available to get info on anything anytime.

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  • v DEBBIEANNE1124
    Thanks for the comment. I appreciate your words a lot. Many loved that "butt" picture but i ahd two complains from "church ladies" bwahahahaha! They called it disgusting.
    Hoping you are doin well.
    590 days ago
  • v JCRAFT6
    Thanks for the encouragement. I get so worked up about meeting my goals. I guess I'm like you. I have failed so many times that I feel if i'm not fanatical about it then it wont work. You keep up the baby steps and find success
    1362 days ago
    Dropping in to check on you. I hope you are doing okay. I love your sparkpage.
    1401 days ago
    I really enjoyed reading your story (above). I could relate to so many of the things that you talked about in your journey. Congratulations on such good, steady progress. I also love your iris background. Iris are my mother's favorite flower. She collects them in her garden, and that appreciation for iris has spread to me. One of the best vacations of my life was also spent in Victoria. Spending months there would be wonderful.
    1696 days ago
  • v DEBBIEANNE1124
    Thanks! Your support and good wishes mean so much to me.
    bless your heart
    1697 days ago
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