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Unfortunately, I'm a Yo-Yo when it comes to weight! Its now October 2016 and I've gained weight again and continue to struggle with my weight problem. I'm back at 240 lbs and trying to get motivated to get healthy again. Due to high blood pressure and cholesterol my doctor put me on medicine that I've been taking for over a year. I want to not only lose the weight but get off the medications. I also just found out I'm pre-diabetic.

As of October 2016, I joined a 5% Fall Challenge (Starfish team) to lose 1 pound a week from Oct-Dec 2016. Yeah!!! I lost 25 pounds and feel pretty good with lots more energy. Now, I need to keep going and get below 200.

I've just joined a 5% Winter Challenge (Starfish team again) that runs Jan-Mar 2017 and want to lose at least 1 pound a week. Please wish me luck!! Yeah!!! I lost 17 more pounds and really feel lighter!

Yeah!!! I made it to ONEderland!!! At March 11 weigh in, I finally got below 200 lbs...this is the first time I've been below 200 lbs. in 20 years! Since Oct 2016 I'm down 43 lbs. My basic diet plan has been eat less and exercise more. I've cut down on portion sizes, drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, cut out all junk food and carry out food from my diet, and try to exercise at least 30 minutes or more every day. And, of course, logging food and exercise daily to Spark which helps keep me accountable. These things have worked for me and helped me keep my focus.

I've joined a 5% Spring Challenge (Starfish team again) that runs April 8-June 3. I plan to keep following my new healthy habits and want to lose more pounds. Wish me luck!

Joined a 5% Summer Challenge that runs from July 1-August 26 (Starfish Team again).

My History:
Here's my story...I have had weight fluctuations ever since I was a teenager. I am now the heaviest I've ever been in my life. In July 2007 I had health problems and my doctor wanted me to start taking medicine for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I don't like to take medicine! So, he told me that if I lost 20 pounds in 3 months, lowered both blood pressure and cholesterol, he would re-evaluate me. I joined SparkPeople in July 2007 and with support and motivation, I lost 30 pounds, lowered my blood pressure and cholesterol. So, I don't have to take any medicine! I want to continue on and get healthier. I truly hope the support at SparkPeople will help keep me motivated so I can lose more weight.

Jan 2008 update: I've joined a 12-week challenge group to try and get extra motivation to eat healthier and exercise more every day.

Update Feb 25, 2009: So, I've been away from Spark for over 1 year, gone back to my old habits of eating whatever I want and no exercise. I've gained back all the weight I lost. I don't feel energetic anymore and I'm really beating up on myself. But, today I'm starting over again at 236 lbs!! I'm going to try really hard to commit and make me Number 1 so I can take care of my health. Considering writing a daily blog and joining support groups again. But for now, I just need to concentrate on eating healthy and getting exercise in my routine every day. If you've gotten through all this story, please send me a note of encouragement...I need all the help I can get. : )

Update 2010: Gained back weight again! New start again! I just love to "eat"..............Need to find replacement activities that give more satisfaction than eating and gaining pounds!!!!

So its May 2011 and I've come back to Spark because I've regained the weight I had lost (a number of times). Am feeling upset with myself and trying to get strength to get back to a healthy diet I had in the past where I felt better. Have some health problems now that are forcing me to change my lifestyle. Need lots of support and encouragement. Thanks for stopping by....

My latest notes and comments: Wow!!! That story really sounds like a broken record. I keep repeating the same pattern time and time again. I've got to get on a healthy track and stay there!!!

It's now June 2017 and since I started my current journey to get healthy in October 2016, I've lost 59 pounds and I'm feeling great. I am no longer pre-diabetic, my blood pressure and cholesterol are both at normal levels. My doctor doesn't want to stop the blood pressure and cholesterol medicines, but we are considering lowering the doses. There is no end to my current journey to get healthy. No big "reward" at the "end". The journey IS the reward.

When I lose 2 more pounds, my BMI leaves obese and moves to the overweight category. Yeah!!!

June 24, 2017, BMI left obese category and moved down to overweight. Continuing with Callanetics muscle toning exercises and seeing some improvement after about 3 weeks. Getting ready to start a new 5% Challenge July 1. I'm thinking about slowing down the weight loss to give my body a chance to adjust and if I do this I may be more of a 1-2% or maintainer during the challenge. But it is a little scary thinking of doing this as it could be a way for me to get off track again (as has happened to me in the past). Going to start reading more information on the At Goal and Maintaining Weight team and see what others have been doing. Best wishes to all for a happy summer!

Member Since: 7/23/2007

Fitness Minutes: 12,897

My Goals:
1. Eat healthy food
2. Exercise every day
3. Reach goal weight of 160

My Program:
1. Track all food eaten.
2. Drink 8 glasses of water everyday.
3. Walk 1 mile each day.

Personal Information:
I love my family, my little 6-year old girl pug and 10-year old boy pug, flower gardening, butterflies & birds, angels, music, photography, playing video and computer games with my Grandson and making and sewing baby doll clothes for my Granddaughter's baby dolls.

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

When you change your thinking, you change your life.

You become what you think about most of the time.

All things work together for good for those who know and love the Lord.

Even this, too, shall pass.

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