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How I chose my name. In the past, I suffered journey fatigue and fell off the journey. This time I am committed to actively work to remain positive. I started this journey to improve my life, be fully active life and live without weight restrictions. I call it Physical freedom.

Prior to joining SP, my comfort zone was ignoring my weight. Today, I am taking responsibility for the choices I make, one by one. I let fear keep me from even trying for years. It was scary to make this decision but I found out that celebrating every small victory or a glass of water stops my fears. I lost 80 pounds in 2009 with SP but faltered and regained 60 prior to restarting this journey.

A successful journey is 10% changing what you eat, 20% fitness and 70% clearing the neurological junk in your head. A lasting journey starts with working on your inner head issues. Determine where those negative thoughts come from and resolve those issues. Once you get that done the rest is so much easier. I reminded myself that this is what it takes and that I said I'd do ANYTHING to lose weight. This is the Anything.

Being at peace with myself allows me to follow the journey without the daily struggle and fears for the first time on my life. The inner critic becomes quiet. It's not out of the ordinary. It feels totally normal. I feel healthier, happier and am slimmer. Even a vacation is not enough to derail me.

I'm over 70 and I've discovered that the suggested "calorie range" generated by SparkPeople is unrealistic for many women over 70. To lose weight consistently, my calorie range is between 1200 and 1500 calories a day. I track calories eaten but do NOT offset for fitness minutes. My goals for fitness and exercise are for strengthening, toning and cardio vascular fitness.

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“I don't care." I say that when I don't want to face an inner feeling or emotion. I don't care becomes permission to do or eat just what I want. The pitfall is that it is an addictive feeling of abandon. Once I give in to that feeling, it easily becomes my norm.

No one is forcing me to take this journey or behave in a certain way. I am doing this because I want to become a healthier person.
I am choosing to add healthy foods to my meals and I am not deprived.

The real reward is peace. It's not a reward that I can see in a mirror or touch like new clothes, but I can feel it.

Remember how GOOD you felt just after you started this journey and how bad you felt the day before you started this journey.

My knees no longer hurt each time I get up from a chair. I can walk farther, faster and easier without getting out of breath. Physical freedom tastes sooooo sweet.

Motivation is what gets you started. The joy of healthy living is what keeps you going.

Member Since: 12/24/2013

Fitness Minutes: 9,505

My Goals:
Physical Freedom.
Interim goal: 200lbs.
To learn to live comfortably in a slim, fit, healthy body.
To spread the Spark and seek support for the Journey.

My Program:
Exercise three times a week. I started with walking. I couldn't walk 1/4 mile without stopping to catch my breath. I can now walk 4-5 miles a day. I celebrate spontaneous exercise opportunities. I plan and shop for weekly meals and track honestly.

Personal Information:
I am 70, married and live in Southern California. Love to read. Sing in a choir.

Other Information:
I pursue a healthy lifestyle to the best of my ability. I feel powerful & successful and have reduced my stress and fears.

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    Thanks for your comment on my blog about disappointment. You have some good suggestions and I appreciate your input. Have a great Friday tomorrow. emoticon
    2743 days ago
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    Welcome to Done Being the Fat Girl Team! emoticon Feel free to add me as a friend. If you need any support or just someone to talk with, give me a holler.


    2748 days ago
    Good morning!

    SO glad you watched AmyCuddy's TED Talk and that it is having a positive impact.

    You might check out IOWL Team.

    Inside Out Weight Loss (IOWL) is based around overcoming those "internal" issues that stop us from achieving our goals (weight loss or otherwise!!)

    The team is quiet, but you will find links to free podcasts by Renee Stephens there a wealth of information on past threads and members always ready to "support and be supported" when needed.

    It has been a great help for me - although I have been listening for years and making incremental changes...for whatever reason, this year is the year that it seems to all be "falling into place" so to speak!!

    Go figure! I'm glad I did not give up!!


    “Change takes time. It takes time for the seeds to begin growing within, time to understand the process, time for the growth to mature, and time for the old self to die and fall away.” -Bryant McGill

    Have a great day and keep ...

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    2748 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my blog!
    2749 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am an optimist who was married to a pessimist. We gave each other balance. Since he passed in 2001 it has been taken until now to really get my balance back. Having a positive outlook will keep you happy and on track. emoticon
    2750 days ago
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