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This was December 2007, and I've lost more weight since it was taken.



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This is me at almost my top weight. I'm about 265 here, and I made it almost 280 at the highest.



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This was me at not quite 30 years old. I could stand to lose a few pounds here, but wasn't too bad.


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My name is Gail, and I am in my mid-40's. I've lost 70 pounds since June 2007, and my goal is to lose the other 75 pounds by my birthday next year.

I'm not in a hurry to lose the last 75; I'd rather lose it slowly and not ever gain it back! I've done way too much yo-yo dieting in my life and this time -- no more!

I lost 40 pounds on NutriSystem, the other 30 by myself. Although a bit on the expensive side, NutriSystem was great for learning portion control. (When I opened my first box of food I thought, "The meals are so small!" Nope, it wasn't that the meals were small, it's that I had no idea what a portion really looked like!)

At this point, I'm just trying to eat right overall. Sure, there are meals where I don't make the best choices, but they don't happen often. If I had to think of "dieting" with no breaks for the next year or so, I don't think I'd make it!

Instead, I just make the right choices 90% of the time, and enjoy my 10% "cheats" (which are a whole lot smaller portions these days).

My biggest problem at the moment is a bad case of sciatica that keeps me from exercising, other than some resistance band work. Walking, biking, dancing -- all are out of the question at the moment. However, I'm hoping that as I lose more weight the sciatica will get better and I can exercise more.

Every day brings new challenges and rewards -- and sometimes even the challenges have their own rewards!

I also have a website and blog

http://www.losing-weight-over-40.com

that I started last year as a way of keeping my motivation going! If you're over 40 years old and/or have more than 40 pounds to lose, I have some tips to help you shed the pounds.

If you get a chance, drop by and say hi!


Member Since: 7/5/2008

Fitness Minutes: 0

My Goals:

I want to look great in a little black dress by my 48th birthday next year. Preferably a size 6 or 8.

I want to be able to do things outdoors again without being embarrassed -- like anything involving shorts or a bathing suit!


My Program:

I lost 40 of my 70 pounds in the last year through NutriSystem -- it was great for teaching portion control!

Now that I know the kinds of foods I should and shouldn't be eating (not to mention knowing what a portion REALLY looks like) , I just plan on following a healthy diet.

In a nutshell; plenty of lean and dairy protein; lots of raw or lightly steamed veggies; whole grains, fresh fruit, healthy fats...all with moderate portion sizes. :)

Oh, and 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.



Personal Information:

Married 16 years to the most wonderful man on earth!

We have 3 furry four-legged "children" -- Misty, Blue and Rusty (cats). Misty is 19, Blue (her daughter) is 14 and Rusty is a young whippersnapper at 4.

(In the photo of me at around 30, holding a cat -- that's Misty as a youngster at a cat show, where she took a ribbon.)


Other Information:

Let's see, I love writing and have several websites in addition to my weight loss one. The others are:

http://www.great-florida-vacations.c
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http://www.great-disney-vacations.com

http://www.the-richly-scented-candle.c
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These are informational websites, so you can learn about all kinds of things. I also post photos of all kinds.




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  • v MERAINA
    Just decided to do a little dancing this afternooon and stepped onto your page!
    CONGRATS ON THE POUNDS DONE GONE! YOU ARE SMOKIN'!
    Wanna dance with me for a bit?! I have some great tunes blastin out of those speakers that will just make your feet just itch to dance! We can shake a thang or two to that beat! Woohoo!

    Keep on Dancing,
    Meraina

    4752 days ago
  • v BSPRITEE
    Thank you for the Welcome note! You are doing great and I encourage you to keep going.
    I gained weight (the last time) because I lifted something I shouldn't have and had a bout with sciatica and could not exercise which is a must for me. emoticon
    4754 days ago
  • v XAVTAY
    Hello and thanks for your recent post! You have a very inspring story and you are doing GREAT! I wish you continued success as I embark on my journey I will keep my stride knowing that this is something I can do if I committ to it!

    4754 days ago
  • v no profile image WYLLO44240
    Hey, thanks for the comment! You're doing great! I was checking out some of your before & after pics and you look so much YOUNGER now! emoticon
    4756 days ago
  • v no profile image 2MTHS_20LBS
    Thank you for the comment and I see you're about half way there, AMAZING!! I hope to have s much success as you are and think I may try blogging as well
    Thanks so much for inspiring me and good luck!
    Laura emoticon
    4757 days ago
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