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Friday, June 22, 2018

There has been some changes in my life sine the last blog.
Here's a little back ground on my journey so far,
This is the picture taken on Christmas eve , 2009. I am wearing my usual black in order to give the illusion of a smaller person. 68 years old, weighing 335 pounds.
I would be starting a weight loss program in a week on January 2, 2010.

I won't go into the struggles I had to reduce my calorie intake from 3500 a day down to 900, but over a 3 week period that's where I was and would stay at that calorie count for the next 6 months.
I had a good team of doctors, dietitians and therapist. But no matter who's supervising your program, it's up to the individual to do the work.
I joined Spark on May, 18, 2010. Saw an article in a Good Housekeeping and the story of those two women convinced me Spark would provide me with the support I needed.
By November 6, I was at 235 lbs. and attended my sister in laws birthday party.
Bought a new outfit, although it was still black, it wasn't a 4 XXXX. It was a 1X..
I had had to use a walker to get around , due to bad knees. But for the party I was ab.le to leave the walker home and used a cane. I decorated it with beads. That's the artistic me. Ha!!
Here's how I looked that night,

I was working out 4, 5 hours a day at the gym. Lots of water aerobics . They were easier on my bad knees. and other joints. Plus bundled up walks with my Yorkie Titan. He was my exercise buffy.

By February 19, 2011 my weight was under 200 lbs and I had my left knee replaced. The right knee was replaced on Sept. 19, 2011.
I reached my goal of 145 in August. 2011..
Here's a few pictures of that time.
Still spending lots of time in the water, new suit, size 10. Va-Va-Voom!!

Xmas party, my Biker Chick look.

During the next 4 years, I had some struggles. I didn't want to have to work out for 4, 5 hours a day in order to maintain my weight. But when ever I cut back I would put on pounds. I was only consuming about 1400 calories a day.
So with some work with my dietitian we cut back on some foods, changed some other foods I was eating and reduced my exercise to no more that 2 hours a day.
I only eat real foods. No fake, no substitutes., . Whenever you use a food that has reduced calories or ingredients, there's usually something else in it to replace what was taken out. I would rather have the real food, just use portion control.
There was a time in the beginning that I was not allowed certain foods. But over time I was able to reintroduce most foods back into my diet. But with caution and portion control.
I will blog another time more on what worked and what I do to conquer my cravings
I was presented with another challenge in Dec. 2015 when a mammogram came up positive.
I had surgery to remove a tumor and radiation treatments early in 2016. I continue to be monitored and am on a hormone treatment plan.
I remember every time I got up on the table for the radiation treatments I was happy that I was limber and unburdened by excess weight. It made my treatments so much easier.
I was not happy during the Winter of 2016. I lived in Oregon and it was cold and wet and I was miserable
I started talking to my friend who lived in Miami Beach, Fl. We had been neighbors for 15 years and stayed in touch through the last 20 years since I had left Miami Beach and returned to Oregon.
Started making plans to move back to Florida
I weight all the pros and cons. As much as I would miss my friends, family. Give up many of my personal things, and no more craft shows. I decided the weather and better health insurance made it worth while. We had though we might share a place, My girlfriend is my age and we could look out for each other.
I started sorting and donating most of everything I owned That was kind of hard. But material items can be replaced, Happiness and good health are more important.
On Oct. 11, I loaded the van with my jewelry supplies,and a few warm weather clothes.. A TV, PC, Printer, and Titan.my adorable Yorkie. Had a cooler full of snacks and drinks and set
off on a 3500 mile 9 state road trip. .
Traveled down through California, , Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma , Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida.,
Checked into Motel 6's along the way and had a wonderful drive , seeing some beautiful scenery along the way.
I arrived in Miami Beach on Wednesday the Oct. 18.
For the next four months I stayed with my friend. But we discovered that we needed space so I moved into a cute little studio apartment in Miami Beach on Feb. 1st 2018. .
I have lovely pool that I use almost daily.

I took this picture in Feb, at my friends condo,. used the mirror by elevator to capture this shot.
I am 76 years old, healthy, active and plan to do all I can to stay that way.

Spark has been a good place for me to get support and info on many subjects. I will remain here for as long as it's available. Log on daily, track food and exercise daily.
We all have to make our own decisions and , choices for what works for us. ,
I just hope I have encouraged others that it's never too late to make changes.


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  • no profile photo CD25202751
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  • BEATRIZ269
    Tricia you are always an inspiration! I always look forward to all of your post, friend feed. Thank you so much for your continuous support.

