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In Budapest overlooking the Danube River and the Capitol Building

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On the "Philosopher's Way" in Heidleberg, Germany

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My 59th Birthday (30 # lighter than last year!)


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This has been a great year! Last April 4, I realized that I had let myself get entirely out of hand, and that in only 3 months I was going to have my 25th wedding anniversary. For my anniversary, I didn't want to look (or feel) like I currently was looking (and feeling).

I decided to do something about it. Now here I am - 30 pounds lighter than last year. Wow - can't believe I did it! I got the last of the weight off about the beginning of October 2008, & as of this morning (January 5, 2009) I still weigh 119 pounds.

This is what I originally wrote in April 2008 - seemed appropriate to leave it here to see the journey!

I'm 58, and have been retired for almost 4 years. I kept my weight at 132-133 # for most of my adult life. When my husband and I retired summer 2004, I stopped the exercise program that I had been doing, but continued eating about the same. (Well maybe a little more, because "I'm on Vacation")!!!

I gained 10 # fairly quickly. Since that time I have managed to put on another 3-4 # just by not watching what I'm eating, and probably drinking more that I should!

On June 4th I will have my 25th wedding anniversary, and would really like to look like I did at my wedding!

UPDATE May 23, 2008: Seven weeks into my weight loss program, and I am only at 141# - doesn't look like I am going to get to 132 by 6/4, so I am going to make a new goal - hopefully realistic -
1. Get under 140 by 6/4/08 (leaving 140-ville),
2. Continue with my food and exercise program until I reach 132#,
3. At current rate, this will be by August 14, 2008.

UPDATE on 6/7/08: I made it!! I weighed on May 30, just before we were leaving on our vacation & I was at 139.8. Weighed this morning & I'm now at 137.6 - obviously I was under 140 on my anniversary on 6/4. I've left 140-ville, and checked into 130-ville! Goal #1 under my belt, now I have to work on Goal #2 and Goal #3.


UPDATE on 7/7/08: Well I'm at 134 now, and I can definitely see that 132 is not going to do it! I have made a new goal for myself - that is to "leave 130-ville" by 8/8/08.

UPDATE on 8/5/08: Got to my revised goal of 126. Whatever I've been doing this last month is working because I've lost 8# in one month - way above my average so far.


Update on 11-3-08: Seemed appropriate to update today - it has been 30 weeks today since I joined SP. Since that time my weight has gone from 149# to 119# - I would have never dreamed I could loose 30 pounds!

My BMI has gone from 24.8 (just barely in the healthy range - a BMI of 25 is overweight) - to 19.8 --- solidly in the middle of the healthy range.

My hips have gone from 40.5 to 36 inches - 4.5 inches lost!
More importantly however, my waist has gone from 31.5 to 26 inches - that's 5.5 inches off my waist!!!!

Also, not something that you can actually measure, but I no longer have a stomach that sticks out, thighs that jiggle, upper arms that flap around, etc., etc.,

Maintaince goal: Stay +/- three pounds of 122. Weigh daily, and whenever the scale gets 3 # above goal weight go immediately on a diet.

My motivational quote:

"There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

- Kenneth Bianchard

New motivational quote from my new SP friend Tana:


wow - everytime I think maybe it's not worth the work, I'm gonna remember this!!!

Member Since: 4/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 73,369

My Goals:
Travel - I have been quite a few places, but I want to go to more! I would like to get my weight down so I can enjoy my travels more.

Leave 130-ville by 8/8/08
--DONE 7/28/08 !!!

Maintain my weight!!

My Program:
At least 30 minutes of exercise each day.

Eat good foods (not fatty things, or fried things, or potato chips).

Personal Information:
Grew up around Denver (Longmont High!), then to Michigan for College - back to Colorado, then to California, then to Nevada, then to California, & finally back to Colorado (hopefully my last move).

I have two stepdaughters, and three grandkids. The kids live on the Atlantic Coast (Florida) and the Pacific Coast (California), so since my husband and I are in Colorado we aren't daily visitors!

Other Information:
Love to read.

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  • v no profile image MRSGOAD
    Thank you so much Sharon! Thats great advice. I really should get out there and volunteer some more. It always keeps my mind off my troubles and brings joy! Thanks again!
    2910 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my blog about the significance of spousal support. I laughed out loud when I read the part about how your husband is following the SparkPeople plan but doesn't know it!!!! Good for you!

    Wow--your husband makes brownies and thinks nothing of eating 7-8 of them in front of you? How do you resist? You must have the strength of Job. Brownies are one of my "red-light" foods; I find them almost IMPOSSIBLE to resist, and that's why no brownie ingredients are in our apartment. Thank goodness my hubby doesn't whip up batches of brownies, or my healthy lifestyle resolutions would take a serious hit!!!

    Sparkle on!

    Kim McCright
    2956 days ago
  • v HJBUMP
    Thank you so much for your blog comment! It is exciting to look at new houses, but at the same time it stresses me out. I guess what stinks is we really don't know what we'd get for our house (only a guess) and what kind of job I will get. I think we would just have to plan to get a house with the same amount of mortgage we have now or cheaper.
    2980 days ago
  • v DISPATCH91
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Thanks for the encouragement and by the way you look marvelous.

    2999 days ago
    Thanks for the tip about National Novel Writing Month! And what is the name of the Spark team?
    3011 days ago
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