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Monday, April 08, 2019

I was on SparkPeople back in 2007 and lost 20 pounds. It was fairly easy. Then life threw some obstacles and changes my way in 2009 and I gained it all back and then some. Now I'm trying to lose 40 pounds.
I haven't really given my weight all that much thought the past few years until I noticed that I was starting to outgrow regular sizes and venturing into that "plus size" section in the stores once in awhile especially for tops. Sometimes I'm a regular XL and other times a Women's 1X. I'm riding that fine line between regular and plus sizes. I guess that's been a wake up call and I really have no desire to wear plus size jeans which I haven't had to do yet. Luckily I'm pretty tall and carry weight pretty well but that excuse only goes so far.
I don't want to wait until things are totally out of hand before I do something about it. So here I am, ready to take things more seriously. It's not even about the sizes any more. Now that I'm an old gal of 50, maintaining my health is more important than ever. Everyone around me seems to have so many problems and I don't want to be like that. Other than being more heavy than I prefer, don't have any issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, etc. I feel like a strong person so I know I can do this.
I started cutting back a bit even before rejoining SparkPeople on March 21, 2019. So it's been about a month since I've cut my calories and started walking more. I have a treadmill now and am loving it because I can watch my TV shows while walking. I've noticed that my pants are looser in certain areas so am encouraged.
So far I refuse to buy a scale and plan to just go by how my clothes fit. I also vow to walk my dog more and ride the bicycle I got last year and never used. Maybe I'll throw in some light free weights here and there.
It's quite possible this is all due to a late mid-life crisis. Turning 50 was a total mind f*ck. I just bought myself a purple Jeep Wrangler too.
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