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Sugar/Flour addiction back in full-on mode - like a bird coming home to roost - and put back 3 lbs in a week! - so I've started BLE Boot Camp because I can't live like this anymore and giving up sugar/flour works. It's the hardest "simple" thing I've ever done.

Lost 19 lbs this month but put back 1 because I wasn't being careful - sigh

Another 7 lbs gone!! Weight - 252 - Dancing in the street!!!

Finished the BLE 14 day food challenge at 259 lbs! Never lost this much before with just eating the right foods. Who knew!? Am psyching myself up now to continue on my own till I can attend the boot camp. Hooray for me!!!!!

1/1 - 271 lbs, 1/7 - 263 lbs!!! OMG, I've never been this successful - or stressed. Weight loss is so stressful on the body, I'm learning. In fact, I've learned that my symptoms of tiredness, sleep disturbance, feeling cold all the time are some of the possible results of weight loss. What I've learned is that this is a time for rest - losing weight is a stresser on the body - as my coach says, "It's bunny slipper time." And I always thought that this was a time for lots of exercise. We need to treat ourselves gently and lovingly when losing weight; when the weight comes of - or at least a large portion of it - THEN we can exercise to our heart's content. Until then our will power is limited taken up with concentrating on our eating plan. I always thought that it was me - that I was doing it wrong - who knew?

In about 45 minutes I will release sugar and flour from my life! My body can no longer tolerate their presence and I'm noticing that physically and emotionally I AM NOT WELL. Well, let's be serious, I know the shape I'm in and it's not good: diabetes, chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure, depression, familial tremors, memory...slowdown (that's the most frightening). I've still got 18 miles to go on my 125 mile walk to Provincetown and I've been walking since 2013! Stay tuned as I return to blogging.

5% winter challenge gained 4lbs since start - jumped on scale today and lost 3!!! Am encouraged to continue.

My third week of the 5% challenge and I haven't given up yet - a new record for me! Been especially hard because I'm not progressing the way I had envisioned, the way I thought I "should." Will keep trying!

Well...looks like it's time to update my spark page since I'm developing new friends through this upcoming challenge. I decided to join the 5% Challenge because - well - because I'm not dead yet. Every time I give up on taking care of myself something inside of me just won't let go.

Am now a great-gramma called "GiGi" and am still teaching ELA part-time to adults getting either their GED or HiSET. Haven't finished my walk to P'town yet but I've only got 18 miles to go! Although I started this walk to celebrate my 65th birthday, it's now gonna celebrate my 70th also. Will start blogging again soon too.

It's been 32 months since I've written here, where does the time go...? So, I'm making a serious commitment to my health after learning that I'm inching closer to dialysis. Since I can't imagine a world without me in it, I need to make changes now and I want to use Sparkpeople as a springboard.

HI, I'm baaccckkkk! Hibernated from the heat all summer; too hot to even go over to the pool in my apartment complex! Will be resuming my walk to P'town in October. After my job ended in March I made the decision to semi-retire ( real retirement 4/14). Am currently a substitute teacher and assessor for the Boston Public School system's adult education component. Gearing up to get back out on the road by re-entering training, health and wellness mode. (After trying to beat the heat all summer with ice cream!) I look forward to jumping back into the SPARKPEOPLE pool.

64 year old "Gramma" still feels 30 inside! I work full-time as a GED language arts instructor teaching inner-city young people. My health has been up and down throughout the years. I'm a sugar junkie and would like to restructure my eating habits from 80% unhealthy, 20% healthy to 80% healthy and 20% unhealthy. To celebrate my 65th birthday next year I am training to walk from Boston to Provincetown, MA (about 120 miles (for my 50th I walked a marathon). I'm looking forward to Sparkpeople's support and motivation.

Member Since: 4/25/2012

Fitness Minutes: 17,046

My Goals:
1. To complete my Nordic walk from Boston, MA to Provincetown. MA (120m) in celebration of my 65th year.

2. To be a beneficial presence everywhere I go.

My Program:
1. Provide excellent self-care

2. Drink 32 oz. of water daily

3. Strength train 2x weekly

4. Cardio 4x weekly

5. Sleep at least 7 hrs nightly

6. Chronicle my health journey

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Other Information:
" Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force."
Dorothy Sayers

"Going slowly does not stop one from arriving."
African proverb

"The triumph can't be had without the struggle."
Wilma Rudolph

"I will write myself into well-being."
Nancy Mairs

"...if I carried on as I was, my future was not going to be what I wanted it to be....if I repeated what I did today 365 times, in a year's time I would not be any closer to where I wanted to be. My future was the accumulation of my todays - it was only by doing the right things, day after day, that I would create the future I wanted.... I had to make every day count."
Roz Savage
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