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    858 days ago
    You have been an encourager for me since I joined in 2011. My age, my weight, but you won your goals with persistence. So glad to see this update.... I have been less consistent that you, but have decided that I don't want to be a fat lady when I can no longer take care of myself! Thank you for still being here. Thank you for sharing your struggles and life changing events. Yes, your consistency to be here on Spark daily is challenging to me and I thank you for that encouragement!!
    963 days ago
    966 days ago
    You have truly motivated me - am also 76 and put on 20 pounds in the last few years. Seeing your success makes me think I can lose the weight. Thanks for sharing!
    967 days ago
  • CHEROKEE1946
    You have had a wonderful journey. I am in a bouncy journey right now and need to settle things down in my life and get on the ball. Take care have a great labor day week end
    978 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    I just love you so much Tisha emoticon it's been a journey.... so glad to have traveled it with YOU emoticon emoticon
    985 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17989942
    You are such an amazing woman !!!!!
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  • no profile photo CD23448434
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon A very good blog. Thank you for sharing with us. Wishing you many happy and healthy days ahead. Take care. emoticon
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    You are a Spark Goddess Tisha! emoticon I have followed you since 2010.Your journey to health and well being is so inspiring. emoticon Nice pics and updates too. emoticon
    1048 days ago
    Always have and always will love your blogs...you have trudge a journey that doesn’t cease to amaze me! Muah
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    1048 days ago
    So glad you caught us up on your life. I have followed you for a few years now and have been very entertained by all your clothing and shoe finds at second hand charity stores. I am wondering if you are as lucky there in Miami. I tried doing that here but it wasn't as good as your shopping success.

    Enjoyed hearing your story on how you lost the weight. That part is new to me. Even though it seems hard sometimes I never give up. I just know I am going to make it.
    1049 days ago
    OMG I have been your 'friend' here since I saw your biker chick days...lol... but never knew your story

    SO thank you for sharing your journey today.. and your story..
    You are a hero to me... !!!
    love you love your story...

    I will never ever complain about trying to lose weight again... thank you !!

    You are proof it is never too late to live the good life
    Congratulations on all your victories and triumphs
    Happy you are dealing with your cancer diagnosis and handled it all with grace (hugs) emoticon

    thank you again for sharing

    1049 days ago
    Love the update blog Tisha! I've been following your story for 7 years now here on Spark. You have been an inspiration and motivator for sure...mission accomplishes and continuing for both both of us! As I've always said, "Love your style." Thanks for sharing the pics again in this blog. I check in regularly with you through the friend feed to keep in touch. I don't blog much and you've remedied me how important those update checking can be for both ourselves and old Spark friends along with the hope that someone else connects. Spark is a wonderful place and I hope it continues along with our journies. Keep Sparking my Friend!
    1049 days ago
  • RDEE22
    Tisha you are one of my Spark Heros. You are emoticon
    1049 days ago
    Your story is such an inspiration for so many of us. Thank you for sharing your photos and your story. Both are very powerful. Look forward to reading what worked for you and how you controlled your cravings.
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    1050 days ago
  • SUSANM18
    Thank you for the background on your journey. I'm working towards being an active senior. I'm a young senior now, but know I could be much better with less weight. Like you, I use the pool for workouts to keep the joints from being stressed.

    Looks like you are doing great! Thanks. Susan
    1050 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    What a wonderful and inspiring story. thank you so much for sharing and you affirm that it is never too late to change our lives for the better.

    1050 days ago
    Very inspiring journey! I am so glad you reached your goal and that you have maintained it.
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    1050 days ago
    Loved your update, Tisha!! Really happy that MB is working out so well for you. It's great to hear how these things really do work for us if we do the work to make it work!!! Hugs, J
    1050 days ago
    Congratulations on your accomplishments! emoticon You are an inspiration.

    And, emoticon for sharing your journey and experience that it might benefit others. emoticon
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    Congrats on all you've overcome and accomplished! You look GREAT!! Your story is so very encouraging. Thanks for sharing.
    1050 days ago
  • no profile photo LAH1222
    Thank you for sharing your story. It is very inspirational.
    1050 days ago
    Such a wonderful story! I hope that it resonates with others who falter and don't get back up. Hard work, diligence and obviously a zest for life have brought you success, well done! emoticon
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    What a wonderful testament to your will - thank you for sharing the story of your journey. Congratulations on living your best life, and taking care of you!

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    1050 days ago
    Wow...what an amazing story and journey.
    1050 days ago
    You are an inspiration. Thank you
    1050 days ago
    Loved all the pictures and hearing your story again with added updates. You set a good example for all of us in every way.
    1050 days ago
  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
    I'm very glad to receive your blog. I am going through similar struggles. Taking some detours on the roller coaster rides. Which in turn beats me up....deep sigh....it's back on track to reach the end game. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1050 days ago
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