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All my life, I've struggled with my weight. From my first diet at age 7, through nagging from family, teasing from friends, to Weight Watchers, Weight Loss Clinic, TOPS, a rainbow of diet pills, shakes, bars, counseling, self awareness groups, you name it, I've done it. Most of it worked, for awhile, but I gained back more. Well meaning people said I carried my weight well (whatever that means) so I deluded myself into thinking I didn't look so awful. But seeing 300 lbs looming on my doctor's scales was a real wake up call. I was actually researching weight loss surgery when I found a link to Sparkpeople and decided to join in August 07. By January 08, I'd lost 38 pounds, then plateau-ed for a month or so, but since March 08, the honeymoon is over. I've yo-yo-ed with 5 lbs, then 7, now (June 2010) nearly all of it has crept back. I'm still hanging in with SP though, and joined TOPS in Sept. 08. That helped me refocus for awhile, but a year and a half later I'm still spinning my wheels. What's sad is the 100 lbs I say I want to lose would be gone by now if I'd really worked at it.

Feb. 24 2011 - The spinning wheels have officially stopped. This is the year I'm going to do it! My goal is to wear my wedding dress at our 25th anniversary on May 2, 2012, which means 70 lbs off in 14 months - 5 lbs a month. That is definitely do- able & I'm gonna do it!
2012 update: Got down to 239 lbs for our anniversary celebration in May - not nearly enough to wear my wedding dress, a major disappointment. And what do I do when disappointed? Eat! Yo-yo'ed all summer, but the weight was creeping back on. Managed to put on the brakes before gaining it all back and am now on the downward trend, but man is it tough! Suffering with chronic back pain isn't helping. Thank God for SP!
Jan. 3, 2013 - Will this be the year? I'm stuck at 254 lbs & hanging on by my fingernails. Time to set another goal & start again.

January 3, 2014. Well, 2013 wasn't the year as I'm ending it 4 lbs higher & spent most of it bouncing up and down the same 3 to 5 pounds. Note to self - Maintenance is AFTER you lost the weight not BEFORE. Lots of excuses I could offer, but the truth is I don't really try. Setting goals - no problem! Working on them - quite another story. I want to weigh 225 in time for my university's 225th anniversary reunion. If I lose one pound a week from now to then, I can do it. But will I?

Jan. 5, 2018. Nope, I didn't. Another 3 years of "following the bouncing ball" and I weigh 261 pounds. On the bright side, that's 14 pounds less than my start weight in SP, (275) but it's been TEN YEARS! What does it take?

2019. Another year of ups and downs - this is getting old and so am I? If I'd really wanted to do this, I'd have done it long ago. It isn't rocket science!

Member Since: 7/10/2007

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Progress Report
Start wt. 275 lbs 8/8/07
Year 1 245 lbs 8/8/08
Year 2 267 lbs 9/11/09
Year 3 262 lbs 5/11 10
Year 4 245 lbs 20/11/11
Year 5 254 lbs 27/10/12
Year 6 258 lbs 31/12/13
Year 7 251 lbs 31/12/14
Year 8 250 lbs 31/12/15
Year 9 (skipped this year)
Year 10 261 lbs 31/12/17
Year 11 258lbs 31/12/18
Year 12 266 lbs 31/12/19
Year 13 255 31/12/2020

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    I've not had deer eating my tulips, but the chipmunks did. I gave up on tulips. Every time it gets dry (drought conditions), the little beggars eat my tulip and crocus bulbs. Luckily the crocuses multiply, and the chipmunks left a few, but the tulips are toast. I have been propagating daffodils and filling my garden with them instead. One year deer ate my hostas all the way to the ground and started in on the lilies! I could hear the deer munching on my garden lovelies at night and I would shine my flashlight out the window and shout, "Stop eating my lilies!!"
    21 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/3/2021 7:19:10 AM
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    Thanks for stopping by my SparkPage with words of encouragement. They are much appreciated! Looks like you're doing well, also, on our 5% challenge. One more week to go, and let's stay strong until the end!
    33 days ago
    Congrats on your weight loss!
    Thanks for the blog comments. I hope you have an amazing weekend.
    47 days ago
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    Thank you for taking time to read my blogs this week. Your supportive comments are such an encouragement. We all need each other to reach our goals. I hope you have a wonderful and healthy week. thank you again. Ruthie emoticon emoticon
    53 days ago
    emoticon You have brought emoticon into my life this week by taking time to read and comment on my blogs. emoticon For clicking like and making them Featured.
    emoticon For being my emoticon . Your caring support helps me be able to share my struggles. I hope you have a blessed week. Thanks for being emoticon . Ruthie emoticon
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