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Heather in downtown Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada. September 2007

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Algonquin Park wilderness trip July 2006


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I started Sept. 11th at 180 lbs and went on the HCG diet. I lost 25 lbs through 2 sessions.....I was quite pleased but kind of felt I should have lost more. I am in maintenance right now for 6-8 weeks where I eat a practically normal 1200 calorie a day diet. I may lose a few pounds during this session also. I plan on doing some cardio and toning with light weights.

Member Since: 11/12/2007

Fitness Minutes: 3,030

My Goals:
Obviously I am here to loose some weight! I want to loose between 20-30 lbs and feel good about myself again. I want to be able to move around without feeling uncomfortable and wear my old clothes so they are actually loose on me! I also want to build my muscles up once I get back to the gym and have all the special equipment at my use.

My Program:
So far I am following the Nutrition guide and Fitness guide to start me out. I find the Nutrition guide to be the most helpful tool here. I wouldn't be able to count my calories and fats without it. I am starting slow with the exercise program just so I don't get discouraged.

Personal Information:
My name is Heather, I am 49 years young. (don't feel anywhere near 49)!!!! I live in a chalet style home on a lake in northern Ontario, Canada. I love living up here. We love to fish and the lake is right here at our finger tips. We just sold our 24 foot cruiser and bought an 18 foot Hobo houseboat which we are going to totally renovate as it needs a lot of work. We are certainly looking forward to finishing our project and going out next summer on the lakes. I would be thrilled if I can loose a substantial amount of weight before we are finished with the boat.

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I love to do anything outdoors like fishing, walking,hiking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, canoeing, camping,etc.

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  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Checking on you and love to see how great you are doing.

    I'm reading the BECK DIET SOLUTION, which isn't a "diet" but she teaches how to THINK like a THIN person. (Got a copy from the library.) I recommend it to everyone. (We have a support team here at Sparks.)
    Walking for five minutes is better than walking for zero minutes. Exercise is essential even if I don't do very much at first. I can build up the amount that I do over time, but I have to start somewhere.
    Hunger is never an emergency. It is only mildly uncomfortable. I can tolerate it. It will come and go.
    I really do deserve credit for breaking old habits and it is essential for building my confidence. Once my confidence grows everything will become so much easier.
    If I want to lose weight permanently, I can't make exceptions. I'd rather be thinner. I can't overeat on week-ends or any other time.
    I have to develop the habit of eating every bite slowly, while sitting down, so I can fully enjoy it. It is worth developing this habit, so that I can have a lifetime of being thinner.
    I'm not going to let any minor setback ruin everything I've accomplished. One mistake dosn't ruin my diet, but falling back into old habits will.
    I will recommit to my diet right here, right now!
    Exercise is not negotiable for good health. It needs to be a daily lifetime habit and I need to make it so. The hardest part is getting started. I'll feel so much better when I'm done. So get started!
    OH WELL! I'm going to ignore this craving. I'm going to do something and let it subside. I'm turning my attention to something else, like exercise.
    3569 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    3793 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/26/2010 8:15:54 PM
  • v no profile image 2PRETTYGIRLS
    You're welcome for the comment - it's so hard to keep going when you hit setbacks. I'm struggling a bit myself (my mom brought a bag of candy over yesterday and I keep taking 'hits'). But I'm trying to look on the bright side there too - yes, I eat some, but I'm not eating the entire bag at one sitting like I would have a month ago!

    Anytime you need a boost, let me know. You can e-mail me or whatever. I work from home on my computer all day, so I'm almost always online!!
    4445 days ago
    You just jump right back in to that exercise routine! You're doing too good to give up! It doesn't matter if you can't go as long or hard as you did before your injury - you just do what you can and pretty soon you'll be able to more, and THAT is the BEST feeling!
    You know what's motivating me right now? We got a break in the cold weather on Monday, so when I got home from work I decided to walk the half mile round trip to get the mail. I got halfway out there and said, "Hey, why don't I try jogging a little?" I jogged halfway down and halfway back. Last fall, it was hard to jog at all. THAT is VICTORY! It doesn't have to be something big.
    4446 days ago
  • v no profile image 2PRETTYGIRLS
    I saw your post on the 'why are you here' page. Sounds like you need some motivation.

    1) If you don't try you will NEVER lose the weight - is this where you want to be forever? I've tried and failed many times, but that is the thought that keeps me going this time. No one is going to do this for you - YOU have to do it.
    2) Remember that feeling when you were able to do your time on the eliptical? Remember how it felt to be able to go longer without tiring as easy? Wasn't that a great feeling? Start with 10 minutes. If you're feeling good, keep going. If you're not, stop. 10 minutes is better than nothing!!

    Don't let a setback make you quit. You need to do this for yourself!!!
    4446 days ago
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