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Stopping to smell the roses in Venice. I was around a size 11/12 when this was taken- goal pic!





In Oregon with my fiance and his daughter- pretty close to my heaviest weight here. Size 24 jeans.





This is me with my Soul Line Dancing co-workers after a holiday party performance! 60lbs lost!



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Stress is a BIG reason why I am over-weight. I realize I don't handle it well- emotional eating & excuses have definitely been my crutches in the past. This is something I am trying hard to work on by recognizing it BEFORE it happens (instead of AFTER). Easier said than done I know!

In my past, I have dealt with a lot of stress:
* Back injury (car accident- hit by a drunk driver- fractured L5)
* Working FT + college FT
* Ended a toxic emotionally abusive ...
Stress is a BIG reason why I am over-weight. I realize I don't handle it well- emotional eating & excuses have definitely been my crutches in the past. This is something I am trying hard to work on by recognizing it BEFORE it happens (instead of AFTER). Easier said than done I know!

In my past, I have dealt with a lot of stress:
* Back injury (car accident- hit by a drunk driver- fractured L5)
* Working FT + college FT
* Ended a toxic emotionally abusive relationship (studied abroad in Italy to get away from him)
* Hospitalized for E. Coli- food poisoning (which lead to stomach meds & dietary habits that caused some weight gain)
* 4+ years in an extremely stressful job environment that was not a good fit for me (social worker)
* Family issues- including Baby mama drama (Future Step-daughter's Mother passed away- drug overdose) & subsequent severe behavior issues from future step-teenager
* I could seriously go on & on but I won't.

I have realized that there is always going to be some obstacle to overcome, there will never be the "perfect" time to work on losing weight & getting healthy. THAT IS LIFE! I am making myself a priority and I am trying to achieve some sort of balance in my life- losing weight and getting healthy are two major steps in that direction :)

*Update Fall 2013- Started grad school and as expected gained some weight back. Really need to get back on track so this doesn't continue for the rest of my degree!
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Member Since: 7/9/2009

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Fitness Minutes: 37,146

My Goals:
I am trying to lose a lot of weight (@ least 100# but I'll decide how much more when I get there). I don't have a specific number in mind (one reason I don't post #'s)- I'm just going for looking & feeling healthy!
I would like to lose weight before getting married and having kids.

For the weight that I have lost so far I have rewarded myself by getting two tattoos, a Coach purse (used) and a white-water rafting trip with my honey.
NEXT GOAL: To lose weight gained during holidays & on vacation (onederland). *REWARD* NEW Coach purse- I bought it on sale already but not allowed to use it until I get to my goal! Until then, I stare at it for motivation!
NEXT GOAL: Get to the weight it says on my drivers license (tehehe) *REWARD* Laser hair removal? Haven't decided on this for sure. Other thoughts are a makeup class & expensive makeup I never let myself buy.
NEXT GOAL: First "goal weight" Wedding plans?? Baby plans?? I can't think of a reward that tops that ;)

My Program:
A couple years ago I did the Optifast Meal Replacement program that was doctor supervised. I still attend support meetings for that group once/week & I still use a lot of their meal replacement products. My plan is to stay within caloric guidelines (BMR test shows 1660/day to lose), drink 8 glasses of water minimum, exercise on a regular basis (3-4x/week). I am also trying to control my stress level by taking a class on anxiety/stress management/mindfulness. I also see a chiropractor & get a massage @ least 1x/month to control symptoms.
In order to avoid excuses for not exercising I have something planned EVERY DAY. I may not do something every day, but I aim for 3-4x/week- so if something comes up one day I can sub another day- NO EXCUSES!!
Exercise:
Mon. -Soul Line Dance
Tues. - Zumba
Wed. - Soul Line Dance
Thurs. - Weight Loss Group & Zumba
Fri. - Soul Line Dance
Sat - Zumba OR strength train
Sunday- yoga OR rest?

Personal Information:
Let's see~ I live in Sacramento, with my wonderful fiance Anthony, his daughter Sabrina, our three cats Honey, Marley & Belly, plus our dogs Buddy, Sookie and Lucy. I am currently an analyst working in a Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Program, so while I love what I do because I get to help people, I am pretty sedentary and am sitting ALLLL DAY.

I graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Psychology and I am currently getting my Masters in Gerontology, should be finished at the end of December 2014... I expected to gain some weight back during school since I don't have the time to exercise and my stress eating past, but I am trying to keep myself on track!

Other Information:
Two favorite quotes:

"Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die
tomorrow." - Mahatma Gandhi

"BE the change you want to see in the world" -Mahatma Gandhi

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10/5/2013 5:32:52 PM

emoticon Amber! Letís make October the month to renew and refresh ourselves! Fall is the season to rejuvenate our body, mind and spirit! Letís enjoy the colorful sights, autumn scents and wildlife sounds of October! Fall for outdoor fitness fun! Find healthy recipes with autumn flavors! Embrace positive modification for inner well-being! Enjoy Octoberís journey of improved health! Have a happy and healthy autumn month!

emoticon O = Our journey is about self-improvements and personal growth!
emoticon C = Conquer obstacles by turning setbacks into comebacks!
emoticon T = Trust your choices, decisions and actions!
emoticon O = Open your mind to new ways of doing new things!
emoticon B = Bring out the very best in you and your abilities!
emoticon E = Embrace each goal with optimism, dedication and completion!
emoticon R = Reduce stress, eat healthy, drink water, exercise regularly and have fun!


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9/17/2013 8:54:12 AM

Oh and kidney stones... forgot about those... dairy can make it worse if I eat trigger foods for my stones with dairy.



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