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It has been over fourteen years that I stopped smoking (and twelve years since I joined SparkPeople), and decided to work on my excess weight.

I have been very successful with the no smoking part, but not so much with the losing weight... I keep losing, then gaining back. And the cycle starts again.

It is time now to re-evaluate what I am doing wrong. I think I stay on a diet that is too restrictive, and when I allow myself a little "break", this turns into several months of over eating.

Raising a handicapped son all by my myself is stressful, but I tend to use this as an excuse to over eat.

I have severe arthritis and it is urgent for me to lose weight.

So, let's pick up the momentum and see what we can do to get back on track, shall we?

Member Since: 1/18/2009

Fitness Minutes: 256,855

My Goals:
Lose weight s-l-o-w-l-y while continuing to stay smoke-free (N.O.P.E = Not One Puff Ever).

After one hip and two knee replacements, continue with my PT exercises and stay active.

My Program:
- Eat balanced meals, not too restrictive calorie-wise.
- Reduce my carbs.
- Watch my afternoon snacks
- Increase my vegetable and fruit consumption.
- Exercise every day, even if this is only 10 minutes a day. I need to keep moving because of arthritis that is getting worse when I am inactive. My Apple watch will help with this.

Personal Information:
I am originally from France, but now live in Virginia. We go every year on vacation on Lake Superior (in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) and we love it there!

Other Information:
I recently joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2013) and it has brought wonderful changes in my life.
I love to read (theology and history books) and I listen to classical music (J.S. Bach is my favorite composer). I play the tenor recorder in a consort.

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  • v BLOOPER007
    Hi spark friend
    Do you need a smile

    You must see this
    I almost peed my pants:

    4434 days ago
  • v no profile image WHOMI13
    Thank you so much for the Goodie. I appreciate it very much! This is definitely a struggle but I know I can do it if I stay positive. Sometimes that is my biggest struggle. Thanks again. Congrats to almost being halfway to your goal too!

    4441 days ago
    Thank you for your comment.
    I am trying to help myself along with my SparkPeople friends.

    I hope you had a nice Resurrection Day.

    Keep up the good work also.
    4446 days ago
    Hello! I'm doing good thank you for asking. I hope your doing great. I 've been so very busy.But life is good.Have a Wonderful Easter.
    4446 days ago
    HEY Fellow Pink Petunia Teamie!!! Great job on lossing 23 pounds soon you will be at your goal weight. Keep up the hard work.
    4450 days ago