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July 2011. Me, far right. Even the hair appears to have given up. @high 160s.

2012. Who wears this to the beach?

October 2010. The weight was creeping up. That poor dress was bursting at the seams.


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Hello! I joined SparkPeople hoping to see change, make some friends, find inspiration and gain - and lend - support in this weight loss journey.

I was a chubby child, a chubby teen and have spent my adult life vacillating between being average weight to overweight, and for the most part, keeping it in check.

Over the course of two years spent in an unhappy job and subsequent lay-off, however, I watched my weight creep up, all the while telling myself that the diet would start 'tomorrow' - such a cliche - and not really making any serious effort to stop it. It was a time when I thought nothing of devouring and entire bag of goldfish crackers in a single late-night sitting, only to have to answer to my children the next day.

I've hit rock bottom a few times since then. But my dieting efforts so far have been short lived, short bursts of unsustainable drastic measures. This time is different.

I am now at my peak weight of all time and it's time to come down the incline. I'm tired of living the way that I have been - feeling anxious about social gatherings, hiding from cameras, feeling unattractive, dressing strategically.

I am coming to terms with the fact that my journey is not going to be a sprint. My path will be a winding one and there will likely be obstacles, plateaus, inclines and.. victories. And I'm finding acceptance of this fact liberating and comforting and something that I hope will help get me past whatever pitfalls come up - or I throw in - my way.

"It always seems impossible until it's done".

Such encouraging words to hear 5 days into my weight loss journey when the goal of losing even 10 pounds feels unreachable. But all things are possible. All things.

And so with that, onward. :)

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