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Old 05-18-2006, 05:44 PM   #1
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Lost 100 pounds, my story

At age 55 it has become abundantly clear to me that exercise needs to be a priority in my life.

About 6 years ago I was assessed by a Physical Therapist for back problems. He did a total spine evaluation and told me that if I did not do something about my physical condition now I would have permanent damage. He put me on a cardio and strength training program in his rehab facility. After physical therapy was over I knew that I needed to continue to exercise but I knew trying to do it on my own has never worked for very long. That’s when I decided that joining a gym would be the best thing I could do for myself.

I started out slowly. When I first began I could only do 3 min. on the elliptical trainer. Even though I was not losing weight at first I gained a lot of strength and endurance. I also overcame several obstacles. I had arthroscopic knee surgery and was facing a knee replacement if I did not lose weight. I have rotator cuff problems, hip and back problems all of which tremendously improved. I was also having hormonal issues and was told that it would be very difficult for me to lose weight during menopause.

I was determined, however, and did not give up. I adopted a healthy eating plan and stuck with my program. I have now lost over 100 pounds and have maintained that weight loss for a year and a half.

My latest fitness accomplishment is that I have become a Les Mills International certified RPM instructor and teach spinning classes. This is a HUGE accomplishment for me.

For me fitness is not about having the perfect body. It’s about adopting an overall healthy lifestyle. I feel like exercise has given me a new lease on life.

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Old 05-18-2006, 05:47 PM   #2
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Congratulatons!! Way to go....I needed to read this story tonight. Very inspiring.
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Old 05-18-2006, 07:05 PM   #3
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That is GREAT!! I am incorporating cardio and weights into my routine as well. I am trying to make it a regular part of my day as much as possible. I heard someone say something like "Exercise should be part of your day just like brushing your teeth, etc."

I keep reminding myself of that everytime I want to skip out on exercise.

Thanks for sharing your story and Congratulations!!
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Old 05-19-2006, 11:45 AM   #4
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Wow! You look incredible. What an inspiration to us all! Keep up the good work!!!!!
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Old 05-19-2006, 01:52 PM   #5
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Old 05-23-2006, 08:28 PM   #6
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you are an inspiration...
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Old 05-28-2006, 01:41 PM   #7
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Wow, way to go! That's awesome.
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Old 05-29-2006, 09:14 AM   #8
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Old 05-29-2006, 10:40 AM   #9
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Thanks guys. Every now and then ai need to read my story over because I still can't believe it sometimes
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Old 05-29-2006, 10:45 PM   #10
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WTG you have come along way and should be very proud of yourself, I sure needed to hear this story as I as well have back issues in dire need of me losing this weight. Thanks so much for sharing your story.
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Old 05-31-2006, 06:03 PM   #11
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Wow, you really are an inspiration to all of us, thank you so much for telling your story!

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Old 06-04-2006, 06:26 AM   #12
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What an accomplishment! Congratulations!
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Old 06-04-2006, 06:45 PM   #13
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Wow!! How very inspirational!! Congratulations!!
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Old 06-06-2006, 06:43 AM   #14
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Another BIG WOW!!! You look great!!! I am just starting back to low carb and exercising and need to lose about 65 lbs. After reading your story I feel inspired and know I CAN DO IT!!! Thank you for sharing your story and helping all of us who are just starting out and/or have been on Atkins for awhile. Congratulations on your accomplishments!!! You should be very proud!!! Keep up the good work!!!!
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Old 06-07-2006, 06:33 AM   #15
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Old 07-02-2006, 05:13 PM   #16
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Thanks for posting your story. I am also in my 50's and hope I can be as successful as you.

You are an inspiration!
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Old 07-10-2006, 07:48 AM   #17
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I saw your post in Mel78's thread.


All I can saw is WOW, you look great and a total inspiration !
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Old 07-10-2006, 01:56 PM   #18
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WOW!!!!!!! whattainspiration you are!
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Old 11-06-2006, 06:37 AM   #19
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wow! I just read your story. You are quite the inspiration!
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Old 11-06-2006, 05:16 PM   #20
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Thanks. I know it is going to be a lifelong battle, but I'm geared up.
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:07 PM   #21
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Wow, if I can look like you at 55 I'll be a totally hot mama!!! A true inspiration.
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Old 12-02-2006, 05:08 AM   #22
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Wow, if I can look like you at 55 I'll be a totally hot mama!!! A true inspiration.

i will be 50 in 19 days
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Old 12-03-2006, 02:07 PM   #23
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This is my first post - and I am [COLOR="Red"]totally[/COLOR] inspired!
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Old 12-03-2006, 03:36 PM   #24
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This is a great website. There is a lot of support and helpful info here. Check out the recipe room and recipe suggestions board. Post often. It's a great way to stay accountable. Also, check out ******.com. It is a free foodtracker that many of us use that is great.
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Old 12-06-2006, 02:48 PM   #25
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Thank you for the info - wandered away from low-carbing for about 2.5 years...now 25 lbs later, starting again! Your pictures are amazing, btw!
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Old 12-11-2006, 06:10 PM   #26
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Wow Linda you're story is a huge encouragement to me! Thanks for sharing your story
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Old 12-17-2006, 05:37 PM   #27
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Thanks for shareing your story. I bet it wasn't easy,what determination you've shown! Congratulations on your much healthier body.
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Old 01-05-2007, 07:58 PM   #28
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Amazing story! GREAT!
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:19 AM   #29
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I know the changes you've made are reward enough but you are truly inspiring! I'm upping my exercise this year as part of my new goals and you have really challenged me to not back off from new workouts. Thanks for sharing your experience and congratulations on your new life. Enjoy it!!
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Old 02-02-2007, 04:26 AM   #30
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I looked at your before and after pics, you look great. What a change.
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