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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: 19,357

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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  • v CINDY_48_NC
    Welcome to the Never Known a Normal Weight team!

    glad to see new members coming on board to offer their insights and support!

    Cya on the boards!
    5148 days ago
    Welcome to SPCommunity Team. My husband, one of 16 children, comes from a family who all struggle greatly with their weight. My story is somewhat different, as I was one of those people who could eat anything I wanted, exercised very moderately, and maintained a great figure for years. That is until I went through menopause. I put on quite a bit of weight before I woke up and realized I had to do something about the weight.

    Have been involved with SparkPeople since March of 2006, and have periods of lapses where I actually gained weight, but continually restarted and now have lost 28.2 pounds and quite a few inches. Major thing though is have become much more concious of what I eat and what nutritional value it has and that seems to have helped the most.

    Although never took my good fortune for granted in my earlier years concerning my weight, have a whole new appreciation for what a struggle it is to lose weight and keep if off. Know that you have lots of support at SparkPeople.

    5179 days ago

    How cool you won a t-shirt! I think that is awesome! Congrats on your successes thus far, and especially for being surrounded by such a loving family! I always enjoy reading your posts. Have a wonderful weekend!

    5203 days ago
    Hi from another German born and raised lady. I wish you all the best luck, and hope to see you around!!!!

    5210 days ago
  • v no profile image KOKO1948
    Welcome to 50+ Females.

    Come and post as often as you can sharing how you are doing on your weight loss program.
    5219 days ago
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