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***NEVER, NEVER give up on yourself and never settle for less than the very best you can be....WHY? Because you are worth it!!Being Fit and Healthy is ONE of the GREATEST gifts you can give yourself and your loved ones!! Make a commitment to yourself to get in shape and STAY there for LIFE!!!****

Hi Everyone, my name is Michele. I am 32 years old and a single mom of a wonderful 13 year old son. I have basically been overweight all my life, but after I had my son it kind of got out of control, then my divorce sent my weight spiralling but in the wrong direction. Before I realized it I was over 300 pounds. Then one day I woke up and faced reality and realized I truly need to work on making my life healthier so I will be around years to come to watch my son grow up. So in May 2008 I signed up for something called the Mississippi Makeover Challenge thru Paul Lacoste Sports. I started on my life changing journey on June 4, 2008. The challenge was a 12 week program. I lost 42 pounds during it. I then decided I would never stop. I signed up for another 12 week fitness program and continue to lose every week. I will not give up and always remind myself that this is a total lifestyle change. It is very tough, but I have to remember it didn't take one day or a week to put on, so will definitely take time to come off. But I will succeed. Quitting is NOT an option....I KNOW I CAN do this!!! I joined Spark People to find extra motivation from others and hopefully I can be motivation to others also.

Day 1 of Spark People 2009 Bootcamp!
Starting Weight - 247 Goal at end of 30 days 227 - Going to be a GREAT Way to start the New Year!
Day 2 - Going great so far!!
Day 3 - I usually weigh on Thursdays but weighed this morning and have lost 1.5 lbs!! Woohoo!!

Member Since: 10/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,188

My Goals:
My short term goal is to lose 100 pounds by February. Longterm I want to lose at least 150.

To develop and live a healthy LIFESTYLE that continues to grow everyday!

To Inspire others who want to lose weight and get healthy. To show them ANYTHING is possible with hard work and dedication!

My Program:
I work out Monday-Thursday morning, with intense cardio and strength training and cardio and ab work at night. Friday is my OFF day and I just do cardio on Saturday and Sunday. I also monitor my diet logging everything I eat.

Personal Information:
I live in Brandon, MS. I have a 13 year old son, who keeps me very busy. He is the best thing about my life...and the greatest support system EVER!!

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"What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever, in its place is something you've left behind... let it be something good"

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"- Confucius

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    Hi Michele thanks so much for stopping by my page and your sweet words. Congrats to you on your weight loss.. keep up the great work!! You're doing amazing!! I wish you the best on your weight loss journey!! Happy Happy New Year!! emoticon emoticon
    3309 days ago
    emoticon to the Goonies we are team that's very Motivational, Encouraging & Supportive. the Goonies team together lost over 3700 lbs & 1000 inches lost since 1/1/08

    We are so happy to have you with us, we will work emoticon with you to help you lose weight emoticon and feel great. We have challenges and team goals as well as team support so be sure to say hello and also sign up for the challenges believe me joining in on the challenges is what is going to get you to reach your goals and you will get alot of encouragement and support from us. No one should have to go this alone. emoticon That's not the way it should be. Together we can do it emoticon

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    3347 days ago
    Welcome to the Goonies!! emoticon
    3347 days ago
    Welcome to Goonies!
    3348 days ago
    emoticon to the Goonies ~ we are a very caring & supportive team!!

    Please join us on the CHAT thread, so we can all get to know you and sign-up for the November weigh-in, every little bit helps & keeps us all accountable!

    Glad you are here with us ~ we are all so worthy of this healthy journey!!
    3348 days ago
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