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All my life, I've struggled with my weight. From my first diet at age 7, through nagging from family, teasing from friends, to Weight Watchers, Weight Loss Clinic, TOPS, a rainbow of diet pills, shakes, bars, counseling, self awareness groups, you name it, I've done it. Most of it worked, for awhile, but I gained back more. Well meaning people said I carried my weight well (whatever that means) so I deluded myself into thinking I didn't look so awful. But seeing 300 lbs looming on my doctor's scales was a real wake up call. I was actually researching weight loss surgery when I found a link to Sparkpeople and decided to join in August 07. By January 08, I'd lost 38 pounds, then plateau-ed for a month or so, but since March 08, the honeymoon is over. I've yo-yo-ed with 5 lbs, then 7, now (June 2010) nearly all of it has crept back. I'm still hanging in with SP though, and joined TOPS in Sept. 08. That helped me refocus for awhile, but a year and a half later I'm still spinning my wheels. What's sad is the 100 lbs I say I want to lose would be gone by now if I'd really worked at it.

Feb. 24 2011 - The spinning wheels have officially stopped. This is the year I'm going to do it! My goal is to wear my wedding dress at our 25th anniversary on May 2, 2012, which means 70 lbs off in 14 months - 5 lbs a month. That is definitely do- able & I'm gonna do it!
2012 update: Got down to 239 lbs for our anniversary celebration in May - not nearly enough to wear my wedding dress, a major disappointment. And what do I do when disappointed? Eat! Yo-yo'ed all summer, but the weight was creeping back on. Managed to put on the brakes before gaining it all back and am now on the downward trend, but man is it tough! Suffering with chronic back pain isn't helping. Thank God for SP!
Jan. 3, 2013 - Will this be the year? I'm stuck at 254 lbs & hanging on by my fingernails. Time to set another goal & start again.

January 3, 2014. Well, 2013 wasn't the year as I'm ending it 4 lbs higher & spent most of it bouncing up and down the same 3 to 5 pounds. Note to self - Maintenance is AFTER you lost the weight not BEFORE. Lots of excuses I could offer, but the truth is I don't really try. Setting goals - no problem! Working on them - quite another story. I want to weigh 225 in time for my university's 225th anniversary reunion. If I lose one pound a week from now to then, I can do it. But will I?

Member Since: 7/10/2007

My Goals:
In 2017, I pledge to lose one pound per week
Progress Report
Start wt. 275 lbs 8/8/07
Year 1 245 lbs 8/8/08
Year 2 267 lbs 9/11/09
Year 3 262 lbs 5/11 10
Year 4 245 lbs 20/11/11
Year 5 254 lbs 27/10/12
Year 6 258 lbs 31/12/13
Year 7 251 lbs 31/12/14
Year 8 250 lbs 31/12/15
Year 9

My Program:
Daily cals: 1430-1780
Follow SP guidelines;
Weigh/measure all foods, strict portion control
Record on the SP tracker;
Work on changing habits such as mindless nibbling.
walk 30 mins 3x per week minimum

Personal Information:
I live on a mixed farm in Manitoba, Canada with my hubby & Brian the cat. Retired in 1998 from a 30 year career in museums & communications; Now keep busy with volunteering, singing & generally keeping the home fires burning.

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Music is a big part of my life. I am part-time organist at my church and sing alto & act in a amateur musical theatre group.

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  • v SUNSHINE4244
    I've added you to my friend list. I too have had a battle with follow thru on my goals. I am the heaviest I've ever been in my life including before going into labout. I've list 4 lbs since joining SP on Oct. 31. Being accountable will help I think
    12 days ago
  • v MOEE45
    Thank You for the goodie, it is very sweet of you ((Hugs))
    My cats name was Baby, and yes she was loved and very pampered. I feel good knowing she had a good long life. I still have her daughter! Thanks again.
    Love Maureen xoxo
    17 days ago
  • v LLREED
    Thanks for stopping by my page! I know the farmer/rancher mentality; I haven't owned cattle for almost 10 years but I'm on a small acreage right now that just screams for at least a milk cow. We still have the separator that we used when Dad had milk cows. It hasn't been used for 15 years but I'm sure it still works.

    I read through your info and was reminded of an article that I read somewhere lately (I have no idea where). It talked about a study that was done recently where they had some participants learn maintenance skills BEFORE losing the weight and they ended up keeping the weight off longer than those who lost weight first. Interesting read, maybe you're onto something!
    17 days ago
    Glad that you joined up for the winter challenge Charlotte. I hope that you find it inspiring and that it helps you to achieve some of your goals. emoticon emoticon
    23 days ago
  • v VOLARI52
    Thanks for my goodie...this was my first suitcase......
    33 days ago
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