July 2010

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I've always been a bit overweight. What many would call "chubby". Then a couple years ago I started losing weight at a rapid pace. I even got down to a size 4! Unfortunately, that weight loss was the result of anemia caused by Hodgkin's Lymphoma. In the 6 months that I spent in treatment, I managed to gain 45 pounds. Now I suppose that it would be fair to excuse that weight gain since I certainly couldn't exercise at the time. And eating right was more difficult due to the way chemotherapy affects taste buds. But I've been in remission for nearly 2 years now and I think it's past time for me to get serious about losing weight.

I don't really want to be a size 4 again as I will forever associate that size with my cancer diagnosis. And honestly, I didn't look that good! I'm hoping to get to a size 7/8. I do have a goal to get down to 125lbs but that's just a number to me. I don't feel it's set in stone. I want to learn how to listen to my body. If I feel good and look good at 130lbs then I'd be perfectly happy to stay there.

For me, I need to get this weight off and start eating right again because it will increase my odds of staying in remission. And I think it could help with my IBS and depression. The most difficult part will probably be eating right as I have some food issues. I haven't been diagnosed but I have all the symptoms of a person suffering from Binge Eating Disorder and have since I was a small girl. So I have no doubt that diet will be my downfall. But like my weight, it's past time to deal with that issue as well. I just have to remind myself that I'm strong enough to handle this. Because only a strong person can survive cancer, right?

Member Since: 7/30/2009

Fitness Minutes: 3,535

My Goals:
Daily Fast Track Goals:
~ Eat breakfast every day.
~ Drink 8 8oz glasses of water every day.
~ Listen to a get-up-and-go song.
~ Get 8 hours of sleep.

My Main Goals:
~ Go From 190 to 125 by Summer 2012.
~ Burn 575 calories per week.
~ Strength train 4 times a week.

My Program:
I'm mainly following my Personalized SparkPeople Program. However, there are a few things I want to do outside the program. I want to limit my sugar intake. I want to drink more water. And I want to get more veggies in my diet. Having IBS limits the kinds of diets I can try and how quickly I can make changes to my diet. But it won't keep me from eating healthy either!

Personal Information:
Michelle. Cancer survivor. Job hunter. Life-long chubby girl.

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Music, music, music! My first love is music. I love to read. I like TV and don't understand why some people hate it so much. And I love movies, particularly comedies and horror flicks. I also enjoy sewing and crafts on occasion. If I didn't have allergies, I'd love the outdoors too!

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