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Me and Janiyah - her first birthday Oct. 31, 2009

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My scrumptuous little Pudz.

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Pudz and my DH

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Update 9/21/2011

Starting Again. Well....yes, sort of. I've gained back 20 of the 50 lbs I'd lost. I retired in December 2010, and did well maintaining my weight loss for awhile, but then became unfocused and allowed weight creep to get to me. But I am not defeated, I'm just stalled. But I've begun again, and I'm just as determined as ever. IT IS WONDERFUL BEING RETIRED! But I do need to learn how to be retired and stay focused on my health goals.

I'm 63 years old.

About 6 weeks ago, I started exercising again, and I joined a gym. I use an exercise bike 4-5 times a week, for 30-35 minutes. I'm also beginning to workout with weights 2-3 times a week. This is making me feel much better, both physically and mentally.

One month Update: 05/15/09
I'm really feeling good. I've lost a lot of inches -- 13 pounds, (maybe more) because scales LIE! LOL. But my clothes are fitting better. And some are becoming too loose, believe it or not!

I'm a lot more active. More exercise, more cardio, and strength training 3 times a week now. I'm looking forward to the next month.

6/16/09 -- Update

Well, I've lost 23 pounds. I'm feeling fantastic. I can walk pretty well now without much knee pain - just a "catch" once in a while. I'm exercising like crazy. I'm a lot more active, with so much more energy. I take a walk break just about every hour at work. I feel like a different person in just the 2 months since I started on SparkPeople.


Total loss so far 42-1/2 pounds. That's getting close to half of my goal loss in just over 5 months. I'm not starving myself. I'm not depriving myself. I'm eating healthy foods that I enjoy. I can hardly believe it myself. This program works, if YOU work it. Stick to it, eat well, exercise hard, track you foods,have some patience, and it truly pays off.

Member Since: 4/17/2009

Fitness Minutes: 35,079

My Goals:
1. Long-Term Weight Loss. To lose 90 lbs.

2. Manage weekend eating so I do not compromise progress made during the week.

3. Learn to like to cook. It is better for me and for my health.

My Program:
1. I started slowly resuming stationary biking at home back in March 2009.

2. I started with 15 minutes and gradually increased to 25 minutes in a month.

3. I started working out again at the gym at work, and increased by biking to 30 minutes.

I joined a commuity center gym at the beginning of April 2009. We have a weight training class with a personal trainer each Saturday and Sunday morning, that includes cardo before and after weights.

I do cardio at least 5 times a week, and weight training 3 times a week.

I am learning to eat healthier, by using all the resources on this site. It is an awesome site!

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My clothes are starting to fit differently.

I'm seeing and feeling the benefits of this healther lifestyle.

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Im in it to win it!

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    Thank you for the congrats on losing 2.6lbs. It is about time I see that scale moving. I have found that exercising in smaller intense sessions and calorie cycling works better for me. I just don't want to miss the occassion to pass along congrats on the big day, that's why I inquired.
    I am proud of you that you are seeing NSV (non-scale victories) especially in loser clothes You will get back to a 100% Sparking in oh about 6 weeks.
    Have a great end of the week!
    3890 days ago
    I saw your comment on the picture of my son and me. I didn't realize how much he He looked like his mother till I saw the picture!
    I was pleased with the scale this morning as it showed I lost 2.6lbs. But it all adds up.
    Hope all is going well for you. When is "R" day?
    3891 days ago
    You're welcome, and thank you for the goodie, do I get the guy that is wearing the HRM?
    3897 days ago
    One of the teams that I am on had a challenge fitness minutes competation. For four days we had to exercise for 90 min. exactly, and one day of the four could be any amount and I ended up 122...and all those minutes add up.
    Right now I am in the 'gathering' data from using the HRM. Of course, I don't fall in the 'norm' group for heart rate. I am on two meds which affect the heart rate, makes it beat slower. So to get a 'burn' in my age/range according to HR charts, is I am going to gather the data I need to figure out what will be 'maxium' HR for me. Mine is the strap around the chest, but it is very comfortable, I don't even know I have it on.
    It is made by Polar and the F4 model.
    3898 days ago
    I'm so sorry. I got the name wrong. It's Bistro Sensations!
    3898 days ago
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