GYPSYGOTH   83,345
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Left, May 2012 (candid by my son...): Size 14 jeans. Right, Nov 2013: Size 6 dress. Woohoo!





Before, c. 2000/ 200 lbs, size 18. "During" c. 2007, 140 lbs, size 8





At the Mayan ruins in Tulum, March 2014 (138 lbs)



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PRAISE SPARK, I LOVE EXERCISE!

Hello everyone! I'm Desiree.

Thanks to those who voted me a motivator. It's nice to remember that I've come a long way. (Thank you SparkPeople!)

A huge thanks to my awesome team of many years, my HEN HOUSE chickies! You are seriously THE BEST FRIENDS and the best support a girl could ask for. (And we're always happy to have new regulars!)

This is why I eat more fat and fewer grains these days: ...
Hello everyone! I'm Desiree.

Thanks to those who voted me a motivator. It's nice to remember that I've come a long way. (Thank you SparkPeople!)

A huge thanks to my awesome team of many years, my HEN HOUSE chickies! You are seriously THE BEST FRIENDS and the best support a girl could ask for. (And we're always happy to have new regulars!)

This is why I eat more fat and fewer grains these days: www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/PIIS08999007
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...And this is why you should stop obsessing about the number on the scale and focus on health: backonpointe.tumblr.com/post/39609375456/e
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I am getting "close" to my original goal of something like 127- within 10 pounds! Right now I am focusing on building muscle and toning up as much as I can.

~NEW GOALS & REWARDS~
-160 lbs - met in June! ~ new swimsuit :D

-147 lbs by my 35th birthday (9/1/13)- met! ~ Cape Cod bday vacation weekend!

-137 lbs by New Year 2014 ~ NEW TATTOO! ~I flirt with this number all the time and it is way past the new year!

-Size six designer jeans~ still don't button

I would like to be below 25% body fat, at the very least, as a goal. Last I measured, on an electromagnetic impulse scale, I was at about 49%. Literally half of me was fat.

More about me:

I'm a 35-year-old mom of a 17-year-old boy, living in Watertown, MA. I've always been heavy and got up to my highest weight of around 200 when I was in the unhappy marriage, 205 pregnant, and then ~200 again months after the baby. I'm only 5'2".

I plateaued for a couple of years after my initial successes at losing with Spark, at my apparent "set weight," then 165. (The new one is 140!)

I don't need or want to be thin. I just need (and want) to be healthy: exercising AT LEAST 5 times a week (long walks, yoga class, heavy weights 3x/week, swimming, elliptical, rowing machine-- what have you got?) and eating lots of fruits and veggies.

I love new SparkFriends and invite anyone to come on into the very chatty Hen House, which I co-lead, or the Cambridge, MA (and surrounding areas) team, which I'd like to grow again!

More (technical) advice for newbies:

Make sure you make your own SparkPage and add people; you have to "add back" people who add you so they are notified of your activity! You can view the list of people you've not yet mutually added by going to your "friend feed," "see all updates" (at the bottom), and then clicking the "Click here to see your friends" in the top paragraph! Then be sure to blog and/or use your "status update," because that shows up for mutual friends and it's a great way to support each other!
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GYPSYGOTH is working on a life change from lazy to productive. No wasting all day on the internet. Only here and there :)
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Member Since: 6/19/2006

SparkPoints: 83,345

Fitness Minutes: 47,202

My Goals:
Currently about 135 lbs and a size 6/8. I was a size 18 at my highest weight of ~200 and sat at a 14 and 165 lbs for about four years. I'm only 5'2".

Main present goal: Continue changing body fat into muscle.

Overall goals: Make exercise a permanent part of my life that I ENJOY!
(CHECK!!!!)

Stop obsessing about food and learn to eat to fuel my body, not my appetites. (PRETTY CLOSE!)

LOVE THYSELF AND STRIVE NOT FOR PERFECTION! (I try every day, but I am a Virgo...)

My Program:
1600-2100 calories a day when I am working out hard; 1300-1500 when I'm not; striving for 25 g fiber, at least 70g protein, 40-80g fat, and 90-150g carbs, focusing on vegetables and fruits rather than grains.

Eating CLEAN (real, whole foods), mostly Primal (see: Mark's Daily Apple) and at least 60 mins of exercise at least 5x/week: strength training, cardio machines, yoga, walking, etc.

I have a FitBit Zip and I try to get 15,000 steps a day and about 1,000 fitness minutes a week (including the walking).

Personal Information:
I'm 35, originally from New Mexico, a Bostonian for over 25 years. Mom of a 17-year-old boy. Currently unemployed, although my "field" is office management.

Aspiring singer-songwriter, writer, rather poor painter, and jewelry designer.



Other Information:
I love literature and the language, music (I play viola and guitar), nature, the arts, and animals. I'm a bleeding heart liberal and a "godless" pagan heathen ;)


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PASKALINI
7/9/2014 3:24:53 PM

I just find it really difficult to eat and keep the fats so low. I like some nuts and a little olive oil on my salads but then it's like I can't eat anything else without going way over. I try to eat healthy fats but still it's difficult. I generally range from 40-50% as well. Thanks for the heads up :)



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ADF1981
7/9/2014 1:28:53 PM

Thanks for the interval suggestion! I may try that on tomorrow's walk. And thanks for the sweet comments on my new photo!



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BOSTONBLUESGIRL
7/9/2014 10:57:21 AM

You have no idea how much I needed that break. I feel so much better as a result.



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CERTHIA
7/8/2014 4:26:46 PM

Your healthcare system boggles me, Iv'e quit even trying to make sense of it.. I'm so grateful we have universal statefunded healthcare where I live.

Glad to hear you are fine!
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PASKALINI
7/8/2014 4:10:05 AM

Look forward not back I need to apply this to multiple areas of my life!

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