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July 2014 my largest ever Legs and arms don't look too bad. It's mainly around the middle.

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9/99 2 mo. post mastectomy Santa Barbara Ren. Faire approx 127 lbs By end of chemo was 116lbs

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I'm 67yrs old and a 18 1/2yr breast cancer survivor. I suffer from neuropathy due to Taxol (chemo drug) with pain throughout my body most of this time. Surgery on both knees 27 years ago + bad hip began to limit my exercise ability. Got it replaced on February 15, 2017. Knees will be next but my ortho doc said I can go a couple more years.

I have started and stopped with Sparkpeople so many times over the past several years. Glad it is here when I need some support and friendship.

Member Since: 2/9/2007

Fitness Minutes: 2,005

My Goals:
To go from size 22 pants and 2X tops in July 2014 down to size 10-12 pants and medium shirt.
(Feb 15 2015 = XL tops and 16-18 pants)
(Jan 1, 2016 - still at the size of 2/15/15)
(12/29/16 now wearing size 14 pants and some medium shirts.
1/26/18: put back on 16 lbs 1/24/17 to l 11/17. Now down 9.8 and same size as 12/29/16
Goal is size 10/12 by my High School 50th reunion....Yikes!

Increase strength endurance and flexibility.

Improve general health and well being.

My Program:
Low carb eating + protein shakes 2-3 times a week made with Garden of Life Fit + other ingredients I add.
Changed to a more ketogenic eating plan (fewer carbs and more fat) 11/17.
Began short (13 to 18 hour) intermittent fasting 12/17. Good results and feeling healthier.

Personal Information:
67 years old, divorced for 29 years. Two children: son age 41 and daughter age 38. Son married 12/07. Daughter will never marry. No grandchildren.
Used to do "gypsy" style belly dancing at Renaisance Faires.

Practicing Catholic Christian.

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Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

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    Thank you so, so much for the sweet message you sent me the other day! I'm sorry for not replying sooner. My sister-in-law had a baby on Friday and I've been busy with visiting and helping her and my brother all weekend. I'm an Aunt for the first time and it's so exciting!

    Your tips were all wonderful, and I agree that the connections I make with other moms will help me immensely. I also love the thought of trying belly dancing! That's wonderful that you love it so much, and I'll definitely have to look into it.

    You're such a great friend for sending me so much advice and support. THANK YOU! :)
    2254 days ago
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    Hey, stopping by to see how you're doing. Sorry it takes me so long to write back. Did you ever get a chance to try on your Renaissance Gypsy costumes? I hope you're having a great week.

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    2258 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/5/2015 2:17:46 PM
    THANK YOU for those words of wisdom on my blog post! I absolutely needed to hear what you said about the scale not always representing fat gained or lost. There's a lot more going on in our bodies besides just fat, and we need to remember that!

    I think it would do me a lot of good to not worry about what the scale says for a few days and just ignore it. I feel like when I'm trying to do everything 100% perfect every day, I feel so discouraged if I slip up in even just ONE area. I want the scale to show a loss every day. I want to stick to my calorie goal and track perfectly every day. Drink all my water. Burn at least X calories at the gym. Etc, etc. When I slip up, I throw in the towel until the next week. It's obviously not worked for me for several years now, so I definitely need a new approach! :) Thank you for suggesting I give myself a break and chill out for a bit. Really giving myself the time to do it RIGHT this time will surely pay off in the end...

    Thank you so, so much for the great feedback! :)
    2260 days ago
    Thank you so much for the support, concern, and encouragement! I told the doctor about you pushing me to see him and I'm so thankful I did. He is so right that like you said the numbers are just that and not the focus, the focus is getting healthy. I tend to get obsessed with the scale and let it dictate my mood but now I have something to hold onto with the surgery. I hope you are well and thank you again my friend!
    2260 days ago
    Thanks so much for the tips on sugar! I've started to become more diligent about reading not just the nutrition facts, but also the ingredients list. The nutrition facts do NOT always tell the whole picture. For example, we had tacos tonight and the shells listed 0 Trans Fat, but the ingredients had partially hydrogenated soybean oil. So yeah, it has trans fat! Not enough to warrant getting it on the facts label, but it's there. So I had a bowl with the taco filling and no shell. :) My point is, you're absolutely right and avoiding things like this and sugar can be tough, but it's easier when you have the right information.

    Congrats on your accomplishments. I am blown away by all that you have endured physically, especially overcoming breast cancer and losing 25 pounds so far. You are truly inspirational! Keep up the great work and I look forward to helping each other along the way. :)
    2261 days ago
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