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#BeforeAndAfter long time ago. My highest weight was 275 and 250 when I joined Sparkpeople. Regretfully, I took many breaks from this great program, but keep coming back. This time I hope to stay for good.

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Hi, my real name is Sabine. My mom always called me "Bienke" and I missed that. I joined Sparkpeople shortly before the 2nd anniversary of her death and I was sad. Losing weight has been a life long struggle for me. Most of my family was and still is big. As a child I was not allowed to leave the table unless my plate was clean. Little did my parents know that this would lead to a struggle with weight for the rest of my life. My parents showed their love with food because they did not know any better. I had my knees replaced in 2008 and 2009 but now arthritis and RA have moved to my feet which makes walking hard. I can do only short stretches and have to concentrate on other forms of exercise. I had 3 foot operations the end of August 2016 until June 2017 and couldn't put weight on them for most of the time. It is deep water aerobics for me at this point of my life. I'm still having difficulties walking or exercises that require stretching/bending my feet/toes.

Member Since: 5/12/2006

Fitness Minutes: 20,650

My Goals:
Ever since I joined SP I have lost over 50 pounds, not counting the ups and downs.

I will not give up and reach my goal of 150 lbs eventually.

My Program:
I take pictures of the food I eat on my phone when I can't track it right away.

I don't have a set exercise program because arthritis will not always let me do what I want to do. I like going on walks, water aerobics and yoga.

Personal Information:
I retired in March 2017 and have to deal with this new change in my life.

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    Hallo Bienke, bin mal kurz auf deine Seite gesprungen vom German Spark Team um zu sehen, was du so machst. Ich finde man sieht deinen Gewichtsverlust aber mal ganz deutlich auf dem Foto!! Echt klasse, wie du abgenommen hast :-) Bis bald...
    5105 days ago
  • v KITT52
    Hi not sure you remember me, but I use to post on the colorado womens fourm. So good to see your still with us and doing good.
    Have a happy and healthy day

    5116 days ago
  • v NINIVA
    *waves hello* Ya know, I have this theory about why Americans are heavier than other nationalities. Generally, our ancestors had to survive crossing the Atlantic by boat over weeks or even months. Even then, food would have been scarce in most early settlements, (at least, more scarce than in Europe and Africa). Basically, if your family has been here for more than six or seven generations, your ancestors wouldn't have survived without the low metabolism! *shrug* Just a theory. (Please, just ignore the insomniac, we'll have her under control in just a moment...)
    5121 days ago
    You keep losing weight the way you have been (rockin it!!) and you'll have a pair of jeans (skinny ones too!!!) in no time!!
    5126 days ago
    Happy belated-birthday and anniversary to my fellow aquarian and Coloradan! Your intro statements sound soooo familiar...I come from a family very similiar. Clean your plate...there are starving children in ??? Any way, hard to erase those messages and replace them with our own positive ones, but not impossible (we can do it). I live in rural SE Colorado...Thanks for the welcome!
    5127 days ago
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