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My name is Diana and I truly never thought I would be overweight and out of shape. I was the type of teenager that could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight. After a year of college I went to work in a factory doing very physical labor so I definitely didn't worry about gaining weight. In May of 2006 I was in a bad car accident and crushed my foot and ankle to the point where doctors were not even sure if I was going to walk again. I was non weight bearing for almost a year and unfortunately I kept eating like I had when I was active and put on over 100 pounds and ended up weighing over 250 pounds. Fortunately I was able to walk better than the doctors thought possible but I now have limited range of motion in my foot and ankle and severe chronic pain. I will never be able to run or jump and I struggle on uneven surfaces. Doctors told me that I would probable never be able to lose the weight because I would never be able to move around enough some even said that I shouldn't even try because I would only become depressed when I failed.

I felt so fortunate to find Spark and to read the success stories from people who had achieved the "impossible" it gave me hope for myself. The first couple of years on spark I guess I just didn't give it my all. I would lose five pounds then have trouble with my ankle and gain it back over and over again. In 2009 I finally decided to take control of my life and health I realized that I was letting my doctors and family make the decisions about what I could and couldn't physically do. I made the decision that from now on I would be the one to decide what I couldn't do and the only way to find out what I couldn't do was to try and do it. I started doing things they said I would never do hiking and biking and martial arts. I have to do things different than everyone else and most times it takes me longer but I get it done. I was finally losing weigh it was slow but it was happening.

2010 was a pretty good year I got more active and started doing more and lost over twenty pounds. I did realize toward the end of the year that I was still letting my pain control me and I became determined to never let my fear of pain keep me from trying something. If it is too much I can always stop but I can't let the fear keep me from getting started. I think this decision has given me so much more of my life back.

I have committed to taking everything to the next level in 2011. I will push harder, try longer and push my boundaries in new ways. I am confident that I will be successful. I will work on making fitness more fun and less like a job. 2011 will be the best yet.

Member Since: 7/17/2007

Fitness Minutes: 18,568

My Goals:
1. To gain more mobility and to lose 80 pounds. (if I lose weight It sure will help the pain in my injured leg)

2. To not just diet, but to find a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain for life.

3. Move past the anger and bitterness of my accident so that it does not color the rest of my life.

4. To have fun.

My Program:
10,000 steps at least five days a week.

Trying to add several fun active activities to my week.

Personal Information:
My name is Diana. I live in rural Indiana. I am married to a wonderful man and we have two very spoiled dogs Lucky and Bailey. I also spend a considerable amount of time spoiling my nephew.

Other Information:
I love to read. I will read about anything. I particularly enjoy sci-fi fantasy and horror. I like Jim Butcher, Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, Kim Harrison and Stephen King to name a few. I am also a roller coaster fanatic.

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