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My name is Martha. I'm 25 years old, and living in Waterford, Ireland!

I've struggled with my weight all my life, and it's always been the excuse for, cause of or expression of other problems in my life. It's not just about my weight any more. My main goal now is to be happy. I'm tired of feeling out of control with my eating and exercise habits because of other things in my life. I'm tired of compromising and accepting things I don't actually have to accept!! I could be a LOT ...
My name is Martha. I'm 25 years old, and living in Waterford, Ireland!

I've struggled with my weight all my life, and it's always been the excuse for, cause of or expression of other problems in my life. It's not just about my weight any more. My main goal now is to be happy. I'm tired of feeling out of control with my eating and exercise habits because of other things in my life. I'm tired of compromising and accepting things I don't actually have to accept!! I could be a LOT happier. I've used my weight as a yardstick for my happiness and it hasn't worked - it's just a number. It means nothing if I don't seriously look at my lifestyle. This time I think my happiness will be the yardstick for my overall health - I want to lead a healthy, happy and motivated life. No excuses. The time is always now!
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Member Since: 7/13/2010

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My Goals:
I want to get active - I want to increase my energy levels by increasing my stamina and fitness!

I want to be good to my body - I want to nourish it and feed it the way it needs to be fed.

I want to be happy - I want to know that I am doing something for myself and investing everything I can into the life I am living NOW. Not just 100 pounds down the line.

EVENTUALLY I want to reach 140 lbs, but not before I am ready. I have so many goals on this journey, and each one is JUST as important. Small goals will lead to big achievements!

My Program:
I am staying accountable: I am tracking what I eat and how I exercise. I am also tracking other goals because this is about my life, not just my weight.

I am looking for support: I am letting my friends and family know what I am doing. I am not ashamed to admit that this is important to me, and I'm not afraid of making mistakes along the way. I want to involve them; it doesn't matter if they are more or less active than me!

I am getting busy: Too much of my time gets wasted waiting for things to happen. I want to be a busy person, I want to be involved in my life, not just an onlooker or judge. I have my times to rest and reflect but I seriously believe motivation is not something that comes before you do something, it comes in the process of doing something. The more I do, the more I get motivated.

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Name: Martha
Birthday: December 31st
Age: 25
Location: Ireland
Occupation: Full Time Student (BA (Hons) Psychology with Arts)

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All my work, my life, everything is about survival. All my work is meant to say, "You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated".
-Maya Angelou



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KAREBEARCARES
3/24/2014 8:03:29 AM

Hey thanks for all your sweet comments!
looks like you are doing awesome!
I think for me whats been most helpful is reading a lot of info online, trying things and then doing what works for me. I feel my diet is not pristine by any means but for me it works! things like eating a lot of protein have been helpful, and other things like eating fruit has been unhelpful. so I eat protein (even when it means having subway for lunch every day!) and I avoid fruit most of the time (even though people around me pressure me to eat more fruit.. but it just causes me to crave chocolate!) I also think I have stuck the course (over 2 years now) because I don't accept set backs as failure, just part of the journey, so they aren't such a big deal... but to be honest I think I just got lucky.. I didn't start out with a goal in mind, i didn't even think I would stick it a week, but a week became a month and a month became 3 and before I knew it I was almost there!!! but perhaps that made it feel less overwhelming! exercise has REALLY helped me physically but more so mentally! all the feel good endorphins keep me going! I also try to change things up, when I get bored of eating the same things I walk around the grochery story and look at new foods and think about how I can work them into my diet. my new fav is string cheese! SO satisfying and full of protein.. and fun to eat! finally I think my relationship with the scale has been helpful to me... I don't own a scale. and mostly only weigh in monthly at my fiance's house. It has been helpful because there are occasional set backs, but I have learned that very few set backs can't be fixed with a week or two of good eating. so it's been very rare that I have seen a gain on the scale, which has really helped me from getting discouraged! again for some people that works! for other's it doesn't! it looks like you are really on the right track and I am sure you will be there in no time!!! sorry for the long post! :-) enjoy the journey!



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ANISKAIASIS
10/19/2012 2:53:42 PM

Hey you! I hope that things are going better for you now. I really miss chatting with you but it looks like both of us are really busy with school. Good luck with this week! I look forward to catching up sometime soon! x



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NATASHIA8911
10/14/2012 9:43:39 PM

Hey Martha! Good luck this coming week! :D



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DAOCCHICA
10/14/2012 5:18:05 PM

Thanks for the comment on my blog. my 5k went awesome!! You will have so much fun on yours, I know it!!! :D



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WINDSONG26
10/14/2012 12:15:36 PM

Anytime :)



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