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Back again - hoping to see things through finally because if I don't, I've been having this nagging feeling that I won't be given the opportunity down the road.

I want to grow old!!! I want to see my children finished school, settled into full-time employemnt, hopefully finding/marrying a wonderful partner and blessing my husband and I with grandchildren:) I want my children to get to know a fit and healthy me (its been way too long, I doubt they even remember mom as trim:(

I want my husband to find me attractive again. I want to get back some of the Spark in my relationship with him:)

I want to be able to go into any store I choose and be able to find something that fits nicely.

I want the life I've been longing for for over 20 years and I'm the only one who can do the work to get it for myself!!!!

Below is a top 10 list I borrowed from KLAYZEE's SparkPage (a featured motivator for Oct 2 2008)


1. Start slowly. Don't expect to do everything from day one. Learn the tools, read the articles and learn about healthy eating.

2. Drink your water! And if you can, drink more than the 8-glass minimum. Most of us need much more than that!

3. Log your food and measure everything! Keeping track of everything that goes in your mouth is SO important, and don't try to "eye" your amounts. Accurate measurements means accurate numbers!

4. Eat at home and cook your own meals! This was a difficult one for me, because I liked to go out a lot. Now I actually prefer to cook at home. Using fresh ingredients and cooking from scratch is the best way to ensure a healthy meal with less sodium, and it's much easier to track those calories! Focus on good, complex carbs like whole grain breads, potatoes, pasta, brown rice and oats. Avoid simple carbs as often as possible unless it is fresh fruit! And remember that breakfast really IS the most important meal of the day, so have a high fiber (complex carb) and high protein breakfast every day! A good example is a whole grain english muffin with egg beaters and a slice of cheese or oatmeal and milk!

5. Despite the high calorie content, have a serving of GOOD fat EVERY day - a handful of nuts, a tablespoon of olive oil, some avocado or even a piece of bread with Smart Balance "butter" spread. And have as many different sources of good fat every week as possible.

6. Stick to lean meats like chicken, turkey, fish and lean pork. I only have red meat once a week (or less). And if you can get a kitchen scale to weigh your meats, it makes a big difference. There isn't much difference in appearance between 3 and 4 ounces of meat, but it can make a big difference in calories!

7. Eat your veggies first! If you have a salad or vegetable with your meal, eat that first. That will help you control your portions on the higher calorie items like meat and carbs.

8. ALLOW yourself to splurge and FORGIVE yourself if you slip. If your lifestyle becomes a drudgery, you won't stick to it. One bad day here and there isn't going to negate all previous efforts and successes. And sometimes it's even good to throw in a high calorie day to shake things up with your metabolism - look into calorie cycling!

9. Exercise! Even if you don't like it, do it anyway! It doesn't have to be a lot - 10 minutes a day makes a big difference to someone who usually does zero! And if you hate "working out," then find something fun that just happens to burn calories - go swimming, play tennis, give DDR a try! (It's really fun!) And find excuses to burn calories or work those muscles no matter what you're doing - do calf raises while standing in line at the grocery, work up a sweat scrubbing the kitchen, and lift some weights while watching TV!

10. Lean on your Spark Family! If you're feeling discouraged, unmotivated or just need to vent, that's what the Spark community is for! We're here for you!

and her favourite quote, which hit a note with me:

"The main cause for failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want at the moment." - Author Unknown


I'm baaacccckkkk:) Here we go again - I've been AWOL for quite some time - anothersudden loss in our family (my dad) sent me for a loop again :(

At least this time, I've managed to keep my weight relatively steady - and after checking the weight loss ticker - at least I'm down 26 lbs from where I started 2 years ago, instead of up. That's the 1 positive I can take with me.

Anyway - one of my favourite quotes is:

"It's not whether you get knocked down - it's whether you get back up" Vince Lombardi

So, I'm picking myself back up again!


September 23, 2008
Hi everyone - my name is Gina and I live in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I "joined" SparkPeople back in the spring of 2007 and life took a real turn afterwards, so I let my interest in myself slide.

Today, I've decided to give my life some value - and I've come back here for some help and motivation and also to provide the same to everyone else, wherever and whenever I can.

I had to reset my weight (I'm 24 lbs heavier now) and while doing so, I realized if I had really given things a try, I could have reached the modest goal I had set for myself and been a lot healthier and thinner back in April.

Oh well, can't change the past - but I intend to make a difference on my future! One step at a time!!!

October 1 2008
I set up some goals for October with my SP Class team and thought I should post them here, front and centre, so I can make sure that I follow through! Here they are:

Attainable goals for October 2008:

- track ALL food eaten, especially any cheats
- exercise consistently 3 - 5 times/week
- schedule and keep training sessions for 2 x/week starting mid-October
- cook an abundance of veggies on Sunday for the following week's consumption
- get at least 7 hours of sleep Monday - Friday
- rid my body of 4 - 6 pounds

Member Since: 2/12/2007

Fitness Minutes: 689

My Goals:
As at January 17 (my re-activation date here) my weight is 263.4 lbs. My mini weight-loss goals are:

from 260s-250s
done Jan 20/2011

from 250s-240s
from 240s-230s
from 230s-220s
from 220s-210s
from 210s-200s
from 200s-190s
from 190s-180s
from 180s-170s
from 170s-160s
from 160s-150s
from 150s-140s
reach 145lbs
MAINTAIN +/- 4lbs

- to work on not defining myself by my weight
- to learn to accept myself, flaws and all
- be able to wear my engagement ring, wedding band and anniversary band again

My Program:
- I am trying to use a "Salter" Scale which measures calories, protein, carbs, fat of hundreds of common foods
- I am following Crack the Fat Loss Code lifestyle
- I am trying to make daily movenment and exercise a habit

Personal Information:
Born and raised and still living in Hamilton, ON CAN

Married (2nd time around) to David

2 wonderful children Eric (22) Kayla (19)

1 wonderful dog:
Hailey (7 years)
she's a Havanese
she's our "perpetual" puppy

Start Weight: 263.4 pounds

Ultimate Goal: 145 lbs
Current Weight: 259

Other Information:
One of my favourite verses:

God grant me the
Serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the Courage to change the things I can;
and the Wisdom to know the difference!

Therefore, God, give me the Courage and the Strength to change my body!

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    3781 days ago
    I know you can do I was reading your page I could sense a firm determination from you. I know we always have our set-backs in life but just as you, I too, am going forward. I have 2 grandchildren that I want to see graduate (that's 12 and 13 yrs from now). I am 46 now so that will make me 58 to 59. I know I can do and so can you!
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    I am wishing you the very Best for this journey. You CAN do it. Your family is Beautiful & so are you. Take it slow just stick with it.
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