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CELIAMINER is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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In January 2011, when I first whispered, "I declare 2011 to be the year of ME," I really had no idea where that statement would lead. But with great help from SparkPeople (the focus on the whole person, the support of Spark Friends, and the many tools), the weight I had resigned myself to taking to my (probably early) grave is gone.

As a first step, I set a goal to lose 50 pounds, just to see if I could actually pull it off. Focused effort has paid off in ways I never dreamed possible. Those 50 pounds went away, so I set new goals that will result in 75 pounds gone when I'm done remaking myself. I closed out 2011 on December 31 at 154 pounds and a BMI of 24.9! That put me 9 pounds from my goal and in the healthy BMI range for the first time in over 2 decades.

As a plus, DH suggested we train together to run a 5K in the Spring. I so looked forward to that, even with my arthritic knees. Unfortunately, DH developed hip trouble that kept him from training, so when the day came, he jogged partway with me and walked the rest.

That race seemed to help nudge me out of a fitness slump so I could continue toward my goal. On May 19, I declared victory on the weight-loss front. As I approached that goal line, I realized I'd better have an outlet for my energy and determination, or I would get hit with the letdown that comes after accomplishing a hard-fought battle. So I've tackled decluttering my house as a follow-on and am using techniques I learned (or relearned) at SP to make headway.

December, 2012 update: I hit my six-month maintenance goal a few weeks ago and rejoiced that I have never maintained a weight loss for six months in my decades-long yo-yo history. I set a December goal to exercise each day in some way, stay within my calorie range daily, and track food and fitness each day.

May, 2013 update: Hit my one-year maintenance goal! That's longer than I have EVER kept the weight off.

Member Since: 2/14/2011

Fitness Minutes: 174,906

My Goals:
Met my weight loss goal (75 pounds gone) 5/19/2012

Met my 1-year maintenance goal 5/19/2013

Next goals:
1.5 years in maintenance (11/19/2013) - Success!
2 years in maintenance (5/19/2014)

My Program:
- Cardio at least 4X each week
- Strength training minimum of 2X/week
- Yoga 2X/week
- Work on 6 hrs of sleep each night
- Track, track, track

Personal Information:
I'm married to a wonderfully supportive husband and am owned by one very snarky cat.

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    ~ Keep reaching toward your goals! Baby steps rock. Every step in the right direction counts. Think about how far you have come...don't give up EVER!

    Have a Blessed 2017. (((hugs))) Maria

    1282 days ago
    Saw you on my Spark Travels and am wishing you the merriest of Christmases!
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    1288 days ago
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    I Wish You a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas
    I wish you a Merry Chrismtas.... And a Happy New Year....

    Good Tidings to you .... and all of your Kin............................
    I Wish You a Merry Christmas, and a HAPPY NEW YEAR

    ~Happy Holidays~ * ~BLESSings ALLways~ Deby

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    1294 days ago
    Maintaining but still improving - I love that... Exactly my attitude right now. So many people around me are giving up and giving in.... getting "old" in the head and then everything else follows suit. I am not throwing in the towel, glad to see I'm not alone. Keep being the awesome you that only you can be. :)
    1495 days ago
    emoticon ****10 FUN FACTS **** emoticon

    1 - You can't wash your eyes with soap.
    2 - You can't count your hair.

    3 - You can't breathe through your nose with your tongue out.
    4 - You just tried number 3.

    6 - When you did number 3, you realized it's possible, only you look like a dog.
    7 - You're smiling right now, because you are fooled.

    8 - You skipped number 5.
    9 - You just checked to see if there's a number 5.

    10- Share this with your friends, so they can have some fun, too.
    1611 days ago
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