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Updated 12/01/11

I believed I could and I did! I reached my weight loss goal weight on 11/15/11 and I will never go back to my old eating habits. I love how I feel and look! I knew that 2011 was going to be my year and it was.

Updated 9/27/11

I envisioned myself making 2011 my year and I have done it. I am now 5.8 lbs. from my goal weight for Weight Watchers and I am 10.8 lbs. from my personal goal weight and I still have 3 months to achieve it. I am home on leave healing from my bladder lift, tummy tuck and liposuction. I envisioned myself here and I did it! I look and feel beautiful! I have never felt so good about my body. I believed in myself. I pushed myself. I trusted myself. There was nothing stopping me and I will never abuse my body again by feeding it fatty, unhealthy foods. I rock!

Updated 12/28/10

What a great year this has been in terms of getting a hold of my weight loss. I knew the moment I walked into my Weight Watchers meeting last July that I was going to reach my goal weight again. I knew I wouldn't do it by the end of 2010 but that was o.k. My goal is to reach my goal weight by December 31, 2011 and I am almost half way there. Changing jobs at the beginning of this year allowed me to find myself again and make me the priority. It is so refreshing to end the year loving myself again and accomplishing so much. My goals for 2011 are to incorporate more exercise into my plan. I have the food covered. Clean, organic foods are now a staple in our house. I need to now add movement. I plan to do a couch to 5K with friends from Weight Watchers and co-workers. Our first race will be the Shamrock Run in March. I am so excited! I have also gotten a grasp of my emotional eating and how much it had power over me. It amazes me how much emotions can control so much of me. I really am learning so much about me and how much I am healing myself. 2011 is going to be a fantastic year!


Another New Year and I am still struggling to lose weight. This years plan is not so much about the number on the scale but how well I feel. I have always been blessed with good health and I would like to keep it that way. I realize that the older I get I can't keep cheating fate. If I don't truly start taking care of me with a healthy diet and exercise I will start to lose my health. So this year I am following Tosca Reno's Clean Eating plan. I am also working to improve stress in my life. My job is certainly not my passion and everyday is filled with some sort of chaos. This year I will not let it get to me by feeding my stress with food. I am looking inward and finding ways to improve this with meditation and good, positive thinking. I'm 52 years old and I am going to spend the next 52 weeks making me a priority. This year I am going to be selfish. It is all about me! Each week I will introduce something new to improve my health and well being. By the end of the year I hope to have 52 new habits, a leaner body and, a better attitude. Here is to a fabulous 2008!


July 26 ,2008 Update

Just read my blog above and realize I really haven't made much progress. I am eating much cleaner than I did last year but I have not lost any significant amount of weight. In fact I have been shuffling around the same 10 lbs all year long. I have good weeks and not so good weeks, but at least I'm still plugging along. I still log onto Sparkpeople daily though I may not journal my foods or exercise daily. I have been making this year all about me though. I am feeling less stressed than I did last year and enjoying each and every day. If I want to do something I am doing it, within reason. I have simplified my life somewhat by having my eyebrows and liner tattooed on which I absolutely love. I don't sweat the small stuff anymore and I do not let a bad day keep me down for long. I have realized that I am not alone in this journey and value my sparkfriends that I have met along the way.


August 31, 2008 Labor Day

I have decided that I can't do this on my own so I joined Weight Watchers last Thursday. It is the only program that I was successful in losing all the weight I needed to lose. I love the program, I have made a plan to attend weekly meetings and not let my work schedule interfere. My weigh in day is Thursday and I will commit to that day, however, if something happens at work I have planned several other meetings that I might be able to attend. I am determined to lose this weight once and for all.

October 12, 2008

I have been very successful following the Core program of Weight Watchers. So far I'm down 12.2 lbs. I don't know why it took me so long to go back. Fear I suppose. It has been the only program for me that keeps me accountable. I'm using it in conjunction with Sparkpeople which works the best for me. This has been the best place. I have learned so much here. My meetings are on Thursday nights and I don't let anything interfere with it. I have told my work that I need to do this on Dr's orders to lose weight and they have been very obliging. Even when they accidentally schedule me to close I explain that I can't and they change my schedule. I intend to reach my goal and Lifetime on Weight Watchers. No excuses this time!


