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Hi: I'm Irene and I started my journey on the 12th of February , 2007 and reached my goal weight the 15th of November 2007.
My missionary work calls for some traveling and I actually lost weight on a 4 week trip. We can do it.
I live on the Mexican border after living in the country of Mexico for 20 years and have worked with the Mexican people since 1962
Plan to keep the weight off as I gave away all my big clothes. My reward for reaching goal was new clothes.
P.S. Did gain about 10 pounds back although lost some inches and my bmi improved after I started exercising. Now need to lose the pounds I gained. I have begun losing it now. I can't let it creep up on me little by little.
UPDATE On the 9th of September of 2010 I hit my goal weight.
Now I plan to keep it off and go a little lower.
I am so happy to be back down there and each time you gain I understand your body makes more fat cells and it is harder to lose the pounds you gained.
It has been possible to maintain my goal weight or under since then which is a little over a year now.
Well, this is April of 2012 and I have still been below my goal weight.
It is not so easy to maintain since I retain fluid but not impossible.
I'm doing it again without exercise since I hurt my knees at the gym.
As you know in 2013 I had 2 knee replacements.
Recently I started a streak along with the four teams I am a leader on. I had gone w/o sweets for almost 300 days before I went to rehab for my knees and their diet had a lot of sweets in it. When I got out I kept eating sweets and when I eat them I cannot stop.
So I decided I had to do something about it and this on May the 18th of 2014 I started a streak of not eating sweets .
Several have joined me in a streak. They choose something they battle with and see how many days they can go.
Several days ago I lost down to 143 and the doctors are happy.

Member Since: 6/7/2007

Fitness Minutes: 20,587

My Goals:
Maintain my goal weight.
Be sure and drink my water and eat my veggies (which I do).
Encourage others as much as I can.
Keep a smile on my face and know God will help me do what I can't when I have done all I can. My diet has changed because of illness and I am trying to keep it as much as I can. DIFFERENT NOW
Since I am in an assisted living facility things are different food wise and most everything else wise but was to dangerous to go home.

My Program:
I have reached my goal. I watched my portions, chose nutritional food, pushed my plate away when full if at a buffet and asked for a carry out at other restaurants. I eat out at least once a day and you can do it.

Personal Information:
For over 50 years I have been a foreign missionary after ministering in the US for a few years.
Recently I had knee replacement. (March 8, 2013)
Now I am getting ready for the next knee replacement.
In October of 2013 I had my second knee replaced. It is taking longer for me to get over that one
Then in 2014 I fell and broke a vertebrae in my back and then they found out I had high ammonia levels which is hard to deal with. They also said I had a small heart attack which they are treating with medication.
Praying and trusting the Lord. I fell again and really hurt my back bad this time. I suffer much with it and also the one knee that didn't heal right.

Other Information:
Track your calories
If you bit it write it
If you snack it track it
If you nibble it scribble
If you hog it log it
Grab your pencil before your utensil.

Ask yourself: IS IT WORTH IT?

* Is it an occasion?
* How often do you eat this food? Can you get it any time?
* Does it look delicious and amazing?
* Do you have the calories to "spend" on it?
* Can you control how much of it you eat?

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    I miss the daily devotionals you posted on the Maintenance group. You were such a faithful woman and so inspirational. I know you are happy and don't want us to grieve, but you made such an impact on me. I miss that.
    1768 days ago
    Oh - Irene - I came to visit your page and see your friends posting! Yes I have been thanking them! Well when I can!

    It brings tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat tonight. I have so much to tell you.

    I miss our late summer chats - and you always catching me on the commuter and telling me to go to bed - cuz I won't wake up for work in the morning. And now that I'm retired well - here I am chatting with you!

    Crying --- I miss you so much my friend.

    1773 days ago
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    Fire up those Sneakers and Fall in Love with Walking and You Can Walk Your Way to a Healthier, Slimmer You!!
    1796 days ago
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    emoticon Spark Friends,

    If you or anyone you know are having trouble tracking or are stuck in a plateau, then please read this or share it with your spark friends.

    Remember attaining weight loss is possible and permanent weight loss is absolutely doable. If you are will to start changing your life and lifestyle one habit at a time. After all that is how we learned how to talk, walk, dress, bathe and eat. Was one step at a time. Our Mothers and fathers were very good at teaching us what they knew.

    But, most of them did not know what healthy eating was. Not really. Nothing like a dietician would know. So remember when starting out you want to set up small attainable goals. Even if you are having trouble anywhere in your weight loss journey, you may just want to take a step back and look at where you are actually at.

    Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

    1) Are you where you want to be?
    2) Are you losing weight?
    3) Are you really tracking everything that you eat?
    4) Are you being completely honest with yourself?
    5) Are you setting realistic goals?
    6) Are you drinking your daily water?
    7) Are you eating at least 2 fruits daily?
    8) Are you eating at least 3 vegetables daily?
    9) Are you getting at least 10+ minutes of exercise daily?
    10) Are you getting any me time? This is the most important one.......

    Drinking 8 cups of water.....every day is very important to stay hydrated.
    • Eating at least 2 fruits and at least 3 vegetables every day will help keep you full longer and ensure that you are getting enough fiber
    • Not eating in front of the TV....you do not want to be distracted, enjoy your meal and put down your fork or spoon between every bite, while sipping water. It takes at least 20 minutes to ensure the brain starts to signal the stomach that you are getting full.
    • No soda or sweet drinks....you will want to cut out as much refined sugar as possible, lowering your risk of diabetes.
    • Eat breakfast every morning: This is the most important meal of the day, you need at least 300 - 400 calories to start your day and get your metabolism reeved up for the day.
    • No candy, cake, potato chips or other high carb junk food, instead try a piece of fresh fruit, granola, veggie slices or nuts. Sometimes even a glass of water can keep hunger at bay. Try it infused with slices of fruit or veggies.

    And if you are stuck in a plateau, try mixing up your exercise routine. A strength training program, with some cardio and walking the pounds away may be just what the doctor ordered. Talk it out with a trainer, a dietician, your doctor or weight loss buddy may also be an answer too.

    Just do what it takes for you..... what works for one, may not work for you.

    I love all of you and want each one of you to be successful in your journies! KEEP ON SPARKIN'
    Jill emoticon
    1806 days ago
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    Our new Mantra~ emoticon

    My body is a marvelous machine and when I take care of it, It meets my every expectation! emoticon emoticon

    1809 days ago
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