Myself with my Dad and Stepmother, Before Pic.
September 2010 after losing 25 pounds
Sept 2013 with my son, ready to get back on the weight loss journey.
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The Journey Continues
I started SparkPeople in Nov 2008 and did really well losing the weight. I lost 26 lbs. The journey continues, I still have at least 35 lbs to lose to get to what I consider a healthy weight. In the last two months I gained about 7 lbs due to the Arimidex that I am taking for Breast Cancer treatment. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer in Sept of 2012. I had the lumpectomy in December of 2012 and was hoping to only have to do radiation. But, after testing the cancer they discovered I was ...
I started SparkPeople in Nov 2008 and did really well losing the weight. I lost 26 lbs. The journey continues, I still have at least 35 lbs to lose to get to what I consider a healthy weight. In the last two months I gained about 7 lbs due to the Arimidex that I am taking for Breast Cancer treatment. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer in Sept of 2012. I had the lumpectomy in December of 2012 and was hoping to only have to do radiation. But, after testing the cancer they discovered I was high risk and had an agressive cancer so I ended up having to have 20 weeks of Chemotherapy and 6 weeks of daily Radiation treatments. I also required a 2nd surgery for breast reconstruction.
It has been a long long journey. I am finally finished with the treatment and surgeries. I only have one minor surgery left that is expected in 2014.
Tomorrow (December 31) I will be 59 years old. I look forward to having a better year for 2014. I keep fighting to get this weight off and it has been a challenge. I have difficulty with walking due to Neuropathy in the feet and hands. I watch my food intake but believe that I should not be on a "diet" but to make a life change. It all consists of diet, exercise and monitoring my weight. That is when I seem to do well.
I am considered cancer free and celebrate this year for a new beginning.
I thank all the spark friends for the encouragement and kindness.
May 2014 bring us all blessings.
| Pounds lost: 26.0
Member Since: 11/19/2008
Fitness Minutes: 37,011
1. Eat Healthy Everyday.
2. Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, 5 times a week.
3. Loss 1-2 pounds a week.
Take at least 60 minutes a day for myself.
4. Spend Valuable alone time with my Three Grown Children.
I don't have a specific weight loss program. In the past I have realize, programs don't work for me. What has worked for me is to:
1. Monitor my weight (weigh in) 1 time a week.
2. Tracking all my foods (honestly even the slips)
3. Find things that motivate me each day.
4. Exercise, Exercise (even if it is doing housework or something else.)
5. Get support from SparkFriends)
I am a divorced 59 year old mother of three grown children. I have two boys, ages 31 and 28 and one girl, age 24.
I will never be considered skinny. In my day they called it big boned. When I look back at pictures of myself as a child, I was not fat, I was "chubby".
I have fought with that all my life, but my weight really got out of control after I had my first son. In 1996-1997, I hated being the "fat mother" at school events, etc. So I got serious and lost the weight in 6 months time. Shortly after, I gained the weight back within about 6 months. I realized, I did it the wrong way. I ate less than 1000 calories a day and exercised for 2 hours a day. Once I stopped, it came right back on. I realized, you have to be in the right mindset to lose the weight and keep it off.
I live in S Florida and everyone here is very concious of weight, etc. I am a very private woman and do not like attenion brought to myself, so my exercising is by way of at home and with my daughter.
I love to read. I will read pretty much anything. My favorite authors are Nicolas Sparks, Nora Roberts (J.D. Robb). I like autobiographies, but am selective with them. I lean towards ones that tell of their struggles, etc. I have made a goal for myself to read no less than 26 books this year. I have read 4 books already. I like suggestions and have received a few from some of my Spark Friends.