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145 pounds - May 2012 - 7 months at goal. You can do it too!

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Sept 2009 260 pounds - 15 less than the high weight

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10/05/16 Five years at goal and still so grateful for SparkPeople. Anyone can do it if I did :)

10/24/14 - Three years at goal! I know you can do it if I can.

7/18/14 - I have four books out now and I'm still at my weight after three years. So grateful for this life and to have Spark People.

10/05/13 - Two years at my weight goal everyone. You can do it too!

7/30/13 - I wrote two ebooks, and working on the third!

I can't tell you more than that, except that Spark People is responsible for my success!

3/5/13 - I am so proud of my swimming and stretching Videos on You Tube thanks to what Spark People did for me. I have a whole new improved life and you all know why. Don't give up. Read my 2007-2010 posts. If I could get here from there, you can too.

7/12/12 - Still thin, still Sparking still grateful!

5/2/12 After a rough winter I am still at goal and healthy. I'm swimming and eating well. Thanks to Spark People for giving me the courage, persistence encouragement and examples! XO

10/15/11 After 4 years of mostly continual Sparking I have made my goal! This is a moment I never thought I would see and I'm trying to do everything possible to enjoy it. If I did it, anyone can - and this means you!!!!

9/8/11 - I'm in the "Overweight" range now and planning to be "Normal" by the end of 2011. That will be a first, and I'm going to make it!. I'm getting 10+ hours of exercise per week, and it is working.

5/29/11 - I'm getting ready to surf this summer and I'm losing weight at a good pace finally. I'm focusing on more water for June. I work out an hour plus every day, and life is good.

4/21/11 - It's one month until the Bridge Walk and I am planning to do much better this year compared to 2010. I'm going to enjoy it this time instead of worrying that I won't make it. I'm still eating clean-ish and much better for it. 200 pounds

1/10/11 - I've been sick for weeks, but I'm eating clean and doing yoga. Those two things have been helping me lose weight. I'm getting ready to walk over the bridge again, and I am going to beat my time from last year!

7/30/10 - I am stagnant in my weight loss, so I am going to focus on something else for the month of August. For these 31 days, I will push the intensity of my workouts. Walk a little faster, swim a little harder and increase the weight a bit on my strength training. I'm hoping for great results by August 31 - Wish me luck!

05/22/10 - May 15 was the end of a mini challenge I gave myself. I wanted to weigh 229. I did not come close, as today�s weight is 238.6. I�m resetting my weight loss goal for August 15. I want to be 227 by then which equals 5% of my current body weight gone. �Get me out of 230-ville� I tell myself.

02/21/10 - My new mini-goal is 229 by May 15. 2010. I was 2 pounds short of my last mini-goal, but I feel very confident that I will make this one.

12/06/09 - I have set a mini-goal to weigh 239 by Feb 20, 2010. My blog entry for today tells how I came up with the goal and how I'm going to get there. Go me!

10/10/09 - Two years with Spark people as of and I feel so lucky and blessed to be here. This 3rd year is going to be the charm!

I'm exercising and tracking food now. Things are looking up.

09/04/09 - Three months before turning 50 and I am getting serious now. I'm slowly starting to exercise and watching my calories. I have a trip to NYC at the end of November and I want to have a fun and healthy time.

06/16/09 - Still in 260-ville and still not exercising. I am watching the food intake (again) still.

11/30/08 - I'm feeling good and going into the holiday season with a good attitude. 250-ville, here I come!

08/30/08 - Back again. School's out forever, and I got my MBA in May. Now it's time to work on my health. Looking back to March, and this prior entry, I was really overwhelmed at that time. I'm in a much better place today and glad to be back with Spark People and all the fun here.

03/22/08 - I've really gotten off track. I have 7 weeks of school left and I'm going a little crazy. I hope this is the day I start back on track.

01/20/08 - After 16 weeks, I have improved a lot in my habits. I am tracking food and exercise dailiy, and I can see improvements, slowly but surely. My goal for the next two months is to stick with it! 258 lbs

11/28/07 - After 6 weeks, I'm very motivated to stay with SparkPeople. This program is working for me. 263 lbs

10/10/07 - I'm going to get serious and lose some weight. I've gained 40 lbs in the last 18 months on top of the 80 I've been carrying around forever. I hope this program will help. 275lbs

Member Since: 10/10/2007

Fitness Minutes: 31,285

My Goals:
I want to be a normal weight. I'll know it when I see it!

Short term goal: Consistency in exercise.

I am working at home (laid off) full time. I'm working on my goals and plans for the next couple of years - somewhat like making resolutions.

My Program:
So far:

Portion Control and clean eating

More Water - Need to work this one!

Tracking Food

Tracking exercise

Lap swimming, Spark People Strength Exercises, stretching and walking consistently. I want to start T-Tapping soon.

Personal Information:
I lost 130 pounds with Spark People. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and problems with my heart, but I still work out about an hour each day.

I'm a single mom, writing and working on websites.

Other Information:
I love to travel and read.

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    Your Welcome! I just saw that you were losing weight and I felt that you good do so much more. Lose weight and gain energy. Keep up the good work!
    4853 days ago
    Hi! Welcome to "Leaving 260-ville!" It is sooo much fun travelling through these towns together. We meet friends and it is inspirational to keep up with each other's weight loss so we can continue contact in the various towns.

    I joined Spark People and started my weight-loss journey 5 weeks ago and I have lost 19lbs during this time. The reason, I believe, is that I have found that elusive key... ELIMINATING EXCUSES!

    My positive attitude is what is different for me this time. Historically, I have put myself on "diets" and moaned, groaned and complained to being deprived... I had DIET RAGE! This time it is different. I heard my college-age daughter making excuse after excuse... and it HIT me... I NEED to ELIMINATE EXCUSES!

    So, ELIMINATING EXCUSES is my mantra. Only positive thoughts and motivational attitudes and I believe I have found that elusive key to weight-loss success... and a happy life! I have a spring in my step, I am pleasant to be around and I love life (when life used to be my prison)!

    Have a GREAT journey... and remember to eliminate excuses that keep you from attaining your goals and you WILL get there. WE ARE STRONG! WE CAN DO THIS!!!
    "It's easy to say you're too tired, too stressed, too busy, too this or too that. Too bad. The only way you'll strip away the fat is to start by stripping away the excuses." -- Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen- "You on A Diet"

    4869 days ago
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