Undergrad graduation 4/27/14. This was about 3 weeks before I started counting again (about 286).
November 2014. Me with my parents and brothers. I wouldn't trade them for the world!
Sept. 2009, my senior year of high school. This is the lowest weight I really remember, about 227.
Hi guys! I'm once again trying to start fresh. I am 22 years old and in graduate school. I started Sparkpeople in 2010, but haven't kept up with it (motivation is a big problem for me). Now I am more motivated and committed to weight loss than I have ever been. At one point I had lost 35 pounds and, unfortunately, I have gained back almost 15 of that. At my highest weight I was 286 lbs (I'm only 5 feet 6 inches). My ultimate goal is to be somewhere between 130 and 150 lbs., but I might find that I'm happy with my appearance at about 160. First, I am looking forward to being less than 227 pounds because that is the last weight I remember being in high school, at the beginning of my senior year. My next goal is to get below the 200 lb. mark (I can't remember the last time that I was there). I am in a wedding this summer and hoping to be under 200 lbs for the wedding. In addition, I plan on going to a beach for the first time ever this summer and would like to be much thinner by then. Ultimately, I would like to be my goal weight by the time I graduate in 2017 and be able to maintain that weight from then on.
I can't wait to look in the mirror or at pictures of myself and like the way I look.
I want to wear a bikini and go to the beach (I've never done either).
I want to be able to wear short shorts or a short dress and look good.
I want to be able to walk into any store and find something that will fit rather than heading directly to the sparsely stocked plus size section.
I never want to wear anything plus sized or with an "x" in it again.
I want to be able to trade clothes with my friends (I always had to squeeze into their mom's clothes even when I was younger).
I don't want to be the biggest girl that I know.
I want to feel less insecure because I would actually like the way that I look.
I want to be able to play tennis well again.
I want to be able to run a mile without stopping (I could never do that even in elementary school).
Right now I am focusing on counting calories. I plan on staying in the range of 1380-1740 calories, but trying to stay at the lower end of that range. This seems like the best way for me to track what I am eating and maintain control. I want to start exercising and going to the gym because I want to lose a large amount of weight, but have as little excess skin as possible. I plan to count calories everyday with only the occasional slip up. I'm going to make an extra effort to drink more water and go to the gym 5 days a week.
I'm 22 years old and an occupational therapy graduate student.
A recent break up with my boyfriend of almost four years left me temporarily devastated and unsure of most things. Since then, I have decided to focus on myself. I want to build my self-esteem as well as find out what really interests me and who I am. Losing weight will be one of the many things that I will start doing for myself.
"Six months from now you're not going to remember how those cookies tasted, but you will be able to see results."
"If you're sick of starting over, stop giving up."
"If you gave up today, think of how much you'll regret it 3 months from now where you could by 15-20 lbs. lighter"
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| current weight: 286.0
551 days ago
Happy belated birthday, Done Girl!!
551 days ago
Happy Belated Birthday, DONE GIRL
The symbol for Leo is the Lion, and most Leo natives display many of regal traits of the king of beasts. Leo loves children and makes a good teacher, but she seldom has many children of her own.
In Leo, the Sun is magnetic, forceful, and dominate. You possess a good nature that is very generous, allowing you to attract many friends and followers. You can easily become a natural leader because of your demeanor and because you are ambitious, determined, and highly industrious. Self-assurance and dignity are very strong in your nature. Your magnetic personality lets you sell yourself or your ideas easily, and your persistence at doing so further enhances your leadership potential. You are at your best when placed in charge of a large scheme, for you are truly a fine organizer. You enjoy being in a position of authority because you know you were born to rule. Your sunny disposition allows you to be candid, outspoken, and very direct in all matters, without upsetting people. You possess natural leadership ability, and project such confidence and authority that you inspire others to follow you.
The typical Leo is a natural showman, and delights in having a full measure of recognition and admiration. Leo is the most expressive sign in the zodiac. You love to show off. You probably see your role in life as the starring role. Often the Leo personality chooses some artistic form through which to express talent. There is much drama associated with Leo, and the general approach to life is full of emotional exuberance. If you are not careful, these traits can result in too large an ego, which in turn can make you very susceptible to flattery. Though you have a high opinion of yourself, you still need the approbation and appreciation of your friends and followers. Your ego needs constant reinforcement. This helps keep the spotlight focused on your activities.
Naturally emotionally exuberant, you are not only a good actor, but you make a truly outstanding teacher, as well. The Leo association with the fifth house of the chart suggests a strong bond with children. You may consider your children to be expressions of your creativity. Typically, the Leo is very close to children, the loving benefactor and protector.
The lordly Leo sometimes feels there should be an automatic granting of power and authority. Because of this, you may be one of those Leo types who doesn't feel the need to work your way to the top. Though in many ways you show that you are ambitious, you also can be lazy. You may only want to work at jobs that offer prestige, glamour, power or a good time. You exert yourself only in those situations were you can exhibit your star quality, and garner the attention and respect of others.
Your gift is surely the ability that you naturally possess to lead and to inspire. You are at home on the stage or at the podium. Your poorest showing comes when you are unable to control your ego, and you let an exaggerated sense of your own importance get the upper hand. In spite of your self-assurance and dignity, you may have a degree of concern about being laughed at or disgraced in some way. Again, ego is at the base of your nature and being.
Leo gets along well with another Leo as they can share "royal" duties. Also, Aries, Sagittarius, Gemini, Libra and sometimes Aquarius who is their opposite. They should avoid Scorpio who is secretive and jealous which doesn't work well for the Leo who is open and honest and loves having friends. Leo's health issues are the spine and the heart.
551 days ago
I hope your day was a groovy one!!
551 days ago
Happy Belated Birthday, Done Girl! Hope you had a great day and all the best for the year ahead! Woot woot!!!
551 days ago