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But hopefully not for much longer!

I'm a 30-something wife and mother of two who is determined to get rid of this extra weight (no, not my husband and kids, lol).

I've yo-yo'ed with my weight since childhood. Fat, thin, fat, thin, blah, blah, blah. I'm sick of being at an unhealthy weight. I want to get rid of my aching knees, chest pains, and labored breathing. And I wouldn't mind being able to go shopping and buy any outfit, knowing it'd look good on me.

How do I plan to lose this fat? For now, I'm sticking with the 1200-1550 calorie range that SP recommended for me. More veggies and protein is what I'm striving for. I also want to get in an average of 50 minutes of cardio/strength training a day. I'll try this for a month and see where it takes me. What's a month, right?

Oh, and something that I REALLY am trying to work on is my sugar and chocolate addiction. I hate using the word 'addiction' (it sounds so serious), but I truly feel addicted. I can easily polished off a family-sized bag of Hershey Kisses and then eat a half-gallon of ice cream an hour later. And then crave more junk food later on the same day. I've done this waaay too many times.

I've been binging on chocolate and candy since I was 7. All through my childhood, my mom used to give me lots of sweets as a reward or to 'quiet me down' (but oddly, she rarely ate junk food herself). For a couple of years on my own as an adult I did manage to eat healthier and I lost a ton of weight. Happy times, indeed!

Then I got married to a wonderful man 10 years ago. But I allowed my healthy lifestyle to go out the door and, instead, adopted his ways of not exercising and eating fast food often. Add two children to the mix, and I ended up gaining a whopping 100 lbs in those 10 years.

I have since managed to lose 16 lbs since January of 2009, but now I need SP to help me lose the rest. I'm starting SP at 194 lbs and hope to get down to 110 lbs (a weight where I felt my healthiest).

Oh, and my avatar isn't a photo of me (lol, don't I wish!), but it is Kiana, one of my fitness hero celebrities.


Things that are working for me (I'm losing a lb every other day):

1. I exercise a lot (100-170 minutes a day, most days of the week).
2. Running a few times per week. Since I started, I noticed a good change in both my appeartance & on the scale.
3. I eat a lot. 2000+ cals a day, most days.
4. I have half a lemon a day. I don't know if this has anything to do with my continued weight loss, but it can't hurt. :-)
5. I strength train a few days per week, using moderate/heavy weights.
5. I gave up artificial sweeteners.

Member Since: 4/3/2009

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Weight as of 1/1/09: 210 lbs
Ultimate Goal: 110 lbs

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I'm still trying to figure out what works best for me. Wish it were easier! :)

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    What helps me is eating yogurt and soy protein everyday. I still have my bad habits but I am not getting worse. Try hard now because it is so difficult as you get older. It is a full time job though. That's the problem. emoticon
    3019 days ago
    Thank you SOOO MUCH!!

    The journey is a tough one, no question. But you have to know that it IS DOABLE!! You can reach your goals and make your dreams come true!! Be consistent...stick with SparkPeople...and don't give up!!

    Much success!

    Kim :)
    3021 days ago
  • v CLOWN54
    thanks for the well wishes....doing ok now. pain is finally gone. watching tv with sunglasses on.....LOL its working though.

    I Hope all is well with you.....
    3029 days ago
    hi! thank you for commenting on my spark page. it really helps to write about my loss and get kind responses like yours... emoticon
    3043 days ago
  • v TOTALREDO2013
    Thanks for commenting on my page. I was thin and fit and let it all go like an idiot - so am trying to get it back. It is not easy and this taught me a lesson to never ever slip again. It is hard figuring out what yourown body responds to. I tend to do better with more cardio and circuit type workouts - where others simply only do weights and cut out carbs.

    Carbs don't affect me one way or the other - only total calories. So, we are all different. But, you can keep on experimenting and will eventually find what works. It will happen and is a "magical moment."
    3050 days ago
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