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December 6, 2008 - I've maintained my goal weight (well, 6 pounds UNDER goal) for 9 months!

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DH, DS, DD and me - 6/20/08 - graduation night!

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trail ride in Baddeck, Nova Scotia - July 8, 2008

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I am 5'9" tall, so people really notice me when I walk into a room! I would much rather have them notice a tall, slender person than a tall heavyset one!

Working out regularly is also helping me to maintain muscle strength that I am in danger of losing due to my battle with MS.

My page is tinted orange, 'cause that's the color of MS Awareness! Help find a cure!

Update 3/5/09:
It's here - 1 YEAR since I reached my goal weight of 150 pounds with the help of Spark. And where am I today?
141.4!!!!! WooHoo!
35-26-37 (not exactly Barbie, but not too bad considering where I started!)
Update 12/6/08:
Now that I have an article about my success in the new Walking Guide, people often ask for more information about how I reached my goal. Other than walking, what I did...So, here's the answer...

Quite simply, I stuck with my program every day for 8 months, making healthy choices one meal at a time!

I logged into Spark every day, stayed involved with my teams, and even was a team leader for a while, helping to encourage others! I feel that helped me a lot, because while I was so involved in helping others I really felt like I couldn't consider going off-track!

I entered everything I ate into the food tracker (except the 1 or 2 cups of coffee I drank; I made a decision at the beginning that I was just not going to include my daily coffee!)

I ate a very well-balanced diet, around 1200 calories a day, every day for 8 months.

I drank LOTS of water every day, generally 10 - 12 cups daily.

I exercised a lot, usually 7 days a week, although in varying intensities. Yoga/stretching every day, because that helps my MS, and I generally used my Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds dvd's every day too, but I varied the length of the walks, doing anywhere from 3 - 6 miles a day. Some days I also used other dvd's like my Belly-Butt-Thighs from Prevention Fitness or their 3-2-1 Fitness workout. I used 3 pound dumbbells in each hand when I walked (sometimes 5 pounds for a mile), so I got in some mild strength training every day too. My workouts usually took about 2 hours in total - yup, that long, but only about half that time was really intense cardio.

These days I no longer have to weigh and measure everything...I eyeball it mostly, and keep a rough count of my intake in my head...I still try to drink plenty of water, watch my sodium, and eat a balanced diet. I still workout a few times a week, and try to overall make healthy choices! I get on the scale daily, and keep my weight within a range from 143 - 147.

This morning, 9 months after reaching my original goal, I weighed in at 144. I'd call that a Spark People Success Story!

If I could do it YOU can too!
Update 8/6/08:
Happy One-Year Anniversary to Me!
Well, I have gotten down to 142, then go back to 144, but my husband says 144 is low enough!!! So, maybe I'll settle for my 62-pound loss and just continue to work on toning! Either way, I've been weight-stable since April, and loving the new me! I have truly made a lifestyle change - I work out 3 -4 times a week because I LIKE to, and make healthy food choices almost all the time because I feel better when I do! Thank you Spark People! Thank you Spark Friends!

Update 7/16/08:
Now only 3 weeks away from my one-year anniversary on Spark, I have decided to try to drop just a few more pounds! I am now UNDER 144, and will try to get down to 140, so I can "float" from 140 - 144! In the meantime, I continue to feel awesome about my new slim and trim shape! Thank you SparkPeople! Thank you SparkFriends!

Update 4/1/08:
I have lost an additional 6 pounds, giving myself some "wiggle room", and actually am even happier at this somewhat lower weight! DH agrees - 144 seems really good - so although I reached the goal I had set for myself on March 5th, I have continued to lose weight and tone up and feel even better!

Note - If you get a note from me, you might notice that it is signed with {{{sweaty hugs}}}...that's because most of working out is done with a wide variety of Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds dvd's....Leslie refers to us as "Sisters in Sweat", so I like to close my messages on Spark with {{{sweaty hugs}}}

Member Since: 1/14/2007

Fitness Minutes: 8,349

My Goals:
My original goal was to lose 46 pounds between August 6, 2007 (when I actually started to USE this site) and my 49th birthday - March 18, 2008. I reached THAT goal in December, so I decided to keep going for another 10 pounds! I'm so glad I did! I feel great! I haven't been this thin since before I got pregnant with my daughter, and she turned 23 in January 2008!

My Program:
First of all, I now eat to live, not live to eat! I still enjoy food, but it is no longer my primary focus!

I have been in maintenance mode since April 2008. I continue to workout about 3 times a week and still use the same workouts that I used to lose weight - my favorites are Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds (a wide variety of her dvd's, 3 - 5 miles at a time), plus Gaiam AM/PM Yoga and Prevention Fitness Systems 3-2-1 Workout and Express Workout for Belly, Butt and Thighs. I use 3 or 5 pound dumbbells in all my workouts, and "pump it up" when I can.

I still try to visit my friends on SparkPeople daily, and certainly still drink LOTS of water!

Personal Information:
I was introduced to SparkPeople in January of 2007, but did not begin to use the site (and really try to lose weight) until August 6, 2007 - the first day of my NEW life!

Now it an invaluable tool, and a daily resource!

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  • v QTEALADY20031
    Hi, I read your article and I just wanted to compliment you on your achievement of weight loss! I am 5ft 9 in and I weighed 145 lbs most of my life but after retiring from nursing and surgeries, I gained a lot of weight so I am now in the process of losing this weight. I love Leslie and I am getting back to her dvd's after ankle surgery. You are a big impression to say the least and with MS you are to be admired and congratulated. I wish you the best in the future. emoticon

    2197 days ago
  • v SHER0001
    Loved your article! So inspiring! emoticon
    2308 days ago
    I just read about you on Twitter. What a great story. emoticon
    2351 days ago
  • v LSMATZ

    I found your article on the start page. I have to say that it has made more sense to me than a lot of other things I have read on the Spark website. I too walk first thing in the morning indoors especially after the brutal winter we have had. Now I must control the eating part and hopefully I will finally start seeing some changes.

    Thanks for the motivation!
    2639 days ago
  • v no profile image WENDY3435
    I started Leslie's DVDs 12 yrs. ago when my dil gave me hers as she had decided to run. That was the beginning of so many things! I too have MS but am very lucky,mine is mild. Struggled when it first hit but do awesome now ans so very thankful! Your story is inspiring!:))
    2733 days ago
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