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January 1, 2020 - the maintenance wagon left me in the dust for parts unknown. I've let stress manage my life rather than me managing the stress monster. 2 1/2 years of stress has done quite a number on this old gal and I know it's up to me. Here's to a healthier 2020!

August, 2017 - I have fallen way off the maintenance wagon and have let stress eating take over my life. I'm stopping it here, today. I just can't let this get so far out of control again. Not sure how I'm going to go back to tracking calories when Points have been such a part of my life. I just don't have the finances at the moment to go back to WW................. we go.

January 2017 - well, here I am adding again. Yes, I;m maintaining around my goal weight, but not really where I *want* to be. AND I'm not doing so in a very healthy way. 2017 is going to be the year that I combine the maintenance WITH the healthy. Here's to us ALL!!!!

January, 2016 - This is likely the last time I'll "add" to this "introduction text" as I'm hoping to have the maintenance thing pretty much "down" this year. Hit a few bumps in the road over the holidays but am starting to get my momentum back. I gained a bit but not nearly as much as I thought I did , nor not nearly as much as I would have in years past. I count that as a win! I'm ready to keep this weight off and make this lifestyle change permanent!
UPDATE 9/17/2015: Well, I'm managing despite job stress, personal happy stress, and concern over family things, to maintain my healthier habits and, therefore, my weight. I'm actually several pounds below my original goal weight and am quite comfortable where I'm at so far. I still am very fearful of backsliding which I HAVE done in the past......... and while I know this time around *feels* different.........that old fear just haunts the back of my mind. I am Captain of a challenge team here on Spark and am enjoying helping people learn to be more positive about themselves.

UPDATE 5/30/2015: I did it! I landed at my goal weight (actually just a bit below) on 4/7/14!! I have managed, despite a lot of emotional upheaval, to stay within about 1.5 lbs of that weight I hit since then.........staying still below my "goal weight" by 2 lbs. Maintenance has been a rocky road, and given all that has happened just since Jan. 1, I'm rather proud that I've been able to maintain where I am despite some glitches in my "food plan".

My dear Mom died on April 26th and that has been the biggest challenge for me personally in both learning about myself AND in my eating habits. I'm a stress/emotional eater from WAY back and this truly has tested my limits. I'm doing better than I expected in a lot of ways, and not as good as I'd like to in so many - both in my response to my stress AND in my emotional self. I'll get there.............I keep learning and growing, and I hope as I do that, I'll be able to pass along some of my own lessons to others.

It truly IS a journey..........and adventure!!!!
I am able to finally start a new year with a very positive statement: I hit the goal I set for myself and am under 170 lbs as of 12/31/2014! I finally feel like I have the mindset I have needed to find to make weight loss successful and have around 15 lbs as I write this to reach the weight goal I've set for myself. I know the last few pounds will be the toughest to lose, and I know I still have bumps to get over to get there. I plan, however, on being at my goal and trying to maintain by the end of 2015.


Member Since: 1/13/2010

My Goals:
1. Learn to rely less on "numbers" and more on "look and feel"

2. When looking at numbers, be realistic in what I can attain and maintain and still feel healthy.

3. Maintain some kind of exercise program.

4. Stay active and healthy so I can play with The Princess and The Little Dude....and camp......and bike......

My Program:
Weight Watchers, portion-control, and increasing exercise are things that work well for me as long as I do them! I need to incorporate more ST in this new year...........

Personal Information:
My name is Linda, and I live in Central Ohio. I'm 62, I'm a nurse, and have finally learned to appreciate my own health. I am learning to say no, and I'm learning to put myself first in the "healthy" department. I was at "maintenance" although that word is very misleading - but succumbed to stress eating! I stopped myself shorter of the gain monster this time and have about 17 pounds to shed again.

Other Information:
I love to travel, love to camp, and love to bike (as in the pedal kind!). I also love to read but don't do nearly as much of it as I should! I LOVE being a Mamaw to Charlotte, Connor, and Mia.......

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    Thanks for the lovely comment and encouragement on my blog. You rock!
    1735 days ago
  • v GLASSART43
    emoticon Linda. I am so glad we met on Spark too, and hope we can work out a "meet in person." I'm fighting a cold so rested yesterday and playing catch-up today. Hope your Saturday, and all the food prep you did, went well. emoticon
    1736 days ago
  • v GLASSART43
    emoticon Linda. I am so glad we met on Spark too, and hope we can work out a "meet in person." I'm fighting a cold so rested yesterday and playing catch-up today. Hope your Saturday, and all the food prep you did, went well. emoticon
    1736 days ago
  • v LADYJ6942
    Thank you old friend for the positive words, it means tons. You are so right and I'm learning. Sharing as I learned really helps. Sometimes we need to get it out of o our head and off our chest to move forward and I learned that here.
    1750 days ago
  • v _LINDA
    I had requested a transfer. The response was I am not in a wheelchair and I am not old enough. And also, of course, no guarantee I wouldn't have another smoker living next to me. These senior housing units are like peas in a pod -they were all built exactly the same so they could get materials in bulk to save money. I have been in other buildings and its scary how exactly alike they are, right down to the floor plan, color and carpet! Its amazing I even got into the system at all. But because I was living at my parents' house sleeping on a couch they fast tracked me. Usually there is a two year weight list. Affordable housing is at a premium here. And there is very little for people under 60 that need accessible places. Its scandalous really. Its because I use a scooter that I got in here at all. I can't leave this city because of my medical requirements and insurance to keep the same Dr.'s.
    1779 days ago
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