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I started my journey here on SparkPeople a little over 5 years ago with many fits and starts. I lost a lot of weight in the beginning, which helped to keep me on track, then, I hit the dreaded plateau that I never thought would end. I was gaining and losing the same pounds over and over again. It was so frustrating.

In the beginning the weight loss was easy because my MD helped me switch from ANY drug that had weight-gain as a side effect to other drugs where it wasn't a side effect, or not likely to be a side effect. When we did all that switching around, it really helped. Then I needed to keep my thyroid under control - another weight-gain side effect.

Then, everything just stopped! The scale stopped moving for a long time and I almost gave up. Then I'd lose tenths of a pound here and there, and then gain it all back. I really do owe all of the support to some of the great teams that I belong to - they kept me going. Then it was the same lose a couple, gain a couple - more frustration.

Last week I went on a much-needed vacation. We always go tent-camping at Winter Island in Salem Mass. We walk to just about everywhere. Even though I ate a lot of stuff that was bad for me, we walked so much that I lost a pound (yeah, I weighed myself prior to, just to see). Then today, I just felt like weighing myself again - another pound down!

When I started here, I weighed 196. I rounded it off because I wasn't going to count the tenths of a pound - 'til I hit that plateau. Any ways, today I weighed 166.4! Since I rounded off to begin with, I'm rounding off now and counting it as a THIRTY-POUND WEIGHT LOSS!!! It took me just over 5 years, but I DID IT!!!! So, if I can do it - you can do it!

Deirdre


Member Since: 6/5/2011

Fitness Minutes: 253,927

My Goals:
My goal is to lead a healthier lifestyle. I'd like to exercise more and eat healthier. I'm hoping that SparkPeople can help me achieve my goals.


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I drink plenty of water every day. The only other drink I have is my cup of tea in the AM.

I wear a pedometer every day to track my steps, miles and calories burned. I record them all here. My new goal is at least 10,000 steps per day.



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"Sometimes you have to lose everything to find out who you truly are." - Necessary Roughness (TV show)


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  • v NICKELDAWN
    Just wanted to stop by and say a quick hello! I hope you have a wonderful week full of success and happiness!! emoticon
    3320 days ago
  • v AMBERLEIGHM1
    Thanks for reading my blog and your comments. I'm sorry you suffer from PTSD and memory issues, they often go hand in hand. I have had repeated major traumas that keep making the PTSD worse. After my son died, I could no longer recall what he looked like, our life together, or what his voice sounded like. After 5 years of therapy, they sent me to have brain testing that tested spatial reasoning, cognitive thinking, visual memory, auditory memory and some other things I can't recall right now but after all the tests are done they grade them and give you a score. My psychiatrist ordered the tests but you could probably get a PCP to also order them. I recently finished CPT therapy which was the most effective therapy I've ever had for PTSD, you might want to look into it. If you want to talk, just let me know.
    3322 days ago
  • v MOMMYTO5CUTIES
    Thank you for stopping by my blog it really means a lot to me.
    3322 days ago
  • v LYNDALOVES2HIKE
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here - and losing 23 lbs is awesome success!

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    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

    Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

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    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!

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    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.

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    Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. Right now there is a 'special offer' on Amazon to get it in electronic format for just $1.99 - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this generous offer - so check it out!!!

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    If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.

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    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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    3322 days ago
  • v DBALZER
    Welcome to SparkPeople! I hope you find it to be as wonderful a tool as I have for helping you reach your goals. Please feel free to drop by my page anytime you need support or just want to celebrate success!

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    3322 days ago
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