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My name is Dana. I am a 43 year old teacher of kindergarten . I am single and do not have any children of my own but I love kids. My goal is to begin a new lifestyle of eating heatlhy and exercising daily. I have done this once before and I was stuck at 45 lbs lost and I gave up. I am going to do this again and I will see it through to the end result. I am looking forward to the process and seeing the results. I am looking forward to a healthier me. I want to reduce my chances of becoming a diabetic and I would like to lower my cholesterol and blood pressure.

Weight Loss to Date

Beginning Weight Jan. 4, 2009 260lbs
Jan. 4, 2009 254lbs
Jan. 10, 2009 251lbs
Jan. 16, 2009 250lbs
Jan. 23, 2009 248lbs
Jan. 30, 2009 246lbs
Feb. 7, 2009 240lbs
Feb. 14, 2009 238lbs
Feb. 20, 2009 235lbs
March 6, 2009 231lbs
March 20,2009 228 lbs
April 2, 2009 226 lbs
April 10,2009 224 lbs
April 17,2009 221 lbs
April 23,2009 220lbs
May 17, 2009 219lbs
May 21, 2009 218lbs
May 23,2009 217lbs
June 27,2009 216lbs
December 28,2013 272 lbs

My Cholesterol on December 2012 was 126 LDL and 63 HDL. My A1C is 6.4. Here we go again! I am going to make this better.
My Cholesterol in February 2009 was 99 Total with LDL of 33 and HDL of 48. My triglycerites are 88.

In October of 2008 my Cholesterol total was 185 and my HDL was 56 and my LDL was 95. My triglycerites were 137.

My Doctor is so happy with the progress that he cut my medication in half.
April 23,2009 : I am now only taking one fourth of the High Blood pressure medication I was taking in January due to Low Blood Pressure. Because of my change in medication my body retained 12 lbs of water in one week after I reached 220 lbs. This put me back up to 232 and it has taken several weeks to get rid of this extra weight but I am finally seeing the ticker move again. I was 219 as of 5-17-09. Nine more pounds until I am halfway to goal weight.
It is now 5-16-10 and I have weighed in this Sunday morning at 219. I have just noticed a cycle. I am the exact weight now as I was at this time last year. I have been working hard since the last week in March to get off some of the weight that I put back on this winter. My lowest weight during my first year on sparks was 215. I am really trying hard to get back to that point so that I may move forward and lose the rest of the weight that I want to lose. I am taking a weekly aerobics class with FitPris from the Independence Sparkers and I have just recently began walking in the early morning hours before I go to work. I have managed to take off 16 pounds in the last month and a half and I have 4 more pounds to go to get to the low point. I am still nine pounds from my halfway point and I can't wait to see my ticker under 200. I am inspired to do better. I now know that it is very important to add some strength training into your workout and get your morning workout in to start your metabolism. It is also very important to try and log everything that goes into your mouth. I am aware of this cycle that my body seems to be in and I will look back next year at this time to see if I have managed to break the cycle. Maybe by next year this time I will see my goal of 160. I will work hard toward this and try even harder not to allow myself to slip back into my old ways of life.

My Major Motivation Points

Personal Appearance: I want to:

•Keep my thighs from rubbing
•Have someone tell me I'm beautiful ( or handsome)
•Look better naked!
•Have my clothes fit better

Health & Fitness: I want to:

•Live longer
•Have more energy
•Feel and be stronger
•Bring down my cholesterol
•Lower my blood pressure

Friends, Family and Social Life: I want to:

•Keep up with my friend
•Start, or improve my dating scene
•Knock ‘em dead at my reunion!

Everyday Signs and Situations: I want to:

•Overcome shyness
•Fly, ride a roller coaster or go to a movie without feeling squashed or using a seatbelt extender
•Be a more confident public speaker
•Relax around other people and be myself
•Have people ask if I have lost weight
•Prove to myself that I can do it.

Member Since: 1/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 23,745

My Goals:
My goal is to lose weight and become a healthier person.

I will lower my Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure.

I will lose 25 lbs by my doctor's visit in March 2014.

My Program:
I intend to choose healthier foods and join the Big Changes Program.

Registered and weighed in at Big Changes. 1\4\14

Personal Information:
I was born and raised in Independence, Missouri.
I am 43 and single. I am a Early Childhood Teacher in the Kansas city Missouri School District. I love children but I do not have any of my own. I enjoy spending time with my family.

Other Information:
"Building habits for a life time is more effective than short term intense efforts."

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