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It takes courage to live your authentic life.
Right now, this moment...
Are you doing what you need to do to be the person that you want to be? To be the person that you truly are?
Accept what is; let go of what was; have faith in what will be.

I want to lose weight and find health.
But it's so mental. My body will not go where my mind doesn't push it.
When I stop making excuses, I start making progress.

I know what happens when I stop trying.
I want to see what happens when I don't.

Take chances, Be bold, be silly, be weird!!

10 Reasons I Want to Lose Weight...
1. I want to improve my total health and I feel that losing weight will help me not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually.
2. To look great in clothes I love and to actually "dress" every day in clothes I love, not just throw on jeans and a big top to hide everything in. I’d love to be a single digit size or at least a “perfect 10.”
3. To gain energy for future grand-kids and fun activities. Seriously, stuff like surfing, snorkeling, and sailing are on my bucket list and I ain’t getting younger so I must become fit!
4. To improve my confidence and self-esteem.
5. To improve a few obesity related ailments I've acquired.
6. To avoid any new obesity related illnesses and ailments in the future.
7. To stop hiding from cameras and hating myself in pictures.
8. To make myself proud as well as certain people in my life.
9. To improve my social anxiety that stems from feeling like and/or being the fattest and ugliest woman in the place all the time.
10. To embrace life authentically, fully, magically, and with excitement and be my own kind of healthy, confident, 'beautiful' ME.

One of these days I will move to the beach... a place that I daydream about daily... where I can enjoy the sunshine, turquoise water, sea salt breezes and release every stress I've ever felt. The beach is a place to release worries, a respite for a weary working girl, a regeneration of feeling alive. I feel like a misplaced islander. I've said this many times for years.
I’m pretty sure I was a mermaid in a past life.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”
~Dr. Seuss

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
~Maya Angelou

Back in 2007 when I first joined, I lost a lot, but not to goal, then gained, then lost, then gained and so forth on this crappy roller coaster of weight gain/loss....
02/29/08 - 179
August 2014 - 195
07/11/16 - 272.5 - highest weight ever
01/01/17 - 249.5
01/01/18 - 230.0
01/27/18 - 224.8
04/07/18 - 230.8 - start weight for '18 Spring 5% Challenge
05/01/18 - started Keto
05/07/18 - 223.8
05/19/18 - 218.4 - final weight for '18 Spring 5% Challenge - 12.4 lbs lost
06/05/18 - 216.6 - start weight for '18 Summer BL Challenge
06/30/18 - 209.8 - start weight for '18 Summer 5% Challenge
07/21/18 - 205.8
08/15/18 - 203.8 - final weight for Summer BL Challenge - 12.8 lbs lost
09/11/18 - 202.0 - lowest weight of 2018
Keto pretty much ended around this time.
10/06/18 - 206.2 - always a hard time of year
12/12/18 - 210.0 - off diet, off plan, off everything
01/01/19 - 225.8 - combination of overeating, bloat, and not enough water or discipline
02/01/19 - 220.2 - on track for 1 pound per week loss
03/01/19 - 220.2 - behind, no commitment, no consistency
04/01/19 - 217.4
05/01/19 -
05/13/19 - I am so far behind on my 1 pound per week goal for this year. I should be at an 18lb loss. :( Feeling lame.
05/21/19 - 220.4 - totally sucks
06/04/19 - 223.0 - omg
Where is my determination, focus, consistency, will to succeed...?
07/01/19 - 225.0 - absolute fat ass suckage. What the hell am I doing? Pull it together!
07/31/19 - 217.8
08/01/19 - 220.4 - yes, fluctuations really suck, I did not do that bad and even exercised! I hate fluid retention.

Member Since: 3/21/2007

Fitness Minutes: 21,749

My Goals:
Under 200 by Halloween!!

To lose 52 lbs during the 2019 year.

Ultimate goal is to lose a total of 133 lbs.

To improve my mind, body, and spirit.
To establish healthy habits for those improvements.
I want to be healthy and feel good about myself inside and out.

