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Erica commented on MarthaG's blog post Still Tracking After All These Years
"Martha you are a testiment to how successful tracking is! I'm back to tracking as I had really fallen off the wagon while I wasn't well. Anyway it works!!! You are such a great role model!"
Jan 13
Erica commented on MarthaG's blog post Still Tracking After All These Years
"Martha you are a testiment to how successful tracking is! I'm back to tracking as I had really fallen off the wagon while I wasn't well. Anyway it works!!! You are such a great role model!"
Jan 13
MarthaG commented on MarthaG's blog post Still Tracking After All These Years
"Thanks and I know what you mean about thinking of tracking forever. It probaby wouldn't work for everyone and who knows if I'll do it forever. Right now I know it works and in my past when I stopped tracking I stopped paying attention.…"
Jan 12
Christy commented on MarthaG's blog post Still Tracking After All These Years
"You rock! That's a lot of years of tracking! I agree that tracking is key to losing (and maintaining). The cool thing is that we can each find the exact way that works best for us. For me, the thought of tracking for the rest of my life makes…"
Jan 11
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Still Tracking After All These Years

Back in 2010 it became clear to me that I had to do something about my weight which had crept up to the mid 220's and it wasn't coming down. As a first step I decided to track what I ate and set a reasonable calorie goal. What I didn't do was commit to staying within that calorie goal so when dinner rolled around and I was almost out of calories, I'd say "Oh well! there's always tomorrow," and just eat. It certainly showed me why I wasn't losing weight. Then in October 2011 I heard something on…See More
Jan 11
MarthaG commented on Melissa Moore-Price's blog post How much do I need the scale?
"I think it depends on the person.  As a 5'8" woman I could easily put on 10 lbs (at least) and my clothes all fit; made it easy to let the weight creep on.  As I was losing the 80 lbs I weighed myself a couple of times/week but…"
Oct 27, 2016
MarthaG commented on Christy's blog post StepBet--My Next Challenge
"Sounds very cool!  Will  have to check if it works with my Nike fuel band.  Now that we have a dog I'm getting more steps every day as she is very active!"
Jul 5, 2016
MarthaG commented on LindaB's blog post One Day...
"Like Christy wrote.    the turning point for me this last time (and I vow it will be the last time) is realizing that I'd never be "done."   Living a healthy lifestyle doesn't have a start and end point.  Over…"
Jun 30, 2016
MarthaG liked LindaB's blog post First 3 Days
Jun 30, 2016
MarthaG commented on Christy's blog post Dinner time
"My nephew's wife has to feed two picky young boys and I love her recipes.   Have to modify them a bit to use less fat, but generally pretty healthy. Check out the recipes at: http://a-life-from-scratch.com/ And for you Mom's with…"
Jun 23, 2016
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Jun 19, 2016
MarthaG commented on Christy's blog post 4 Years
"That is maintenance and that is marvelous!  Love your story."
May 24, 2016
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May 24, 2016
MarthaG commented on Christy's blog post Bored
"With maintenance I just got jazzed with seeing the scale stay within a range that was at goal.   This last time (and it will be the last time!) it was a real motivator to have the scale settle.   I now count weeks at maintenance (over 160)…"
May 24, 2016
MarthaG posted a blog post

When Did I Decide I Was in Maintenance?

Paula asked this question on Christy's blog and thought I'd share my experience with this. My initial goal was to get to the mid 170's from 222 (or so) as I figured that was a weight I could and had maintained. Meant at 5'8" I'd still be overweight, but that was better than being obese. One key thing with the way I lost weight was to choose a way of eating that I could maintain forever so nothing really changed once I hit 175 except I kept losing weight. Eating about 1600 - 1700 cals/day and…See More
May 11, 2016

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About Me:
Have struggled with weight my whole adult life losing 50 - 70 lbs but slowing gaining it back. In Oct 2011 I decided to really pay attention to what I was tracking on Livestrong and eat better. I also saw a hypnotist who helped me. Slowly started losing weight and then in March 2012 bought a pedometer and started walking 10,000 steps/day. I reached my initial goal in Oct 2012 but kept eating the same way and moving more and have lost another 30 some pounds. Down 65 and feel great!
Since hitting my goal in April 2013 I kept up with the eating and moving every day and now down a total of 80 pounds. What's more important to me, is that I have been at our under my goal for over a year and that's the first time that has happened.

