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I have now turned 55 and am still hanging in there trying to stay healthy. Most days are completely pain free now. After years of struggling with hip and back pain I finally learned what causes it and what keeps it away. Hope to remain feeling good for years to come.

My History Here:

I first joined Sparkpeople in the Summer of 2010. I still have the Class of Team on my profile to remind me. These days I'm taking a different approach to SP. It seems to be working as I have no intention of giving up and quitting.

Instead I have the intention of changing the way I've been living my life for the better. I can either do that or continue to struggle to walk and be in constant pain for the rest of my life.

Waking up each morning I spend a few minutes thinking about what I will accomplish that day. Then I set about to seeing how much I can achieve.

Member Since: 7/2/2010

Fitness Minutes: 167,268

My Goals:
My long term goal is to shed the 50 unwanted pounds I have accumulated. My ultimate goal is to take an after picture. I have umpteen before pictures I've taken over the years, never to have an after.

My Program:
My plan now consists of really watching what I put in my mouth and no making any excuses when it comes to exercising. I know that moving is what keeps me moving without pain. I am still doing Callanetics at times and DDP Yoga along with weights and walking/running for my Astros team challenge. I also still try too stay strong enough to walk my dog Bella. She's a big girl and very strong for her age, now almost 9! She and I have some of the same ailments with hip problems.

Personal Information:
I've struggled and tried to get back in shape for many years. I had real success about 7-8 years ago with the Bill Phillip's program which is why I keep coming back to it. I've added the Right Light back into my nutrition plan. After a period of trying to find the right eating plan, I am going to get back to what I know wrks for me. My struggles come from just giving up one day for no clear reason. I need to take a good an honest look at why I will give up even when I'm having success. I can see if I go 2-3 weeks where the scale won't budge! I have a lot of work to do and need all the support I can get. Thanks.

Other Information:
Before I wanted to get in shape to look good and well, now I'm older and sure I want to look better and have my clothes fit better an wear smaller sizes but these days my priority is managing my pain. I have arthritics in my lower back and both hips. There used to never be a day when I didn't have some pain somewhere. Now for the past few months I have finally began to feel much better. That sciatica nerve that used to leave me in debilitating pain has left and been gone for a good 2 months now. I can't tell you what a difference it makes not to have that nagging pain. I continue to read any articles or books I come across that address my issues of pain and I'll try the recommendations (if it doesn't sound too way out there). The lesson I learned about not laying around and resting because of pain has been a tremendous help.

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    Hope you had a wonderful 02022020

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    301 days ago
    Dropping in to say Hello and hope you are having a good start to 2020, have a healthy week
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    320 days ago
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    Thanks for the goodie. Go Astros!

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    Dropping by to say hi! Hope u r well.
    360 days ago
    Looking to stay focused through the upcoming Holiday Season? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle? If yes, then consider joining the Biggest Loser Challenge that starts in early December. Each week 10 teams of 24 Active members do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge, it can be modified to meet your needs. I hope that you decide this might be for you. If so, you can leave your name on the Wait List for the Winter challenge. To get to the List visit my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon; copy The Team Page Address below or let me know so I can send you an invitation. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat thread.
    If searching through Spark enter Biggest Loser Winter Challenge All Teams.

    To reply or get to my Sparkpage click on the arrow on the top right corner of this message, click on My Sparkpage or click on My Username.

    373 days ago
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