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December 2019 staying at or below goal weight through Thanksgiving! It’s work, but I can do it.... Christmas, here I come!

October 2019 ... finally hit my goal weight. I’m loving that, although slow, I am losing it! I’m happy not to have the “excess baggage” that often comes with a quick weight loss

It feels SO good to slip into a pair if pants or shirt that I haven’t been able to wear in years....

Finding ways to eat the things I want has been a key to success. Morning mocha, toast with peanut butter and jam, pancakes, tacos.... it’s working!!

Now comes hard part....maintaining, and not getting disappointed when i bounce up a pound or two above.

August 2019. 2.4 pounds away from my goal weight!
Ran out of benefits for physical therapy....still can’t raise my elbow above shoulder level. Changed chiropractors too (40 mile drive). Took a chance on the local chiropractor ... discovered that Dr sold to a Sports medicine outfit which does chiropractic and physical therapy..... I’m hopeful!

June & July 2019.... scale keeps moving downward.... yeehaw

Dr is happy with my bloodwork/test results, for once! Keto/Atkins (20 carbs or less per day) is working for me!

May 2019. I love seeing new, lower numbers on my scale!

April 1, 2019. Yay me! Weigh in this morning is the lowest I’ve been since 2016! It’s working.... and I couldn’t have done it without YOU!

March 2019. Another 5 pounds closer to my goal. (15 gone!) Sticking with Keto/Atkins. Feeling better all the time ....

physical therapy has continued twice a week... but pain persists. Dr thinks We’ve overworked it and has put me on light duty, and restrictions on shoulder activity. Says this will probably take two years ... the stuff they don’t tell ya beforehand.

January 1, 2019: My new shoulder is getting better range of motion all the time thanks to an amazing Physical Therapist. One more month of appointments with him. Eager to see how far I can go!

Started low-carb (Atkins/Keto) and feeling better every day. Ten pounds gone since surgery 11/7/18. Woohoo!

Dec 1, 2018: Recovering from Total Shoulder Replacement surgery.... on my way to wherever it is I'm going......

It's been a while since I updated my page. The past 6 months have been a rough go, facing some health issues we still don't understand. (I really hate to mention the health issues I've had because they're don't even make the chart when compared with those some of my SparkFriends are dealing with.) But for someone who rarely gets sick, I am not accustomed to such setbacks.

Anyway, I've had a lot of bad days, some not so bad, and some 'others'. But today I'm feeling great, and thankful!

I still have my sights set on my health goals, and work towards them as best I can.

One of the things I have been doing during my down time is working on building my Etsy shops (CatManDoStudio and TheISawBigfootShop). They're a work in process (I have so much inventory to photograph and post). They're not only fun but also a great diversion.

Keeping my log in streak going..... over 1144 days so far.

I Mostly check in through the SparkPeople app and don't spend much time on the desktop computer, so I don't see much of my teams, challenges, etc.
I am halfway to my long-term goal. I have learned, and UN-learned, so much. I am not where I want to be . . . yet. But i am still on my way. And I know I WILL get there!

Keepin my eyes on the prize . . . and that prize is the gift of good health.
No more DIE-IT for me!!! This is my LIVE-IT plan!
I'm half way to my goal and I'm loving my LIVE-IT plan.

Like so many other SparkPeople, when I first joined in 2012, I started out with a blast, and before I realized it, I had achieved my goal! Within 3 months, I was where where I wanted to be....

I maintained that original loss for a few months . . . but before I knew it, one pound at a time, the old habits were right there to take me back into that vicious circle where I had been all my life . . .

The scale went up and down, down and up, again. One step forward, two steps back. . . but rather than inching down, the scale kept inching back up . . . and so did my waist, and hips, and . . .

And then it happened --- I was busting my all-time high weight record. . . . and sailed right on by it. . . . on my way to a NEW all-time high.

Besides the horror of setting a new, all-time-high-weight record, what was even worse that that, I had failed myself again.

It took me a while to get the courage to try again. But on December 26, 2015, I'd had it with myself. I was sick of myself and all the excuses. It was time to just do it.

While the number on the scale does not define me, it is a good indicator to my all-over health . . . and I knew that the risk for diabetes, osteoporosis, etc, etc. . . . was just waiting to bite me.

I have already proven that I can lose the pounds . . . I just haven't been able to keep them off.

If I want a to have a healthy life, I have to start living it.

The fact is, there are no quick, easy fixes.

If I want it, I have to work for it.

I have to move, if I want to keep moving.

I have to eat healthy if I want to be healthy.

So, I have determined that at this point in my life, I can do it if I really want to.

I have also determined that I don't want another 'bandaid' . . . I want to make good choices, and I want to keep on making good choices.

I don't want to start something that I am not prepared to continue for the rest of my life. One day at a time. This is a life-style change. A 'forever' program.

For example, if I thought I had to give up eating chocolate or peanut butter, I already know I would be setting myself up to fail.

I am learning how to incorporate the things I like into my 'forever' program. Definitely not to the regularity and magnitude that I used to consume them . . . but in some form or fashion that will not cause me to suffer withdrawals and send me into a feeding frenzy.

So, since that disgusting weigh-in on December 26, I am now 10 pounds down . . . back to where I started when I 'started over' the last time.

Time will tell if I want it badly enough. . . . but way down in my heart of hearts, I know I can do it.

One good decision at a time.

I've made it half way . . . I can do this!

Member Since: 10/2/2012

Fitness Minutes: 114,701

My Goals:
Remember that I am doing this for me.

I want to be the best that I can be.

I want to have quality of life as well as quantity of life.

My Program:
Working at my good program.

Personal Information:
I love living in the beautiful forested Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon.

Married to my best friend. Still newlyweds after 10 years. We do everything together. God definitely saved the best for last.

I'm mom to three...yes, three! spunky Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies) . . . one is 14 year old, 6 pounds of love and cuddles named Bad Leroy Brown; and 3 year old Buster Brown, who keeps us on our toes . . . and in stitches. And our newest addition “Charlie Brown” is 7 months old.... What a bunch of crazy characters!

They also push me to get outside. We have one fenced acre (inside the 5 acres) with paths around where we walk and romp. Every day.

I love making jewelry, especially copper and am learning metalsmithing, etching, wire working, etc. I have three Etsy shops.... CatManDoStudio and TheISawBigfootShop. Stop by and see if anything rings your bell.

I love artsy/craftsy stuff; to read; take walks & hikes.
I love music; and I really love to ride

Other Information:
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather skidding in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'WOW, what a ride!' "

"It's never to late to live happily ever after."

The best is yet to come!

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