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My name is Coti and I joined Spark People in May of 2012 and lost 40 pounds using the tracking tools and teams for inspiration. I read a lot of articles and learned a lot about my eating habits and some about exercise.

Back again for April, 2015 after 3 surgeries (possibly more coming) and trying to find ways to lose the weight when exercise is so minimal. I will find a way, my journey is just longer than expected and it's at least helping me to remember the changes I make for my health are LIFELONG.

I have a gym membership. I went there last week and it took me twenty minutes to walk a third of a mile. I hadn't been there in over a year before that. A nasty fall down the stairs in November 2012 derailed my first journey to a healthier me on a physical level and I let that get me down mentally too.

I am back again in June 2014 to start over again. I have put all the weight back plus ten more pounds. I am at 265 pounds and losing. It hasn't gone anywhere yet, but it will. I am bound and determined.

Thankfully this time, I am a non-smoker finally and if I lose this time I won't have that stress hanging over my head of trying to quit like I did the last time. I ran my first 5k last time. I want to get there again and I will.

I want to get back to the things I know worked for me before (tracking, tracking, tracking, & motivation). But also I have to have a plan at some point this year about how I am going to prevent myself from getting derailed again in the face of injuries.

I have arthritis in my pelvic bone and spine and other places too. Pain is a daily thing and injuring myself happens. Bad flare ups happen. This time I need to find my way through those things and not let them become a stopping point for me.

Lessons from my last journey here losing 40 pounds in 2012:

Some important things Spark People is teaching me:

1. Food is FUEL. [Eat more healthy foods, add more nutrition. Stop thinking of what I shouldn't have and concentrate on what I NEED to have. It helps eliminate the bad habits without feeling deprived.]

2. I can do this. [Probably the four most important words in my vocabulary and they're tiny words in size... but huge in meaning.]


Member Since: 5/15/2012

Fitness Minutes: 5,841

My Goals:
Start weight on April 7th, 2015 - 269 lbs

Goal 1 - Lose 10 pounds!

Hit 259
Hit 249
Hit 239
Hit 229
Hit 219
Hit 199
Hit 189

Goal 2 - Lose 10% of body weight!

Lose 10% of my body weight. (Lose 26.9 lbs)

Goal 3 - Reach 'overweight' category in BMI!

Reach under 195 lbs.

Goal 4 - Reach 'healthy' category in BMI!

Reach under 160 lbs.

My Program:
The Plan:

Find more FUN ways to get in physical activity as frequently as possible and include the kids!

Strength training at least 2 Xs a week. Make this physical therapy to start.

Cardio at least 3 Xs a week. This will start as 10 minute walks, attempting everyday.

Stick to calorie range provided by SparkPeople.

I've decided to attack my weight loss in chunks. 10 pounds at a time so that the task doesn't seem so daunting. A hundred pounds is pretty overwhelming to think about. Ten seems a lot more manageable. I'll just do it ten times. : )

Personal Information:
I was born in Southern Indiana. I have lived in Connecticut for seven years now. My name is Coti Luttrell. I'm 35 years old. I'm unemployed, mostly due to the chronic pain. I'm a stay-at-home step mom and doing all I can to encourage healthy living for myself and my family. Learning more and more everyday here how to do that better than the day before.

Other Information:
Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms. - Khalil Gibran

"Discard those things that lead to suffering, accumulate those things that lead to happiness." - Buddha

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