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I am a 63 year old retired academic. I retired early to care for my mother. She passed away in February 2016 and I still miss her. My weight loss journey began when I went to college (1976) and gained 7 pounds by the time I graduated. I went from weighing 99 lbs to 107 and I was desparate to lose the weight and started the diet soda and ice cream diet. No weight loss there. I started working and gained another 5 pounds and began the hot dog and saur kraut diet. Yum! No weight loss there either. My whole life, I have have been on one diet or another until I hit a steady weight of 121. I continued to think I was obese at that weight. I use that term specifically, because I did think I was obese You may have noticed that I suffered from body dysmorphia. I never saw myself as anything but fat. I never looked in a full length mirror or bought clothes that fit. They were always 2 sizes too big. Then in 2001, I had a kidney transplant and started gaining 8-10 pounds a year. I dabbled at weight loss, but oddly, I did not see myself as anymore over weight than I did when I was 121 lbs...until I hit 208. Again, I did not see myself as overweight, but I understood that 208 was beyond the norm. I did my BMI and discovered I was truly obese. Was I shocked? Sort of, but not really. Being obese fit in with my body dysmorphia. I always saw myself as obese so this just confirmed it. About a year before my mom passed away, I realized that when she was gone, I would be a sad overweight recluse who watched too much t.v. I joined Spark with the idea of losing weight so that when she was gone, I might be sad and lonely but not overweight. I had joined a year earlier, but stress made me quit. I needed my unlimited doughnuts and cake to deal with my mother's illness. It was an on-again off-again relationship with Spark for the year after she died, but I made friends and they were so encouraging. The social part of Spark is what has kept me going. I don't feel as lonely as I thought I would and I have lost weight. That is my story....for now.

Member Since: 2/22/2016

Fitness Minutes: 14,130

My Goals:
My reasons why:
(1) To be done with having my life focus almost solely on weight loss
(2) To be ready for anything. So if someone calls and says let's go to Chicago this weekend, I don't have to worry about will I be fit enough to walk 5 miles around the city.
(3) Hopefully to be in less pain.


My Program:
Eat healthy and exercise.



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  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
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    Wanting to refocus this Fall? The BL Challenge is there for you! We have ten teams that compete with each other in Fitness and Nutrition Challenges designed to promote positive lifestyle changes, and of course weight loss. There are different challenges each week for the duration of the challenge. Support and encouragement are a important aspect of the smaller individual teams. The larger team also gives you a chance to congratulate and get to know members from other teams. After all we are all in this together and together we are stronger. emoticon To join the challenge you can click on my username and then either click on the Blue Biggest Loser Icon, or leave me a message, or use this URL https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups
    _individual.asp?gid=25339 or use the search and search for “Biggest Loser Fall Challenge ALL Teams”. Once there join and add your name to the waitlist that is one the thread below the Sparktastic Summer Slimdown ~Chit Chat Thread

    Teresa,
    BL Challenge Admin

    33 days ago
  • v TRINNYLYN
    Jumping in to say good morning
    35 days ago
  • v 7STIGGYMT
    I hope your knee gets better
    42 days ago
  • v KDYLOSE
    You know, when Halo Top first came out I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, but now it just seems yucky.

    I have been getting bigtime into frozen fruit, but not the little outrageously expensive bags at the store. I've been peeling a bag of clementines, separating the segments, tossing them in powdered ginger and freezing in a gallon bag. They're icy and chewy at the same time and I'm just hooked on them, plus no sugar after-effects. Also been doing this with diced up apples tossed in lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and a dash of salt - tastes like apple pie flavor and again a really nice chewy texture. Seems to be taking care of my dessert/icecream fix most of the time.
    46 days ago
  • v LOSEDAPOUNDS
    I love that office meme too. Hope you are having a fabulous Friday! Thanks for visiting. Great to see u!
    46 days ago
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