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Pic 3: My friend and I at her baby shower. June 5, 2010





Easter Weekend 2013, Daffodil Hill- weight getting better after food allergy diagnosis :)





All 212 pounds of me at my graduation for my M.Ed., June 12, 2009, right before starting my journey.



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"I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost

My name is Melissa and I have been overweight all my life, but slimmer now than I have ever been before. My highest was 240. At 5"4, I wasn't just round, I was rectangular. Why? Well aside from some lovely medications and med complications, food used to make me happy. USED TO. (I can't blame it all on the meds. It's time to take some of the responsibility.) Since I found the support at spark and my love of spin and my renewed love of dance at the gym, I no longer have to rely on food to comfort ...
My name is Melissa and I have been overweight all my life, but slimmer now than I have ever been before. My highest was 240. At 5"4, I wasn't just round, I was rectangular. Why? Well aside from some lovely medications and med complications, food used to make me happy. USED TO. (I can't blame it all on the meds. It's time to take some of the responsibility.) Since I found the support at spark and my love of spin and my renewed love of dance at the gym, I no longer have to rely on food to comfort me. If I am angry, it helps to work it off. If I am sad, food is not the friend I turn to. If I am bored, I do not look to food as entertainment. I no longer emotionally eat at all! Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy food, but I can control what I eat, how much I eat, and when I eat it now. I enjoy the taste, not just the quantity.

So what does all that result in? Well, since early June of 2009, I have gone from a 16 at 212 lbs. to a 4, as of October, 2010. But I am still chubby, so I will continue to work on it. When you are short, any weight seems to show. Having never ever been this small, I always thought being this size would be a slim, trim 2.0 upgrade. Nope, not yet! No amount of spin or sexy dance classes can take away the frame God gave me. Who knows where this journey will take me, but I am up for anything. I have crazy strong muscular legs and ok arms-not the best, but better- and I am working on my squishy (albeit diminishing) middle. I know there are muscles under there with all the ab work I do....somewhere! Of course I have my walls. I have a heart condition, I have injuries, family pressure, backhanded compliments, etc. But nothing is more important to me than me...finally. I am not going to go back to the old me. I simply can't; it is too depressing to consider. There is only one for that ticker to move and it is forward progress, ticking down on the scale!

I love the supportive friends I have at spark and am always looking for more, so feel free to add me and message me. My personal messages from friends are what keeps me on track. Side note: If you are a teacher, i would love to hear from you. I am learning it is hard always eating in a rush with the demainding schedule i have. I am learning to manage it, butit is tricky. I would love to hear your tricks for being a super sparkler while exhausted at school.

UPDATE:
In late October of 2012, I was diagnosed with major food allergies. Most significantly, I am allergic to nickel--not just the metal, but nickel which is found in food. Basically if it is really healthy and good to eat, it seems that is is poison to me. If you are allergic to nickel, let's do this together! It's a new chapter for me so I am starting 2013 on Spark to work through it with the friends who have supported me best with my food challenges. :)

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Member Since: 6/24/2009

SparkPoints: 5,801

Fitness Minutes: 6,208

My Goals:
Continue to exercise consistently as I have been since mid June 2009. So far it is paying off big time. ;)

My Program:
Currently, my program is to manage my eating while paying attention to my food allergies.

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My name is Melissa and I live in Los Angeles with all those who are sucked and stitched. But I want to lose it the right way! ;)

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A bunch of random stuff I like:

I like to look at art and make art. I love to listen to music, especially if it's live. I like to read (biographies and pretty much anything). I love fashion; I like to make my own things and have since had to buy a new dress form since joining spark! :) I love movies and have about 400 dvds. I depend on the ones that make me laugh the most. That's all I can think of. Anything else you want to know, just ask.

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STARTINGINLIMBO
4/12/2014 10:06:09 AM

Hey, how's it going? Miss you!



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UFCCHICK
2/8/2014 12:27:45 AM

Long time no talk lady! I'm currently expecting our second child which is exciting. He'll be here April 17th! We have a almost one year old daughter now. Once I have this little guy is game on! I hope to finally get this weight off. I hope your doing well out in sunny CA!



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STARTINGINLIMBO
11/23/2013 5:17:03 PM

I hope you're done with report cards by now.
Did you see I found out I have a major problem with zucchini?
I hope you're having a great weekend.



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STARTINGINLIMBO
11/20/2013 7:13:33 PM

You too? ugh. I think I'll go put the offending larger curling iron away since I've not been using it anyway.



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STARTINGINLIMBO
11/18/2013 3:46:44 PM

100 report cards?!!!! Wow....
That does sound time consuming.
That's cool you posted someth9ing new to the group. I just answered, but it's not much of an answer, sorry. heh
Thanks for the goodie
I'm feeling healthier and happy, yes, except for my itchy ugly skin in places!



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