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I thought I would finally change the text on this page, after nearly a year and a half. A lot has changed.

I have struggled with weight issues my entire adult life, especially since leaving college and settling into life at a desk. I finally started getting concerned after turning 40 (and as I kept gaining weight) when my doctor started raising blood pressure issues. I was struggling with GERD (or something similar) as well, and finally decided it was time to do something.

Someone suggested Spark People so I signed up, I really like the way the entire experience is geared toward being positive and supportive. I need that.

Since starting SP in April of 2010 I've lost 70 pounds and gained a lot of my health back. I'm running four or five days a week and lifting weights and looking for other activities. I've changed my diet almost entirely and made other changes as well. But I still have a way to go.

Member Since: 4/14/2010

Fitness Minutes: 66,354

My Goals:
I had ninety pounds to go, now only 20!

Other goals: Run a marathon before I'm 50. Run a half marathon before I do that. Maybe I should try a 10k before THAT.

I want my waist to be flat when viewed from the side. No belly hanging down.

My Program:
Lifting weights 3X a week, walking 3X or more a week (usually five). Adding more activities as fitness allows, such as cycling or soccer.

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I have lived in Texas my entire life.

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"Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?"
— Douglas Adams

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    Hi there im Amber welcome to our new group
    1079 days ago
    Hello I'm Esther and pleased to meet you.
    1716 days ago

    It's been a long time since I said that, or anything! I dropped out of SP for about a year. The consequences were disastrous!!! I went from that 127 to 140!!! It happened slowly at 1st then quickly after 135. I hate everything about the way I look. Plus I'm older now too!!! UGH! Guys are so lucky they don't have all those nit picky details! Anyway, I'm making my way back slowly. I have been working out since Jan. 15th with no results. I know my cardio is lacking cuz my treadmill is out of commission & I always hated running anyway!!! YUCK! I am no longer obsessed with the #'s on the scale! I just want to be able to fit into my clothes agin without stuff bubbling over everywhere! HAHA!

    Look for emoticon ward to hearing from you and what's been going on with you!
    1839 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/6/2013 6:21:21 PM
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    How frustrating! My GPS on my phone seems to work okay but clearly starting it early is a problem. And I don't seem to find the motivation to run without some sort of "plan" I'm sticking to.

    I'm realizing that I may not get to the point where I'm running the speeds I should, and if so...then I just do the plan again until I do!
    2240 days ago
    I hear ya! I TRY to get in that frame of mind when I get stuck. I look at is a practice for when I DO get there. It doesn't mean I'm going to maintain 120. I would just like to get there once & then bounce between there & 125 ya know? I think women get more caught up in the whole #'s on the scale thing than guys do. Am I wrong? My DH NEVER has to worry about being fat. I HATE THAT! He can eat whatever he wants and never gains an ounce!!! I think the biggest I've ever seen him is about 180 & he's 6'2" and that wasn't for long!!! He always weighs 173. UGH! He eats to live though. Like, he can open a bag of Doritos & eat about a quarter of what I would want if I get started. I live to eat!!!! emoticon

    It's warm and rainy here. We have had some of the cold wet rain already too though. YUCK! That is really hard to deal with. We usually don't get snow I've only seen it 3 or 4 times. I wont go out if I can help it when it gets too cold. I have to go next door to feed my fish every morning & night & THAT is far enough, about 40 yds. I run in that house on my treadmill too so, when I go to do that I try to only my the back & fourth once. I don't know how people can run when it's below zero and stuff. I would die!
    2257 days ago
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