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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a wonderful day filled with good nutrition and exercise. Feel free to send me a note any time! I need all the encouragement I can get!! Here's my story. I have had weight fluctuations ever since I was a teenager and have struggled over the years as a “Yo-Yo” when trying to stay on a “diet” to lose weight and get healthy. My Spark story really begins in 2007 when I joined SparkPeople. Over the years I’ve struggled as I have come and gone with Spark. But, I keep coming back. Here’s my latest story that began in 2016. My older history is at the end under “Old History”.

October 6, 2016: I've gained weight again and continue to struggle with my weight problem. I'm back at 240 lbs and trying to get motivated to get healthy again. Due to high blood pressure and cholesterol my doctor put me on medicine that I've been taking for over a year. I want to not only lose the weight but get off the medications. I also just found out I'm pre-diabetic. I joined the 50+ Members With 50-99 Pounds to Lose Team for motivation and accountability and did weekly weigh-ins with that group during the Fall into the Holidays Challenge to lose 1 pound a week from Oct-Dec 2016. Result: Yeah!!! I lost 25 pounds and feel pretty good with lots more energy. Now, I need to keep going and get below 200.

January 2017: I've just joined a 5% Winter Challenge (Starfish team) that runs Jan-Mar 2017 and I want to lose at least 1 pound a week. Please wish me luck!! Result: Yeah!!! I lost 15 more pounds and really feel lighter!

March 2017: Yeah!!! I made it to ONEderland!!! At March 11 weigh in, I finally got below 200 lbs...this is the first time I've been below 200 lbs. in 20 years! On the Breaking 200 Team I was added to their “ONE"DERLAND HALL OF FAME for breaking the 200 pound barrier and entering Onederland!!!

Since Oct 2016 I'm down 43 lbs. My basic diet plan has been eat less and exercise more. I've cut down on portion sizes, drink 8-10 glasses of water a day, cut out all junk food and carry out food from my diet, and try to exercise at least 30 minutes or more every day. And, of course, logging food and exercise daily to Spark which helps keep me accountable. These things have worked for me and helped me keep my focus.

April 2017: I've joined a 5% Spring Challenge (Starfish team again) that runs April 8-June 3. I plan to keep following my new healthy habits and want to lose more pounds. Wish me luck!

June 2017: Since I started my current journey to get healthy in October 2016, I've lost 59 pounds and I'm feeling great. I am no longer pre-diabetic, my blood pressure and cholesterol are both at normal levels. My doctor doesn't want to stop the blood pressure and cholesterol medicines, but we are considering lowering the doses. There is no end to my current journey to get healthy. No big "reward" at the "end". The journey IS the reward. When I lose 2 more pounds, my BMI leaves obese and moves to the overweight category. Yeah!!!

June 24, 2017: My BMI left obese category and moved down to overweight category. Continuing with Callanetics muscle toning exercises and seeing some improvement after about 3 weeks. Getting ready to start a new 5% Challenge July 1. I'm thinking about slowing down the weight loss to give my body a chance to adjust and if I do this I may be more of a 1-2% weight loss or maybe a weight maintainer during the challenge. But it is a little scary thinking of doing this as it could be a way for me to get off track again (as has happened to me in the past). Going to start reading more information on the At Goal and Maintaining Weight team and see what others have been doing. Best wishes to all for a happy summer!

July 2017: Joined a 5% Summer Challenge that runs from July 1-August 26 (Starfish Team again). Result: I lost 3 pounds mid way during this challenge, but by the end I gained them back to my challenge starting weight.

September-December 2017: Lost focus again due to illness and injuries. Result: Gained back 10 pounds.

January 2018: Joined a new 5% Challenge that runs January-March 2018. Since I was late signing up, Starfish team was full and I got assigned to Rowdy Rebels. From the team member posts, it looks like this team has a super high energy level and lots of enthusiasm. Hope I’m up for this challenge. I need to stay well and healthy! Finished the challenge March 3, met my 5% goal, and lost 14 more pounds. Getting closer to my original goal I set in October 2016 of reaching 160.

April 2018: Joined another 5% Challenge with Rowdy Rebels that runs April-June 2018. Goal is to lose 9 pounds by end of challenge. Did really well and lost 11 pounds. Since I’m just 3 pounds away from my original goal weight, set a new goal weight of 140 pounds.

