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Hi, My name is Melissa. I'm mom to three little girls and wife to my husband of over 13 years.

How did I get here? Not really sure, I was very active as a pre-teen was in dance and gymnastics and on the swim team. Was a very fit little girl. When I turned 13, I hurt my knee trying to do a back walkover and pretty much didn't get off the couch after that. I started ballooning and didn't stop for a long, long time. My highest weight was right about 250. My knee did stop ...
Hi, My name is Melissa. I'm mom to three little girls and wife to my husband of over 13 years.

How did I get here? Not really sure, I was very active as a pre-teen was in dance and gymnastics and on the swim team. Was a very fit little girl. When I turned 13, I hurt my knee trying to do a back walkover and pretty much didn't get off the couch after that. I started ballooning and didn't stop for a long, long time. My highest weight was right about 250. My knee did stop hurting, but I never really started moving again. Being overweight in high school was hard. I didn't go to prom, something I will forever regret. I missed out on so much because I had no self esteem. I really regret throwing away my youth being miserable. The solution was so simple.

What was my breaking point? Well it wasn't just an all of a sudden thing, but a gradual peak. I remember driving home from a huge steakhouse dinner on Mother's Day, 5/10/09 and thinking, this is ridiculous. I can't keep doing this. My husband and I started talking about Christmas, and I said I didn't want to watch another Christmas home video and cringe watching my big butt float around. That night when we got home, I walked 2 miles. From that point on, I decided to get serious. I found sparkpeople by accident really, somebody mentioned it on The Biggest Loser message boards and I decided to check it out. My life has been changed ever since. I started logging my food immediately and was astounded. Simply awe-struck at what I was doing. Spark gave me a range, and I had no clue how badly I had been going over that range. The answer was right there. I started walking 2 miles a night and increased to about 3 gradually. We bought an elliptical and I added in elliptical cardio as well.

Around mid-July 2009 I started the C25K program and it has really changed my whole life. It's not easy for me, I won't lie, but I feel such a sense of accomplishment completing each of the weeks. I never thought I could run, and here I am, running 3 times a week! I've always had a very high respect for joggers/runners. It's something you really have to work at, they have an elite status in my humble opinion. I want to join their club ;)

I also suffer from PCOS which makes it more difficult to lose weight. I feel a determination that I've never felt before. It's actually working!

I'm done being the chubby friend, that makes everybody laugh. I'm done being the biggest woman in the room. I want to be hot friend for once in my life. I want to turn some heads. I want to feel good and look good. This is for me. I've spent many years making everybody else happy. Now is my time. I will make time for myself, I deserve it. My health deserves priority. I will not feel guilty by taking the time to commit to this. Welcome to the new Melissa. Strap on your seatbelts, it's going to be a wild ride!

In 2009/2010 I lost over 60 pounds bringing my lowest recorded weight to 178. Then I have no idea what happened but I just stopped. I could try to blame the MRSA infection on my abdomen that required three surgeries but that was only about six weeks worth of excuses. Apparently I gave up again. As of 2012, I am trying to get back on track. See full progress from the beginning below.

STARTED AT 244 ON 5/10/09
5/31 (GOAL 238) 231
6/7 (GOAL 229) 227 (-4.0)
6/14 (GOAL 225) 225.2 (-1.8)
6/21 (GOAL 223) 222.4 (-2.8)
6/28 (GOAL 220) 220.4 (-2.0)
7/5 (GOAL 218) 219 (-1.4)
7/12 (GOAL 217) 214.2 (-4.8) Woot!
7/19 (GOAL 212) 214.4 :/(+0.2) Figures :)
7/26 (GOAL 212) 209.8 (-4.6) Thank you C25K!
8/2 (GOAL 208) 208.6 (-1.2) **
8/9 (GOAL 206) 206.6 (-2)
8/14 (GOAL 204) 205.2 (-1.4)
8/21 (GOAL 203) 204.2 (-1) ????
8/28 (GOAL 202) 202 (-2.2)
9/4 (GOAL 200) 203 (+1) argggh wth?
9/11 (GOAL 201) 200.4 (-2.6) FINALLY
9/18 (GOAL 198) 198.2 (-2.2) woohoo
9/25 (GOAL 196) 195.8 (-2.4) Yes!
10/2 (GOAL 194) 194 (-1.8) ** 50 POUNDS LOST!
10/4 RAN MY FIRST 5K! MAJOR GOAL! 38 MINUTES :)
10/9 (GOAL 192) 192 (-2)
10/17 (GOAL 190) 190.6 (-1.4)
10/24 (GOAL 188) 189.6 (-1) **
10/31 (GOAL 187) 187 (-2.6) woohoo!
11/7 (GOAL 185) 183.8 (-3.2) ohhh heck yeah! (60 POUNDS LOST)
11/14 (GOAL 182) 182.6 (-1.2) **
11/21 (GOAL 180) 181.6 (-1)
11/28 (GOAL 180) 182.0 (+.4) aRGHH
12/5 (GOAL 180) 177.2 (-4.8) Wooohoo!
***Got a little sidetracked with the holidays, don't even ask :) ***
1/16/10 (GOAL 180) 180.6
1/23/10 (GOAL 178)

