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"There are two kinds of pain you can control - the pain of discipline or the pain of regret."

Hey, I'm Amber. I'm 31 yrs old and 5 feet tall. I'm from Jonesboro, Arkansas. I'm married with no children and work as an import manager for a lamp manufacturer.

I grew up eating fried foods, sweets, soda, and being totally clueless about nutrition. I have been heavy my entire life with thinner spells throughout as a result of crash diets. However, all that changed when I got married in 2002 and discovered Food Network. I found my passion for cooking and began making ...
Hey, I'm Amber. I'm 31 yrs old and 5 feet tall. I'm from Jonesboro, Arkansas. I'm married with no children and work as an import manager for a lamp manufacturer.

I grew up eating fried foods, sweets, soda, and being totally clueless about nutrition. I have been heavy my entire life with thinner spells throughout as a result of crash diets. However, all that changed when I got married in 2002 and discovered Food Network. I found my passion for cooking and began making outrageous meals and consuming God knows how many calories and fat grams per day. My weight started going up at an alarming rate! I was the heaviest of my life from 2004 - 2009 (about 85 lbs overweight).

In 2003, my sister in law and I did one short stent with Weight Watchers and that was my first exposure to any sort of nutritional facts or counseling. A light bulb really came on for me that I needed to know more about how food works for my body. That light bulb didn't burn long though b/c we quit somewhere around the 6th week. Neither of us had been very disciplined and had only lost a few pounds so we gave up too soon.

Finally, at a high weight of 219, I realized I had to get this situation under control. I remembered back to what little I had learned at Weight Watchers and knew I needed to dig deeper. As we all know, "knowledge is power", right? I began researching nutrition and finally learned what, how, and when I should be eating. I'm not saying I always have the discipline to follow through, but at least I do have the knowledge now. Before, I didn't even have any awareness of it.

My weight loss is abnormally slow by most peoples standard. It has taken me 3.5 years to lose 50 pounds! But, I am proud of the fact that I've not had any spells of yo-yoing in that 3.5 years. Yes, I do have weeks where I'm up a few pounds, but unless it's more than 5 pounds I don't consider that yo-yoing. Seems like my loss comes in spurts. Every few months I hit a little sweet spot where I'll lose several pounds. Then, for months on end after that, my scale will stay stuck in the same 2-3 pound range. As frustrating as it is, I've just accepted that this is my pattern for losing.

One of my greatest accomplishments in this journey has been committing myself to "bootcamp". It's an exercise program that incorporates stretching, cardio, and weight training. I've been attending faithfully since September 2007. This is the first time in my life I've ever been able to stick with any form of exercise long term.

Lastly, I think the most important weight loss advice is don't lose weight for anyone else but yourself AND don't compare your journey to others. It's a constant struggle for me to keep from comparing myself to others success and feeling inadequate.

I'm a "list person" so I leave you with this.........

Top 20 reasons I want to lose weight:

1) So my stomach doesn't stick out further than my boobs.
2) So I can wrap a regular bath towel around me without it gapping open.
3) So I don't have to buy jeans at Lane Bryant.
4) So I will motivate my husband to get healthier.
5) So I can enjoy Jamaica in Spring 2011.
6) So I can look forward to wearing a swimsuit.
7) So I can fit back into the capri pants I wore the night I met my husband.
8) So I won't feel suffocated when he's on top. LMAO (sorry, probably TMI)
9) So I won't be ashamed when I run into people from high school.
10) So I won't dread seeing my reflection in a store window.
11) So I can buy smaller bras (number wise, not letter wise)
12) So I can finally do that stretch at bootcamp where we flip our legs and butt up over our head.
13) So I won't be the fat wife in our group of friends anymore.
14) So I tan more evenly in the tanning bed instead of my sides being so white.
15) So I won't sweat so much in the summer.
16) So I'll quit looking so much older than I am.
17) So I won't be nervous about looking for a new job should the need arise.
18) So people won't think I look so much like my Mom.
19) So I'll have more energy.
20) So I won't waste any of my 30's being fat like I have my 20's.
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My Goals:
140 is my ultimate goal!

My Program:
I've been attending "Boot Camp" since September 2007. It is an exercise program that incorporates stretching, cardio, and weight training. 45 minute sessions 3-4 times per week. This workout has made great improvements to my physical AND mental health. I'm now a true believer in the healing power of exercise!

As of 4/21/10, I have switched to a lower carb diet. I am NOT doing the traditional Atkins or anything like that. I am just trying to stay between 1200 - 1400 calories and below 70 carbs. Everything I've read says that "apple" shaded bodies and people with thyroid issues can really benefit by removing sugar from their diet. As good as I feel and the great weigh in results I got after just a few days of eating this way, I'm a believer!

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Biggest weaknesses:

Chocolate - any way, shape, form or fashion.

Pizza

Fast Food

Cakes/Icing because I decorate them for a hobby.

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I have no intentions of being super model status. I just want to look and feel better.

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ROBINBS
1/21/2012 2:46:30 PM

Hiya, any New Year's resolutions?



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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN
7/15/2011 7:12:39 PM

We haven't seen you around the NE AR Sparks Team lately so I thought I would pop in and say Hi. emoticon Francie (Francie-N-Bella) has become a co-leader, and we are making many changes to the team. We even have a new logo. We miss you and hope that you will stop in soon and see what we've been up to and help Spark us up!

Hope that you're having a successful month and accomplishing your goals.

~~~Brenda, co-leader of Northeast Arkansas Sparks Team~~~

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PARKERB2
5/19/2011 7:34:11 AM

I'll switch to water or something more heatlthy as soon as I drink what I have.



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