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6/13/13 - I am not sure WHAT happened to get off track, but that is where I find myself. I don't even know if I need to try and analyze it (probably not). I am drinking my water this morning and going to the pool after my eye doc appointment. The thought that keeps coming to my mind is: IF I WANT WHAT I HAD - I NEED TO DO WHAT I DID!

2/26/13 - good deal - I am down to 180 now for a total of 62 pounds gone! I picked up my 6th bead today and had a opportunity to share my story with the sales clerks. Inspirational thought: Whether you think you can or can't - you're right!

1/28/13 - Yippee - another 8 pounds are gone! I really like weighing in once or twice a month. I did measurements yesterday and 3.75 inches are gone as well. So, I need to shop for another bead this week *smile*...such a bother...NOT!

Thought for the month: The biggest limitations in life are the ones you make in your mind!

1/2/13 - I could hardly wait to get back to the pool and into a regular routine again! I weighed 196 today...down another 3.5 pounds.

1/1/13 - I did the White Rock 5 mile (8K) this morning. I was the last one across (who cares) with a time of 1:28:40. It was 45 degrees at start time and it warmed up to 48...DAMN! I just layered up and did it...very proud of myself!

12/15/12 - I am amazed and humbled to find myself below 200 at my weigh in this morning...199.5! Yes, I have been diligent, but it is God doing this 'new thing' in me. Yes, I know - not everyone will get that and that's ok.

Thought for the week: Life is to be experienced and enjoyed not 'managed'!

12/10/12 - YEAH...'stay the same' was just here for a week and not a long term resident! I posted a 3 pound loss today. That's 39 so far - one more pound and I get another bead!

12.1.12 - Stayed the same this week. No plans to change up anything as I see this as a normal part of healthy living. Thought for the week: Instead of thinking of fitness as a 'get up and get it over with' thing - think of it as a 'wonderful way to start the day' thing. It's part of my philosophy to change my attitude and change my life!

11.23.12 - WOOHOO! I lost 6 pounds over Thanksgiving...that's a switch for me from previous years! I have now lost 36 pounds and have my 4th bead picked out. Thought for the week: I can't change the past, but can ruin the present by worrying about the future.

11.16.12 - Down another 2 pounds...I added bead number 3 to my healthy living bracelet since it now totals 30 pounds.

11.13.12 - Happy 2 months of SPARKing to me! I have lost 4-7/8 inches over the past month. (see blog post about non-scale victories) Thought for the week: NEVER throw in the towel...use it to wipe off the sweat!

11.9.12 - Down another 3.5 pounds for a total of 28 in just about two months.

11.2.12 - I have lost 10% of my body weight...a total of 24.5 pounds so far. Thought for the week: If you refuse to put up a fence, don't be surprised to find people in your yard from time to time. (Healthy boundaries are good for all of us!)

10.27.12: The 5K walk is completed! My time - 50:003...I am pleased.

10.26.12: It's now 22 pounds that I have lost - YEAH! Hubby and I are walking a 5K tomorrow...all I can say is WOW!

10.19.12: I lost 2 pounds this week for a total of 20 now. Quote for the week: When something happens that hurts my feelings, I can be INJURED or INSPIRED. Guess what I choose? Second bead added to Healthy Living bracelet...a grapevine - gotta get in those fruits and veggies!

10.13.12: 5-1/2 inches lost over my first month. I am tracking measurements for waist, hips, thigh and upper arm here on SPARK. I have also lost some in the bust as I have to use snugger hooks now.

10.12.12: 18 pounds down now (lost 4 this week). I will do measurements tomorrow on my 1 month-iversary Thought for the week: We all go through tough times - it is up to us to decide if the tough times will be an OBSTACLE or and OPPORTUNITY. Guess what I choose?

10.10.12: profile picture added - please read my blog post, "From embarrassment to affirmation".

10.5.12: A total of 14 pounds is gone for good now. I am ordering the first bead for my empty bracelet. I get a bead or charm for each 10 pounds that I lose. The first bead is filigree hearts - a reminder to love myself. Thought for the week: Whether you think you can or think you can't...you're right.

9.27.12: Down 8 pounds now. Thought for the week: Be kind to others, more importantly - be kind to yourself.

