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October 16, 2014: Three years since I was on my page! Lots happened in those three years. Tried for Gastric Bypass, the insurance I had three years ago wouldn't cover because I was about 5 pounds under a 40 BMI, and they didn't cover hypertension as a co-mobidity. I gave up. I changed jobs a year and a half ago, have different insurance, and am on track for RNY in January/February. I find it difficult to maintain an even weight, and I now am over 230 pounds, and on even higher doses of meds.

August 13, 2011: Guess I didn't mean it in November, I've allowed myself to gain back every pound I had lost - Logging food starting today, rejoining a gym. Blood pressure is way high, on two meds now for that, one for cholestrol, all weight related - was 223 at the doctors this week.
November 11, 2010: I've been a slacker for months - going to boot camp, building strength, but evidently I've been letting my food management slide too much - I've been afraid to step on the scale but today I made myself step on them - 201.6. I'm done with my excuses - Menopause, stress at work, the kid going off to college, I'm responsible for what goes in my mouth and how hard I work out. I'm responsible for the weight I've put back on, 35 lbs, since my last official weigh in in February. Back to tracking everything today.
I am done being heavy, done feeling lousy, done being self conscious about my appearance, just done! I'm liking that people are noticing the weight loss/shape up, and I want to be in a lot better shape - physically, mentally, emotionally - so that life is fun and exciting, not just an existence.
August 18, 2010: Started Bootcamp at the gym on Monday, today was day 2 - I hurt in places I didn't even know could hurt! But I know this will build strength and endurance, so bring it on!!
December 15, 2009: 174 this morning - so I am officially "overweight", not "obese"! There's a blog in the making!
December 7, 2009: Woo, hoo! Went to the doctors today, he's thrilled with my progress, and my blood pressure was good enough he said I could try to go off my meds! I go back in January, if it stays good, no more meds!! Woo, hoo! Indulged in a little retail therapy as a reward (that, and I don't have many clothes that fit right) and bought two pairs of size 12 jeans! Thought I'd have them when I got to that point, and they fit now! Don't even have to lay on the bed to zip them!!
October 3, 2009: On a whim, went with our daughter to a 5K she was doing - decided to do it with her! OK, mine was a jog a bit, walk a lot, repeat, but I finished! 47:33!
September 20, 2009: SparkPeople rocks! I'm on my way to being healthier. What a difference 4 months has made!
May 15, 2009: Tired of being tired, tired of being fat, tired of the way I look, tired of being on meds for my blood pressure, just tired!
Went to the doctor on May 14, 2009, and he was unhappy with my weight and blood pressure. I've put about 20 pounds on in the last year, and haven't been exercising at all (herniated disc surgery last April). He said he was putting "obese" on my chart (duh, I am!) and I had to lose 10 pounds by August when he wants to see me again - he doesn't want to up my meds. Well, my father died of heart issues last year - I need to get this under control, so that was my wake up call.
I've been heavy all my life, I was always the "big for my age" kid, when I got out of high school I weighed 170 pounds. Graduated, lost weight, was down to 125 pounds at one time, but every time I lost weight, I'd then relax my guard and gain everything back, plus more! I've yo-yo'ed a lot over the years - trying any quick fix diet that was out there, and always disappointed with the results. Which is how, 35 years after high school, I was at 220 pounds!
I've been setting a bad example for my teenaged daughter, she's overweight, also. I need to be a better example!
I joined Sparkpeople several years ago, but guess my motivation wasn't strong enough, I lost a couple of pounds, and slacked off. But now I realize if I'm ever going to succeed at this, I need to make life altering changes, not try for a quick fix. So's here's to not being tired any more!!
Update: Dr. appt in August - my blood pressure is down some, and he was happy with the weight I've taken off so far! Hopefully, in December when I see him it'll be even better, maybe he can reduce my medicine, and eventually, eliminate it.
Update: September 23, 2009. Weigh in was 183 this morning, I only have 9 lbs to go before my BMI is "overweight" instead of "obese". It's been almost 19 years (since before I got pregnant with my daughter) since I could say that!!

