JODIEC79   46,547
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Thanks for all of the kinds words and messages...and goodies! It is wonderful to hear all the kind words of encouragement that have been posted and messaged to me!


I admit...I have completely fallen off of the "wagon". I quit tracking, I took a break from SP, and I quit worrying about exercise. It has been my biggest mistake to date. By taking a "break" I allowed myself to go back to my old routine and even gain back 15 lbs that I had completely lost. ...
Thanks for all of the kinds words and messages...and goodies! It is wonderful to hear all the kind words of encouragement that have been posted and messaged to me!


I admit...I have completely fallen off of the "wagon". I quit tracking, I took a break from SP, and I quit worrying about exercise. It has been my biggest mistake to date. By taking a "break" I allowed myself to go back to my old routine and even gain back 15 lbs that I had completely lost.

Now I am starting over from the beginning. I am going to do what I enjoy and focus on what I am eating.

I want to begin focusing on eating food that is full of flavor, rather than quick meals that leave me feeling gross.

I want to begin working on running. I have always wanted to be a runner, finally it will become a reality. I was always the last one around the track in high school, and the one that NEVER joined sports teams. I used to figure skate when I was young, and ski. This year I had a horrible experience. My DH and I bought new skis, however, they didn't have boots to fit over my calves. I was mortified. I want to be able to strap on skis for this coming season. I want to be able to do those things that I used to enjoy. I don't want my weight to be a factor. I want it to be MY decision whether I do something or not.

My Story:

I have decided that it is time to focus on my health and my weight.
My entire life I have worried and taken care of everyone else around me, never focused on my needs.
It's interesting how in school, I remember thinking I was fat. However, I wasn't even close to fat. I was always in decent shape. About 9 years ago I went through some really hard times and I truly believe that that is where my struggles with weight began. I was in a severe accident that resulted in my having surgery done. I wasn't able to do walk or climb stairs comfortably, so I stopped. I had it in my head that it hurt, and the "I can't" saying stuck in my head for a long time.
After my initial surgery, I was on crutches for approx. 6 months. Throughout that time I was wearing a size 7 pants, which hadn't happened for a few years (normally I wore a size 9). It felt great! Then after I got back on my feet (so to speak) the weight started to creep on, I got very depressed.
My doctor finally diagnosed me, but I didn't understand why and how I went from happy to depressed. I was told it was due to head trauma in my accident. I didn't believe it. However, after much research and waiting for far too long, I have learned that in fact depression and mood changes are normal results of head trauma. (Among many others).
I have always struggled with low self-esteem, but the negative feelings seemed to multiply and I was not able to control them. I started to relay on food as my "shoulder to cry on".
Then, on top of it all, I went through some very bad relationships. Now, looking back, I feel like I was so busy relying on others to make me feel better, that I totally lost myself.
I realize that this is going to be a lot of hard work, and I am the type of person who tends to give up when I don't see miracle results. However, I think I have my head in the right place.
I think part of my journey is not just losing weight, but learning about who I am and what I like. Finding myself again so to speak.
I might not have a huge weight loss number at the moment, but I know I will. I have so many things that I need to work on, it is a one thing at a time situation. And while I am working on everything else, I am also working on my health and weight.
I am done with excuses! I need to keep up my focus and keep up my spirits.
There are so many good things have happened in the past 8 months in my life, in a positive way. With a good positive attitude, things will only continue to get better every day.

My Accomplishments To Date:

I have been a non-smoker since December '07.
I have been off of my medication since May '08.
I have graduated from college May '08
I have accepted a new job as an Interpreter (June '08)
I have moved out onto my own (August '08)
I have created, and stuck with a budget (September '08)
I have begun paying off my debt (September '08)
I have completed 60 min's on the elliptical (November '08)
I have completed 60 min's Ball Class. (November '08)
I will try home video (FOD) workouts (Started P90X)
I will do 20 min's on the treadmill (September '08)
I will do 60 min's on the treadmill (September '08)
SUCCESS... 10 lbs GONE FOREVER May '08
SUCCESS... 12 lbs GONE FOREVER Nov '08
SUCCESS... 15 lbs GONE FOREVER Jan '09
SUCCESS... 20 lbs GONE FOREVER Apr '09
SUCCESS... 33 lbs GONE FOREVER Aug '09
I married my wonderful hubby (August '09)
Became debt free (August '10)

The Measurements:

July 2010
Left Right
Upper Arm 16.25" 16.25"
Chest 51"
Waist 52
Hips 55.5"
Thigh 29.00" 30.00"
Calf 18.75" 19.25"

June 2012

Left Right
Upper Arm 16.25" 16.25"
Chest 47"
Waist 48"
Hips 54"
Thigh 26" 28"
Calf 19" 20"

