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The past 3 years

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

January of 2011 I weighed in at 274. I quickly stepped off the scale and tucked that number away in the back of mind. October of 2011 stepped on a scale again and was at 265 lbs. At this point I saw the number drop without trying and decided it was time to put some thought into it. Started cutting back on the not so good for you snacks and cut back also on how much sugar was going into my tea. Still smoking a pack a day but changes were being a little a time. July of 2012 I weighed in at 240 lbs. Wow, I had lost 25 lbs and was feeling good about that. Got bronchitis in August and invested in an e=cig to help with the smoking. Ended up cutting back to just a pack of regular cigs on the weekend. I also weighed in at 230 lbs. in August of 2012. Wow the weight appears to by flying off so happy with what I am seeing on the scale. Going up stairs is no longer as painful on the knees. Feb. of 2013 we go on a cruise and do some walking in Mexico. Able to do it but wow do I feel it. April of 2012 I still weigh 230 lbs. starting to feel a bit defeated but know plateaus can happen and will eventually end. September of 2013 I now weight 236 lbs. Seriously frustrated seeing the number go back up. Decide to explore new ideas for getting back on track. Found a site that does logging of food and exercise and decide to try that out. I lost 4 lbs in the next month. In October of 2013 I found SparkPeople and saw all the articles and information and decided to switch sites. Started slow and easy striving for 30-60 minutes of exercise a week. I see the numbers dropping but they are slow and realize at this pace it will be another 5 years till I reach my goal.Bought a pedometer to keep track of how many steps I take in a day and wow is it not much. First goal was 2000 steps a day. Seemed tough at first but started doing things like stepping while doing dishes and such and now it is happening and the weight loss is picking up a bit. Get a fitbit force for my birthday and ramp it up to 3000 steps a day. I am beating that easily now.

Here it is January of 2014. Three years since I tucked that 274 number into the back of my mind and I step on the scale today and I see 214 lbs. I have lost 60 lbs in 3 years. Down 22 lbs. since September. Averaging about 6000 steps a day and have now added strength training videos to the mix.

I can't believe that in 4 month I have gone from couch potato to walking about 3 miles a day. Looking forward to being able to hit the amusement parks again, maybe plan a white water rafting trip in the future. Still searching for things I enjoy doing but the options are expanding.

As of December 28th I have not smoked anything but the ecig. The month prior I smoked about 1 1/2 packs total.

Looking forward to seeing how far I go this year.
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  • JAYDEE1211
    I loved your blog. Little steps certainly make lasting changes. We get so caught up in having success that we attempt too much and, eventually, give up. I am on holidays at the moment and have more time to think about how far I have to go. Unfortunately this means I am trying to change lots of things at once and getting very frustrated! Thanks for the reminder and, with your attitude, you will continue on your positive path. Best wishes.
    2400 days ago
  • CHERIJ16
    I am glad you found Spark People. They have really helped me. I joined last February and lost 20 pounds. Since that loss I have plateaued but part of that is due to the unhealthy Holiday choices I have made lately.
    What I learned from SP is to make this a healthy lifestyle change and to take it one step at a time. I also learned that I am important enough to take good care of myself for me and for my loved ones. And most importantly; never, ever give up. emoticon
    2400 days ago
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