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My heaviest weight used to be around 190. At the beginning of January 2013 I weighed 211 lbs. The most I have ever weighed. Eeek! According to height/weight charts a good weight for me would be somewhere between 145-160. My goal right now is just to knock off the first 40. My current goal date to reach 170lbs is November 26, 2014. But if it takes longer that's okay. So far I've lost about 20 lbs. Not too shabby :)

I've always been an overeater. My folks split when I was nine and that's when I started eating...everything in sight. I quit smoking in 2008 and I guesstimate I've put on 20-30lbs since then. Last year at 211, was just way too far around the bend.

I also had not weighed myself since probably 2004. I would have my brother weigh me and write it down. Or if I had to get a physical I would tell whoever was weighing me that I didn't want to know the number. Total denial.

So I finally got a digital scale and got on it and looked down at the number and took a picture of the readout. I'm proud of myself for facing that fear and it gave me a neat idea for recording my weight loss. I'm putting up pictures of the scale when I drop weight instead of pictures of myself. It's a little more quantifiable way of tracking my progress I think. Eventually I'll put up some more pictures but for now just the scale.

This past January (2014) my mother was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. She's diabetic just like my grandmother. And just like my grandmother she's developed some major clogging in her arteries and is in about the same shape at 64 that killed my grandmother at 77. So I'm scared for her but it's also been a major wake-up call for me.

I haven't been diagnosed as diabetic and I hope I can keep it that way as long as possible. It runs rampant in my family and I have just the right body shape for it. I carry most of my extra weight in my gut. But vascular disease is a danger for me as well. My family gets plaque build-up in their arteries even if they're healthy. So change is slow for me but necessary.

I'm just ready to be in control. I've been at this for about a year and a half now (minus a 6 month break where I gained back 6-7 pounds) but it's been a very positive experience. I've always been somewhat manic about weight-loss before. I think I was afraid to actually lose weight so I would freak myself out and set myself up to fail. Crazy no? But probably a typical problem.

So far I've been very calm and zen about it which feels different from every other time I've attempted to lose weight. It takes constant research on nutrition and weight loss and I'm always re-calibrating my approach, but it's worth it.

Member Since: 1/7/2013

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My Goals:
Drink more water, eat more fruits, vegetables and protein. Eat less carbs, sugar, bad fat. Man I really like carbs. So far so good though.

A lot of people in my family are diabetic and I have just the right body type to inherit diabetes. So the belly fat has to be greatly reduced. And the diet has to stay healthy and controled.

My Program:
Tracking calories with the food tracker on Sparkpeople. That is such an amazing tool! I started tracking before I started really eating right and it was kind of mind boggling to see how much I was eating. "I ate 4,000 calories today? Oh no wonder I've put on so much weight!"

Anything to move my body. I have a job that keeps me sitting a lot so it's challenging to get more activity in. I love the 10 minute videos on here. I can actually squeeze them in when I'm in my office some days.

I'd like to get back to where I can go 3-3.5 mph on the treadmill. I'm super out of shape but getting better all the time.

Staying positive! Staying realistic! Staying dedicated to my health!

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