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Back in 2001 before gaining all the weight.

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Here I am at 192 pounds in fall 2006.

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October 2008, at 137 pounds, finally!

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This information is way out of date. I have gone up and down several times in the last 6 years. I would like to get my weight DOWN and keep it there.

I want to live long enough to see my grandchildren grow up. My weight was never a problem until I turned 50. It's been a battle since that time. I'm happy to say that I'm winning the battle at last, thanks to SparkPeople and the friends that I have made here.

I reached my 148 goal on August 25th, 2008. Onward to 140, my new goal!

UPDATE SEPT 22: 140.4 this morning! Also, I now am size 10!!! I'm having my daughter take some pictures of me this week, and when I hit 140 I'll post one! WOO HOO

UPDATE SEPT 29: 138.8 this morning and I declare myself officially in the maintenance stage. I'm changing my ticker to reflect this range. This has been an exciting journey, and I've made so many new friends along the way! I thank the Lord for making this possible. I also thank all of the cheerleaders here at SparkPeople. What a wonderful group of people!

UPDATE OCT 15: So far so good in maintenance. I'm at 137 this morning, and finally posted my "after" picture. When I look at my 2006 picture, I could jump for joy at the progress I've made since that time. Thank you SparkPeople! Thank you Spark Friends! I'm spreading the Spark and shouting it loud and strong. You can do it, too!

UPDATE NOV 27: I'm holding steady at 130-32 for four weeks now and have adjusted my maintenance range again. I never thought I'd see this weight again. It sure feels good to feel good!

UPDATE FEB 5 2009: I quit smoking January 14th and today am weighing in at 138.6. I can only fight one battle at a time, so I sill get comfortable in my quit, and then bring the weight back into range.

UPDATE JULY 1: Well I've failed at maintaining while not smoking. I weighed in at 163.4 this morning, and after having a good cry, I recommitted to losing the weight (again) and have set November 1 as my goal.

UPDATE MAY 2011: Going to try again to lose this weight. I started exercising and eating right the first of May and so far so good. I retired this month, and thus I have more time to eat right and get healthy.

UPDATE OCT 6, 2012: Am finally on the right track after all of this time. I have lost 26 pounds since June 25 by low carbing. I set April as my target month to reach a size 12 again.

Member Since: 1/16/2007

Fitness Minutes: 41,771

My Goals:
I reached my goal weight on September 25th, 2008. Then I quit smoking January 14, 2009. I gained the weight back. I am here again to get back to goal. Prayers are appreciated.

My Program:
I walk a minimum of 30 minutes a day, some days as much as 60 minutes. I sometimes do the Leslie Sansone walking program when the weather is bad.

Personal Information:
I retired from teaching mathematics at a university in May 2011. I'm also a wife and mother, and full-time procrastinator.

Other Information:
My favorite movie is O Brother Where Art Thou? and I've watched it so many times I have the dialogue memorized. I also love the soundtrack, which won a Grammy.

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    HI Mel. I don't think I met you before but I do think we're on the same SWAT team. I guess I'm still on SWAT I. Go figure... I can't rememebr but I do know when it's time to weigh in. .. they email me and tell me to get on the scales....

    Now having said all that, please feel welcome to SWAT I -- Jackie
    4556 days ago
  • v CHRISTY1957
    Hi Mel! I'm visiting all the spark pages of the gals on our SWAT team so I can get to know you a bit better. You have done a fantastic job losing weight...34 pounds is amazing. Great job! I'll see on the chat and challenge threads!

    SWAT I co-leader
    4561 days ago
    Hi Mel,
    That's wonderful you you've joined our team at Christians Maintaining Weight Loss.
    I can see you have lost a lot of weight and are very near your goal!!
    I look forward to reading your posts and we can all get to know you.
    4618 days ago
    Wow look how great you have done with your weight-loss goals


    Thanks for being apart of the SWAT - girls I can see how that you are an encourager

    I was an teacher for children with special needs @ 7 yrs ago in sunny So Fl
    however we went to Tallahassee and now I sell real estate -- that is to say IF there are buyers out there (ha Ha)

    Glad you are with us

    4630 days ago
  • v DEEJOE
    I cannot believe you are old enough to be a grandmother and over 50. You certainly hide your age well. Did you lose all that weight just from Jan. to June in one year? If so, how??? Congrats to you and being able to maintain. I just hope I can get to the point where I am concerned about maintaining. My husband taught secondary math for 46 years so we have something in common.
    4742 days ago
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