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At 20 pounds down. I bought that dress around 2 years ago and it was absolutely falling off. You can't really tell how much weight I've lost because it's baggy around my waist and hips (where I've lost the most).


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During my senior year of college, I used SparkPeople to drop close to 40 pounds that had been creeping up since high school, largely as a result of an average of 2 rounds of steroids every year to deal with an unexplained rash. I noticed that I was feeling quite tired and that most nights my sleep was interrupted by severe back pain, but my weight loss didn't seem to help.

6 months later, I was a few months into my first job and the other shoe dropped - stage IV Hodgkin's lymphoma. It turned out the "unexplained rash" was the cancer, and I had in fact been misdiagnosed for 5 years! I gained an additional 60 pounds on chemo, on top of the 40 pounds I regained while job hunting, making a cross country move, and adjusting to working full time.

I have been in remission for 3 1/2 years and the weight lingers. Because my body is very different than it was 4 years ago, weight loss is even tougher. With my 5 year college reunion and serving as a bridesmaid in my brother's wedding coming up, I decided it was time to make a change.

My diet plan has been replacing two meals a day with green smoothies, eating a protein with veggies for dinner, and at least one snack during the day to total 1300-1500 calories a day. I also hit the gym to do cardio at least 5 times a week for 40 minutes.

I am obsessed with my adopted homelands of Mexico, Iceland, and the UK as well as some of the wonderful places I have had the opportunity to travel to such as Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Israel. Travel is what makes my life worth living and I hope to be able to visit South America and Africa soon.

Member Since: 1/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 5,554

My Goals:
Ultimate goal: Lose 100 pounds.

Short term goal: Go from size 22 to size 14 (and buy a dress from Anthropologie!)

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2 green smoothies a day, low-carb and high nutrient dinner, and one snack

40 minutes of cardio 5x a week

Currently: 30 minutes on recumbent bike
10 minutes on elliptical

Goal: 45 minutes on elliptical

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  • v TURTLE69
    Welcome to Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge Team! emoticon Feel free to add me as a friend. If you need any support or just someone to talk with, give me a holler.


    809 days ago
    Congratulations on doing so well with drinking your water each day!

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    2692 days ago
  • v LAURA44851
    emoticon to the No Topic Off Limits Team.
    2693 days ago
  • v ROSYPOSY2589

    Thanks for the encouragement on the message board. i see your pic up at the Sacre Coeur - I visited Paris last year and thought that was the most beautiful view I've ever seen. Did you spend all of your time in Paris or go elsewhere? I see you said you have studied abroad, is that what you were in Paris for?
    Last year for my birthday I took a bus tour from Italy to London - visiting switzerland and france in between. It was a blast and I absolutely fell in love with Europe. Hoping to go back next year!

    Well, have an awesome day!
    2702 days ago
    good luck on your last semester of college. i've got 2 semester left before i can finally be done. this place is brimming with great people to help you along your way to weight loss!!
    2702 days ago
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