June-August 2018: Joined 2 teams. Joined The Biggest Loser Summer 2018 Challenge with the Beautiful Amethyst Butterflies Team that runs June 6-August 15, 2018. This challenge runs for 10 weeks. Lost 13 pounds during this challenge. Also, joined the Summer 2018 5% Challenge with the Rowdy Rebels Team that runs June 30-August 25, 2018. Lost 9 pounds during the challenge. So, during this 3-month period, June-August 2018, I lost 13 pounds and now weigh 150 pounds. Total pounds lost to date: 240 less 150 = 90 pounds!!

August-September 2018: I’m starting to notice I have 3-4 weeks where I do not lose pounds while following my same nutrition and exercise plan. I’m thinking I may be at my maintenance weight of 150. I’ll see what happens next challenge.

October 2018: Joined the Fall 2018 5% Challenge with the Rowdy Rebels Team. This challenge runs from 10/6-12/1. This will be my first time as a 5% Challenge team member who is a “maintainer” vs. “loser” of weight. My goal is to stay within 3% of my center weight of 150 (range of 146.5 - 154.5). I’m curious to see what happens. I’m planning on continuing with my healthy nutrition, 120 exercise minutes a day, and all the healthy lifestyle habits I’ve built into my daily routine.

October 10, 2018: Joined the At Goal & Maintaining Team’s “Holidays Upon Us Maintenance Challenge” that runs from 10/24-12/25. It will focus on healthy habits and weight maintenance. Holidays are always a problem for me so I’m hoping to stay on track during the challenge.


July 2007: I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life at 240 pounds. I had health problems and my doctor wanted me to start taking medicine for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I don't like to take medicine! I also knew that once you start taking those two medicines you are on them the rest of your life. So, he told me that if I lost 20 pounds in 3 months, lowered both blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, he would re-evaluate and decide what to do. I joined SparkPeople in July 2007 after it had been recommended by my Nutritionist I was seeing. Result: With Spark support and motivation, I lost 30 pounds in 3 months, lowered my blood pressure and cholesterol. So, I didn't have to start take any medicine! I want to continue on and get healthier. I truly hope the support at SparkPeople will help keep me motivated so I can lose more weight.

January 2008: Since I had lost some motivation, I joined a 12-week challenge group to try and get me focused to eat healthier and exercise more every day. Result: This effort fizzled out and I returned to unhealthy habits and left Spark.

February 2009: So, I had been away from Spark for over 1 year, gone back to my old habits of eating whatever I wanted and no exercise. I gained back all the weight I lost. I didn’t feel energetic anymore and I was really beating up on myself. But, today I started over again at 236 lbs!! I wanted to try really hard to commit and make me Number 1 so I could take better care of my health. I considered writing a daily blog and joining support groups again. But at that time, I felt I just needed to concentrate on eating healthy and getting exercise in my routine every day. Result: I lost 12 pounds before I got off track again.

March 2010: Gained back weight again to 235 pounds!! New start again! I just love to "eat". Need to find replacement activities that give more satisfaction than eating and gaining pounds!!!! Result: Quit again after a month.

May 2011: I've come back to Spark because I've regained the weight I had lost (a number of times). Am feeling upset with myself and trying to get strength to get back to a healthy diet I had in the past where I felt better. Have some health problems now that are forcing me to change my lifestyle. I need lots of support and encouragement. Result: Lost focus and quit trying.

Notes on my experiences written above:
As I go back and read and re-read these notes and comments, all I can say is “Wow”!!! That story really sounds like a broken record. I can hardly believe that I’ve kept repeating the same pattern time and time again.

But something changed in October 2016. I finally got on a healthy track and stayed there! “Thank You, SparkPeople, SparkTeams, and SparkFriends”!!!

Member Since: 7/23/2007

Fitness Minutes: 75,744

My Goals:
1. Eat healthy food
2. Exercise every day
3. Reach goal weight of 160...changed to 140

My Program:
1. Track all food eaten.
2. Drink 8 glasses of water everyday.
3. Walk 1 mile each day...changed to 2 miles.

Personal Information:
I love my family, my little 7-year old girl pug and 11-year old boy pug, flower gardening, butterflies & birds, angels, music, photography, playing video and computer games with my Grandson and making and sewing baby doll clothes for my Granddaughter's baby dolls.

Other Information:
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

When you change your thinking, you change your life.

You become what you think about most of the time.

All things work together for good for those who know and love the Lord.

Even this, too, shall pass.

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