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I have been a yo-yo dieter probably all my life and right now, the yo-yo string is in knots and stuck at the highest position ever!

in January of 2003 I weighed 201.8 lbs....yep i remember down to the 10th of the pound. I joined weight watchers and it was even better because I got a discount since i was enrolled at the local university. Well by May of that year I had lost 40 lbs and then I trimmed down 10 more lbs by that next year. I gained a lot of lean muscle and I was too hot to handle! I enjoyed being thin. I was so happy, or so I thought. When I graduated from college, I started working full time. so since May of 2005 I have managed to gain 85 lbs.

Flash forward to today - March 2009..... 4 years later at 235lbs...
wearing a size 18....swollen ankles.....swollen face..... return of asthma symptoms (I have had asthma all my life, but while i was thin i didn't have any issues... now i do).... FEAR!

I have been so afraid about the "what if's"

What if I get diabetes?
What if I gain more weight?
What if I mess up my knees?
What if my boyfriend is no longer attracted to me?
What if I have high cholesterol?
What if I have increased my chances of having a heart attack or a stroke?
What happens if I get pregnant, how will I carry a child when I am already 80+ lbs overweight?!

All of these questions... flooding my head. I am only 26 years old! I should be out partying and enjoying this carefree decade that I have (what's left of it). But no... I don't even like shopping anymore...why... I can't wear the clothes anyway. I have joined,, quit , and rejoined weight watchers 6 times since i moved from my home after graduation to Miami, FL. I finally realized that I was wasting my money. It's an excellent program BUT I need to do this on my own. Besides, it's about lifestyle right?

So here I am (I was also a member of sparkpeople in 2006 under a different name but i needed to start over). I am ready. I have been doing well! I passed the 21 day mark. I keep praying for this to stick.

So I am doing this for me and my future..... I know it's for the better and I can't wait to feel confident and free again.

~~~~~~~~WHO'S WITH ME?~~~~~~~

Goals and Rewards
220 lbs - New pair of athletic shoes (met 5/18/09!)
210 lbs - New item of clothing (met 7/11/09!)
200 lbs - New MP3 player (met 8/30/09!)
190 lbs - mani/pedi/eyebrow wax
180 lbs - New perfume
170 lbs - New pair of heels
160 lbs - Soda Stream Machine
150 lbs - New Victoria's Secret bra and panty set
140 lbs - $600 wardobe shopping spree at Banana Republic

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