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This isn't a new battle. I've been wrestling with my weight for, what seems like, my entire life. I've counted calories, done Richard Simmons, done exchanges, etc. etc. etc. The weight came off, but came back.

After some health issues in 2011, I stepped on a scale for the first time in years. At that moment, I weighed 323 lbs. I realized that I had a choice. Continue on my current path, and wind up with diabetes & other health issues, or change direction and get the weight off.

I worked with a registered dietician for a year -- it was a great refresher course for everything I'd ever learned about eating correctly. She also pointed out that I needed to get moving. I had no idea that I'd become so sedentary. "Use your legs or lose them, honey." -- what a wake up call! I also needed to start drinking water.

I Iost 50+ lbs, and, as they say, they found me again. So I'm back, starting over again.

So it's time: time to get moving (I'm counting steps), time to write down EVERYTHING I eat (in my food tracker), time to celebrate Non-Scale Victories (like getting my BP back to what it was 30 odd years ago!), time to draw on the support of my SparkFriends & support them in return, and time to get back to "One-derland"!

The line is drawn in the sand -- time for me to move forward!

Member Since: 6/26/2012

Fitness Minutes: 38,366

My Goals:
My long-term goal is to lose a total of 140 lbs. safely and to KEEP THEM OFF!!!!
My short-term goal is to lose 20 pounds by New Year's.

My Program:
~10k steps a day, with between 6,000 and 7,000 aerobic steps (Leslie Sansone DVDs in the winter, with walking outside in better weather)
~Rounding exercise minutes UP to the next multiple of 5 minutes
~Stretching each day
~Strength training 2 days each week

~Staying within my calorie range
~Aiming for the middle of my calorie range each day, leaving calories "on the table", so to speak.
~Avoiding white sugar & white flour
~Avoiding heavily processed foods
~Eating veggies/fruit at each meal
~Eating veggies from as many color groups as possible each day
~Switching up the contents of my lunchtime salad so that I'm not bored with it
~Using food as FUEL, not a REWARD!

~Drinking 4 cups of water before having my morning tea or any other beverage.
~Drinking 8 cups of water each day

~Paying attention to Non-Scale Victories, and finding something to celebrate each day

Personal Information:
I've been married to my DH for over 25 years and we have one child, who is launched & engaged!

I love to read, cook, crochet, and listen to music.

I am active in my church, and love being with my church family & friends.

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