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Still here after eight years (some of us are real slow learners). It was time to revamp my profile as it kept getting "lost in the sauce" for unknown reasons. Weight loss is a scary process. Losing a limb or two to diabetes is even harder to contemplate. Choose your hard.

What many soon realize, it's not about weight loss (surprise!). It's about what is preventing us from embracing success. Ultimately this is a journey of discovery, an inward discovery of the person that we are, and the one that we hope we will become. It's not a linear progression by any stretch of the imagination. It comes with bumps, weight loss, "plateaus", frustration. We did not get to the weight we are in one weekend of indiscretions, nor will we lose it overnight. It's a long tedious process. But I do believe when we explore those dark corners of our soul and cast a nourishing light there, the demons will scatter, and we will have a clearer understanding of ourselves, and what we really hope to get out of life.

In any endeavor, to be credible, you have to be fit, not only for yourself, but to create a successful business. That's our next goal. One gets fit for oneself, not for any significant other, or for one's children. Once we realize that, we have taken the first significant step.

It's never too late to take that first step forward. Meet you at the Maintenance Table. No rush to get there. It never closes.

10-19-15 Last week was crushing. At the doctor's office I was told in no uncertain terms that I am no longer pre-diabetic. I am full on diabetic. We can talk a blue streak, but now we really have to see what can be done. As my mother used to say, "Don't plan. Do." We'll reassess in three months. Be a great way to start the new year. I acquiesced and started Lipitor as required by my doctor. My cholesterol is not terribly high, but with the new diabetes diagnosis, it is "no longer acceptable", per my doctor. It is crushing, but the one saving grace about Type 2, there is a chance, with appropriate weight loss, it can be reversed. Stay tuned.

11-1-15: Time for an update. I am really enjoying calorie cycling, alternating every few days from the top of my permitted calorie range to the bottom. My body is so confused!! But it's not in "starvation mode" which is a good thing. Yesterday, while waiting interminably long at Staples for my order to be ready, I was offered Halloween candy. I actually paused before taking two small, bite-sized pieces (total calories spent: 95), and yes, I indulged. Did I enjoy it? Honestly? Not really. I kept thinking I was eating poison. Interesting how one's mindset can change dramatically in two-weeks' time. Hopefully, by the time I see my doctor in January, I will be close to Onederland. It's a mini-goal I am really looking forward to.

3-5-16 Update: Weight is trending downward. As it should be. Down 18.5 pounds since the September doctor's visit. I want to cross the 220 threshold and then reschedule a visit. I want to make sure the doctor sees that there is definitely weight loss so no reason to start me on diabetic medicine. Calorie range has been adhered to, with a few days that were "misses", but pretty close. Always remembering that it's progress not perfection. And I'm OK with that. Let's see what the MD has to say.

4-1-16 Update: I am about two pounds shy of my goal that I wanted to reach before scheduling the follow up with my MD. I have lost about 14 pounds since I saw her last in the fall. I will not say it was easy, but it's coming along, slow and steady, with good days and bad. But SP keeps it in check, and for that alone, I am grateful for this site. SP does make a difference.

5-26-16 Update: Was not at my mini-goal at the time of a necessary MD visit that was work related. Surprisingly, the A1C went DOWN two tenths of a point, getting me out of the range of diabetes once more. Did not expect that at all. Really need to redouble my efforts, and learn once and for all that eating that is stress related is just not acceptable.

7-24-16 Update: Work related severe stress had a lot of eating on the run (NOT acceptable!) for the last two months or so. Reading the story of the 653-pound woman who lost 214 pounds in one year by altering her bad habits one at a time, was truly humbling. Really applied myself this week, and created a new "Other Goals" category: Awarding myself a gold star for every day in calorie range. Plus I discovered the long-abandoned "Stay on Track" calendar that SP provides. Even without me checking onto the calendar feature for over a year, it was still faithfully tracking my calories and exercise and weight. It also has been awarding me my gold stars this week!

Here's the link:

A simple, worthwhile investment. In you!

Here's another hidden link (why, SP, why???). This is to the "Appointment Reminder". When you set it, SP will send you an email reminding you of the event. Not just for anniversaries and birthdays, but whatever event you want to remember. I use it for "Weigh In" day. In the optional field, I put AIM: [and the pounds I would like to see by that week], and then ACTUAL: [what really was attained]. Then I set a new reminder. Using it individually works better than setting it for "indefinite", because then it keeps the text blank (you'll understand it when you see it. I already tested it both ways). Hope this helps!

