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November 2008 Finally Made Goal! (140 lbs GONE!)

Me at my biggest - 308 lbs (Summer 2006)

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Still close to goal weight after one year. I quit my jobs a few months ago to stay home with my boys full time. I have gained about 10 lbs back but I am finally finding my groove again and have been able to get back on track. I'm weighing in every week at my Weight Watchers meetings to make sure I am being honest. :) Not too worried about the weight gain as I know I am currently working on it. I don't want to focus too much on the number on the scale. I'm looking more at staying active and exercising on a regular basis and feeling good in the clothes I have.

I really want to do a 5k race this year.


I've had weight issues just about my entire life. Then came baby number one ... along with almost 100 extra pounds. I couldn't believe only a 6lb baby came out. He should have been at least 75 lbs when he was born! I was able to lose all that extra weight. I actually got down to a size 7.
Four years later came baby number two ...
Once again I gained a lot of weight. Not quite as much but was still well into the 200's.
Eighteen months later came baby number three ...
I just don't learn do I?!? This time I was 250 lbs after I had him.
Okay, so now I have three kids ... I'm so busy being a full time mom I completely forgot to take care of myself.

I finally get a membership to the YMCA. I decide to take an aerobics class one day and within the first 5 minutes of class I injured my knee. Went to the hospital and ended up on crutches and had to wear a leg brace for 6 months. More weight finds me during my injury.

Two years later ... my knee is still injured. Can't go up or down stairs and I have to be very careful how I move. I got very sick, kept gaining a lot more weight. I finally couldn't take the agony and went to the doctor (it took me months to do this, I hate doctors!). They weighed me in at a whopping 308 lbs. He told me if I didn't do something right away I was NOT going to be around for my kids another year. I had aquired diabetes and severe sleep apnea and a few other medical issues. I got put on meds and had to get fit for a c-pap machine for my sleep apnea.

One week later I joined Weight Watchers. It was very scary. I did not want to be there but I didn't want to be unhealthy any more. After the first year of being with Weight Watchers I joined a gym by my house. I started doing water aerobics 5 days a week. I loved it! My knee started getting much better and I was finally able to go up and down stairs! YEA!!
I loved water aerobics so much I applied for a job to be a water aerobics instructor. I got certified and was a water aerobics instructor for just over a year. I loved it!

None of my life changes come easy ... but, motivation and determination keeps me going. I have fallen down so many times but find the strength to get right back up. Changing lifestyle takes a lot of hard work every day. But, it is possible with the right tools.

Member Since: 7/2/2008

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I've had many goals that I have reached and plenty more to achieve.
I have daily goals that I struggle with ... mainly drinking all my water! But in the end it's all about being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis.

My Program:
Eating healthy. Drinking plenty of water. Staying active ... some sort of activity daily. And journaling ALL my food no matter what.

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I grew up around Atlanta, Ga. Found myself in Houston, Texas about 12 years ago.

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Anything is possible if you believe in yourself, set goals and work hard to achieve them.

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    Hi Lydia, long time since I stopped by to say hi! Hope you had a great holiday season...How wonderful to see you still at goal, I'm still struggling but won't give up. :)
    2260 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Checking on you and love to see how great you are doing.

    I'm reading the BECK DIET SOLUTION, which isn't a "diet" but she teaches how to THINK like a THIN person. (Got a copy from the library.) I recommend it to everyone. (We have a support team here at Sparks.)
    Walking for five minutes is better than walking for zero minutes. Exercise is essential even if I don't do very much at first. I can build up the amount that I do over time, but I have to start somewhere.
    Hunger is never an emergency. It is only mildly uncomfortable. I can tolerate it. It will come and go.
    I really do deserve credit for breaking old habits and it is essential for building my confidence. Once my confidence grows everything will become so much easier.
    If I want to lose weight permanently, I can't make exceptions. I'd rather be thinner. I can't overeat on week-ends or any other time.
    I have to develop the habit of eating every bite slowly, while sitting down, so I can fully enjoy it. It is worth developing this habit, so that I can have a lifetime of being thinner.
    I'm not going to let any minor setback ruin everything I've accomplished. One mistake dosn't ruin my diet, but falling back into old habits will.
    I will recommit to my diet right here, right now!
    Exercise is not negotiable for good health. It needs to be a daily lifetime habit and I need to make it so. The hardest part is getting started. I'll feel so much better when I'm done. So get started!
    OH WELL! I'm going to ignore this craving. I'm going to do something and let it subside. I'm turning my attention to something else, like exercise.
    2464 days ago
    You are awesome!!!!! :) Take Care ;)
    2499 days ago
    Just stopping by to say hi to my inspiration! Hope you have a great weekend!!
    2502 days ago
  • v ADRIENNE29
    thanks for adding me as a friend! You look beautiful! What an amazing accomplishment! I am proud of you! I am sure your boys are too! I look forward to sharing your positive outlook!
    2507 days ago
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