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Still having so much fun after all these years!

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me at 221+ lbs - summer 2003

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Tree hugger for real. October 2017

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I just turned 58! It took me about 5 years to lose 85+ lbs and to completely change my perspective on living. I've been maintaining my ideal weight now for almost 10 years. My amazing spouse (of almost 35 years) lost 70 and has maintained that for 13 years!

I am dedicated to maintaining this achievement for the rest of my life one day at a time. My focus is self care, nutrition and exercise. I've learned to love myself enough to do what's right for my body and my health. I started out believing I was unhappy because I was fat. I now know that I was fat because I was unhappy.

My motto is "No Excuses" because I have plenty:

Hypothyroidism since I was 35
Asthma that requires 2 inhalers and an oral med to control.
IBS with constipation causing chronic pain and bloating.
Deteriorating lumbar-sacral joint that requires a strict regimen of physio and training to keep it in check.
Morton's neuroma in my left foot; chronic plantar fasciitis in my right.
Prone to anxiety and depression - recovering perfectionist.

It's a lengthy list that kept me obese for many years until, on January 5, 2004, I said "no more."

Change IS hard - but it is doable. Do it!

Member Since: 6/27/2009

My Goals:
I've lost 85lbs and I never want to find them again. My goal is to maintain this healthy, fit body for the rest of my life.

My Program:
Practicing gratitude.
Loving myself.
Fueling my machine.
Self care.
Intentional Living.
No excuses.

Personal Information:
Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC PCC) working with women in transition to make their dreams come true! Proud Canadian from Ontario. Married for 35 years to the most wonderful man - mom to 3 amazing women, grandmother to 2 gorgeous grandsons!

Other Information:
I run 30km week.
I strength train 3x/wk with the most amazing personal trainer.
I walk or ride my bike everywhere.
I have a vibrant yoga practice twice weekly. Backpacking/canoe tripping is my raison d'etre.

Having the strength and stamina to live my life my way is one of my greatest joys.

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    Just popping in to wish you a Grrrreat Monday. I still love looking at your before and after photos.
    2137 days ago
    Thanks for inviting me on FB to find you here. Proud to know you! I also lost 80+ pounds and am keeping it off. I find participating here at SP really helps!! -Marsha

    Edit: A lot of my blogs are just day-to-day stuff - not too interesting. I have a couple, though, that have gotten Popular Blog Awards. I recommend you read those or my success story.
    2300 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/6/2014 10:37:58 AM
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    Hey! I was so happy to see you in my emails. I don't know if you saw my SP success story but you are kind of in it.... I just want to say thank you again for motivating me way back when. Not that I have gotten to my wight goal yet but it is so good to be canoeing and hiking and "living", Hope things are well with your kiddos. My middlest is challenged with anxiey and depression still but there is hope. Rest of the world seems tickety boo. Justyna
    2366 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2014 11:06:43 AM
    Hello Friend!! Thanks for the 'boo'! I've been off sparkpeople a long while and your goodie showed up in my regular email. (It felt good).
    You are looking great. I'm doing OK--exercising lots and my shape is changing--but the weight is only SLOWLY decreasing. I'll get there!
    2518 days ago
    Nice to hear from you! I do think that the Beck Diet Solution is quite brilliant -- CBT works reasonably well for me. Most of the time.

    But: bottom line reality is: I'm going to be hungry every day; I'm never going to be able to eat whatever I want whenever I want (or even close, regardless of how much I exercise); I'm going to have to track nutrition every day for the rest of my life. So if that translates into being obsessed about weight loss maintenance . . . I'm obsessed too.
    2520 days ago
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