This is me when I was 23 (I think). I'm using this photo to motivate myself to lose weight.
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I'm a 32 year old mom of a toddler, and I've gained about 50 extra pounds in the past few years. My biggest weakness is fast food - I'm an addict. Plus I HATE to cook. I'm an insomniac and I never seem to have any time or energy to work on myself.
7/28/13 I've been on SparkPeople for almost two months, and there have already been a lot of positive changes. The first couple of weeks were very tough, but now I've seen a dramatic improvement in my insomnia. I'm down 13 pounds and my clothes fit better, I'm more flexible, and the pain that's been bothering me in my shoulder is now completely manageable with some simple exercises!
I still haven't kicked my fast food addiction, but more and more I'm able to at least modify the meal I'm having so that it's not as bad as it was.
Tracking my calories and nutrients has been the most instrumental thing in giving me the awareness to deliberately choose better foods. I mess up so much, I'm amazed that I'm doing well enough to keep losing weight, but I'm not complaining.
So far I love SparkPeople. These people take a kind, compassionate, and realistic approach. I've learned that everybody makes mistakes and that's normal, and the only way to make a long-lasting lifestyle change is to learn the art of forgiving yourself and getting back on the horse when you fall off. When I read advice that says, "Never eat fast food," I feel frustrated, embarrassed, and alone. It seems impossible. But what I hear from SparkPeople is, "Don't give up the foods you enjoy, but focus on adding more healthy foods and healthy habits, SLOWLY and gradually, one small step at a time. It shouldn't be painful, it should be fun!" This is caring and realistic.
So far I haven't participated a whole lot in the community, yet from my SparkFriends and the articles I read, it's very clear that this community has something special and unique - everyone, without exception, seems supportive, caring, and enthusiastic. But not in an annoying way!
Since I tend to backslide on my nutrition goals pretty frequently, I've just made my nutrition and fitness trackers visible on my SparkPage. Hope it will help keep me accountable.
For years my hope of losing this extra weight and fixing my terrible eating habits has been dwindling. But somehow I know that the trackers, reports, and other resources on this website are just the support I need to really do it this time. I've already made better progress than ever before, and that proves it to me.
I want to be significantly thinner by my daughter's 2nd birthday. I'd like to be at my IDEAL weight by New Year's Day 2014.
8/10/13 - I decided to be even more ambitious, wanting to reach 115 instead of 120, so it will take at least until the end of January to reach that goal.
I'm tracking my calories now, with a goal of 1200-1550 per day. When I can, I'm doing a workout DVD of "bootcamp" high-impact aerobics and strength training. I go for a walk outside when I can and I'm also going to fit in walking on a manual treadmill while watching TV when I'm not quite up to the intense workout DVD.
I'm originally from Washington state, and now I live in North Carolina with my husband and almost-2-year-old daughter.
| current weight: 148.0