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Hi! My name is Serena. I have been on a weight loss journey since October of 2010. At my heaviest, I weighed 260 pounds. I have not always been overweight. As I was growing up, I weighed what I should for my height. However, I had a sister that was very slender and it always made me feel inadequate.

Fast forward to my 20s...I moved to a new city and did not adjust very well to all the changes going on in my personal life. I ate out a lot and drank a lot of alcohol. These ...
Hi! My name is Serena. I have been on a weight loss journey since October of 2010. At my heaviest, I weighed 260 pounds. I have not always been overweight. As I was growing up, I weighed what I should for my height. However, I had a sister that was very slender and it always made me feel inadequate.

Fast forward to my 20s...I moved to a new city and did not adjust very well to all the changes going on in my personal life. I ate out a lot and drank a lot of alcohol. These habits led to gaining about 90 pounds in just a few short years. I was miserable and felt helpless to change it. I wanted to lose weight and had some small successes here and there but I never changed my lifestyle and the weight always came back.

A couple of fairly significant events occurred in my life that had a great impact. My mother, who had struggled with her wieight for all of my life, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer and would eventually pass on. Then a few years later one of my best friends would be diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.

My friend did not take the diagnosis lying down. She told me that she would fight. Today is Septmeber 21, 2012 and I am so grateful to say that it has been 5 years since her diagnosis and she is happy and healthy!

When my friend was diagnosed, I was devastated. But watching her battle something so deadly with a positive attitude made me realize that we may not get to choose our circumstances in life, but we do choose our response. I began mentally preparing myself for big change in my own life.

Today I am 60 pounds lighter. I have fluctuated about 10 pounds for the last several months. I am proud of myself for never giving up my own struggle and for the most part maintaining a much healthier weight. The quality of my life has improved drastically!

I joined this site back in January of 2010 but never used it too much. I need a "Spark" if you will to get me motivated again. I am hoping this website will assist me with that.
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Member Since: 1/28/2010

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My Goals:
Lose 10 pounds by November 22, 2012.

I recently decided that I would like to be a dietician. I have always wanted to work in a career where I could help other people. With my personal experiences, this seems to be the right fit. And I can also learn about health and nutrition for myself!

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As far as continuing to lose weight goes, I hike most days for an hour or more and really try to eat healthier foods.

For the goal I have to become a dietician, I have enrolled in school.

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Hmmmm...I love Taco John's. My family seems to have a weird obsession with it but it reminds me of good times and always seems to make me feel better when I am down. My favorite season is Autumn. I have lived in Reno, Nevada since January of 2002. I'm married to my best friend Nate and have a daughter named Patience. I have worked for the same company since 2000. Before that the longest I had the same job was a year! I am sure that many of the people who know me now would find it hard to believe how much of a troublemaker I was growing up, but it is true! I have been called a "princess" a time or two and yes, it probably holds some truth; however, I must say in my defense the people around me spoil me:O) I believe I am a good friend, though, and will do whatever I can for those people close to me.

I lost my mom to cancer in 2006 and she was far too young. For this reason, I try to keep in mind how fleeting life can be and appreciate the blessings that come my way.

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I have zero interest in politics, always have and probably always will. I have no tolerance for dishonesty, it really turns me off. Don't try to be fake with me because I abhor insincerity and have better things to do with my time than hang out with people like that. I think MEAN PEOPLE SUCK and I can not stand people who abuse or take advantage of the weak, (this most definitely includes our furry friends.) I don't think anyone is better than anyone else regardless of how much money they have or who they know, frankly I just don't care about those things. I am all about the underdog and I enjoy helping others to overcome their obstacles! As far as everything else goes my tastes change as I get older. I know we never stop growing. My sister would tell you that I push myself too hard and expect too much. I think that isn't necessarily a bad thing but sometimes I think I expect too much from other people. I don't believe in doing things half heartily.


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SARAHKENNA15
10/1/2012 9:38:06 AM

That sounds cool. I have about 1-2 years left before I get my BS, depending on how many credits I take each semester and if I decide to do summer or winter classes. I'm finishing up my classes online through the University of Alabama. I took my lab courses at a local college.

It's awesome that we are in school for the same thing! :)

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SARAHKENNA15
9/28/2012 1:19:45 PM

That is SO COOL that you are going to go to school for nutrition too! Where are you planning to attend?



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SARAHKENNA15
9/28/2012 12:29:18 PM

Thanks so much for the comment on my blog! I really appreciate it. :)

I hope you have a fantastic week!

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AZIANCAUCAZIAN
9/28/2012 7:38:09 AM

Hi Serena!

I saw your msg board post about "What gets you motivated to work out", and I saw that you and I both have the same starting weight (sorta, I'm starting from 282, currently 263), and you've already lost FRICKIN' 60 POUNDS!
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I clicked on your page, and then saw your brief opening, and how your friend has Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer, but is doing very well (which is amazing!) - earlier this year, I've lost 3 friends to various forms of cancer: pancreatic, breast, and lung - 2 in the same day! It crushed me to see people I knew, vibrant and full of life, quickly diminish (they died within weeks and months of being diagnosed). It was a wake up call.

I hope that we can be fellow Sparkers to one another, I've been on here off and on, but also, never really stuck to it. I need inspiration, and in turn, I want to inspire. I hope things are going well for you, and will be adding you as a buddy!

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COURTNEY055
9/25/2012 3:41:12 PM

Hey Serena! My Tuesday is going alright..I fell asleep for awhile though..so part of it kinda passed me by..Lol..da-n pain med. I woke up with mega pain today so I guess the sleep did me good...Talk to u soon..I hope your Tuesday is going better than mine! emoticon



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