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The journey to health, well-being and fitness has been a long one. Six years ago I decided to live well and be well. Along the way I have learned, not to diet, but to change my lifestyle – forever. Food is no longer the enemy; exercise is no longer scary; and taking care of myself is no longer the last thing I do. ~Peace.

— Here is my story:
Born and raised in a small town in Western Mass., I spent all of my adolescent years overweight. Food was my friend, my comfort and the only thing I could control in my young life. I was even overweight when I entered the military at age 21. Twelve weeks in Coast Guard boot camp did take off a few pounds, but I always teetered near the edge of the weight requirement my first few years in the service. Again, food was still my friend, my comfort and my only control.

By the end of my 20s, I finally decided to take control and made a big effort to take off the weight. The great strides I made in those couple of years seemed like a dream come true! And then it all came crashing down when my health started to spin out of control. I had gotten out of the Coast Guard after nine years and although I was "thin" for my 5 foot 10 1/2 inch, frame; I was the furthest thing from healthy.

While in my early 30s, some "hidden" medical conditions were lurking in the background of my life and I started gaining weight again. I was horrified. I was also bound and determined to not be a fat person again. I worked out, I ate well; but the weight kept coming. Nothing I did was working. Finally, it all made sense when I was told I had an under-active thyroid. So began the daily dose of Synthroid, but regrettably the dose they prescribed was not enough. Despite my pleas, they wouldn't raise the dose and I remained symptomatic for several years. By this point I was living in Ohio, working a 3/4-time job and completing my bachelor's degree as a full-time student at a small, private college—and I was literally killing myself with too much work, too little sleep, poor eating habits and the like. I had hit rock bottom and my all-time high weight.

In Jan. 2003, I had moved to Hawaii and I made a decision that would change the rest of my life. I was not going to keep doing this to myself; and whatever I did HAD to be a lifestyle change, not just another diet. When I arrived on the island I was about as out of shape as a person can be: I couldn't even walk a 1/2 mile without stopping to rest. So, I got serious. I learned about nutrition and began cooking healthful meals. I stopped eating fast food of every kind, save the occasional Subway sandwich.

And I began exercising—specifically walking. I was too ashamed of what I looked like to go to a gym or put on any kind of a bathing suit, so walking it was. And walking literally saved me from myself. The more I walked, the more weight I lost. The magic bullet for me was a combination of good nutrition, regular exercise, and a whole new approach to healthy living (as well as a doctor who would finally aggressively treat my thyroid condition so I would be as symptom-free as possible—the proper dose of thyroid hormone would not melt the weight off, but it would make my body function normally and able to lose the weight I had gained if I put in the time and worked at it).

And it worked. I not only lost weight slowly and consistently, but I learned how to live as a healthy person and I learned to love exercise. Since my journey began in Jan. 2003, I have lost weight steadily and kept it off. There have been a few ups and downs and a regain of 10 pounds or so, but over all I have kept most of the weight off for 6 years. I am still working toward my goal weight and hope to reach it by this summer with a little help from Spark People. When I joined Spark People on Jan. 15, 2009, I had already lost 76 pounds. Here's to losing the next 39 with Spark People!

Oh, and the thing that saved me from me—the walking—well, I now do a combination of power walking and running; I have done countless small races (5K and 10K) and I have completed 2 marathons (all after age 40!). I still have some medical issues to deal with, like arthritis in my feet, but I am still walking/running until I can't do it anymore. With my 45th birthday just around the corner, I am happy to say that I feel better in my 40s than I did for all of my 30s and most of my 20s.

The one thing I want anyone who reads this to know is: If I can do this, you can do this. And just remember: Life is a journey, not an event. (Feb. 11, 2009)

Member Since: 1/15/2009

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My Goals:
Short Term: Train to run the 2009 Nike Women's Marathon, October 18, 2009.

Long Term: Finish my 6+ year journey to get to my goal weight!

Everyday: Be good to myself with food and exercise, making myself a priority in body, mind and spirit.

My Program:
Yoga: Everyday

Cardio: 7 days/wk; power walking/running 5 days and pilates 2 days

Strength Training: 3 days/wk

Personal Information:
Robbie Fee-Thomson
Albuquerque, NM

I love ... yoga, writing, making jewelry, whole grain baking, books, my girlfriends, hiking, making all my gifts, wine, recycling, my God children, a long soak in a hot bathtub, my birkenstocks ...

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"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."
— Buddah

Thanks 2 all my cheerleaders & friends: KAC, MJ, JMC, CIU, SAF, MJC, BKG, CLB, CGW, WJW, AFB, TNT; and those I remember VML, RFL, KRV, JSF & TMF

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