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Thanksgiving 2011 vs. Thanksgiving 2012. What a difference!





12/13/2012 - Me at 161.2 pounds, 32.1% body fat after a step class.





A non-scale victory: looking FABULOUS in a cocktail dress! (12/30/2012)



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The Incredible Shrinking Woman

I started off at 285 pounds at the end of 2011, and reached my goal of losing 125 pounds on December 20, 2012. How did I do it? Eating like a thin person (whole grains, lean protein, non & lowfat dairy, fruits, vegetables and lots of water), and exercising an hour or two a day. Fortunately, as I went through this process, I found a lot of healthy foods that I enjoy eating and activities that I enjoy doing, especially running.

Although I have reached my weight loss goal, ...
I started off at 285 pounds at the end of 2011, and reached my goal of losing 125 pounds on December 20, 2012. How did I do it? Eating like a thin person (whole grains, lean protein, non & lowfat dairy, fruits, vegetables and lots of water), and exercising an hour or two a day. Fortunately, as I went through this process, I found a lot of healthy foods that I enjoy eating and activities that I enjoy doing, especially running.

Although I have reached my weight loss goal, maintenance is quite the undertaking as well, though different than weight loss. That is why I stay active on SparkPeople, and yes, I still record my food and exercise daily in order to make sure that I stay on track and remain accountable so that I remain in my new body that I absolutely love!

The other thing I've done is set new goals. My new one? Reducing my fat percentage! This may mean losing a bit more weight as I reduce the fat on my body, but it means that I'll just be a leaner, not-so-meaner, exercise machine. :) I'd like to end up being at 25% body fat, which I believe is an obtainable goal. I also have fitness goals ahead of me as well (being able to do full burpees, get through a boot camp class without modifying any exercises, run a 10k race and run a half marathon) which I hope to accomplish in the next 6 months. Always strive for improvements! They're out there!
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Member Since: 4/21/2010

SparkPoints: 38,938

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My Goals:
To be debt-free and maintain my weight loss and new healthy lifestyle.

I'm also currently training for my first half-marathon in March 2013.

My Program:
I am exercising 7 days a week for an hour or two a day (combination of strength, cardio and flexibility), keeping an eye on portion sizes and recording my food and water intake every day.

As I also recently became a proud owner of a Fitbit Ultra, that has also pushed me to be more active at work, so I do at least 25 flights of stairs a day at the office and push myself to take at least 20,000 steps per day.

I'm a food addict, so portioning is extremely important. My measuring spoons, cups and kitchen scale are my best friends, and plastic containers and recloseable bags are a godsend! I had Sparked to a 60 pound weight loss in 2010, so this is my second time with SP (my failure, NOT the program's!), but I know this is the time that will stick.

Although eating in social situations is still a struggle for me, I'm slowly but surely learning about keeping everything in moderation: an important thing to remember for someone who's been a compulsive overeater for

Personal Information:
Although I'm an East Coast girl at heart (used to live in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut), I now live in Memphis, working as an accountant in the health care finance field. I live with my two cats, enjoy reading, writing, making a fool of myself at karaoke, traveling, and running.

Other Information:
I'm a HUGE Kevin Smith and Henry Rollins fan. Some authors I enjoy would be George R. R. Martin, James Patterson, Mario Puzo and Stephen King.

I also have two wonderful cats: Leela and Sugar Baby. They're getting up there in age, but they're still wonderful companions and they have really helped keep me sane through the years.

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Member Comments:
DEESYKAY
1/28/2013 3:43:39 PM

Thank you for the motivation! To read that you have done this in a healthy and practical manner, and it didn't take you forever... Is great!



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HEYNOW22
1/27/2013 9:59:38 PM

Hope you have a great week!



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NEW-N-FIT-ME
1/27/2013 1:11:45 PM

You are such an example to follow, and a motivation for me. Thank you.



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WATERMELLEN
1/20/2013 5:39:28 PM

Wow!! You look fabulous indeed in that one-shoulder black cocktail dress!! (As it happens, I have one that is very similar and I love it too!!) Thanks for your comments on my "obesity discrimination in business" blog. Health care has to be one of the toughest areas, no doubt about it. I'm glad that your abilities were recognized on hire: but it's still so interesting that your credibility has expanded as your size has shrunk!



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FITMARY
1/17/2013 9:00:43 AM

I saw your tip on 25 resolutions. What a fabulous story! You make it look easy, but I know it wasn't. Great job!!!
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