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Myself with my cat Rocky - Taken one month after I started trying to lose wieght.

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Myself at Morgan Creek - Taken 3 months after I started trying to lose wieght.

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Us at Maquoketa Caves (my youngest wasn't on this trip)

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UPDATE 2014... I fell off the wagon for a very long time. Now i'm back trying again...

Back in March 2009, I finally gave in and stopped procrastinating about going to see my doctor. I knew something was wrong and had been for a very long time. I ended up with three specialists plus my family Doc. I was diagnosed with an array of health problems – Hypertension Stage 4, sleep apnea, gall stones, and prediabetes. All on top of problems I already had – Fibromyalgia, depression, adult ADHD, inner ear issues.

The main thing I heard from each of these doctors as they handed me the diagnoses was - Lose the weight and most of these problems will disappear; don't lose the weight and in a year things will get worse. For a while, at every appointment, they made sure to remind me that I am "Morbidly Obese".
Now, as I type this to update my page, when I go to my appointments, even though I am still morbidly obese, I hear things like ‘how are you doing it’ and ‘it rare to have a patient turn things around like this’. The blood pressure meds I was put on in March have even been cut in half already and it’s only July, as I write this.

In the past I’ve dieted or started an exercise program, but I’ve never been able to stick with it. Ya, I might have lost five pounds here or there but I would get frustrated and give up gaining it back two fold. I think my last 40 pounds was put on that way. At this point I don’t think I could handle failing again, and making things even worse for myself.

In turn, I found Sparks and learned a few things by just surfing around the site…. With what I learned, I decided not to diet. I don’t want the stress of dieting. Instead I started making really small changes in my lifestyle, just one or two at a time so I wouldn’t overwhelm myself. First I quit smoking but didn’t allow myself junk food to compensate; only veggies and fruit… mainly the ones some people call negative calorie foods. Then I stopped drinking Mt. Dew – I had a 52 oz cup I filled every day (sometimes twice) with fountain Mt. Dew along with the cans I would drink at home. Then I cut out fast food, except Subway. Next it was portion control …. Ok that’s a lie, I told myself it was portion control, but instead it was pile on the veggies to get full, instead of the other crap I was eating. Still, I’ve noticed by doing this I have cut back the amounts that I eat slowly, because every once in a while I still pile my plate full not thinking and then I can’t eat it all. Once I could breathe a little better, I started walking. Ya there has been a few other little changes, but those are the major ones and I think they are working since I started this on March 15th 2009 it’s been exactly 4 months, as of this update and I’ve lost 40.2 pounds.

Now I’m changing up some of my goals and entering the next phase of my changes… I’m still have lots of changes to make but it’s time to lift the restraints just a tad and see if the small changes I’ve tried to ingrain in myself over the past four months stick….. If they don’t I will clamp the restraints back down!

Member Since: 3/17/2009

Fitness Minutes: 5,087

My Goals:
Eat healthy and workout a minimum of 3 times a week.

My Program:
I have vowed to change things one small piece at a time instead of throwing myself head first into several major changes or into a crash diet that would set me up to fail like they have in teh past.

Check out my goals above to see what I am currently trying to change. When I feel I have succeeded in one and replace it on the list I'll post it in my blog.

Personal Information:
My name is Becky. I'm 37 and got married to Jen on April 28th, 2009; although we have been together since August 23rd, 1998. We have lived in Cedar Rapids, IA (where I was born) since 2006. Before that I've lived in several other states on or near the west coast and throughout the Midwest.

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    Awesome job so far! I am in the medical field myself and I ABSOLUTELY Love having patients who will follow the advice given. Unfortunately, there are not too many, but YOU ARE ONE OF THEM!! Keep up the good work. You will be off your meds in no time if you keep this up. And just think how much healthier you will be. I bet it will even help with your "old" problems! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4348 days ago
    40 pounds is a great loss over 4 months! You really are doing great! Keep at it! I know your blog said you don't feel lighter, but I'll bet your body thinks you do!! And it thanks you for it!

    You can do this! You know you can!
    4349 days ago
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    I just stopped by your page and saw that you've been 9 weeks without smoking. Congratulations! To someone who's never smoked it doesn't sound like that much, but to someone (like me) who smoked for 20+ years and had one heck of a time quitting, it sounds amazing. I know how hard it is to quit smoking and I just want to offer you encouragement from someone who didn't think that she would ever be able to quit.....but has now been smoke free for 2 1/2 years. You should be really proud of yourself. I know I am. emoticon emoticon
    4350 days ago
    I read your 'intro' and some blogs.... DANG! You are doing great. I love, love, love that you are not on a diet. No way, no depribation blues, just healthy eating, and enjoying yourself. You go.
    You can keep on trucking, and watching your body thank you with health, endurance, and flexibility. Yeeeeha!
    4350 days ago
    I just have to tell you that you are an amazing woman!! You are strong and determined!!! I for one support your efforts ..I just needed to stop by and get to know you a bit better and let you know that I am here for you!!!!
    4350 days ago
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