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12.29.14 - This year didn't go as expected. I held on to maintenance for a full year. The last 3 months I lost it, I have gained 10lbs. There are a verity of reasons. The main one is that I lost my spark. Stop exercising (even my beloved bike) and started eating and drinking too much.
My new goal is to be back at goal by the end of May 2015.

2.26.14 - I hit goal weight in Sept 2013!!!! This is the longest I have maintained my goal weight....EVER! I am currently experimenting with NOT tracking my food and exercise. I do it here and there and also measure my food so that my eyes aren't playing tricks on me as to what a true portion size is. We will see how it goes! If my weight starts creeping back up, I'll start tracking on a regular basis again!
No one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending
Everyday is a new day, you make a choice each and everyday. Am doing what I need to be doing to be healthy and lose weight or tone up??
I have decided to live everyday one day at a time. To NOT beat myself up for wrong choices. Do the best I can with what the day brings me.
I will meet my goals. I will be healthy for probably the first time in my life!

I am 41 years old and living in Northeast Indiana. I have two children and have been married to an awesome man for 19 years.

9/19/13 - Been a long time since I have updated. I finally got off my butt and stopped making excuses. Right now I am just 1 pound from goal range. At my heaviest I was 131 (Dec 2012). Doesn't sound like a lot but I am 5'0" and small build. It is considered obese for me. I am scared about maintenance. I belong and a co-captain of the Onyx Outlaws on the BLC team, which has helped my accountability about a ton! I am happy with what I see in the mirror but am not sure how to keep it! I am and continue to be a work in progress!

9/28/11 - The roller coaster continues. I am back up to 129, which is the weight I was at when I found SP. I know what I need to do but I am just not doing it.

4/7/11 - Time for an update. I FINALLY feel like I am getting it together. I am not tracking but I am eating better than I have in a long time. Watching my portions and not over doing it with deserts every night (just 2 times a week). I don't sneak in candy bars and other sweets through out the day either. I am back on a more regular exercise routine, I am still not back to the morning routine but I am for minimum of 20 minutes a day...everyday. I have stopped gaining and losing the same 3 pounds. I am staying fast at the current weight of 122. I feel stronger and have more energy than I have in a long time! Yes, I feel like I am finally getting back to where I was over a year ago! :-)

11/29/10 - Update - Still struggling. Trying to figure out what is going on inside of me that I don't want to do what it takes to get me back to goal weight. Maintaining 122-123 so at least I am not gaining. I need to get back to my goal weight to really feel comfortable in my own skin (and to get rid of my belly!)

8/2/10 - Having mixed emotions (still) on if I want to lose weight or maintain at the current point. Really liked the way my belly was disappearing when I was at goal but I am not really struggling to maintain at my current weight. Otherwise I am doing well emotionally, still learning my eating triggers and learning to control them.

7/8/10 - I am continue the daily struggle to get everything together and get back down to my goal weight. I so admire people here how have lost weight and don't seem to struggle to maintain. I am not beating myself up, I know it won't help me at all. I am in a life long journey and I am not about to give up!

3/21/10 - I lost a whole one pound since my last update but I am feeling better about myself then I have in about 6 months. I have come to the realization that I AM maintaining. I am doing just fine. I may be on the high end of my maintenance range but I am doing just fine!

1/28/10 - well I have officially taken myself out of the "maintaining" stage. I am now 8 pounds above my gaol. I only allowed myself 7 pounds. I am reading Spark I just finished Chapter 7 and I am starting to formulate a plan. I am going to start over. I am going to do the 28 day plan. Somewhere I missed something on my first journey. I slid back into bad eating habits and stop exercising on a regular basis. I am not beating myself up, I just figured there is a lesson I haven't learned yet.

9/30/09 - Today I have joined "At Goal & Maintaining" Team. I really do need help with maintaining. That I think is much harder than losing the weight. I have gotten lazy over the last couple of months (I hit my goal in June 2009). It is so very easy for me to fall back into the bad eating habits.

7/20/09 (Update): I am thrilled to say I was 1 pound from my goal on June 27th. Right on time to go on vacation (which was my previous goal). The bad thinig is that I went on vacation and got home and totally reverted back to the old bad habits! OK So Today is July 20th and I am returning to the good habits that I established before leaving almost a month ago!

(3-24-09) - How did I get here?
It may not be as easy as it appears. I love food SURE! But that can't be all there is right?
I was never fat as a child actually I was small, both in height and weight. The boys used to swing me around like a rag doll. While I do not and have never considered myself to be fat my heaviest has been just one pound over my "normal" range. I have not been healthy for a VERY long time if ever. I ate when I wanted and what I wanted without a thought of the consequences. Oh I remember back in high school thinking that I had a pot belly (I was 95 lbs then LOL). I really wanted to get rid of that but I didn't do much about it. Right after I graduated high school a girlfriend and I started working out at a place a lot like what Curves is like. I got in much better shape and I actually gained 10 pounds which I can only assume was all muscle. Then I got married. I stopped walking so much (I never had a car in high school). We ate out A LOT! I stopped working out after about 8 months but I never lost that weight. At 26 I had my first child. I gained about 30 pounds and lost it all very quickly but slowly after I was done breast feeding the weight crept up. I had my second child at 30; again the extra pounds went away rather fast. But you see I was still eating like I was pregnant and eating for two, still eating like I did back in high school.
After the weight came back after my second pregnancy I started to get concern. I was seeing my life slow down rather than speed up. So much was going on at home my son was having what I now know is signs of ADD but we thought were Autism. I had a new born; I had to go from 3 days a week part-time to 4 � ten hour days at work because my husband took a job for less pay. Then I felt like I just coasted. For YEARS I just coasted. Then came 2007, my son was having an awful time in school we went in for meetings at least once a month. My daughter was in the emergency room 3 times in 8 months for different things (the worse was being hit by a car- no permanent damage done). My father was diagnosis with colon cancer (he is cancer free today). My mother-in-law�s health went down hill very fast and she was unable to live by herself. A lot of family drama was going on when there are 9 siblings! I was differently WAY down on the �to do� list. All the while I was able to look at myself in the mirror less and less from the neck up let alone from the neck down. My husband, bless him, still told me how beautiful I was, how sexy I was. So I used that as an excuse as well. Well if HE thinks I look good�
Things got much better in 2008 but I went back to coasting. Actually as I am thinking about it was more like I was waiting. I was waiting for the next bad thing to happen. When I got on the scale and saw that I was just a pound away from being considered obese it scared me. Then I knew I had to do something!
I finally got tired of being tired all the time, of being moody, of snapping at everyone that means the most to me. Most of all I got tired looking down and seeing my belly stick out as far as my D cups!!!

Member Since: 8/23/2008

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I want to be healthy - stay healthy and like the way I look!

Weigh-in every Wednesday and update my tracker, regardless what it says!

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I love the outdoors. Hiking, biking, and camping are some of my favorite activities I am NOT a cold weather girl. I have a treadmill and a bike trainer in my basement for that very reason!

I have worked for 18+ years as an Accounting Clerk, taking care of Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. As much as it pains me to admit it. I love what I do for a living.

My Spark Page is just that, Mine. You won't see pictures of my family or friends here. It is about me and what I need to do to make myself a better wife, mom, daughter, friend, sister...etc.

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"Self Trust is the essence of heroism"Ralph Waldo Emerson

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live" Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"You are only confined by the wall you build yourself!"

"Just do it! Because it might suck that you can't eat your favorite foods everyday but it sucks even more being in a body you hate!"

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