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Taken after my haircut in May 2009. Lost 110 lbs.

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First time horseback riding in 17 years.... out having a great time with my daughter.

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This was when I was at 265 lbs. I thought I was looking much better since I had lost 25 lbs.

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Well, here I am hanging on by any means possible to maintain my lost poundage and also to loose the last fat cells clinging to my butt, waist, thighs, etc. Over the past 40 years, I have had more roller coaster rides around weight up and weight down than most amusement parks have in a day.

This time though instead of treating this as a weight-loss challenge with an actual finish line at the end, I decided 1) to actually really really change my eating habits and 2) to EXERCISE. I have read lots and lots of books on the topics, talked with anyone who might have the smallest relevance to those two goals, learned to like cooking (somewhat anyway), found a personal trainer to whip my blob of jelly body into shape, and anything else that might have the smallest sliver of impact on moving on to a more healthful life.

It has not been a quick journey so far since I purposely chose to take it slow and steady this time around. But the rewards so far are huge. My A1C is hovering around 5.5-5.6 which for a type II diabetic is fantastic. I have dropped several of my meds for rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. I feel great and others are noticing that I look better and feel better too.

Now I need to address my final hurdle before I can continue on the journey. That is to tackle my overeating … emotional eating, binge eating, food addiction… whatever it is that is making my eating life very difficult right now. But I am working with others, reading, and meditating on the issue. I am a real problem solver so I am very hopeful that this too shall pass. This last hurdle of course is what has caused the failures in the past and will be difficult to control (not sure if it can ever be really controlled… maybe understood) this time around. The mind is a sneaky and devious thing to deal with :)

"Dieting is like driving with your foot on the brake. Sooner or later, the tires wear down and we skid out of control. If diets were faulty cars, we would be suing the manufacturer. Instead, we let them blame us." from Calm Eating by Dr. Rick Kausman

June 20, 2009 Update Quote:
"If yout think you are too small to be effective you've never been in bed with a mosquito." from Calm Eating by Dr. Rick Kausman

July 19, 2009 Update Quote:
Acceptance does not imply self-delusion. It involves coming to terms with what is. When you accept yourself you simply say, "This if how I am right now. I don't know what the future will bring. I do know that if I want to change, I must first feel as comfortable as I can with myself in the present." from Calm Eating vy Dr. Rick Kausman

Member Since: 6/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 17,524

My Goals:
My goal is to finally learn to live healthfully!!

My Program:
1. Eat Heathly
2. Exercise (variety of activities to avoid boredom)
3. Sleep well :)
4. Continue to learn and explore new interests and opportunities.
5. Continue to change and never become stale.

Personal Information:
I grew up in Iowa, lived in Liberia, Africa as a Peace Corp volunteer for 3 years, and then came to the DC area where I have lived ever since. I have two kids in their twenties. My daughter is getting married in Oct so a busy time right now :)

Other Information:
I love reading the inspirational quotes from the Calm Eating booklet by Dr. Rick Kausman.

"By accepting and understanding who you are - your power, your vulnerability, your strength, and your imperfections - you can make changes."

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