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So I'm back!

You'd think that by now this wouldn't be an issue. I've counted calories, done Richard Simmons, done exchanges, etc. etc. etc. for as long as I can remember. The weight came off, but came back.

After some health issues in 2011, I stepped on a scale for the first time in years. At that moment, I weighed 323 lbs. I realized that I had a choice. Continue on my current path, and wind up with diabetes & other health issues, or change direction and get the weight off.

I worked with a registered dietician for a year -- it was a great refresher course for everything I'd ever learned about eating correctly. She also pointed out that I needed to get moving. I had no idea that I'd become so sedentary. "Use your legs or lose them, honey." -- what a wake up call! I also needed to start drinking water.

I Iost 50+ lbs, and, as they say, they (and some friends!) found me again. Stress, life changes, 3 major surgeries in 2017, a sedentary job and 4 years of not paying attention gave me the opportunity to let them catch me. And, as a result, the health issues that I wanted to avoid are HERE.

So here I am, 10 years later -- counting carbs as well as calories and needing to get my tailfeathers moving so that I can live to see my adorable grandchildren graduate college.

The line is drawn in the sand -- time for me to move forward!

Member Since: 6/26/2012

Fitness Minutes: 38,386

My Goals:
My short term goal: get back to basics -- tracking food and being mindful of what I'm eating and exercising gently
My long term goals are to get off of my meds, enjoy my grandchildren, and to keep heart disease at bay.

My Program:
~15- 30 minutes of walking per day

~Managing my carbohydrate & fat intake
~Aiming for the middle of my calorie range each day, leaving calories "on the table", so to speak.
~Avoiding white sugar & white flour
~Avoiding heavily processed foods
~Switching up the contents of my lunchtime salad so that I'm not bored with it
~Using food as FUEL, not a REWARD!

~Drinking 8 cups of water per day

~Paying attention to Non-Scale Victories, and finding something to celebrate each day

Personal Information:
I've been married to my DH for over 30 years and we have one child, who is launched & has a family!

I love to read, cook, crochet, and listen to music.

I am active in my church, and love being with my church family & friends.

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