April 2013

Left Right
Upper Arm 16" 16"
Chest 46"
Waist 45"
Hips 51"
Thigh 25.5" 26"
Calf 18.25" 18.25"

I will accomplish the following:

I will complete a running (training) program.
I will do the P90X program.
I will try spinning (biking)
I will try rowing
I will try Yoga
I will try Pilates

I will succeed in losing 40 lbs
I will succeed in losing 50 lbs
I will succeed in losing 60 lbs
I will succeed in losing 70 lbs
I will succeed in losing 80 lbs
I will succeed in losing 90 lbs
I will succeed in losing 100 lbs

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Member Since: 1/1/2008

SparkPoints: 46,547

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My Goals:
I want to lose weight and feel comfortable with myself again.

*Drink 8 Glasses of Water Daily

*Maintain calories to daily limits

*Eat 3 servings of fruit and 5 servings of veggies a day

*Do 15 minutes of exercise each day

*Avoid soda

*Save Money

*Do more photography

My Program:
My focus right now is:

Drinking 8 glasses of water/day

Begin adding exercise to my week

Keep calories within limits

Eating at home, and lots of flavor.

Personal Information:
I am from Ontario and now live in New York (Buffalo area).
I moved after marrying my husband last year.
I have always thought of myself as fat, but looking back I never was...Until now. Now I feel like a skinny person until I see my own reflection. I feel uncomfortable in my skin. This will all change. I can do this!

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Happy Belated Birthday, DONE GIRL

In Sagittarius the Sun is idealistic and optimistic. Sagittarius is the sign that espouses such high principles as universal love and world peace. As this period of the year is associated with the spirit of giving and good cheer, the Sagittarius personality is recognized for its generosity and expansive demeanor. Sag loves to buy gifts for others. Sag is ruled by Jupiter which expands, so the Sag woman can be a big spender, but she works hard and can make a lot of money. Her health area is around her hips, so she can have nerve pain, joint or groin issues. She wanted to be like her Dad, so she loves being outside, and therefore she really isn't cut out to be a Stay-at-home-Mom. She is a hard worker, but she really doesn't love doing housework. She is a Tomboy at heart and a true athlete. She can have a weight issue, since she can overeat, but she really isn't cut out to be fat as she loves to stay active. She loves animals and can work at a job with animals. She can be a college Professor or a tour guide, as she loves to travel. She is very smart. She does have a blunt mouth, so don't ask her for an opinion unless you want to hear it "straight from the horse's mouth." She never keeps a grudge but tells you to your face what she thinks.
You are very gregarious, enthusiastic, and open, in all that you do. You have an ability to understand a broad perspective, and to see everything from a total point of view. Your foresight and an ability to visualize the big picture make matters work out well for you most of the time. Always thinking in broad abstract terms, you usually have trouble focusing on details that arise.
In many ways you are spontaneous, but with this comes an inclination to be bluntly honest and frank, or at least, straightforward and much to the point. You never intend to hurt anyone, but the truth is all important to you, and you never hesitate to tell it like it is. Tact and restraint can be issues of concern, but you probably don't care. You are so independent. You can rarely be pushed an inch in any direction unless you decide the direction your being pushed is where you want to go.
These blows are softened only by your warm, jovial and outgoing friendliness. Even when you stick your hoof in your mouth you can recover and show up as a winner. Often "lady luck" just smiles on you. Sagittarius has a happy-go-lucky, honest, cheerful, and ever optimistic approach to life; but then can turn right around and be so careless, restless and extravagant.
You have a natural love of the outdoors and may develop strong enthusiasm for sports and outdoor adventure. Sagittarius is the sign most often associated with sports, and you are inclined to physical activity and active endeavors, particularly outdoors.
Future-oriented, you rarely allow problems or setbacks to get you down for long. You put disappointment behind you and start working toward your next adventure. Never satisfied with moving along in slow lane, you want to set the pace on a grand scale. Whatever you set out to do, must be the biggest and best. You want to live life to its fullest. You can work well with anybody, accepting them for what they are. You are the natural, open-hearted extrovert, an easy person live and work with. Relying on your glibness and complete self-confidence, you are a natural in the world of selling. Still in the area of organization and perseverance you may need help from other factors in the chart. If you are like most Sagittarius natives, you can be down right irresponsible and unreliable at times. Your personality is such, however, that people don't get upset about it. It's that natural Sagittarius charm that carries you through the tough spots.
Sagittarius is the sign of higher education. You live to expand your horizons in every possible way, wanting to see the world and experience it. You want to meet interesting people and try everything. Your curiosity is boundless and your desire for knowledge is paramount.

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