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five years later and still the same weight! It was time for an updated photo

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I keep this picture around to stay motivated. I don't ever want to wear size 10 jeans again!

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It's just fun being slim !

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My name is Dori and I turned my eating upside down to lose weight—I consume larger breakfasts and lunches and eat light dinners. It works for me! And, that's how I continue to eat seven years later!

As of Jan. 2015, I've maintained my weight for seven years. I work hard to make eating like this a lifetime habit—it isn't always easy, but I never give up.

A little about me: I lost 40 pounds pounds from June 07 to Feb. 08. At just 5'3" tall, I went from 161 pounds to 117 and I feel like a new person! I did it by making healthy eating choices and changes, and because I didn't spend any money on clubs or weight programs, I had more to spend on clothes as I went down.

I believe the key point to motivating yourself to lose weight is to get your mind and your heart on the same page. If you are overweight, especially very overweight (like I was for four years) or obese, the desire of your heart is to take off those excess pounds forever. Your heart never forgets this. But your mind - it dwells on the next meal or sees the vending machine, and it forgets and all your good intentions get lost as the fork heads to the mouth. But when your mind focuses on your heart, it remembers your desire to be the healthy person you intend to become. It remembers you're establishing eating habits you can live with forever. It recalls with clarity your determination to reach your goals and stops chanting "I'll start tomrrow, I'll start tomorrow." With your mind and heart in rhythm you begin to lose weight, and once you see those numbers start downward, it inspires you to keep on going.

I'm not saying it's easy. It took me several months to align my mind with my heart, but when I did, I met my goal of losing one pound a week without fail. I strongly oppose anything that says "lose weight fast" or "take off 9 pounds in 11 days" or "lose 8 pounds this week." How many people do you know who lost weight that fast and kept it off for any length of time? I'm betting about as many as I do - a big, fat zero. In losing weight slowly, your body adjusts to your new eating habits and responds to the changes in your lifestyle, and when you see regular progress, you're more motivated to succeed.

I met my weight goal on Christmas morning 2007. I've noticed to maintain my 117 pounds, I don't eat much different than when I was losing. I now enjoy every single bite of food I take and love not being stuffed after meals. It's great to be in those size four and two jeans and skirts! Now, to keep on wearing them ...

Member Since: 2/5/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,364

My Goals:
My goal is maintain my weight and to encourage others to meet their weight-loss and fitness goals

My Program:
I hardly eat any different than when I was losing, except just enough more to maintain. I also run 4 to 5 days a week and do some at-home weight training

Personal Information:
I'm a Christian and enjoy church-related activities. I'm married to a wonderful man, and we have four great children, ranging in age from 21 to 25. I'm a grandmother (a young grandmother, I'd like to add, at 48) of Hailey,6; Jaxson, 6; and Hunter, 4, and bella, 9 months.

I start every day happy and thankful to just be alive. Every day, good or bad, is worth living to the fullest.

Other Information:
I'm a former newspaper reporter and now write freelance from my home. What can I say? I love writing. I also knit, scrapbook, sew and quilt when time permits. I'm writing my first nonfiction book and hope to finish it late this summer.

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    Dori, 2011 is sneaking in the back door. Let's make it the best ever!! Happy New Year!
    3858 days ago
    Hi Dori! Thanks for the welcome. I still have a lot to do around the new house but am trying to ease back into Spark people. Most of my exercise the past few months has had to do with packing & moving. LOL I hope I will be able to meet some of the team for one of your lunches. Sounds like fun. I still only know a very few people out here and look forward to meeting new friends.
    Thanks again!
    3910 days ago
    Hope you are having a fabulous day!
    3924 days ago
    You are a funny girl! YOU can keep up with ME?! You can blow me away... I will be back to 8 minute intervals I think... we'll see... I will run the intervals but may be able to go a little more... at any rate - if we figure for 45 minutes or so - with enough time to cool down and meet Polly somewhere - we'll be good! So I am thinking maybe around 10 or 10:30? I will let ya know once I hear back from Polly!
    3945 days ago
    Hello my friend! It was good to 'run' into you the other day... what a perfect morning to go for a run! I did the 20 minute run today... I made it - but jumping from 8 minute intervals to that 20 minute run is a little intimidating - even though I have done it before?! Anyway - I am talking with Polly about maybe lunch on Wednesday and wondered if you are open/around? I am also planning on going out to Terrace Heights and doing the 5K route for the Sun City... not quite ready to run the whole thing but I want to see how I feel and how off my time is from last year before I sign up officially!

    Let me know if either or both of these things interest you!
    Love ya!
    3945 days ago
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