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I have struggled all my life with being overweight and decades have passed by with no lasting success. I want this year to be the year that I find my success. Before I turn 40 in 2013, I plan on being at my goal weight.

So many times before I have attempted to lose weight but have failed to finish the fight. This time, I want to keep before me the reasons why I want to lose weight. This list is not in any priority number and it will be an ongoing list that I add to, but I want it always before me.

-- To bring glory to God
-- To be healthy
-- To be comfortable in clothes
-- To be a better mom & wife
-- To not feel treated differently bc of the weight
-- To shop in normal clothing stores
-- To live a long life and see my grandkids
-- To be able to get down & up from the floor
-- To be able to cross my legs
-- To not get overheated in public like when walking up the stairs somewhere
-- To be able to take my boys to 6 flags
-- To be able to fly on a plane comfortably
-- To be able to wear a swimsuit in public
-- To be more active hiking, biking, & sports
-- To not be in so much pain
-- To not be on BP meds
-- To wake up feeling rested and not like a car hit me the night before
-- So that my legs won't rub together when I walk
-- So that I could enjoy eating out at and not feel everyone is staring at me bc I don't fit in the booth or chair
-- To not fear my chair breaking
-- To be able to enjoy gardening more
-- To be able to sleep better
-- To get rid of acid reflux issues
-- To be able to walk in cute shoes
-- To feel worthy of buying myself new things
-- To not feel like the biggest person in the room/or my family
-- To not fear family events bc I don't want them to see how big I am
-- To not avoid having my picture taken
-- To be able to see my reflection and not begin the self loathing process
-- To be able to work with kids at church
-- To not get diabetes and other health issues like my Mom
-- To be smaller than my husband
-- To have my husband be able to pick me up and carry me
-- To not have a fear of falling down and getting hurt
-- to be continued.....

Member Since: 1/15/2012

Fitness Minutes: 1,115

My Goals:
Long Term Goals:
-Lose half of body weight by 8/28/13
-shop in non-plus size stores
-Eventually fit into a size 6 jeans
Immediate goals:
-Exercise 4 times/week
-Drink 64oz. water daily

My Program:
Trying to stay under 2000 calories/day with a goal of 1700 calories most days.

Building exercise into my life. Minimum of 15 minutes walking on treadmill, plus stretching and moderate strength training. I have been inactive so long that I am having to slowly work my way up.

Personal Information:
Age: 38 yrs old
Height: 5' 6"
Starting Weight: 304

I am a mom of 2 boys and wanting to show them the right way to live. Having been overweight all my life, I'm not quite sure what my goal weight should be. I just know I have a long way to go!

Other Information:
I've been a stay at home mom now for 3 years and the weight has continued to climb. I'm at my largest size now other than when I was pregnant and I want to make a change. I've attempted multiple times in my life to get in control and I would lose down about 40 pounds and then for some reason lose control again and gain it all back. I'm praying this is the last time I ever have to say that!

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    Welcome to the challenge, lets have some fun and rock this challenge!! Go Hikers!! emoticon
    1887 days ago
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    Are you still here? It's been a while since you've updated your status or since I've seen you around... Hopefully you're just lurking and quietly still chasing your own goals but in case you're not, please remember:

    People disappear for all sorts of reasons. Life gets in the way, we forget or change our views on what we deem is important, we get buried under stress, frustration, illness. We sometimes give up, throw in the towel, or just promise ourselves that once things get better/easier/calmer, we will hitch up our socks and come back fresh. We've all done it. We've all been there. And if perhaps, you just need a supportive hug, or a helping hand or a word of inspiration, please know that I am offering it to you with no judgment, no guilt. It seems like it's been a while since you've been here and I just wanted to let you know that you are missed.

    “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –A.A. Milne

    “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Radmacher

    “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney


    If you are in need of a little realistic motivation, please, please read my blog post "Letting Go of Expectations". It helped me tremendously just writing it and hopefully it will pass on some inspiration to you as well. :)
    1940 days ago
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    This coming Tuesday, May 1st, is the celebration of May Day.  This day has been adopted several times over for different purposes and may be called by different names so no matter what you celebrate;

    May you find happiness and health
    May you receive help when you need it
    May you laugh every day
    May you find and keep love 
    May you feel light and inspired
    May you be respected and valued
    May your wishes come true
    May you be a bright and shining fire to others
    May you experience beauty and bliss
    May you be nourished and cherished
    May you look in the mirror and find no faults, no insecurities, and no fears,
    for you are beautiful and confident, strong and brave.

