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Thursday, October 09, 2014

I used to follow a Spark member who called himself the slowest loser. I think that I may have replaced him. In 2013 I lost a total of 5 pounds. that's right. 5. This year I am down about 11 - just over a pound a month. Not that I am complaining... I am actually quite pleased that I have gotten rid of this much. 4 more pounds and I will be back to my original 40 pound loss. And then I can start on "new weight". It is not easy, this losing weight. In my 20's, 10 pounds in 2 weeks was kind a normal crash diet. In my 30's it didn't work so well... Now in my 60's, every pound is hard won.

But here's the thing. I am NOT on a diet. I am eating sensibly. I am also getting more exercise on a regular basis than I have since high school, when I walked everywhere. Now don't get me wrong. I'd LOVE to wake up tomorrow 50 pounds thinner. But it doesn't happen that way, and there is no "skinny fairy" to wave a wand.

I am so close to "One-derland", that I can almost taste it! I'm hoping it happens before I leave on vacation. It's really just a number, and yet is signifies a victory to so many of us. Years ago when I weighed 193, my doctor (FORMER) referred to me as a 200- pound woman, and I was SO offended. Now I have been here for so long that I am immune to it. But I SWEAR I will not be going back up this time. This time is forever. I owe it to myself.

I CAN do this. And so can YOU..
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    YAY, Patti! Very encouraging words this morning as I catch up on three weeks of blog posts. And do get yourself a more encouraging doctor!
    2436 days ago
    Hi Patti.........
    I have ABSOLUTE FAITH in you!!!!! You WILL do it. emoticon
    2437 days ago
    Slow but sure wins the race! I've been struggling this last year too but think I've finally found my motivation. I want to loose 45 lbs and realized that loosing 1 lb a week will get me there in a years time so it's 1 pound a week which takes a lot of hard work but it's attainable and maintainable. I'm heading back to onederland too...We'll meet up there!
    2439 days ago
    I know exactly what you are talking about Patti. I use to be able to loose the pounds much easier when I was young too and now that I am in my 60s it sure is hard. I have virtually stood still in my weight loss during this past year due to all of the medical things I have had going on. But my focus is different now that I am older. Just like you it is more about enjoying life and being more healthy little by little. I am sooooo looking forward to 2015!
    2439 days ago
    Very powerful! You have what it takes to reach your goals!

    2440 days ago
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    I think the 'slow' method is better. And the fact that you are not gaining it back shows us that you are doing it right. You have reason to feel proud. emoticon
    2440 days ago
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    great and contagious attitude emoticon
    2440 days ago
    The best way to lose weight is the way you are doing it
    2440 days ago
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    You are right, it is hard, but we can do it!
    2440 days ago
    WE can do it! :) emoticon
    2440 days ago
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