Thought people might be interested in my story:
http://www.livestrong.com/blog/martha-g-used-livestrongs-myplate-lo...
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Other
Workout Philosophy:
I stay active doing everyday activities, I'm a walk-a-holic

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Still Tracking After All These Years

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 7:42pm 4 Comments

Back in 2010 it became clear to me that I had to do something about my weight which had crept up to the mid 220's and it wasn't coming down. As a first step I decided to track what I ate and set a reasonable calorie goal. What I didn't do was commit to staying within that calorie goal so when dinner rolled around and I was almost out of calories, I'd say "Oh well! there's always tomorrow," and just eat. It certainly showed me why I wasn't losing weight. 



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When Did I Decide I Was in Maintenance?

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 9:02am 0 Comments

Paula asked this question on Christy's blog and thought I'd share my experience with this. My initial goal was to get to the mid 170's from 222 (or so) as I figured that was a weight I could and had maintained. Meant at 5'8" I'd still be overweight, but that was better than being obese. One key thing with the way I lost weight was to choose a way of eating that I could maintain forever so nothing really changed once I hit 175 except I kept losing weight. Eating about 1600 - 1700 cals/day and…

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Getting Ready for the Holidays

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 9:47pm 4 Comments

Another holiday season is on us and for me this is the third one where I've been on maintenance.....YIKES. That is a first for me.

What I'm doing this year is a 30 day challenge on sparkpeople.com

This one is called "Step into the holiday health challenge" and I just finished day 1.   Have done several of the challenges and they are great!

Sparkpeople.com is free

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

It's Not Just About Weight

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 5:45pm 3 Comments

When I started back in Oct 2011 my main goal was to be healthier.  Of course I knew that being obese (sheesh!) was bad for my health and so was not moving and so was not eating the right foods.   I decided to focus first on choosing healthy foods most of the time. I knew what that was and gradually made the changes.  Started moving every day.

I really think it was the mind shift away from going on a diet to lose x pounds that made the key difference this time.

Just saw…

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Comment Wall (18 comments)

At 9:15am on October 5, 2013, Erica said…

Thanks for your words of support Martha.  I'm working really hard to overcome ;)

At 2:42pm on November 12, 2013, Erica said…

Having him pord me is irritating, I don't like it one bit.  But he is right and I'm getting so annoyed at hearing him that I just might try to shut him up. LOL! 

At 3:54pm on December 9, 2013, Lynn said…

HA!  I loved your comment Martha, but it has been a long time since I have felt GRAND about anything!

At 10:44am on December 10, 2013, Lynn said…

Hi Martha.  I really am not a tread mill kind of girl but the rules from the doctor were very strict.  I am to start back walking at a very slow pace.  I went with what I was comfortable with and I have to say I was pretty proud of myself at the end of the hour.  I would like to get back on the elliptical next week...

At 12:03pm on December 10, 2013, MarthaG said…

You have to follow doctor's orders!   IMO any movement is good movement.   Keep on moving.

At 11:09am on December 16, 2013, Lynn said…

Hi Martha.  I totally agree with you that working on a little bit at a time will likely be more successful than taking everything on at once.  I have a follow up appointment in a month so those are the things I need to work on between now and then.  I'm thinking soda and take out have to be the first things to go.

At 8:25am on December 18, 2013, Lynn said…

You have two good points Martha ~ I think that I am going to have to weigh in measure my portions for a while.  I just don't have any idea what is a true portion any more.  And I really am going to have to get my husband on the same page.  He just doesn't get how serious this is for me.

At 10:22am on December 18, 2013, MarthaG said…

Critical to have your partner on board.  I'm sure when he understands how important this is to you, he'll be supportive.  In our house I do the shopping and the cooking so have control over what we eat.  

Portion control is so important and it is so easy to overdo it when I don't measure and weigh..   one thing I did years ago was to really slow down while eating and stop when I thought I'd had enough. Often Id be hungry but I would wait 15 or 20 minutes. If I was still hungry I could have more and I rarely ever wanted more food.  Learning to listen to our hunger signals is a hard lesson for many of us.

At 8:16pm on January 6, 2014, Erica said…
We are getting the female spayed as soon as she's big enough for all the reasons that you mentioned. Maybe as soon as February. It's so cool that you have house bunnies too! These guys are only about 12 weeks old. We are in love with them!
At 10:10am on January 12, 2014, Lynn said…

Hi Martha!  You actually gave me the reality slap I needed in your comment on my post about my husband getting in the way of my schedule.  :)

 

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