Member Since: 5/14/2009

Fitness Minutes: 13,780

My Goals:
Overall, my goal is to be healthy and fit - I'd like to weigh about 140 lbs by next May.
First goal - 200 by August - Done!! 199 July 29,2009
Second goal - 185 by October (35th class reunion) Done!! Weigh in Sept. 16 - 185
Third goal: to be in the "overweight" BMI by Thanksgiving (174 lbs) - I haven't been "overweight" since my daughter was born in 1991! - Done Dec. 15, 2009 - 174 weigh in.
Fourth goal - 168 by Christmas - late, March, but made it!!
Fifth goal - 156 by February
Sixth goal - Healthy BMI for me would be 145 lbs - Goal to be there by March 13 when we're going to Florida on vacation
Seventh goal - 140 by May
Final goal - to maintain 138-142 forever!

My Program:
I'm journaling my food faithfully every day and trying to keep my nutrients within the specified ranges - 1200-1500 calories.
I'm going to the gym at least 5 times a week - cardio 5 days a week, strength training on the machines at least twice.
And, for the mental side of losing weight and getting fit, I'm writing a journal daily to pat myself on the back, smack myself upside the head, or just vent!

Personal Information:
My name is Pat, and I live in Pennsylvania. I'm married to my husband Jim for 32 years, and we have a beautiful 18 year old daughter. I love to garden, read, cook (that's what's gotten me in this shape!), and change the decor in the house often enough to drive the family crazy! Love to try new painting techniques and wallpaper! We share the house with 2 shelties, 3 cats, and a couple of goldfish.

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My favorite quote:
The definition of insanity:
Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That sums up my previous weight loss strategy - lose the weight, then go back to the bad habits! No more!!!

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  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy Birthday DONE GIRL

    In Gemini the Sun is active, restless and changeable. You like plenty of variety in your everyday activities, in your friends, and even in your diet. Your interests are many and diverse--almost anything will attract your attention if only for a brief time. Truly, this is the sign of the jack-of-all-trades. As the story goes, you may find that unless you can develop your powers of perseverance, you may be the master of none. Your varied interests can result in a tendency for you to spread yourself too thin, sometimes failing to follow through on projects you've begun.
    The Gemini child is most often born to a father who is well respected in the community. Gemini is often the baby in the family and thus grows up fast learning to talk early in order to keep up with the older kids. Gemini gets along with Libra, Aquarius, Leo, Aries and Sagittarius.
    Being very curious, you want to know and experience as much as you can. Gemini is the sign of duality. You find it difficult to limit yourself to one job, to one relationship, or one hobby, as you constantly seek variety and mental adventure. You scatter your energies because you don't want to miss anything. You are a lifelong student, never tiring of learning new subjects. You collect facts and tidbits of data, but you may not always have the big picture.
    To the Gemini person, communication is of utmost importance. You flourish on ideas, with a mind that is ever so quick and curious. You are a person who enjoys talking and writing. All sorts of communication ideas appeal to nature. You are aware of all that is going on around you, and you want to understand and participate in it all. You are hard to pin down, and even harder to beat in a debate. Your abilities of combining quick comprehension , and the communication of this comprehension to others, are the hallmarks of your sign. You can talk yourself into and out of situations with ease. Often Mercury people (Gemini's ruling planet is Mercury) take mischievous delight in disconcerting slower minds with their fast paced mental antics. You like to be around people, and you never do well working alone or on any routine type job.

    Extremely friendly, you enjoy companionship, and really thrive on it. Just as you don't like to be without activity, you don't like to be alone. You are likely to have a very wide circle of friends with whom you enjoy many activities--movies, games, conversation, and such. You are naturally outgoing and possess a sparkling wit. You are apt to become quickly bored with conservative types that can't make a decision or agree with your need to impose change. Not being very introspective or reflective, often you don't understand your motivations or the motivations of others. So in many ways, relationships can be shallow and superficial. Your restless mercurial nature requires constant excitement and change, or you'll becomes very dispirited and morose. emoticon
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    emoticon I hope your day is a groovy one!! emoticon
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    2246 days ago
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2013!!!
    Where are ya, Done Girl!? I hope no matter where you find yourself in life, you are definitely enjoying it this birthday!!

    All the very best,
    2973 days ago
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