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I'm a life-timer! I went on my first "diet" at 10 years old when my mom told me my grandmother thought I was too heavy. I had no idea what to do so I started skipping lunch. I wish that had never happened - it's how the yo yo began! A couple of years later I was counting calories and not eating over 1000 calories/day. My mom would give me a surprise if I lost at least 5 lb/week. I'm not blaming my mom, really. Looking back, she was obviously so ignorant as to how to properly lose and maintain weight. I do think she thought she was helping me.... but it's a lesson to me as I raise my own daughter.
I've done Slim Fast (a few times), Weight Watchers (a few times), South Beach, Atkins (a couple of times) plus a couple of other variations similar to South Beach or Atkins. I've done the Grapefruit diet, the Cabbage Soup diet, the Heart Patient diet, the Six Week Body Makeover, Deal-A-Meal and the Special K diet. I've used Phenterimine and misc over the counter and all natural weight loss drugs and supplements. I lost a lot of weight with almost every one of these - lots! I'm a pretty good 'dieter.' The problem is keeping it off. That has never happened. I've always gained it all back and then some. Plus some of these diets have caused additional health conditions due to their various food type restrictions - the yo yo'ing has done this as well. In fact, I don't seem to have the typical fat people health issues. It's the weird stuff I get.
This is my second time with Spark People, but I really don't consider it a diet. It seems more like a way of life. And it seems to be sinking in more this time. I'm hopeful about who I'm becoming as I grow older and grow up.

I'm a super-busy woman! I work full time, I'm a mom full time and I'm a wife full time. ;o) I wear many hats. It's easy to put myself last, but I'm making huge strides forward in my nutrition and fitness. I can do things I never thought I could when I push myself.

I'm an addict! I'm definitely a sugar addict and have consciously used sugar as a drug when I've been upset and depressed (it converts to alcohol, you know).
I've overcome other bad habits and addictions. I used to smoke a pack a day. I use to drink daily and was at a bar most nights. Today I'm an obnoxious non-smoker and have maybe two drinks a year. Changing those habits and breaking those addictions 1) did not happen overnight and 2) did not happen the first time I tried. The key is to pick yourself up and try again. This is what I keep reminding myself.

My hope for myself is that all the information I've gathered over the years in my diet attempts - what works, WHAT DOESN'T (not just what works to drop weight, but what works to make me healthy) - can be used to make me the healthiest person I can be. I pray that this is it. I will reach my goal and change the remainder of my life.

Member Since: 8/23/2012

Fitness Minutes: 3,292

My Goals:
15 lb - New Hair Straightener
22 lb - New Workout Outfit
37 lb - New hair cut
52 lb - Mani/Pedi/Eyes
67 lb - Special Outfit
77 lb - Boots
87 lb - Coach purse and lots of new clothes!

My Program:
I stick to the eating program that Spark People provides. I also watch my fiber and TRY to get at least 25 grams per day. I have more trouble with this though.

For exercise I usually walk or jog either on a track or treadmill, do old school Tae Bo or INSANITY. I shoot for 5 days/week.

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I live in Birmingham AL

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I have a great husband who's getting in shape with me!

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    Thank you so much for the nice comment!! emoticon

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    1795 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog - I really appreciate the support. I have been at goal a few months now but weight creeping up. Guess it is time to start tracking food again.
    1804 days ago
    Thank you for the help on the message board post and the wonderful comment you left on my Sparkpage. I didn't see it till today and it was a nice surprise for my day.

    What you said was totally right. Thanks again. And congrats on the progress you've made so far, you're doing great!
    1818 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. That job offer really came at me out of the blue! And at an already busy, time crunched time of the year! I went to the school and got a nice feeling about it. Then I met the principal and began seeing this as something that could be rewarding emotionally as well as financially. It was reaffirming to learn about a philosophy that empowers children and I look forward to seeing it in practice. If it doesn't work out - it's only 5 months. I do have a good feeling about this. In fact, that's the first thing I wrote on my "pro" list. I wrote a few more pros, met the principal and talked with her and never bothered writing a con list! Thanks again; I know I'll be blogging more about my new adventure.
    1822 days ago
    Welcome to the SP Community Team!!

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    1829 days ago
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