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I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I was raised going to the McDonald's drive-thru for breakfast each morning and eating junk food every night. In high school, during my junior year, my mom and I decided to try the low carb diet. I went from 196 pounds (my heaviest at the time) to 140 pounds by my senior year in high school. I was able to maintain my weightloss through my first year of college.

After my first year of college, I transferred to a new school. I wasn't living at home any more, and I made new friends (including Miami Subs, Taco Bell and alcohol!) and I visited my new friends frequently. In college, I ballooned back up to around 215... then I would lose down to around 190 and learned to be comfortable around that weight.

Post college, I tried several fad diets. One of which got me down to about 170 lbs (low sodium diet), but with these diets, I would always gain my weight back immediately after going back to "eating normal,"

I met my future husband in September of 2007. Then, I weighed right at 200 pounds. It was at this point that I decided to get the Depo Provera shot. The "birth control shot" paired with being in a new relationship helped me grow to my heaviest weight yet... 265 pounds. In November of 2008, my then boyfriend (now husband) and I weighed 265 pounds a piece. We decided that we had to do something to change our lives, and that we wanted to do so together. That was when we found SparkPeople.com. We both joined and started counting our calories. My husband lost 85 pounds quickly (because we all know how fast men can lose weight!) and I lost 75 by our wedding day, September 4, 2010.

Since then, my weight has been fluctuating between 190 and 210 pounds. On New Years Day 2012, I weighed in at 216 pounds and I decided that all of these "diets" weren't going to work anymore- I had to make a LIFESTYLE change. I cut all artificial sweeteners out of my diet, as well as high fructose corn syrup. I moved to eating more organic foods and now, my husband and I try to cook at home more often than going out. We also started working out and doing Tony Horton's P90X program. Because of these changes, I now weigh 208 pounds. However, I know that if I get serious and start tracking my calories again and stay within my calorie budget rather than simply guessing how many calories I have a day, I can finally meet, and stay at, my goal weight.

I have to get healthy for myself, for my husband, and for our future together. I have too many things to look forward to in the future to let my health keep being the "thing" that is constantly in question. So here I am! I hope that I will really be able to keep up with this page and my progress for GOOD this time, and that I will finally be able to meet and keep my goal weight of 140 pounds by Christmas of this year.

Member Since: 10/10/2011

My Goals:
- To look good standing next to my smokin' hot husband
- To be healthy enough to have kids
- To be a better wife
- To give up food addictions I have had FOR GOOD
- To be happier
- To feel better about myself and my future
- To look good in a bathing suit

My Program:
- Tracking calories, and not eating over 1,300 calories a day
- Working out daily (currently doing P90X)
- Cooking recipes from SparkPeople.com
- Telling family/friends about sparkpeople.com

Personal Information:
I am from Clayton, N.C. a small town outside of Raleigh. I have worked with children since I got my first job at age 16 and I am a currently a middle school teacher. I am happily married and together, my husband and I have a wonderful dog, T-Bone. I am a Christian and I am continuing to build my faith every day.

Other Information:
Favorite Book: She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Favorite Movie: Moulin Rouge

Favorite Musical Artist: Michael Jackson

Favorite Vacation: a CRUISE!

Favorite Healthy Meal: My husband's pizza!

Favorite Hobbies: Watching T.V., working out, singing, fishing and going to musical shows

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    Hi Hannah and Welcome to the Dealing with Anxiety Team. It's good to know we're not alone. Please visit our boards, we are a friendly team.
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