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Steven and I biking 40km on Canada Day 2011 - Now that's CELEBRATING!





me at 221lbs - summer 2003





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Healthy at 50+! I'm Lorna Poole CPC ACC

Now 53, it took me about 5 years to lose 85+ lbs and to completely change my perspective on living. I've been maintaining my ideal weight now for more than 4 years. My amazing spouse (of more than 30 years) lost 70 and has maintained that for 7 years!

I am dedicated to maintaining this achievement for the rest of my life one day at a time. My focus is self care, nutrition and exercise. I've learned to love myself enough to do what's right for my body and my health. I started out ...
Now 53, it took me about 5 years to lose 85+ lbs and to completely change my perspective on living. I've been maintaining my ideal weight now for more than 4 years. My amazing spouse (of more than 30 years) lost 70 and has maintained that for 7 years!

I am dedicated to maintaining this achievement for the rest of my life one day at a time. My focus is self care, nutrition and exercise. I've learned to love myself enough to do what's right for my body and my health. I started out believing I was unhappy because I was fat. I now know that I was fat because I was unhappy.

My motto is "No Excuses" because I have plenty:

Hypothyroidism since I was 35
Asthma that requires 2 inhalers and an oral med to control.
IBS with constipation causing chronic pain and bloating.
Arthritis in both knees and right hip.
Morton's neuromas in my left foot; plantar fasciitis in my right.
Migraines
Prone to anxiety and depression - recovering perfectionist.

It's a lengthy list that kept me obese for many years until, on January 5, 2004, I said "no more."

If I can change my lifestyle, lose and keep off 85 lbs, ANYBODY CAN.
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Member Since: 6/27/2009

My Goals:
I've lost 85lbs and I never want to find them again. My goal is to maintain this healthy, fit body for the rest of my life.

My Program:
Practicing gratitude.
Loving myself.
Fueling my machine.
Optimism.
Nutrition.
Exercise.
Self care.
Intentional Living.
No excuses.

Personal Information:
Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC, ACC) working with entrepreneurs to make their dreams come true!
Proud Canadian from Ontario. Married for 30 years to the most wonderful man- mom to 3 amazing women, grandmother to 2 gorgeous grandsons!


Other Information:
I run 30km week.
I lift weights and take 3 aquafit classes (1 aquacycle - fun!) per week.
I walk or ride my bike everywhere.
I have a vibrant yoga practice twice weekly. Backpacking/canoe tripping is my raison d'etre.

Having the strength and stamina to live my life my way is one of my greatest joys.

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Member Comments:
SLENDERELLA61
6/6/2014 10:05:31 AM

Thanks for inviting me on FB to find you here. Proud to know you! I also lost 80+ pounds and am keeping it off. I find participating here at SP really helps!! -Marsha

Edit: A lot of my blogs are just day-to-day stuff - not too interesting. I have a couple, though, that have gotten Popular Blog Awards. I recommend you read those or my success story.

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JUSTYNA7
4/1/2014 11:06:26 AM

Hey! I was so happy to see you in my emails. I don't know if you saw my SP success story but you are kind of in it.... I just want to say thank you again for motivating me way back when. Not that I have gotten to my wight goal yet but it is so good to be canoeing and hiking and "living", Hope things are well with your kiddos. My middlest is challenged with anxiey and depression still but there is hope. Rest of the world seems tickety boo. Justyna

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ALYFITN
10/31/2013 3:04:32 PM

Hello Friend!! Thanks for the 'boo'! I've been off sparkpeople a long while and your goodie showed up in my regular email. (It felt good).
You are looking great. I'm doing OK--exercising lots and my shape is changing--but the weight is only SLOWLY decreasing. I'll get there!



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WATERMELLEN
10/29/2013 8:20:19 PM

Nice to hear from you! I do think that the Beck Diet Solution is quite brilliant -- CBT works reasonably well for me. Most of the time.

But: bottom line reality is: I'm going to be hungry every day; I'm never going to be able to eat whatever I want whenever I want (or even close, regardless of how much I exercise); I'm going to have to track nutrition every day for the rest of my life. So if that translates into being obsessed about weight loss maintenance . . . I'm obsessed too.



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JUSTYNA7
10/29/2013 12:41:11 PM

Hello my friend! It always makes me smile emoticon when I see your name come up on my page or thread or having put up a blog. Did I tell you we did a portage trip of the Barron Canyon in Algonquin? OMG the bugs were bad. However it certainly was one of those "if you can do this you can do ANYTHING" experiences. A lot of work going around waterfalls but all worth it.

I have finally reached 200 pounds which is a landmark for me. 23 years since I've seen that number. How are your DD's doing? My youngest is doing so well - finishes her program in December and has been accepted to the master's program at Waterloo. Middlest is home and struggling with anxiety/depression. Oldest finally got a diagnosis for her seizures last week and the doc things he can treat them! We are all over the map in some ways but I would sum up this year as being very good. Tremendous year here at the B&B. It's our 10th year so guests have gotten a little extra TLC. This morning was my last breakfast for the next month though. I have a couple of days to prepare for Nanowrimo and I'm not sure what that means so I'm going for a walk to figure it out. My book needs some rehabilitation as parts have gone missing in cyberspace... and I still have not submitted it for publishing. I think I know what to do... yet I don't. Cheers and thanks for stopping by. Justyna

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