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I'm a HUGE Survivor fan and got this buff from my kiddo. Never thought I'd squeeze into it!

About 168 lbs. gone...and that poor blue shirt thanks me for not stretching it so far anymore!


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I'm Autumn, a 46-year-old freelance book editor and writer, part-time library worker, and single mother of one amazing daughter. I started my weight-loss journey in January 2014, at a sad 329 lbs. I originally set out to hit a goal of 155 lbs., and I hit that on April 11, 2016, relying mostly upon the help of the Spark Nutrition Tracker, to help me maintain a daily 1,200 or so calories. My current goal is to reach 145 lbs., so I will have a functional cushion to work with in maintenance after a 181-lb. loss. My jobs are very sedentary, and I don't exercise much at all. I'm the world's worst cook, (I think it's a felony for me to go in the kitchen), so most of what I eat comes from boxes, bags, and cans. Nevertheless, I have been blessed to lose more than half of myself, and my life has changed in astonishing ways (and weighs) because of it! My daughter, sister, and nephew are on similar quests, and they've also had much success. If we can do it, so can you! Feel free to read my blogs and keep in touch with me here or at AUTIEJ@GMAIL.COM. I love being an encouragement when I can, because we're all on this journey together.

Member Since: 7/21/2011

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My Goals:
I rejoined Spark to help me look and feel better. I started at 329 lbs. on 1-1-14, and I hit my goal of 155 lbs. on April 11, 2016, a loss of 174 lbs. I did some research and determined that a healthier weight for me might be a little less, so I am now aiming for 148. I hope to be an encouragement to others who struggle with weight issues, because I know how difficult and painful it is.

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I do not believe anyone has to pay any program to help them lose weight. It's really simple: Do not flood your engine or fill it with the wrong kind of fuel. Determining and monitoring caloric intake with Spark or similar programs WILL work if you are honest and accountable to it, and I am the living proof. When in weight loss mode, I eat around 1,200 calories daily (300 for breakfast and lunch, 400 for dinner, and 200 for snacks/condiments/beverages), and I use the Spark Nutrition Tracker to help me keep track. Adjustments will be made when I move into maintenance, but whenever I see weight coming back on, I know my trusty 1,200 will help me take it off again!

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I am a single mother in Ohio, where I live with my beautiful daughter and three small dogs. After spending a quarter-century filing paperwork, typing, and making office coffee in Cubicle Land, I was blessed to begin working for myself full time in 2009, as an independent book editor and freelance writer. My job is very sedentary, with many hours sitting at my laptop, and somewhat financially scary, living gig to gig, but I enjoy working with writers and publishers, and I love to write in my spare time, including the blogs I write for Spark.

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While I read books all day long for my job as a book editor, reading is not really my favorite hobby. I most enjoy geocaching, spending time with family, writing, watching reality TV and original movies (never remakes!). I'm a huge fan of Twin Peaks, Survivor, and Breaking Bad. I also enjoy journaling and scrapbooking, casual bicycling and hiking/walking bike trails, picnicking in our beautiful parks, and I hope to get back on eight wheels soon, picking up my roller-skating hobby from many years ago.

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