Me, before gaining 55 lbs.
Riding at the Giza Pyramids
Inside one of the tombs at Saqqara. The paintings are still so vivid after thousands of years!
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Hi! Welcome to my page! My name is Melissa. I'm a mother of 5 beautiful children, ages 23, 21, 16, 14 and 6. I've struggled with my weight all my life and have tried every crash diet that was ever designed. My greatest success was with the Atkins diet, on which I lost over 100 pounds. Unfortunately, that sort of lifestyle isn't easy to maintain, and I gained back 65 of those pounds.
Since starting SparkPeople, I have lost a lot of weight using a low-carb diet plan. I got my diabetes under control and periodic checks show my blood sugar within a normal range. I found, though, that I stopped losing weight on the low-carb, high protein diet I was on before. Also, my food stopped digesting properly and my stomach started to hurt every time I ate.
Now, I am just watching my calories. I've learned how to cook using a lot less added fat and am using herbs and spices to give my foods more flavor. I have also replaced my full-fat cheeses with low fat or fat-free cheeses and have replaced my eggs with Egg Beaters. I also limit my meat to the recommended serving sizes. My stomach feels better, and I'm losing weight again.
So, come join me as I work my way toward better health! You are always welcome!
I'm taking it a little bit at a time. My ultimate goal is 140 lbs. Right now, I'm working on 10%.
First goal - 239. 7/30/09
Next goal - 215 3/2/10
Third goal - 193
Fourth goal - 174
Fifth goal - 160
Sixth goal - 144
Final goal - 140
I'm watching my calories, but not obsessing over them. I mostly eat what I want, when I want to eat it. I still eat some fat, but have learned how to cook without all the unnecessary added fats. Aside from cutting down on my fat, I am learning to eat proper portions.
The recipes from the Hungry Girl series cookbooks have really helped!
I'm originally from Battle Creek, Michigan, but have lived in a lot of different places, including Florida, Colorado, and even Cairo, Egypt. I currently live in Bremerton, Washington.
I am currently attending college online, working toward my BS in electronics engineering.
My all-time favorite book is Jane Eyre. My hobbies include hiking (believe it or not!) and oil painting.
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