Here's the link for the appointment reminder:

[Note: When I edit this link, it is correct. When SP posts it, it is in two lines not one. Remove an extra space between "pla" and "nner" and then it should work. Sheesh!]

8-26-16 Update: Summer's end. Lessons to take home for myself: Planning ahead is ALWAYS key. Life happens, and it threatens to disrupt the peaceful tranquility of a routine. I have to plan more for those events. If a week's worth of food planning is the key, it will allow for disruptions with only minor modifications. Yeah, I like that. This week, on Wednesday, August 24th to be exact, I set my cap for 36 pounds to lose by year's end. That's 36 in 18. Putting it out there now in the cyber universe will help make me accountable. Wish me luck! It is a doable goal. And I used the Spark calendar to ink in the date in December. Here's to hoping and a LOT of hard work!

9-13-16: UPDATE: This past Sunday's weigh-in was very interesting: Five-pound loss after a full week in calorie range without exception. Averaged 1450 calories daily. This just might be my "sweet spot" for maximum weight loss. Will aim for this number and see where it takes me. I have plenty of time to experiment as I have an awful lot to lose yet. That's OK. The Maintenance Table never closes. I'll get there yet.

11-18-16: UPDATE: Last doctor's visit was a yearly physical. The HbA1C is STILL trending downward. Even as a physician I cannot explain why that should be so. I hope the lab is accurate. It's now 6.1. Nothing to write home about, but I'll take every measure of good news any way I can. Ideally, I would love to see it in the 5.5 range. If the weight still trends down, that is a definite possibility! Here's to good news!


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Member Since: 3/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 22,187

My Goals:
A major lifestyle change: Body, mind and soul.

My Program:
Taking on good habits one at a time, so as not to be too overwhelmed. It seems to be working.

Logging all intake is key. Good days, bad days, all are logged days.

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NY Woman
Learning to believe in me.
One step at a time.
One pound at a time.
One goal at a time.
Each day.
Every day.
I will not quit.
I will falter, but I will not fail.
I will achieve.
And now is the time.

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  • v DEBVNE
    Day 5, survived it, but it pretty much owned me. Not many steps, had to combine concerns about moving with not overdoing. Ughhh, being a slug bug is exhausting. Since my Charge2 shows how few calories I actually burned, I went over today while technically being in range. My leg feels okay, can't wait to take the ace bandage off in the morning. Hope you crushed today, I will jump back in the game tomorrow. Bed soon for me...
    5 hours ago
  • v DEBVNE
    Oh yay, PIC each owned today. Under my range by 400 calories and walked over three miles today in my house. Christmas has semi exploded, meaning I spent the day decorating and cleaning. Nice to find a little Christmas spirit.

    Ten years ago I was morbidly obese, had two fake knees, and was clueless where to begin to change. I rehabbed the knees, saw a dietitian, and slowly embraced habits I could live with. I have learned much about health, fitness, and nutrition. I went from barely moving to discovering an athlete lives in me...only took 56 years to find this out.

    PCOS makes losing tough, like 5-10 pounds a year at best. To lose my 65 pounds has taken forever. Without moving, I would be nowhere, in a hurry. The whole cut calories to lose has never worked for me, calorie cycling makes me crazy. I have found that fitness and nutrition are what makes the difference for me. Wearing a tracking device has been a game changer, never thought I wanted one...until my sister gave me one as a gift. Babbled enough, sorry!

    Okay PIC, yay to four days of a unified, joint effort. We are sending some sparks a flying...and we are just getting started.

    Sweet dreams, chica...until tomorrow!
    1 day ago
    Have a wonderful day emoticon
    1 day ago
    He'd do it! he loved NY. Worked in Manhattan for a long time with Matthew Bender (at that time a legal publishing firm). When we met he lived in NY and I lived in IL. So we took turns visiting. Always got to see some awesome Broadway shows when I visited AND saw Radio City Music Hall.

    Hope the sun stays put!
    1 day ago
    See . . . Jason brought better weather with him. But he'll be leaving tonight, so hope it holds!
    1 day ago
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