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Me and my man on the Skunk Train from Willits to NorthSpur, CA

Moose and Lacey

My brother, Ben, and I at the Golden Gate Bridge in June 2009

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Hi! My name is Rachel.

The last 18 months have been very turbulant for me. LOTS of money and health issues. I'm almost back up to 195 and that's just not ok. My back hurts, and my joints are killing me...the worst of it is, I can't fit into my work clothes anymore and at 80 bucks and outfit, I can't afford new ones (and I refuse to go back to buying size 16+)

Below you'll find why I find myself back on spark. This is my journey. I have had success with the ...
Hi! My name is Rachel.

The last 18 months have been very turbulant for me. LOTS of money and health issues. I'm almost back up to 195 and that's just not ok. My back hurts, and my joints are killing me...the worst of it is, I can't fit into my work clothes anymore and at 80 bucks and outfit, I can't afford new ones (and I refuse to go back to buying size 16+)

Below you'll find why I find myself back on spark. This is my journey. I have had success with the support here and I will do it again. This time I have a better shot at maintenance as I've figured out what doesn't work. :-)

"My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny. "
--Elaine Maxwell

I am super excited to be sharing this journey with my parents and dog(Daddy: FAUXRIDER and Momma: RBRNB1978 and Moose: Raesmoose). This site has TRULY changed our lives.

I spent the better part of my life overweight or obese with TERRIBLE eating habits and insanely low self esteem. I was the epitome of what happens when you skip breakfast and lunch and PIG out from the time I got home until dinner, usually consuming well over 5000 calories per meal. When I got laid off and had a few months stuck at home with just me and the dog for company I got hooked on watching Biggest Loser's first ever singles season. That started the gears turning. I started reading anything by Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper and then someone on Bob's site, told me to check out With everything I needed right here on one easy to use site and the AMAZING, support network, I started soaring!

10 months later, I'm 165 pounds (down 60 from starting with SP). I'd lost almost 30 with Bob Harper's site before starting with SP. I love going home to hear Mom call me "Her skinny little girl." I have a spring in my step. I TRULY BELIEVE I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM CAPABLE AND I AM LOVED. My smile is permanent!

I am here to tell you that if I can do this, then ANYONE can do this! Put every thing you can into this site, get involved, hold yourself accountable, ask other's to hold you accountable, be honest with yourself and your sparkfriends and BELIEVE in yourself. You can be whatever you put your MIND to believing you can be.

Quotes I've found that I love:
"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish" -John Q. Adams

"Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. " ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." ~ Miss Piggy

~Never frown, even when you are sad, because you never know who is falling in love with your smile.~Unknown

“Things are only impossible until they're not.” – Jean-Luc Picard

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.” – Robert H Goddard

“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

“Every time you state what you want or believe, you're the first to hear it. It's a message to both you and others about what you think IS possible. Don't put a ceiling on yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

“If you believe it, you can achieve it” – Author unknown

“Some things have to be believed to be seen.” – Ralph Hodgson

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.” – John Lilly

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -- Aristotle

"Sweat are the tears of dying fat." -- Unknown

Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death~ author unknown

Sometimes the Lord rides out the storm with us and other times He calms the restless sea around us. Most of all, He calms the storm inside us in our deepest inner soul.- Lloyd John Ogilvie

Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.~ author unknown

"Yesterday ended last night. Everyday is a new beginning. Learn the skill of forgetting. And move on."
~Norman Vincent Peale

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day Ralph Waldo Emmerson

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got. ~Jim Rohn

“Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” -Hannah Moore

I heard an acronym for START yesterday that was good.

S - Start slowly, set yourself up for success
T - Try new things, don't say you can't do something or don't like something before you have tried it.
A - Add movement everywhere, walking farther, calf raises while waiting in line, etc.
R - Realize that you are human & will make mistakes
T- Take time to recognize your successes - celebrate!

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me. ~author Unknown

I found this in a blog and had to share it as it's hit so close to home, "The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment...He who hesitates is almost certainly right." WILLOWWIND
Thanks for stopping by my site. I look forward to talking to you soon.
Read More About MAESTRACH (Updated August 8)

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 current weight: 195.0 

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Member Since: 11/17/2009

SparkPoints: 22,181

Fitness Minutes: 19,981

My Goals:
7/10/13: 31.22 BMI 187.4# attained 7/24

6/20/13: 31.98 BMI 192# attained

Treat: $1 for every pound lost (restarting at 195) into the new wardrobe fund
$2 added 6.27
$5 added 8.7

To eat meals and snacks regularly.

Seek help here and at church as needed.

Reach 10000 points in a year.

Run in a half marathon

Goals met:
Consistency Award
Be 175 pound before my 30th Birthday
To pass the fire fighter's physical fitness test with flying colors in March.
1500 fitness minutes in a month while working.

My Program:
Morning weigh in with Wii, 18 minute yoga and strength training followed by 20 minute jog.

Personal Information:
I live in Rochester, WA.

I'm engaged to the love of my life, Mike.

I love reading.

Other Information:
Favorite TV Shows: NCIS, EMERGENCY!, American Loggers, Ax Men
Favorite Sayings: What we do in life echoes in eternity...
Tempus Fugit...
Give me coffee and no one gets hurt.

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Member Comments:
7/11/2013 11:37:09 PM

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I realized today I was starting to lose that laser focus I had only a few weeks easy to do, right?! It's nice to know my Spark friends are here to support me. Congrats to you for analyzing your food journals and figuring out the problem rather than throwing in the towel!!!!

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7/10/2013 12:02:32 PM

Just saw your status and your comments on your could have been writing it for me. I've been having health issues too, back hurting, gaining weight. Trying to find the spark under all that mess. I hope you find yours as well. Best of luck to you...even small steps in the right direction are better than no steps at all.

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6/29/2013 6:19:37 AM

You are awesome! Your students are so lucky to have you. Enjoy your summer! emoticon

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6/28/2013 11:32:29 PM

emoticon for the Spark Goodie and the compliment! I'm doing well, enjoying every moment of life! Hope all is well with you too!

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6/28/2013 5:37:53 PM

Thanks for visiting my blog and recommending the Sparkpeople cookbook!! I can't wait to try it out. I love how supportive everyone is on this site!

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