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10/11/09, 243.5lbs. In a size 14!!!!!!

This is me at my heaviest (on the left, obviously), 290.

Me sophomore year of college. 250lbs.


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Hi, everyone! I'm Corinna, an aspiring actress and novelist who recently graduated Wells College with a B.A. in Performing Arts. I've lost over sixty pounds in eight months through a little bit of diet and a LOT of exercise! Mainly I try and focus on eating GOOD foods, and watching my portions. I don't deny myself anything--I add it in to my calories for the day.

Through high school and college, I always saw myself as "curvy and happy." Know what? I wasn't happy with myself. It was a lie, and it was denial.

And I'm DONE with denial!
I'm DONE living a life that isn't the one I want to live!
I'm DONE hiding behind humor at my own expense!
I'm DONE accepting my inability to do anything!
I'm DONE using my knee injury as an excuse not to exercise!

In February of '09, I went to the doctor for an issue unrelated to my weight. I found out, much to my horror, that I was pre-diabetic, had high blood pressure, and weighed 290 pounds. 290?? I was in shock. That's when I made the decision to change my life for the better.

Any time between 12 and 22 years old, I would have said, "No, I don't run." I even made it a joke. Now, I'm training for a 5k! In the space of TWO MONTHS, I went from only being able to run for one minute to being able to run for TEN minutes.

I used to be a really active kid when I wasn't reading--I played outside, climbed trees, fell out of trees, swam across lakes. ran on Track and Field, etcetera. When I was twelve, I dislocated my knee at summer camp, and it's all been downhill from there. I couldn't walk right for weeks, then had surgery and couldn't walk at all for two months. Even after I could walk again, it took me almost a year to be able to do any kind of exercise, and by that time I had gained a LOT of weight. I had also lost most of my interest in keeping it off, having developed a sedentary lifestyle.

I know I have food issues from my mother, who is stick thin and a vegetarian, and likes to control what other people eat. I also have issues from living with my father, who lost 80 pounds when my mother left him and sort of demanded that everyone diet along with him. I know now that he only wanted us to be healthy too, but that's not how it came across when I was a teen, and I snuck a lot of junk food.

Graduating college is a huge change in my life. I'm using this as an opportunity to make yet another change, and be really healthy. I want to take this weight off of my knee. I want to be able to walk with my family without getting out of breath. I want to be able to buy clothes at a regular store, without shame.

I have to start thinking of 290, my starting point, as my starting point. I've caught myself thinking, "Well, I was 260 not that long ago, this is just a little extra. I'll lose that then REALLY start losing." NOTHING is to be gained by denying my own progress, and my starting weight is just that: a jumping-off point that I'll never see again.

January '09: 290 lbs.
5/13/09: 278.2 WOOHOO!! And I'm bloated as all hell, so this is extra good!


280: "Knitting Socks 2 at a Time" DONE 5/11/09
270: New pair of pants Goal: 4th of July GOAL REACHED 6/3/09, a MONTH ahead of schedule!
260: Mani/pedi Goal: Sept 1st GOAL REACHED 7/12/09
250: Sushi/Start doing inversions Goal: Oct 7th, my birthday GOAL REACHED: 9/9/09
240: Hike with dad at Montgomery Grove Goal: January 1st GOAL REACHED: 10/29/09
230: Princess Tutu on DVD or Get hair done Goal: March 12, 2010 GOAL REACHED: 12/6/09
220: Knitpicks spree--$100 Goal: May 21, 2010
210: Drive to Mendocino by myself, take whole day Goal: July 14 (Bastille Day), 2010
200: Visit friend out of state Goal: Sept 22 (Hobbit Day) 2010
190: Pretty dress (NOT from plus size section) Goal: Dec 1st, 2010
180: Sexy heels! Goal: Feb 14th, Valentine's Day 2011
170: Go to Catalina with Mom Goal: Mom's birthday 2011
160: Call Dad's bluff--new wardrobe! Goal: June 1st, 2011
150: Spinning Wheel Goal: My 24th birthday, 2011

About most of these goals: I have no money right now. So I'm accumulating all my goals reached, and when I DO get an advance on my novel, I'll catch up on everything I owe myself! For now, I'll have to make do with satisfaction.

Member Since: 5/6/2009

Fitness Minutes: 22,864

My Goals:
Very first goal:

Lose 10% of my body weight (29 lbs) by the end of summer. After that, I'll set it for another 10%.

Weight Loss Goals:

1. Lose 40 pounds (down to 250) by New Years Day (Jan 1st 2010).

2. Lose 90 pounds (down to 200) by Jan 1st 2011.

3. Lose 150 pounds (down to 140) by Jan 1st 2012 (FINAL GOAL!).

Other goals:

* Run a 5k before August 2010.

* Stop shopping in the plus size section before next year (2010).

* Be able to keep up with my dad on walks by the end of this summer (by September 21, 2009).

* To be able to contra dance again.

My Program:
I'm recording everything I eat, going to the gym three times a week, and doing at least half an hour of yoga every day.

Eating slower and more consciously is the number one most important thing for me.

Personal Information:
I'm from Northern California, and can be reached at daphnerunning@gmail.com

Other Information:
I'm pretty nerdy, love musical theatre, knitting, classical literature, historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy.

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