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May 2020 Oh so close to my goal but not long lasting. Some sun and fun at a historical park.



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Hello! Welcome to my Spark Page.

My first Spark Trophies date back to 2009., but I have had weight issues since childhood and I have tried many different diet plans that didn't last. I bet you and I have more in common than you may think. You see, you are not alone on this journey. We are all human with the same struggles. Lets encourage and support each other!

2002 - 2009 Even though I have had weight issues since childhood around (11 years old maybe; when we start to become aware of body image) my weight blossomed to its highest in 2002 after the death of our son when I was 51 years old. I was shocked when I realized how much weight I had gained! The years are foggy in my memory, but somehow I managed to get my weight down to 190 - 200# when I discovered Spark People.

2009 - 2013 I wonder now where the years fly to! During this period progress was slow, but by following the SP Plan I got my weight down between 180 - 190#. I struggled daily with the thought of the life changes required to lose weight and found myself gaining and losing the same pounds over and over again.

2013 - 2014 I trained for my first 5K, learned about fatloser.com and The Beck Solution team here on SP. These two resources were a game changer for me and I managed to get my weight down to 170# before I had my first hip replacement followed by several complications!

2014 - 2015 I had my second hip replacement in less than a years time. I was finally feeling great physically, but my weight was stationary. I took the year off from the diet world and celebrated life! Which also brought back 10#.

2015 - 2018 I struggled for an entire year with a knee injury that has never completely resolved itself even after a repair of a Meniscus Tear. So I continue to have some pain in my right knee that exercise actually seems to help somewhat.

This is what I wrote for January 1, 2019 - So here I find myself in 2019 with new found determination! Starting at 180# on January 1, I am determined to get to my first goal of 160# this year.

2019 has brought me several positive things that have moved me toward being healthier. My determination brought me down to 165# today, January 1. I can mostly thank B.L. E. for that. I have also embraced healthier foods in general - salads instead of sandwiches, more veggies in place of carbs at mealtime, more WFPB eating, recognizing my emotional eating more readily, accepting that weight loss requires a change in attitude and lifestyle. I have also followed my fitness schedule more consistently this year. It is a slow process. I still have more improvements to make. It is 1 STEP AT A TIME!

HAPPY 2020!

2020 - December 26: It looks like 2019 was a year of experimentation in BLE and WFPB eating, but reaching my goal weight of 160# remained elusive. This year I will not reach that goal either although I did see it for just a "blink of an eye" this past Spring. The Covid pandemic and politics has taken it's toll on many of us and I have fought an emotional rollercoaster for several months now. But that "blink" has shown me that I am indeed capable of reaching my goal weight of 160# and as my outer world settles down I am hopeful that my inner world will also. I still embrace many of the healthy eating beliefs of 2019 and I will strive to put them back in place in 2021!


FINDING MY BALANCE IN LIFE -
1. Journaling has helped me release some of those things that do not serve me well so I have more calm & peace in my brain.
2. Embracing The Weight Loss Journey team and Rejuvenation Yoga has helped build my self-esteem.
3. Working with a Personal Trainer has helped make me stronger.
4. My morning devotional time has strengthened my relationship with God.
5. Continuing with Spark People, The Beck Team, The 100 DWL Team, and my Spark Friends gives me hope for success.
6. Discovering Bright Line Eating and Forks Over Knives is freeing me from unhealthy foods.
7. Bullet Journaling is keeping me focused.

The 10 Reasons I Want To Lose Weight: What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!

1. I want to be at my goal weight once and for all.
2. I want to eat to live instead of living to eat.
3. I want to be master of my food.
4. I want to get rid of the rolls I see on my body.
5. I want to increase my strength so I can do more push-ups and lunges with better form.
6. I want to be proud of myself for doing what I said I would do.
7. I want to feel like a heathy person - Fit * Active * Balanced * Strong!
8. I want to feel mentally comfortable around all kinds of food.
9. I want to feel that I deserve to join the Maintenance Team
10. I want to be a healthy example and roll model for others.

My Long Term Goals for 2020 are close to what they were for 2019 because I am a work in progress:
1. Log in daily to SP.
2. Drink my 8 glasses of H2O daily.
3. Only weigh once a week.
4. 10 minutes fitness daily minimum.
5. Morning Routine complete 7 - 9 a.m.
6. No mindless night time eating.





Member Since: 4/14/2009

Fitness Minutes: 108,123

My Goals:
My goals are:
1. Feeling calm, peaceful, and grounded emotionally
2. Ditching the negative self-talk and finding gratitude
3. Committing to a food plan which will help me reach my goal weight of 160#
4. Improved consistency in my fitness routine


My Program:
NUTRITION:
1. I will make healthy food choices and eat 3 meals daily balanced in protein, fruit, veggies, and grains while learning to eat less meat and more meatless meals.
2. I will eat mindfully.
3. I will be diligent about limiting my consumption of alcohol.
4. Using the Beck Solution,100 DWL, and the 5% Community Challenge I will learn to think and act like a thin person.

FITNESS:
1. I will do some kind of exercise x 10-45 minutes 5 days per week.
2. I will explore a fitness routine that I can do at home until our Y is fully open & functional
3. Resume Exercise Schedule once pandemic restrictions are lifted:
Day 1 Yoga
Day 2 ST
Day 3 Walk/Elliptical
Day 4 Walk/Elliptical
Day 5 ST
Day 6 Fitness Class/Elliptical
Day 7 Walk/Restl
4. I will increase my Daily Step average to 7500 .



Personal Information:
I am 69 yrs. old. 5'9" and about 10 - 20# over weight. I live in Michigan and have a DH that has spoiled me for 46 yrs. We have 1 DD who is married to a great guy and they have given us 2 grandkids that we adore. My DH and I are retired and we are making the most of these years while we are able.


Other Information:
Life is what you make of it. My hobbies include my Motorcycle, Reading, Gardening, Cooking, Scrapbooking, and Socializing. My priorities are God, family, being the best-version-of-myself, doing the "next right thing" in order to bring peace and harmony to the world. I am a firm believer in improving our environment to stop global warming, and the need for us all to decrease are carbon footprints through recycling. LIVE LIFE TO IT'S FULLEST is my motto.




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