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Larry's shower-the first year.

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"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet....Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up." Stephen Hawking TAKE ACTION TODAY = ACT your way to right thinking; CREATE new habits; TAKE STEPS FORWARD no matter how small; INITIATE desired changes; OPENLY WELCOME SUPPORT NEVER GIVE UP on yourself As of Oct 2019, I am still maintaining and managed to lose 12 more pounds to reach a new low weight I hadn't seen since 1993! I am doing IF, usually at least 12 hours per day and up to 18 hours per day to regulate my blood glucose. It is a day by day thing, but overall, I meet my goals! SP has truly saved my life! As of 2017, I have maintained 100+pounds weight loss! Love all you ladies and gents for your support on this journey! ******* As of January 2016, I am focusing on my blood glucose and movement. In 2015, I had to add rapid acting insulin which, as it is a fat promoting hormone, caused me to gain 15 pounds. I took off that 15 pounds in 2015, and am still struggling with the insulin and my weight. I was successful in my goals for 2015-moving at least 10 minutes per day, and honoring and listening to my body. I will continue with those goals. **** Update: As of January 2015, my new goal is least 10 minutes each day, and more if possible. I aim to do what I can each day. I will honor and listen to my body. A trickle down effect occurs once one starts healthy habits. Things will get better. Persevere! **** Update: As of July 2014, I finally got to 260! New goal 240. **** Update: As of April 2013, I have met a few goals. I got rid of "stuff"--a lot of stuff. I am proud of that. I went from 269 to 280, and I am proud that I cut off the weight gain at that point. I am now 267. I am proud that I've gone through two major changes to my way of eating. I went gluten free, and began my happy descent from the 300s. I have made lots of good changes, even through severe illness, and kept off 75 pounds. That is a win-win scenario for me. Now, I commit to do my physical therapy maintenance each week, walk in the park each week, and carefully count my carbs in my carb and blood glucose tracker. ******************* Update: As of July 2013, I finally hit the 260s--269 to be exact, from a starting weight of 345. I cannot wait to get to 260. Then my next goal will be 240. My words for today, "you can take a rest from time to time, but never ever give up!" There is always room for improvement. ******************* Update: The end of March 2013 has me maintaining my weight loss at 280.2. I've been ill lately and unable to exercise much. I believe once I start exercising again, I will start to lose again. I am maintaining my gluten free lifestyle about 95 percent of the time. I guess one cannot be "perfect" with anything. A little imperfection is what make life beautiful, anyway. Here's to a great year! We WILL meet our goals! ***************************** As 2013 begins, I weigh 283.8 pounds. My goal for this year will be to weigh 260 pounds. I will give myself a year to meet that goal, as I am incorporating permanent changes into my life, little by little (baby steps) so that I will be a "whole" person on the other side of obtaining all my planned goals. This "whole" person will enjoy having a life again and enjoy the increased physical activity. I've made great progress under adverse conditions (knee injury and subsequent knee rehab). My good pal said that I was the only person she knew who lost weight after being injured and having mobility issues; hence, it can be done! I am dedicated to making changes for the better, and I WILL be the best I can be! My other goals consist of: 1. getting rid of unnecessary "stuff," 2. volunteering for a good cause, 3. starting my own jewelry business, 4. pursuing my art, and 5. learning to work a pottery wheel. I love textures and working with my hands. I also look forward to playing the violin and the piano again. Goodbye analytical career and hello artistic career. In other words, a former career left brainer attempts to be a right brainer.

Member Since: 4/1/2011

Fitness Minutes: 37,299

My Goals:
I want to live well, and not just sustain the status quo.!

I will track my carbs and walk at least three times a week, even if it is just around the block.

Life is to be enjoyed!

My Program:
I am counting carbs and calories, and eating gluten free foods with plenty of fresh veggies. I joined on April Fool's Day 2011, and been baby stepping it ever since. I will increase my physical activity and learn how to be spontaneous again---to live life to the fullest.

Personal Information:
I want to be creative again.
How does a career left brain lifer become a right brainer again?

I will walk in nature first, and look at the trees--such inspiration!

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I am known for my perseverance a.k.a. the ability to hang in there when the going gets tough. I AM making the lifestyle changes necessary to be healthier!
"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."

Helen Keller

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  • v no profile image ANEWCHANGE4ME
    Far too often we fall victim to the whims and wishes of others, desperately trying to make everyone else around us happy (this is quite normal, especially for us ladies). Instead of doing what we long to do, we follow the lead of others as the life we were born to live gets shoved to the back burner. Instead of following our instincts, we make wrong choices and not surprisingly, our lives head in the wrong direction. The only way you or I or anyone else is ever going to make our dreams come true is to, well... make our dreams come true.

    IF your life is not on the right track right now, don't despair. Chances are pretty good that you are looking on the outside for all of the right answers. And that's not where you are going to find them. All you need to do is simply stop, look and listen.

    Stop worrying about what others say, think or do and focus on making your life everything you know it can be. Start looking within, listening to what your heart tells you to do and you will find the way. Then do it your way, right away, every single day for the rest of your life.

    Do not put your life on hold any longer. You deserve so much more. Find your way and you'll find the magic of living.

    3481 days ago
  • v PHOENIX43
    Hey Beck,
    Thanks for checking in! I hope you have a fabulous weekend as well!
    3481 days ago
  • v no profile image FANCIKAT
    Thank you for the smiling face. I have a fridge magnet just the same and it always makes me smile. It is a lovely sunny day here and I have just had the last little bits done to me new bathroom and it looks great.
    Take care, Friend.
    3482 days ago
  • v no profile image ANEWCHANGE4ME
    When you look for all of the good life has to offer, you will discover something truly amazing; there's plenty of good things all around you. Great things everywhere you turn, fabulous moments everywhere you look. In fact, there is something good in virtually every nook and cranny of your life. You've just got to remove the blinders and go find them. The minute you stop expecting the worst and start looking for life's very best, the very best is precisely what you will find.

    Believe it or not (hopefully you're a firm believer by now), you are a super success story in the making. You just need to focus on making good things happen. You need to expect to succeed. And most importantly, you need to play to win; each time, every time, all of the time. With a winning outlook powering you through each and every day, your outcome looks really great from here.

    Believe in yourself, believe in today, believe in tomorrow and know that you are a winner!

    Have faith in yourself, faith in today, faith in tomorrow and have faith that you are a winner!

    Here's to you having a SPARK-tastic weekend!

    ~ Becca
    3482 days ago
    THANKS for the sunshine & birthday wishes! EnJOY a fabulous weekend my friend! emoticon emoticon
    3482 days ago