9.20.12: Down 5.5 pounds. Quote for the week: You are more likely to act yourself into feelings, than feel yourself into action!

9.13.12: UGH! Once again, I am at the highest I have ever weighed. I am not as optimistic because I am older and somewhat wiser. I have NEVER been able to keep the pounds off - why is this time going to be any different?

Let's face it...it isn't just about knowledge. I KNOW what I have been doing wrong: the wrong foods, wrong quantity of food, wrong activities. I just didn't care at the time. Oh, maybe THAT IS THE KICKER! Why didn't I care enough about myself to take better care of myself? This is something I will explore in my journal writings over the next weeks and months.

Some goals and motivations:
- each 10 pounds off = Pandora bead
- lose 24.25 pounds (10% of body weight) = $50 shopping spree
- each 25 pounds = new profile pic
- below 200 = $90 shopping spree (most likely a commemorative piece of jewelry).
- below 179.5 (25% of body weight) = $100 spree
- I want to be as slim as possible when I slide down the BIG outdoor water slide at the pool on my birthday in June!
- below 150 = $150 spree
- 142 = Diamond ring repaired
I also need to find out my cholesterol level and see if I need to lower. (Cholesterol was checked in November 2012 - it's 153 and all ratios are good.)

Member Since: 9/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 6,390

My Goals:
I am wearing an empty Pandora bracelet. I will add a bead or charm for each 10 pounds that I lose. I want beads!
!st bead - 10.5.12
2nd bead - 10.19.12
3rd bead - 11.16.12
4th bead - 12.15.12
5th bead - 1.28.13
6th bead - 2.26.13

My first BIG goal is to lose 10% of my body weight. (Accomplished on 11.2.12)

My second BIG goal is to get below 200 pounds.
(Accomplished 12.15.12)

My next BIG goal is to lose 25% of my body weight.

I also want to be as slim as possible when I slide down the big water slide on my birthday in June!

My Program:
My current program:
- pool, 3 times a week (minimum), 30 - 45 minutes each session.
- walk, 3 times a week (minimum), 30 - 45 minutes each session. I am in training for the Koman 3 day / 60 miles walk in Dallas in November. My current eating plan:
- drink lots of water
- eat loads of healthy fats, fruits, veggies, non-processed meats, organic milk and milk products..as much as I want and whenever I want
- no low cal foods, artificial preservatives or colors, canola oil, msg, high fructose corn syrup, no wheat
- weigh twice a month at the most, once is ideal
- measurements once a month
- Spark throughout the day!

Personal Information:
I grew up in Dallas, TX and have lived in Texas all of my life.

I am now about 45 miles north of Dallas in the football loving town of Celina. I go to the Frisco Athletic Center for my pool time. I do my walking at the FAC, the high school track and various places around town to change it up.

I love to quilt and be crafty! I am a member of the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild. I don't think you can ever have too much fabric!

Other Information:
I believe that by changing my attitude, I am changing my life.

Since I have spent a few months 'off track', I also believe that if I want what I had - I must do what I did!

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  • v 242WILLNOTDO
    Thanks! It's actually 5 and a HALF but who is counting...ME!
    2684 days ago
  • v BTAYLORC27
    Congrats on the weight loss this week! 5 pounds is awesome!!
    2684 days ago
  • v YIDDLE
    Hi! I am 76 years old, and have lost 12 pounds since February even though we have traveled this summer, and I relaxed my goals while on the road. Walking is my choice of exercise. I have a dog, but also walk alone, and even inside The Woodlands Mall when the temperatures outside are too warm for me.

    Don't ever give up. You can move towards your goal with confidence.
    2685 days ago
  • v BTAYLORC27
    Thanks for the comment on my feed! I did walk and do feel much better. emoticon
    2685 days ago
  • v -SHAWN-
    Hello and Welcome to SparkPeople!

    I started Sparking in June of 2007. By using Spark and some self discovery along the way, I'm down 50 pounds, and am holding steady at a healthy weight. Spark is a massive site, you'll be discovering new and exciting things for months to come!
    Diet is a dirty word, every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate emoticon emoticon

    2689 days ago
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