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I am a 12 year breast cancer survivor and also had a mild heart attack. In August 2015, I decided that since I made it through those events, I was not going to let my inactivity take years off the rest of my life. I saw something mentioned on MSN about SparkPeople and went online to check it out. I joined that day. Since then, I am proud to say that as of now I have lost 75 pounds and quite a few inches and was given the okay by my doctor to discontinue my cholesterol meds completely. I was able to discontinue my beta blocker and my blood pressure meds last year. I have so much energy and love to walk, which I do every day unless I am sick. No other excuses allowed.

Member Since: 8/8/2015

Fitness Minutes: 245,943

My Goals:
To get back to my final weight goal of 138 (+/- 3%) .

To restart working on decluttering my house for at least 15 minutes 3 days a week and giving away, donating or throwing away at least one item per day.

My Program:
Exercise goals

1. Do at least 15 minutes of ST exercises three times a week

2. Walk at least 8,000 steps per day including three 20 minute walks. Steps, time and mileage tracked by my Fitbit.

Nutrition Goals are to track all food eaten on the SparkPeople tracker and stay within the calories and nutritional goals set by SP for eating a heart healthy diet.

Drink at least 8 glasses of non calorie, non-sweetened liquids a day.

Personal Information:
I was born and raised in South Haven, Michigan but have been living in central Ohio for over 30 years. I love the outdoors and am a country gal at heart. I am married and DH and I live on a 5 acre wooded site surrounded by farm fields in a small rural town in the heart of Ohio. I have 3 married children and 7 grandchildren whom I love dearly.

Other Information:
I reached my weight goal of 138 pounds (+/- 3% 134/142) and since have regained 15 pounds. I am now working on getting that 15 pounds back off. Right now I seem to be on a plateau and am struggling. I am hoping that the challenges I am doing will make me accountable and help me shed those 15 pounds. I am geared up and ready to do this.

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  • v SURVIVOR61
    My sister, you are absolutely right. I went to WW in my youth and I learned that I can eat anything I want as long as it is in moderation. I to learned by going there that there were several factors to losing the weight permanently.

    1) Taking that first step
    2) Making a commitment to yourself
    3) Keeping a journal
    4) Willing to learn new things about yourself
    5) Know why you are eating
    6) Learn your triggers, is it emotional eating, depression or out of boredom.
    7) Willing to log everything you eat and drink, both good and the bad.
    8) Only weigh yourself once a week.
    9) Eat Breakfast
    10) Drink 8 glasses of water daily. No exceptions
    11) Working in 10 + minutes of Exercise even if it's just walking.
    12) Power of Positive Thinking.
    Just to mention a few....But that journal is one of the most important tools that you will ever use. One of the other tools I miss the most is there reward system. Be sure to reward yourself with non-food rewards, Even if your not losing weight. Set small goals, like getting in 6 glasses of water, and once you have reached that goal and are sticking to it. Be sure to reward yourself for making that goal.

    With these and what Spark People has taught you, I'm sure you will be able to real your goal weight by making a plan and sticking to it.

    1898 days ago
  • v AMY_1217
    Thank you so much Carol! I hope so too!
    1899 days ago