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I am trying again this year. I usually do well for the first 3 months but then fizzle out. I am hoping that using spark people will keep me focused.

Jan 2014 update: I lost a total of 105 pounds in 2013. I will leave my original introduction from last January to remind me how pessimistic I was when I started this. You can't help but be pessimistic when you try and fail, repeatedly. I think that the biggest difference in 2013, was that I tracked ALL my food, even when I "cheated". This made me consistent, which lead to success, which lead to more success. It also helped to know how much protein and fiber I was actually having. Since I wasn't getting enough of either, I increased them. I also learned that I did NOT have to stick to 1200 calories to lose weight. Eating 1600-1800 worked fine, as long as I was consistent. What I like about tracking is that you are not just eating vaguely healthy, you actually KNOW how many nutrients you are getting and can adjust, accordingly.

During the past few weeks, I have slipped into old habits. I got to the point where I knew that I would be "dieting" in January, so I was having my last meals (last pizza, last roast beef sandwich, etc.) This was not a good strategy and I knew it but it is time to get back to my routine. I am actually excited!

Member Since: 1/11/2013

Fitness Minutes: 8,566

My Goals:
I plan to lose over 100 pounds this year, hopefully by Oct 1st.
Update: I lost 105 lbs in 2013. Now I need to lose another 30 lbs in 2014.
My weird little weight loss hobby continues...

Jan 9, 2013 starting weight 324.4 lbs. At 5'5" that was a BMI of 54.

Jan 17, 2013 started on spark people at 320 lbs.

01/30/2013: 5%
03/01/2013: 10%
04/09/2013: 15%
04/15/2013: 50 lbs gone
04/25/3013: hit 270 (same weight as driver's license)
05/07/2013: 60 lbs gone
05/25/2013: 20%
05/31/2013: 70 lbs gone
06/14/2013: 75 lbs gone
07/02/2013: 80 lbs gone
07/04/2013: 25%
07/09/2013: 85 lbs gone
07/29/2013: 90 lbs gone
08/18/2013: 95 lbs gone
08/21/2013: 30%
09/01/2013: 100 lbs gone!
09/25/2013: 105 lbs gone
09/28/2013: 33%
That is 1/3 of myself gone!
10/16/2013: 110 lbs gone

10/30/2013: reached original goal weight of 210 lbs (but still plan to lose another 15lbs)

2021 UPDATE:


My Program:
I am going to eat 1,300 - 1,600 calories per day. I want to experiment with calorie cycling.
I need to get enough protein (apx 100-140grams).

Also: eat a f@&kton of vegetables!

Strength train 2 - 3 times per week

Boxing 2 - 3 times per week

Hopefully, I can also squeeze in some treadmill time a couple of times per week. I would like to do the couch to 5k program but it is hard to find the time...

Walk dog everyday (1 or 2 miles). Take dog to beach or park on the weekends.

To stay motivated, I will read success stories and other posts a few times a week.

Personal Information:
I am 46 years old, living in Chicago, and my starting weight was 324.4 pounds (at 5'5" that was a BMI of 54).
I hope to weigh apx 190 by April 2014.
As long as I keep losing 1% per week, I will reach this goal.

Other Information:
I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On twenty-six occasions, I have been entrusted to take the game's winning shot...and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that's why I succeed. -- Michael Jordan

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    HI Grace Ann, I, too, want to welcome you to our team! You are well on your way to permanent maintenance. I have been in maintenance since 2010 and have been on Spark almost everyday. It helps me stay focused.
    You might be interested in reading a blog I wrote on Spark years ago, but as true now as it was then about the challenges and successes of losing weight after menopause. It took me 10 years to find out how to do it. But it has worked and I have maintained my weight loss since then.

    l feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like additional support emoticon
    54 days ago
    Hello! I wanted to add my personal welcome to our team. (Maintenance and transition to maintenance). When I returned to Spark (Sept 2020) after 3 years essentially MIA I was pleased to see that this team is one that still has a lot of active members. So many other teams had gone dormant. I also realized that blogging was very difficult from a phone. Perhaps that's why there are fewer than I remember? I miss them. I can only blog from my computer although I can comment from my phone.
    Very glad to meet you!

    58 days ago
    I wish I could blog from my phone.
    1570 days ago
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    Thanks for the add and comment! I added you back :)
    1997 days ago
    I friended you because you live within 25 miles of me, are in a similar age and goal weight loss group, and your progress so far is inspiring.
    2420 days ago
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