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June 27, 2013 In "hand-me-up" blouse from my daughter. 124.2 pounds.

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Christmas 2013 125.2 pounds

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Dad and my siblings. My sister and I are smaller than last year. Christmas 2013

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November 2014 - I had maintained more than a year when my Dad entered his last 4 months of life, and after he died, grieving, working to settle his estate and getting his house ready to sell distracted me. I gained 11 pounds over 6 months without ever quitting exercising. (My one victory is that this is the first time I've stopped the gain before regaining more than 25 pounds! That's progress of a sort.) I am currently less than 5 pounds above my goal.

June 2013 - My youngest daughter got married at the beginning of the month. I'd been maintaining for over 2 months successfully. I usually weigh between 124 and 126 pounds. Still tracking food and exercise!

March 23, 2013 - I exceeded my goal! I weigh128 pounds - down 31 from November - and beginning maintenance today. I'll still be tracking and exercising. Now to find the balance point for calories...

January 2013 - I finished 2012 well. I'm down 16 pounds, with another 13 still to go. Keep watching... I will finish well and this time KEEP TRACKING!

November 2012 - This year hit me hard with my Mother's decline and passing as well as two falling injuries of my own. I'm nearly healed now and am back determined to maintain only the pounds I want to keep. I will not be packing on the pounds over the next 2 months! Watch and bear witness...

February 2012 - It’s difficult to come back admit I’ve failed to maintain my weight loss. I failed to stop the upward spiral even when it became impossible to ignore.
Of the 30 pounds I lost, I’ve regained 26. Sigh. I’m ashamed to come back to my Spark friends in this condition, but it would be worse to stay away because I am embarrassed.
I am beginning again, and will not stop checking in when I reach my goal. I need the trackers and the encouragement/challenge of checking in with others. Thanks for your support! I am determined...

April 2010 - I'm down 26.5 pounds now (I weigh 131.5 pounds). That's less than my last goal weight. My DH wants me to stop losing now. I don't really care what number is on the scale as long as I look trim. So.... now I am off to learn the tricky skill of maintenance. Wish me luck...

March 2010 - I'm 21 pounds lighter than last November. I miss my workout if it is a rest day. That means I've developed a new habit! I even exercise more if someone wants company on his walk. :-)

January 2010 - I'm starting 2010 10 pounds lighter than 2009. I've been exercising regularly and am trying to find ways to make it less like a duty and more like a pleasure. I'm pleased to find that it doesn't make me as exhausted as it used to even though I'm exercising more now.
Current favorite quote: "If hunger isn't the problem, eating isn't the solution."

November 2009 -My work and all my hobbies are sedentary. I need to find a way to make exercise enjoyable so I will do it consistently.

Member Since: 11/14/2009

My Goals:
More Energy
More Flexibility
Greater Strength
Increased balance
maintain a slim shape

My Program:
Track food and exercise daily. Do 25-30 minutes per day of cardio.
I want to add some strength training 3 times per week.
Walk at least 10,000 steps per day.

Personal Information:
My name is Joan. I'm 57, 5' 6 3/4" tall, live in Portland, Oregon, and I've been married to my delightful husband for 37 years. I love to read, quilt, sew, knit, chew and swallow. Love how I feel AFTER exercising.

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    I don't have any special expertise, that's for sure: but as you've already shown yourself, persistence works and those pesky pounds have no choice BUT to go!!
    4092 days ago
    Hi there BOOKAPHILE! Glad to see you back on the 50+ Team's challenge. I've missed seeing your sunny smile on the report page.
    And now you have a new profile pic: LOST 15 POUNDS.
    WOW! I'm so glad that what you have been doing is working for you. See you on the team challenge!
    4098 days ago
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    Thanks for the comment on my blog! That photo you mentioned was taken right in my front yard......I live on a lovely small lake, beautiful any time of the year.

    I'm so happy for you to read on your post about your progress!
    Sparks Rocks!
    4117 days ago
  • v NJJAZZ
    My walking partner is Jazz. A crazy and spoiled English springer spaniel - also known as my third daughter.

    You did a terrific job with the Dec challenge.............. hoping you join for the January too. I think I will end the month of Dec losing 4 pounds........... so Im happy with that too.

    have a wonderful New Year.....................
    4133 days ago
  • v ALLFORONE2009
    HEY beautiful woman! thank you for the goodies! HEY I'm a quilter too! I wish I had more time to quilt - it use to make me SO happy!! :) I love it! I'm doing ok. I actually took a trip to the hospital overnight on wednesday for my Blood Pressure - but I am better now. I had to change my meds some but I am good now. I hope that you are doing well! I'm glad you are finding your way around here - it is FUN isn't it? emoticon
    4142 days ago
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