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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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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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    Thanks for your comments, you have done so well and really exemplify the life style instead of the diet plan. Good luck with your maintenance and your continued encouragement of others!
    4918 days ago
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    Thanks for the comment on my page. You're a great encourager and motivator!
    I love to hear weightloss success stories, they keep me motivated to keep on working at it. Congrats on losing all you wanted and then some! Hopefully, some day I'll be able to say the same kinds of things to help others.
    God Bless!

    4918 days ago
    Just stopping by to see how you are doing. I bet you are being a real inspiration to others. Let me know how you are.

    4918 days ago
    Thank you so much for the comment on my page. As you said, i'm going to stay with it and work out as hard as I had to to loss this weight. So far so good, its taken me a bit longer I think than most but that's ok, slow and steady wins the race! You look awesome, congrats on reaching goal!
    4919 days ago
    A big Hello and Welcome. We are glad you have joined us here at Sparks. It's a great place to learn to loose weight and keep it off. You will recieve so much info and you will meet people who will encourage you along the way. I hope your journey here will be a blessed one. Don't try to change everything at once. One at a time.

    Blessings, susan

    4923 days ago
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