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Here We Go Again!

I have kept off a total loss of 107 pounds for over a year, but I'm still struggling with the last 30 or so pounds. I'm going to try the new Weight Watchers Simple Start plan in a week or so, as our work is doing the program here. I am doing Zumba (okay, I move around, but I tend to look rather spastic. Graceful I am not), and will start personal training once my knee heals.

Major update - 11.09.2014

Well since my last update a ton of things have happened. In March, I ...
I have kept off a total loss of 107 pounds for over a year, but I'm still struggling with the last 30 or so pounds. I'm going to try the new Weight Watchers Simple Start plan in a week or so, as our work is doing the program here. I am doing Zumba (okay, I move around, but I tend to look rather spastic. Graceful I am not), and will start personal training once my knee heals.

Major update - 11.09.2014

Well since my last update a ton of things have happened. In March, I had surgery to repair my ruptured ACL and torn meniscus. At the time, I was told 6 months healing time.

Fast forward to the end of August, and my doctor tells me I can look at more like a year of healing.

I moved to Finland. Yes, that Finland.

I've put on 30 pounds, since my activity level went WAY down, but my eating stayed about the same.

Gotta get back on track.

Here's to a healthy new me by my 50th birthday in June 2014!
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Member Since: 2/23/2011

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My Goals:
New goal: To tone and tighten, to eat healthy as a matter of choice, and to live my life to the fullest! I have another 35 pounds or so of the original to lose, but I think I will tackle that when the weather turns warmer.

Old goal: I have approximately 80 pounds to lose. I'd lost 60 pounds about two years ago due to portion control, but still had more to go. I want to eat healthier, and hopefully lose these 'saddlebags' over my hips.

My Program:
Newer Program 1/2014
Going to do the Weight Watchers at Work Simple Start program. Tell me what to eat! Tell me what to grocery shop for! Hold my hand! I am feeling good about this one. Just 30 more pounds to go! I can do it!

New program (4/1/13) Ideal Protein worked VERY well, but it is expensive. I am going to try a sort of modified Atkins. I am a firm believer that we eat far too many carbs, so I really want to cut back on those. Besides, I need to learn to eat on "real food". So, I am going to incorporate increased exercise with a low-carb eating program, to lose and then maintain my health.

Old program: I'm doing the Ideal Protein program, along with my sister, who lives in another state. So far, it's been working better than I had anticipated. It's also helping me confront my nemesis: vegetables. Check out my ongoing battle with finding ways to tolerate those things. :)

Personal Information:
I'm a 49 year old woman living on the Northshore in SE Louisiana. I have three beautiful daughters: 26 (and married), 20 and 18, a crazy dog, 2 crazy cats and four fish. I love to travel and am very fortunate to be able to go to Europe a couple of times a year.

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I was athletic in high school, but in that way that girls in the late 70's were--I could keep up, but didn't do sports outside of school. As I grew older, I did less and less, and while I'm still relatively athletic, age and MS have slowed me down a bit.

I enjoy all kinds of books and movies - my favorite TV series are/were Firefly, Warehouse 13, Human Target, Leverage, Battlestar Galactica (the OLD one!), I.T. Crowd, Father Ted, and so on. I really enjoyed the Game of Thrones line of books, and enjoy watching the HBO series.


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TULIATART
10/14/2013 11:39:17 AM

Thank you for your comment on my blog. It is nice to know that I am not alone in that situation.

Great job on running a 10K! emoticon



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MAMABUGAZ
2/21/2013 2:46:21 PM

Thanks for your comment on my Sparkpage, Michelle. Looks lime we have alot in common: MS in remission, 60 lb weight loss, sinilar ages (I'm 50).

I've never been entirely sure how much credit to give my weight loss for my improved health, but, it's encouraging to read that your doc thonks it helped you.

~FAITH



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MICHELLE8182
2/10/2013 6:45:51 PM

Just stopping by to say hi! How are you doing?



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MICHELEKRAUS
10/24/2012 3:08:38 PM

You're kidding, Jan 20th?? I won't be in town! Of all the weekends! Boo-hoo! BUT! Anastasia and Sam live in Baton Rouge and I can get you their number so you can call and maybe set up a visit or they can come cheer you on!



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SP_COACH_NANCY
10/23/2012 9:28:15 AM

Hey you! I am planning to come to Baton Rouge to run the Louisiana Half Marathon on Jan 20th. I just registered last night. I will let you know when I get my plans together!

HUGS!!!



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