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Me--summer 2009 before I changed my life

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This is my Lulu as a puppy...she now is a 60 lb. lapdog.

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After losing 115 pounds in 2009-2011 and reaching my goal weight of 140, I have gained back 100 pounds. I am also pre-diabetic and have severe acid reflux. I am calling a STOP to this and am trying to get back on track. My exercise consists mostly of walking with my Lab mix dog Lulu. I need to figure out how to keep walking with Lulu, but also get to the gym at least 3-4 times a week. Strength training is calling me. I also need to be more consistent about tracking my food, and doing the things that helped me lose those 115 pounds. Things like not snacking at night, and measuring my food rather than guesstimating it. I have enlisted the help of my family doctor for better accountability (it helped last time), and will also be participating in a hospital/YMCA exercise program which includes a personal trainer for 4 months.

Member Since: 2/25/2010

Fitness Minutes: 30,590

My Goals:
1. Eat at least 6 fruits and veggies daily.

2. Weight Loss Goals:
221 lbs (35 lbs lost) 2/23/10
140 lbs GOAL! 6/15/11
...a lot of backsliding...
162 lbs 11/15/2011
188lbs 12/21/2012
190 lbs 5/17/2013
195 lbs 10/6/2013
200lbs 2/12/2014
205 lbs 3/8/2014 STOP
198 lbs 3/24/2014
208 lbs 5/1/14
205 lbs 7/1/14
(I'm going to start posting my weight every couple of months)

3.Exercise regularly, at least 5x per week for at least 30 minutes.

4. Track my food and exercise daily...and I mean the whole day's worth, not just breakfast and lunch!)

5. Have the nicest yard/garden on the block. (This will be tough...a botanist lives across the street!)

My Program:
Back to eating clean...only a little meat, organic when I can get it, whole grains, fresh food.
Oh, and Measure it!

Exercise right now is walking the dog. We do 4-5 miles every day.Love the cool summer we've been having!

Personal Information:
I'm from the middle of Illinois and work as a librarian and faculty member at a state university. I'm the education librarian and run a teachers center, so I buy children's books and educational materials to be used by students planning to become teachers.

Other Information:
I have a dog, Lulu, and a cat, Wasabi Wasabi is exactly like his name. He loves to eat everything, including grapefruit and kiwis! Lulu is an almost 2 year-old lab-cattle dog mix who likes to chase rabbits and squirrels.
I love to garden...actually like weeding, so that also gets me a little exercise.

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  • v FLPALM
    You may not remember me, but I too, was on SP from 2010-2016. I got off the site, thinking I could "manage with LESS Time on the internet and more time to Exercise." All well and good, except, so many things happened. My sister passed away, 74 years old, June 2016, and then MEDICALLY I was a mess. Breast Cancer, Radiation, Breast Reduction, and Three Large Hernias, stretching across my midriff! YUCK!!!! I am currently scheduled for One More Surgery, March 4, 2020. So I decided to Get Back To SparkPeople and "Get R Done!" And Finish what I started.

    I am so pleased, that I was able to find you from my Old Vision Board Records I kept, but sadly, all my old information was deleted. So I am now trying to Re-Enter All My Nutritional Information from My Pantry and My Refrigerator, thus I know I will be consistent with my records.

    Again, so glad to find you. We will "Get R Done" together this time! PS Hope you don't mind, I added you as a SPFriend! Hugs my friend.....We Got This!!!
    427 days ago
    I did see you had retired and at the time I was starting the last 6 months of my own work life. I was so ready to join you in the land of free time! Isn't it wonderful on a rainy sunday night to know that you don't have to get up and go anywhere the following morning? LOL!
    1108 days ago
    SO so so glad you're back.

    I had the same bounce between 04 and 11 ... and came back and have stayed at goal this time around. You can do this. And won't it be fun?
    1109 days ago
    Lulu is beautiful. I hope you will enjoy your walks with her. My goal is to walk with my Miss Jasmine who is a 113 pound French Mastiff/Boxer mix and will always be a lap dog. emoticon
    1198 days ago
  • v ARMOMMI2
    Just wanted to stop by and say HI. Carol emoticon
    2179 days ago
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