December 10, 2008

I continue to have success on this journey and still seeing good results. I have lost 17.6 lbs. since beginning. Weight Watchers has definitely been the plan for me in conjunction with meetings. I know that I have been successful because of the meetings. Treating myself to weekly meetings helps keep me accountable and gives me encouragement and motivation to be successful for another week.


January 24, 2009 Update

Made my 10% goal with Weight Watchers. Have lost a total of 23 lbs. and I'm feeling terrific. Been slowly incorporating exercise into my week trying to workout at least 3 days a week. I'm not stressing about trying to workout everyday as it just doesn't always coincide with my daily schedule and that is OK. In fact, I am learning to not stress out at all when I can't be "perfect". That has been my problem all along. Thinking I have to do this perfectly. Not anymore. This is a journey to being healthy, no matter what the scale says. I'm eating good, clean foods that are a part of my everyday life. Not diet foods. This plan that I am following, along with Weight Watcher guidelines is my life. Nothing will change when I reach my goal other than I will weigh less and be more active.


August 21, 2010

I'm amazed when I look back at past posts I continually find myself back where I started. The thing is it seems like it was yesterday that it happened and yet it was over a year ago. So here I go again. I am once again attending Weight Watcher meetings and losing weight again. I am feeling great about my weight loss, my exercise and my stress level. Changing jobs has really helped me with the stress which in turn has helped me with my weight loss. Nothing is going to stop me this time around. I am truly beginning to love myself again which makes everything good!


November 6, 2010

Still holding strong on my weight loss goals. Achieved 10% weight loss goal at the end of October and earned by 16 week and 25 lb. charm @ weight watchers. Still go to bed and wake up visualizing myself at my goal weight. I am hoping to be below 200 lbs. by January 1, 2011 and at my goal weight by July 4, 2011. Am going to really start pushing myself to move more this month. I have been really slacking in my exercise program. I am definitely not being as consistent as I have been with tracking my food everyday and staying OP. I know I will lose my weight and reach my goal quicker if I start exercising.

Member Since: 4/10/2007

Fitness Minutes: 1,055

My Goals:
To make this a lifestyle, not a diet.
Eat healthy, clean foods
Exercise daily
Replace mindless eating with meditation and yoga
Learn to love myself again - Goal Met!!!!!!!!!

Lose 5% weight - Goal met! 8/10/10

Lose 10% weight- Goal met! 10/26/10

Reach Onederland- Goal met! 1/4/11

190's- Goal met! 1/11/11
180's- Goal met! 4/5/11
170's- Goal met! 6/21/11
160's- Goal met! 9/27/11
Goal weigh -Goal met! 11/15/11
150's-Goal Met 11/15/11

My Goal Weight Reward - I'm having a tummy tuck in September!

GOAL MET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Program:
I'm following the Weight Watcher Plan and incorporation more fruits and veggies, lean protein and good carbs. No white sugar, white flour, white rice. Using the help of Tosca Reno's Clean Eating Program, Cooking Light magazine and, of course, Sparkpeople.
Exercise daily - both cardio and weights.

Personal Information:
I live in Vancouver, WA. I'm 55 and have been married for 7 yrs. I have a son, daughter and step-daughter. We also have our fur baby, Bella, a 5 yr old Mini Schnauzer/Llasa Apso (Shapso) who is the love of our life.

Other Information:
I love gardening, cooking and being with family.

Life isn't measured by how many breaths you take but by how many moments take your breath away

Life is short... Break the rules; Forgive quickly; Kiss slowly; Love truly; Laugh uncontrollably;

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.
- Anonymous

You haven't failed until you quit trying.
- Anonymous

It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.
-The Bhagavad Gita
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