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I have been overweight all my life, but in my later years have been more aware of the challenges that gives me. I have lost around 20 lbs and have just recently found this site. And what a site it is! I am positive that I will find friends, support and encouragement to "DO IT!" this time. UPDATE: 6/23/10 I'm doin' it this time, as I said I would! SparkPeople works...if you let it! UPDATE: 9/25/10 170 by Valentine's Day 2011 UPDATE: 1/4/11 Unexpected and much needed total hip replacements (R) on Dec 21st and (L) Apr 5th. changed my life and goals. UPDATE: 6/23/11 DD's wedding is 7/9 and altho 30 lbs from goal, I'm planning n lookin' pretty good for an old gal! NEW GOAL: 170 by my b-day mid Sept!! Well, didn't make THAT goal. Going to TRY to get back to Sparking. New Year, Fresh start. Jan 1, 2013 I want goal by July. I want to have clothes that are comfortable ALL the time. I want to be fit enough to walk the beach in Aug when I go to FL w/son and fam. I want to be in CA a yr from today watching the Rose Parade in it's 125th year. UPDATE 7.13.15: I've been going to do this for quite awhile. Hips are great!!! The beach time in Aug 2013 DID make a BIG difference. I am still getting stronger in the hips. Needing both done and being on the lazy side delayed progress. I have gained and lost 30#'s a couple times and am now on the down slide. I joined TOPS a year ago Aug 12. I have lost 25#s and am hovering just above ONEderland. I've decided I MUST lose it this time or I may never get to goal which is 175. Only 26 to go!! I have another grandbaby on the way. My youngest is due in Oct. My baby having a baby is so special. I have stepped down as Pres of ladies group at church but am still involved and have agreed to be Leader at TOPS once they said that no one wanted the task since the present Leader wants to step down. I NEED TOPS and Sparkpeople to make Goal!! 9-14-16. Today I am a fairly healthy, not to goal yet but still trying, 68 year old. I am back down from 213 (again) and still wanting to get to 175. Life is Good!! UPDATE. 9-16-2020. 72 yrs old 2 days ago. Maintaining 205ish but goal is still 175. Health is good. Have had a few issues but feeling good. Hubby n I will celebrate 19yrs anniversary next week. God is good in spite of the covid!

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  • v CHIPPEWA68
    How did you do today? It was very quite around here tonight, not many kids at all. Hope you have a good night.

    4187 days ago
  • v CHIPPEWA68
    Hi Mary. I have been struggling with my weight all my life. I always say there have only been 3 times in my life that I was skinny, and those times resulted in my 3 sons! I wish is was as easy to take off as it is to gain! I can gain just thinking of food.
    Do you take a lot of the group trips? It sounds like a lot of fun, especially when you are going with your friend.
    One of my biggest rewards for losing weight was flying out to Vegas last year to meet my youngest son who was just getting out of the Air Force. We drove from Vegas back home to Michigan. It was a great experience, something I wouldn't have been able to do if I hadn't lost the weight. We have always been close, but now we have something else that we share together. We still laugh about some of the things that happened on our trip.
    Please keep in touch. We can help each other in this experience.
    Janet
    4197 days ago
  • v OZARKMARY
    Gonna try this again. Just as I was finishing, good 'ol Semano dropped the power. Grrrr! Fall is here in the Ozarks. The colors are coming on strong. Grey, wet, chilly and damp are the words for this week. I have been visiting Spark more often lately and will never give up on my struggle. I am looking forward to meeting my old friend (5 yrs) from the internet f2f next month. I'm sooo excited. She is also struggling with her weight, so I'm hoping that the meeting and this site will finally give us what we need to "Do it" this time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4204 days ago
  • v OZARKMARY
    It's already the end of July. I DID wear the dress to the wedding and rec'd many compliments on it. I expected to get more lbs off, but happy to make the "dress goal". Brought my 2 darling grandchildren for a 2 wk visit and now it's time to take them back. :( I WILL make more of an effort to concentrate on ME. That is my new goal. emoticon
    4281 days ago
  • v OZARKMARY
    Well, I'm back again, not that I really ever left. I just seem to creep around this site, but never committ to the values it shows me. I have gone as high as 263, which I've never written anywhere...not even on my calendar inside my bathroom linen closet. I started losing (this time) from 254 with the intention of getting to the 210's by mid July. Going to my step-son's wedding and want to wear a special dress that I've had for yrs. I'm sure not going to make my goal, BUT, I tried on the dress and it fits. I will feel a bit better with a few more #'s off by then, but happy I'm progressing. emoticon
    4329 days ago
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