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I am a 33 year old Masters student--starting a new career in teaching, and making several other life changes. I have been married for 14 years, and am very happy in my relationship, but not with myself. I still feel like the fat girl in the room, although when I was 237 lbs and size 20 I did not feel that big. Now that I am 159 lbs, and a size 4-6, I feel unsightly. This is all in an effort to change that fact!

Member Since: 12/29/2010

Fitness Minutes: 895

My Goals:
My goal is to feel happy in my own skin. The weight loss and activity is an important part of that, but this is also very much about changing my lifestyle and self image.

My Program:
I started with a doctor recommended NO carb diet from Aug 21, 2010 to March 21, 2011. In that time I went from 237 to 169 lbs. Since April I have been integrating carbs slowly, and focusing on a low calorie, low fat, high exercise routine. I have hit a point where I think muscle mass is making actual "weight" loss difficult. My size is going down, I think, at least trimming up, but the scale needle stays the same, or goes down VERY slowly. I am hoping that this Sparkpeople experience will help me stay motivated.

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I have lived most of my life in the Seattle area, although I did live in Southern California for a short time.

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We do not have any children, but our house is still full. We have 9 birds, 4 cats, 3 lizards, 1 frog, 1 dog, and 6 large fish tanks. It is a crazy but fun house! I am fluent in Japanese, and make semi-frequent trips there to visit my in-laws.

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    2268 days ago
    Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals!
    2466 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

    1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

    2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

    The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
    *~ Paula *~
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    2466 days ago
  • v TURTLE69
    Welcome to the Done Being a Fat Girl Team! emoticon It is a very supportive and motivated team. Feel free to add me as a friend. If ever you need help, just let us know and one of your Done Sistahs will be there for you.


    2467 days ago
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    (='.'=) Welcome to the DONE Girls Team!

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    2467 days ago
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