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    The History of May Day: 

    "Etymologically, [May Day] is a homophone (same sounding word) for the international call for help. It is a corruption of the French imperative “M’aidez” meaning “Help me!” As a holiday it is claimed by many. It is known in the pagan world as Beltane, a fertility celebration... Beltane is the day of fire commemorating Bel or Belenos, the Celtic sun god. Indeed, in the modern Irish language, Bealtaine is the name for the month of May. The early Anglo-Saxons began their celebration on the eve before, feasting the end of winter and the first planting. It was a time of revelry and abandon... But this day’s celebration of the revival of vegetation goes back to the Roman practice of visiting the grotto of Egena. The people of ancient Rome honored Flora, the goddess of flowers and springtime.

    "...In America: The Puritans frowned on May Day, so the day has never been celebrated with as much enthusiasm in the United States... But the tradition of celebrating May Day by dancing and singing around a maypole, tied with colorful streamers or ribbons, survived as a part of the English tradition. The kids celebrating the day by moving back and forth around the pole with the the streamers, choosing of May queen, and hanging of May baskets on the doorknobs of folks -- are all the leftovers of the old European traditions."

    "In 1886 it was co-opted as an international workers day to celebrate the 8-hour workday movement, following national strikes in the US and Canada. Later, the French declared May 1 the International Working Men’s Association holiday in 1889."

    History information gleaned from:
    and www.billpetro.com
    1942 days ago
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    We live on an incredible planet. It is full of magic and beauty and has the ability to take our breath away... literally. This planet we call Earth is my home. It is your home. It belongs to all of us. How amazing that we get to live in such an awe-inspiring place. Just please remember, when you come into our home, would you be so kind as to be on your best behaviour, put the trash where it belongs, turn the water and lights off when you're done, and for heaven's sake, wipe your feet...

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    This is our home:

    and this coming Sunday (April 22) is Earth Day. "Earth Day reminds us we all share the same planet. Sharing Earth means taking responsibility for what we use and how we use it. It is a day to think of the environmental challenges we face and how to solve them. Protecting Earth is every person’s and every country’s responsibility...
    Earth Day is the largest, most widely celebrated international environmental event."

    Want to help?
    Here are 49 Simple yet very funny things you can do to save the earth: (written from a husband's perspective in dedication to his wife)

    and 50 More Practical and consequently less funny ways to help the planet:

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    The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. ~Proverb

    To leave you with a smile inspired by the inhabitants of our incredible home, please watch: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ssXJtzFOjA

    Now, go outside. Appreciate, celebrate, and make a change. After all, we all live here together.

    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
    Nothing is going to get better. It's not."
    ~Dr. Seuss

    1953 days ago
  • v NIXY72
    "I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." ~ Audrey Hepburn

    This coming Saturday, April 14, 2012 is International Moment of Laughter Day.

    Seriously. You can't make up this stuff.

    "International Moment of Laughter Day is certainly a day to put a smile on your face! ... Laugh loudly and laugh often. Watch a funny movie, read an amusing book, or just be silly with your friends. It is not the cause of the laughter that matters… but the effect.
    Researchers have begun to examine positive emotions and their impact on a person's health and aging process. Based on the results from a scientific study at the University of Maryland Medical Center, laughter may give a jolt to circulation and have positive effects on the heart. In addition, laughter may increase the body's production of nitric oxide (a chemical that helps dilate blood vessels).
    All of these positive impacts on your health are reason enough to laugh not just today, but every day! So go ahead and be silly and laugh at your own jokes. And don't forget that laughter is contagious!" (http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/interna

    "A day without laughter is a day wasted." ~ Charlie Chaplin
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    For ways in which to spread laughter be sure to read this wikiHow article: http://www.wikihow.com/Spread-Laughter

    And if you need a helpful start on getting your laugh on, you absolutely must watch this amazing award winning 3-minute animation. Trust me, the irony of posting this on a weight-loss support site is not lost on me!
    1959 days ago
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