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Hi. My name is Kathy and I'm from PA. I've been disabled for 8 years due to depression and back problems. I've been overweight for most of my adult life but it has spiraled seriously out of control since being disabled. I have two wonderful children and one adorable granddaughter. I need to get healthy so I can enjoy my family for years to come.

My motivation:
What finally woke me from my stupor was when my children expressed their concern. Basically, they told me they want me to live for a long time and that my current lifestyle was deadly. They were right.

Weight timeline:
I weigh every day. I record the weight, then once a week I average them. This average is what I enter into the weight tracker. This system lets me satisfy the urge I have to weigh every day but doesn't attach too much significance to any one day's number.

302 - 1/1/11
286 - 3/1/11
266 - 7/30/11
262 - 8/15/11 (joined SparkPeople)
256.7 - 9/17/11
246.1 - 10/15/11
239.4 - 11/12/11
228.9 - 12/17/11
228.2 - 12/31/11

Total lost in 2011: 74 pounds

221.7 - 2/1/12

How I started:

I started slowly. I didn't track anything, just tried to be more conscious of what I ate. So I ate less frequently with smaller portions. I didn't exercise at all. The only way I was in no pain was lying down. I couldn't walk/stand for 5 minutes without pain. I could sit for only 15-20 minutes with no pain. I used to do water aerobics/walking in my local gym but then I lost my transportation.

Then I started tracking calories only. I started with a pretty high number. Each week or so, I would lower the number of daily calories I allowed myself by 50 or 100. By now, it was the beginning of summer and I started exercising in the backyard pool about 3 times a week.


Then I found SparkPeople! And it's a good thing I did because I was diagnosed with diabetes a month later. Luckily, I found tons of information and loads of support here.

I started tracking the main categories, calories, carbs, fat, and protein, one at a time. Once I had that down, I started slowly adding new nutrients like cholesterol, potassium, sodium, and calcium. Before I knew it, I was eating way less processed food and more fresh food.

I don't remember how I found the Chair Exercise Team but I'm so glad I did! I didn't even know you could exercise sitting down but it's very possible. I ended up ordering both cardio and strength videos from I could only do 10 minutes of cardio at first but I slowly worked my way up to 45 minutes. For the strength video, I couldn't even use 1 lb weights in the beginning but I kept improving and now can use the 3 lb weights. In November, I joined a gym and take water aerobics for 60 minutes 3 times a week.

2/1/12 I just finished some physical therapy for my back. They taught me some spinal stabilization exercises to do at home. I also had some aqua therapy to learn how to strengthen my back and core in the pool.

Member Since: 8/15/2011

Fitness Minutes: 5,104

My Goals:
My goal is to live a healthy lifestyle.

Instead of one long term weight loss goal, I'm going to lose weight 5% of my weight at a time.

221.7 - 2/1/12
210.6 goal

My Program:
1) Eat within the SparkPeople diabetic guidelines for all meals and snacks.

2) Track every bite; weigh/measure everything.

3) Exercise at least 15 minutes every day. Do my back exercises 1-2 times a day. Do water aerobics/Zumba 3 times a week. Strength train at the gym 2 times a week.

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