Specific weight goals along the way....
199.5 - it's been too long since I've been under 200 at all.
191 - I go from obese to overweight BMI
174 - Goal weight for 2019
158 - I go from overweight to normal BMI
121 to 158 is normal BMI range for 5’7”
So in the middle of that is about 139 - dare I even dream it?

My Program:
Food: Combination of Mediterranean and Ketogenic Diets
Drink: Coffee in the mornings, then water (at least 64 oz) until it's acceptable to drink Wine.
Exercise: 30 min 4/7 days

Personal Information:
I'm a 54 year old, 5'7" Christian Mom of 4 (ages 28, 25, 23, 18), and wife of the best husband in the world, with no grandkids yet. I live in Arkansas and work full time. I love the ocean and beaches, rain, thunderstorms, horror movies, books, daydreaming, coffee, red wine, Halloween, Christmas, giving, fountain pens, stickers, journals, planners, drawing and doodling, coloring, the moon, the sun, nature, cats, rock music, art, the colors of fall, the colors of the ocean, things that are hippy-ish and bohemian, things that are strange, unusual, dark, and a bit odd, and I'm always trying to learn more and more about my health and how to make it optimum. I also believe in writing things down... plans, lists, venting, etc.

Proud to be Ravenclaw!
Patronus: Fox
Wand: Redwood with a Phoenix feather core 10 ¾" and Quite Bendy flexibility

Other Information:
I have a very bad habit of vegging out in my recliner after work, something I really need to work on!
My ticker reflects my highest weight to my ultimate goal weight. I need to see that progress because I have made progress in spite of how long it's taking.

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  • v JUSTME29
    lol on ordering yet another book. I checked it out on digital from my library (Libby ap). There were some things that I didn't find very practical, but other ideas that I really liked. She talked about the idea of selling things vs donating. I really liked that she talked about her own starting point. Let me know what you think - I hope it's useful to you.
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    Happy Friday to one and all! With the recent heat over much of the country, “The Dog Days of Summer” are definitely here. So here are a few Dog Days of Summer jokes to get your tail ‘a-waggin’, and a smile on your face to get your weekend off to a good start!

    What kind of dog does a magician own?
    A labra-cadabra-dor

    What do you call a dog that’s been left outside in the cold?
    A chili-dog

    What do you call a sweating dog?
    A hot dog!

    Where should you NEVER bring your dog?
    A flea market!

    If you are a cat person, your emoticon wants you to print these jokes,
    and then put them in the litter box.

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  • v SHARON10002
    emoticon for the tube for the pool, and also for your note.
    I hope your week is going well thus far. emoticon
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    TGIF!!! Happy Friday to one and all!
    Believe it or not, today is National Tell A Joke Day, so in celebrating it with gusto, as we usually do. . . let’s get our Weekend Happy Face on!!

    ♥One man to another at a church fund-raising dinner . . .
    My wife’s cooking is so bad we usually pray after our food.

    ♥ A young man asks his father, “Dad, how much does it cost to get married?
    “I honestly don’t know son, I’m still paying.”

    ♥ Shortly before our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband sent 25 long-stemmed yellow roses to me at my office. A few days later, I plucked all the petals and dried them. On the night of our anniversary, I spread the petals over the bed and lay on top of them, wearing only a black negligee.
    As I’d hoped, I got a reaction from my husband.
    When he saw me, he shouted, “Are those potato chips?”

    ♥ “When I married Donna, I could get both hands around her waist,” said my husband’s grandfather. Pointing at his full-figured wife, he boasted, “Now look how much I got. That’s what I call an investment!”

    ♥ When I asked a friend the secret to his 52 years of marriage, he replied, “We never go to sleep angry.”
    “That’s a great philosophy,” I noted.
    “Yes. And the longest we’ve been awake so far is five days.”

    I hope you have a Funtastic Friday, and a wonderful weekend!
    9 days ago
    Feel free to steal the kitty! Too cute not to share!

    I am a total spazz. I need body armor.

    10 days ago
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