Start Weight:(07 Oct 14) 180.0 lb
Current Weight:(26 Aug 15) 169.2 lb
Goal Weight:149.0 lb
following: teskandar's own diet
performance: losing 0.7 lb a week

I am a 53 year old mother of 5 grown children. I have been married 31 years. I have struggled with my weight nearly all my life especially after having children. I managed to keep my weight in the 150's, which I was comfortable with, until 2008. Since then I have lost 2 brothers and a sister (who was my best friend) and quit smoking. I turned to food for comfort. I also went through menopause, so most of the weight settled around my middle.
I have recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure. I need to drop at least 20 pounds and exercise regularly.
I would love to have some buddies like myself to support and be supported by. We all need a little help now and then. We are on a lifetime journey, one day at a time. Some days we stumble. What matters is that we forgive ourselves and get up again. Try to enjoy life every day.
*update July 2015*. I am now 56. I've allowed my weight to creep up to 180, the heaviest I've ever been. Last month my spouse of 34 years told me that he wants to split up. I am now trying to adjust to life as a single woman, including getting healthier and taking care of myself. Life is still one day at a time, it's just a little scarier now.

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teskandar's Latest Member Challenges

  Lose a Decade!
starts in: a day
duration: 12 weeks
day 1: Saturday 10 Oct 15
  Ten for ten (or maybe more)
status: Completed
ended: 09 Sep 15
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teskandar's Buddies

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teskandar's Cookbook

cals: 251kcal | fat: 11.57g | carbs: 7.51g | prot: 28.68g
Crock Pot Chicken Thighs with Vegetables
A stress free one dish meal seasoned with ingredients from your pantry.
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Sleeping aids when mind just can't stop working
I sympathize with you all. I haven't slept all night without waking for 10 years, since I started pre menopause. I won't do HRT (estrogen) because of a family history of breast cancer. The hot flashes have tapered off a lot but they still wake me up 2 or 3 times a night. The last 3 weeks the sleeplessness has really amped up since my husband of 34 years left me. I was getting really desperate for some rest and was considering getting a prescription, but I did some googling and decided to try one more thing before going to the Dr. Before you ask, melatonin used to help me fall asleep, but it never helped me stay asleep and gave me really scary dreams. I also tried a glass of wine before bed. Even though I fell asleep more quickly, my quality of sleep was fitful. It turns out alcohol puts you directly into a deep sleep, skipping REM sleep, which interrupts the sleep cycle and prevents restful sleep. Who knew? I'm sensitive to caffeine but love my morning coffee, so I try to stop all caffeinated drinks by noon. If I want a beer or a glass of wine I have it early, around 5 pm along with an early dinner. If my stomach is empty at bedtime I'll eat a tbsp of peanut butter or a cheese stick. At the same time each night (10 pm) I shut off and put away my iPhone and iPad. Electronics that are backlit, in other words provide their own light, trick your brain into thinking it's daytime so it won't release the melatonin needed to fall asleep. I dug out my old kindle which has a little light attached to it but is not backlit, turn off the bedroom light and start reading a good book. I think I'm asleep after two or three pages. Just don't be like me and hold the book over your face. It kinda hurts when it drops on your nose. I still wake up because of the hot flashes, but it's a lot less and I do feel more rested. It's enough that I don't feel desperate enough to try sleeping pills. I call that a win. Thanks for reading.
posted 07 Jul 2015, 10:12
Motivational speech for the new guys!
Cheers Keld! Very good post, especially for the New Year. Good luck and best wishes to all newcomers. Smile
posted 10 Jan 2013, 17:44
The 'IT' Food for You?
That would be frosted sugar cookies (homemade). Cannot resist them. Seriously thinking about not making them this year. Haven't baked anything yet this year for the holiday much to the consternation of my five grown children. They know why I'm doing it, for my health, so they are sitting on their tongues but they must be very sore by now. I have always baked and eaten so many treats at Christmas. Very big change for me but don't feel secure enough to bake and not eat them. Looking forward to January actually. Enough temptation is enough.
posted 22 Dec 2012, 17:54
Phoenix. Hi!
posted 12 Dec 2012, 21:33
I tried the Green Coffee Bean Extract recommended by Dr. Oz for a month. It didn't make a bit of difference, unfortunately.
posted 12 Dec 2012, 09:45
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26 August 2015

Finally was able to change the middle number. I was beginning to think I was stuck for good. This is a real boost to my determination to lose the weight. ...
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18 August 2015

At this point in my journey to better health, I had hoped to be at least 5 pounds lighter than I am now. In the past this would have discouraged me to ...
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