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I've discovered that I'm a bit of a control freak. I panic a little bit any time I feel like I'm not in control. I had to be the driver on any trip. I am the person that all my friends and family come to when they need guidance, advice or just an ear. I tend to orchestrate the family gatherings to make sure everything goes smoothly. But, I've spent most of my life overweight and unhealthy. I decided that it's time to take control of the most important thing, myself. I've spent so much time focusing on other people and outside situations and trying to make sure that everyone else is happy that I had never considered the personal lack of boundaries especially when it came to food. I didn't think about what I was putting into my body. I didn't think about the fact that I couldn't walk very far let alone run. When I signed up for Sparkpeople I was surprised to find that I weighed 266 lbs. I wore a size 22-24 in pants. I didn't see myself. My body hurt. I felt like I was an old, arthritic woman who should have grandchildren sitting on my lap (not my own children). It took a lot of effort just to get out of bed. I was frequently tired and had begun to consider myself this lazy, slob who didn't have much of a future. I had an extremely busy life with 2 children, a full time job and going to school full time.

Since signing up for Sparkpeople, I've worked to gain some control over myself and leave go of that need to control everything else. I feel better about myself than I have in a long time. I can make it through the day and without the aches and pains that I now realize were a direct result of my weight. I still have a long way to go but I have worked to make this my lifestyle... taking care of my body, my temple so that I can take care of everything else. Only forward from here...

Member Since: 5/24/2007

Fitness Minutes: 10,072

My Goals:
Next goal is to be at 225. Once I reach that then I can get a Wii!!! (Achieved 05/07/09)

Goal set 05/08/09 - 200 the next milestone will be a biggie because it's probably been close to 10 years since I've been 200 lbs.

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Get moving... gardening, painting, working on home projects like fixing the bathroom. Exercising while watching tv.

Reduce fat to recommended guidelines.

Increase fruits & veggies.

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"The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke.�

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    Hi Friend!

    Great SparkPage!

    Stopping by to WELCOME you to Your Quickfire Challenge Team and to Congratulate you for adding One more tool to your belt!

    You have chosen to be part of a New and Radically different SparkPeople Team Approach. So happy to have you part of this Special Fitness Team to help You Achieve Your Goals!

    Please check in daily for your "Quickfire Challenge Of The Day" found on the QFC Team Front Page under "QuickFire Challenge Of The Day Forum" - listed by date. When you get time, please review the "General Team Discussion Forum." Also, check in on the Announcement Tab for all New and Relevant Team Information.

    Have a GREAT journey... and remember to eliminate excuses that keep you from attaining your goals and you WILL get there, One QuickFire Challenge A Day.

    Keep Sparking! =0) Kelli, Wendy and Mic!

    Nike ~
    "If you went running when you first started thinking about it, you'd be back by now."

    "Others aren't staring at you. They're thinking how they should be running, too."

    "Someone who is busier than you is running right now."

    "The road to hell is paved with couches."

    "It's easier to sleep than run. That's why sleeping isn't an Olympic sport."

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