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1/27/13 1:53 P

I like your post! keep it up!

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1/27/13 12:55 P

Hi everyone! I'm new to Spark People :) I'm 36 years old, 5ft 10 in tall and I DID weigh 240 pounds on February 6th, 2012. I couldn't believe the numbers on the scale :( I decided to live my life the way it should be lived! I was NEVER an over weight person in my life...I was always very, very skinny and could NEVER gain weight..and i tried to gain weight for years. After the birth of my children, I really got what i asked for and then some, lol! I did get back down to 175 lbs before I was pregnant with my 2nd child almost 9 years ago to date. I never lost the weight after that and kept gaining and gaining. Completely fed up last February, I ordered p90x2 and got down to 223-225 lbs with that type of exercise and keeping a food journal/counting calories, protein, fiber ect. I stopped doing the work outs after 2 months, kept off the weight until I reached 228 pounds on November 28th, 2012. I couldnt go back and lose what I lost. So, since Nov 28th, 2012, I have lost 24 pounds (and a total of 36 pounds since February 6th, 2012)! The first thing I did do in Feb. 2012 was STOP DRINKING SODA! I knew it was bad but was addicted to coca-cola since I was a small child.....coca-cola ran like water and was the ONLY thing the entire family drank. It seemed impossible to stop as I was doing it all my life, but I DID IT! Once I did that, the pounds came off rather easily. I still do not drink that stuff...or any other juice ect. i only drink water or Crystal Light to flavor my water (my favorite is "Wild Strawberry", the "Energy" one which has caffeine). I dont know if I could live with out it! Well, here I am, today at 204.2 pounds. I have actually been wearing my "old jeans" and it feels great! I am looking forward to wearing my very old jeans from when i was thin...and buying new ones! I have refused for YEARS not to buy myself clothes until I loose weight...and that just made me feel even more i bought my self 2 shirts, felt good, and moved on! Now, those 2 shirts are too big and that's nice! The plan is to go on a cruise in august with the family...i can not wear a bikini like this! Totally motivated! As I said, I was never over weight so loosing weight and how to do it was foreign to me. now that i have lost a total of 36 pounds (a whopping 24 pounds since Nov. 28th) it is awesome to see the scale keep moving down. Hope this continues and I dont plato hard. I have not incorporated working out, per say, yet. I have been moving around like a nut job and very very busy that counts (not on the couch 24/7 like I was at my heaviest)! I plan to keep with what I am doing and then do the P90x2 once my number seem to try and "trick my body" and put it into over drive to loose the rest! Have a great day guys! keep up the great work!

Edited by: MMUCCI33 at: 1/27/2013 (12:55)

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1/27/13 9:20 A

Welcome to SP, where when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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1/27/13 8:28 A

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!

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1/26/13 4:32 P

You go girl! Best wishes on this journey we are all undertaking. I am rootin for you, I hope you root for me.

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1/26/13 4:17 P

Hello, it's nice to meet you. Thank you for sharing your story. I love that you said you would like to be an inspiration and not a warning to people. That is fantastic. What a great spirit! I wish you lots of success. emoticon

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1/26/13 2:31 P

I'm 32, female, married, overall energetic, working in my full time corporate career, and live in the typical suburb. On the outside, people who meet me for the first time think I am the average healthy adult. I feel like I should be healthy and happy.
As a child I was slightly overweight but lost it all after 6th grade playing sports, marching in band and working in between. I was as healthy as I could be, despite really poor diet decisions then- including never eating breakfast, eating loads of refined, prepackaged foods, drinking about 2-3 cans of soda a day, eating fast food everyday b/c of my jobs and living off of 5-6 hours of sleep. I was extremely intelligent however knew nothing about nutrition. I was the poster child for today's youth!!!
My health turned during college when the food and sleeping habits didn't change, it became legal to drink (but I honestly didn't consume very much) and I stopped exercising. Over the 4 years, I gained about 50 lbs, I had sleep disorders, digestive disorders, and even kidney stones. 3 years after graduation, I was diagnosed with GERD, fatty liver, high blood pressure and worst of all diabetes. (That's when I found out that obesity was not the prerequisite anymore!)
I opted out of pills and decided to start the South Beach Diet. That was my lifesaver at the time. I dropped 35 lbs and kept it off for 2 yrs and my chemistry started stabilizing. I felt amazing! Then life changes happened again...moved, then moved again, new job working shifts, then new job working at a desk, and then split my time being a caretaker for an elderly relative. It was no longer about healthy living for myself anymore. Eventually, I'd gain 25 lbs of that back, ended up on medications, and live with sporadic pain that can't be pinpointed, with frequent visits to doctors. I do not suffer from PCOS or any thyroid issues that would typically accompany these disorders either.
It's been a couple of months since I've started the journey to gaining my life back. I'm back down about 15 lbs since, and my blood chemistry is starting to stabilize again as well as BP.
I want to live the rest of my life to be healthy. I want a family one day. I want to be an inspiration to others, not just a warning.
I truly believe that if you were not born with it, you can reverse most, if not all damage, and that the body chooses to be stable as long as you comply.
I want to be able to inspire other people who haven't had support growing up or within their family. If you got this far, thanks for sticking with me!
I hope it inspires you in some way and I hope to be inspired by your story one day.

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