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Hi everyone I'm Rachel. Since about the time I was 21 I've been struggling with my weight. I had no trouble with keeping myself stick-thin through school (probably because I was dancing for several hours each day). During 2003-2004 I went from being around 115 pounds up to 150 pounds. Doesn't sound terrible, I know, but I'm only 5'3" and there aren't a lot of places to hide 35 pounds of extra chub. During that time I really didn't try to be healthy. I never exercised and I didn't really care what I ate. In 2005 I got fed up with being chubby, and I lost 25 pounds. I was really proud of myself. However, I didn't lose the weight in a healthy way--I was mostly starving myself. So, can you guess what happened when I started eating 3 meals a day? That's right! It all came back, with a vengeance! In 2006 I got married and successfully lost 10 pounds before my wedding, but put it back on plus an additional 30 pounds relatively quickly. My highest weight was 197.7 pounds, and that was the last straw!

I have found that what works best for me is baby steps. Just inching my way back down is working for me. I keep telling myself not to expect the weight to fall off, after all, I didn't get to be this big overnight. I'm making small lifestyle changes where I can, and I'm slowly transforming my habits so it isn't too much to handle all at once.

Spark People is an amazing website. I have found so much support here. I'm so grateful for the people who have been here for me when I need them! I'm always looking for new people to connect with. Drop me a line if you're looking for a buddy.

Member Since: 2/23/2007

Fitness Minutes: 14,109

My Goals:
~Lose 5 pounds - 2/15/14
~Lose 10 pounds - 3/21/14
~Lose 15 pounds - 4/30/14
~Lose 20 pounds - 8/29/14
~Lose 30 Pounds -
~Lose 40 pounds -
~Lose 50 pounds -
~Lose 60 Pounds -
~Hike to the summit of Mt. Timpanogos

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I'm eating lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, and seeds this time around.
I'm trying to get in the habit of going for a walk a few times a week in addition to using my elliptical or doing Zumba. I'm cutting out as much processed sugar as possible, and trying to only have desserts at the end of the week as a reward for my hard work during the week.

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From Provo, Utah

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    You can look at a mountain as a wild place of beauty to view or paint or photograph from a safe distance; or a wild place capable of destruction like Mount St. Helens. Or you can look at it as a wild challenge that you take on one step at a time. When you begin the challenge you'll have no idea how long it will take to get to the top, but you know you will with the support of your team.

    We are here for you! We'll help you climb that mountain. You'll find us on the rocky slopes, the shady valleys, the wild flower meadows, the glacier lakes. New Challenges are starting Sunday.

    Your teammates at the Weekly Challenge Team

    1696 days ago
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    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog. Yes baby steps are key and we can do it! One day at a time.
    1887 days ago
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    1906 days ago
    emoticon Glad to have you as a buddy and also looking forward to getting to know you better! emoticon
    2037 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my page. I would welcome an accountability buddy! I look forward to hearing more from you.

    2046 days ago
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