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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 ...
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.

SparkPeople:

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 chairdancing.com. 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.

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Member Since: 8/15/2011

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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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