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1/20/12 238
1/27/12 (GOAL 236) 234 (-4)
2/3/12 (GOAL 232) 232.4 (-1.6)
3/30/12 (GOAL 222) 222.2 (-10.2)
4/6/12 (GOAL 220.2) 216.8 (-5.4)
4/13/12 (GOAL 214.8) 213.4 (-3.4)
4/20/12 (GOAL 211.4) 210.4 (-3)
4/27/12 (GOAL 208.4) 209.2 (-1.2)
5/4/12 (GOAL 207.2) 206.4 (-2.8) Thanks!
5/11/12 (GOAL 204.4) 204.8 (-1.6)
5/18/12 (GOAL 202.8) 202.2 (-2.6) Yay! 35 Pounds Lost!
5/25/12 (GOAL 200.2) 200.0 (-2.2) Close to Onederland!
6/1/12 (GOAL 198.0) 198.6 (-1.4) **ONEDERLAND!
6/8/12 (GOAL 196.6) 196.8 (-1.8) 40 Pounds Lost!
6/15/12 (GOAL 194.8) 195.4 (-1.4) looking for a -2 soon!
6/22/12 (GOAL 193.4) 193.4 (-2.0) right on target!
6/29/12 (GOAL 191.4) 192.8 (-.6) a loss is a loss is a loss
7/6/12 (GOAL 190.8) 194.2 (+1.4) Not good!
7/13/12 (GOAL 192.2) 190.8 (-3.4) Much better :)
7/20/12 (GOAL 188.8) 193.2 (+2.4) Gahhhh Camping!
7/27/12 (GOAL 191.2) 191.4 (-1.8) Bring on the 180's soon!
8/3/12 (GOAL 189.4) 189.8 (-1.6) Yay 180's!
8/10/12 (GOAL 187.8) 188.2 (-1.6) Progress! 50# GONE!
8/17/12 (GOAL 186.2) 189.2 (+1)
8/24/12 (GOAL 187.2)
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Member Since: 5/11/2009

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My Goals:
My goal is look good in shorts!!!! That is my total motivation right now. When I'm doing cardio, I'd like to wear a pair of shorts and a tank top and not feel gross and disgusting and like everyone is staring at me. Now when I get down to my goal weight, if they want to stare then, that's fine :) I haven't worn a pair of shorts in public since, oh, 1994? It's time.

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I am a two-time graduate of the C25K program. M-W-F at 5am I do my "running." As of 4/9/12 I did run a complete 5k without stopping which was the first time doing that in years. Currently running close to 4 miles at a time on my running days. On Tu-Th mornings at 5am, I walk for 45-60 minutes. On Tu-Thu lunch breaks, I go to spin class. Sat and Sun I usually rest, sometimes just some walking.


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I am from southwest Iowa. Wife, mother, daughter. I work full time outside the home.

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unless you faint, puke or die - keep walking!!
-Jillian Michaels

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If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.



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4EVERADONEGIRL
6/24/2014 11:56:30 AM

there are no walks of shame here, girlie!! Just holding our head high and moving forward, right?!? :-)

I'm doing pretty okay...still nowhere near my goal weight, but still running - training for a full marathon in September (YIKES!), still trying to lose weight, still Sparking when I have time.

What have you been up to, my friend?? I've missed ya!!



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4EVERADONEGIRL
6/23/2014 11:48:58 AM

MELISSSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!



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Put on your dancing shoes & have a marvelous day!

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11/14/2013 12:25:21 PM

emoticon HAPPY THURSDAY!! Have an amazing day!



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6/28/2013 7:17:23 PM

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