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September 2007 - about 200 pounds

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April 2009 - 28 pounds down

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My long story short is that I lost 35 lbs from October 2007-April 2008 when I joined WW and coincidently had started my Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue treatment which included a hypoglycemic diet for one month. After April 2008, which included three birthdays in my immediate family as well as Easter, I never quite had the same will power and have gone up and down so many times its ridiculous. What keeps me from staying discouraged when I have failures is to remember that if I hadn't even been trying all these years I would probably be up an additional 50 lbs or so. I am now convinced, especially after reading The Diet Cure, that my hypoglycemic diet helped kick start me and helped me with will power while doing WW those first 6 months. I think in addition to a gluten intolerance/addiction I have a sugar addiction, which is proving more difficult for me to deal with. One thing at a time.

Member Since: 8/14/2009

Fitness Minutes: 7,204

My Goals:
My overall goal is to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. My weight specific goal is to get to about 150-155 lbs and generally a size 10.
I had gotten down to 169 and size 12, but have put weight back on and am up to 185. My clothes are tight. My goal is to get back on track. I've joined a challenge team to help me get there.

My Program:
I am a member of WW, but have been counting calories rather than points.
- I still am following the WW Healthy Habits Guidelines

- I joined a 4 week challenge team to do at least 10 minutes of exercise a day, 5 days a week. I know if I get started I'll do more than 10 minutes most days.

- I am trying to eat more whole real foods and go meatless once or twice a week.

My husband is also a Spark People member and doing much better with counting calories than points. My 14 year old daughter is doing Spark Teens. They are following a similar program to me. (Daughter's pediatrician told me that if the food is good for you its probably good for her!) The only discouraging thing is I get the least amount of calories between the three of us! oh well. I'll just have to be smarter with my food.

Personal Information:
I am a 50 year old homeschooling Mom. My oldest daughter is working and saving hoping to go back to school to get certified as a day care teacher. My twins turn 20 in April. Both work part time jobs. My son wants to pursue a music career and my daughter is saving to go to school. I am still homeschooling my youngest. She is a member of Spark Teens and we are getting fit together along with my husband.

Other Information:
I am excited to get going again.

I love to read and write. I got out of the habit of writing, but am trying to get back into writing my blogging.

I am a stamper and scrapbooker and have taken knitting back up as well.

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    Welcome back and best wishes!
    1951 days ago
    Good Morning! You have been on my mind a lot so I thought I should write. I so identify with where you are in your journey. Been there, done that. I've erased my "journey blogs" but the short version is that every decade of my adult life I've gotten to goal weight then gained it all back and more; until in my 50's I just quit! Refused to diet anymore and went up probably to around 240 (I was a size 24, no pictures and no official weight because I wasn't weighing.) Didn't weigh until after I decided to eat healthier and was on my way down. Then, Dr's office visit, I weighed 215. Still not dieting but beginning to eat for health and as a result very slowly losing weight. Became a little more active too. As I felt better I continued making small changes. In my 60's then, I decided to start eating vegetarian. Other changes, and the way I "felt" motivated me to start counting calories again. Not dieting, eating an average of 2000 calories a day figuring my weight would come to where ever it was supposed to be. Lost 1-1.5 pounds a month and eventually reached my goal weight (the time-line is on my sparkpage) which wasn't even a goal. Good health was the goal! I never dreamed that I'd be this size ever again! But then, my weight started creeping up again! Oh no! Old fears kicked in! That's when someone introduced me to SP and my story changed! Now 70, I'm in my 7th year of maintenance. How that came about is in my blog of January 6, One Year Of Attitude Adjustment, if you go to my "summary view" in blogs and go to the last page, scroll to bottom. It pretty much describes what's working for me. But you can add in a lot more gardening and hooping as life keeps changing and getting better. It's about healthy choices. Food wasn't really the problem for me; I knew how to make healthy choices. Inactivity was the problem; busy is NOT the same as active. Didn't mean to be so lengthy! Be well. Hugs. Joy
    3174 days ago
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    keep reaching for your goals.

    3175 days ago
    Way to go! Good job for working through some things and coming up with a plan! emoticon
    3199 days ago
    emoticon Thank you for the hug.
    I was a homeschool Mom and a writer now.
    I pray you have tremendous success with your family weight loss goals!
    3212 days ago
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