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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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    And did you click "publish" after typing your comment? If you refresh before you publish, I think you lose the comment. I mean, that sounds silly, but "new world".

    45 days ago
    Two questions, so that I can identify your comment: what time, and which blog post did you comment on?
    45 days ago
    You *should* be able to comment on my blog. You have to go down below the entry to where it says "x Comments", and click on those words. Then it opens up a comment entry box, along with showing all the other comments, if any. It's a little confusing sometimes, because the comments and entry box are above where it centers my browser.

    And it seems as though every BlogSpot template behaves slightly differently, just to keep us on our toes! Thanks for the kind words!
    45 days ago
    Just took a quick look at the link and there appears to be a bit of serendipity in action here!

    I saw an article referencing this very study ... yesterday? ... the day before? ... doesn't matter ... the point is that you've tuned in and shared it with me.

    Experiences like this I consider "messages from the Universe*; so, thank you!

    For years, I've thought about purchasing a glucose meter and testing postprandial BS out of curiosity to see what I'd learn.

    Sounds like it is time.

    Thanks for being the Spark! emoticon
    47 days ago
    Thank you SO MUCH for thinking of me and sharing the link to my SparkPage. emoticon
    47 days ago
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