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the future me would LOVE to dress up like this! and not only for halloween ;)

i want to be vivid and colorful ... just like this flower

can we say road trip?!


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I've spent about half of my life being overweight. Thus, I can barely remember the last time I looked and felt thin. It was, however, when I was a child and the only evidence I have to remind me now are old photos.

Well, I'm tired of looking at old photos. I'm tired of looking at myself in the mirror and despising the image I see. I'm tired of putting my life on hold as I continue to carry an extra person around. I'm tired of wasting the best years of my life.

I no longer want to be insecure about my body. I no longer want to hide the best aspects of my personality under a bushel. I no longer want to live life unhealthily, halfheartedly, and without purpose.

It's time. Time to get off the whole weight loss merry-go-round that I've been on for too long now. Time to take control of my body and my life. Time to transform the glorious mental image I have of myself as a beautiful, strong, vivacious woman into a living and breathing person. It's time for change.

My ultimate goal within the next year is to lose 150 pounds. It's an ambitious goal but one that I intend on reaching. I have tried and failed too many times now to let myself fail again. This time will be different. Let the countdown begin.


Some pursue happiness. Others create it.
–Author unknown

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish all of my fellow Spark members continued/renewed success on all of their weight loss and healthy living goals. Feel free to add me as a Spark friend. We are all in this together! :)

Member Since: 5/29/2007

Fitness Minutes: 7,860

My Goals:


*Engage in moderate physical activity

*Cook healthy, flavorful foods

*Practice better eating habits



*Be at my goal weight of 140 by the end of 2012

--Start Weight: 300
--Current Weight: 290
--Pounds Lost:
--Pounds to Lose: 150
--Goal Weight: 140

Pounds Lost/Reward Ratio

(mostly in 15 lb. increments)

**285 -- Ear Piercing

**275 -- 2 Board Games

**260 -- 2 Books

**245 -- 2 Old Movies

**230 -- Calling Cards

**215 -- Bowling w/pals

**200 -- Grad. Pics

**185 -- Amusement Park

**170 -- IPOD

**155 -- Spa Day

**140 -- Glamour Pics, Vacation, New Wardrobe

My Program:

*Eat no more than 1450 - 1800 calories per day

*Incorporate more fish into my meals

*Incorporate more fruits and veggies into my meals

*Incorporate more key nutrients that I am deficient in (folic acid, magnesium, vitamin b, etc) into my meals

*Eat less processed foods and sweets

*Cut down on excess snacking & binge eating


*Do some form of cardio 6x per week for 45 min

*Strength train 3x per week

*Burn at least 2770 a week

Personal Information:
I am 24 going on 25. Sunny southern California is the place I call home. I am in my last year of school and will soon have my bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. I look forward to making a difference in the world through my writing.

I am continuing to discover who I am as a person on a day-to-day basis. In the process, I am learning how to deal with change and how to be more confident in my own skin. This current period of my life is a transformative one and at the end of it, I intend to be a happier, more beautiful, and more independent woman.

Other Information:
I am a hopeful (rather than hopeless) romantic. My main motivation in life is to love and be loved.

I'm part modern, part old fashioned. I appreciate technology and new age philosophies. But I'm also interested in any and all things vintage. Fashion, movies, music, art, you name it.

I love to laugh and play. I also enjoy the art of meaningful communication. Deep, intellectual discussions inspire me.

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