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I used to think being fat was not a choice. I thought I was doomed by a mixture of bad genes, slow metabolism and a severe addiction to chocolate. I was embarassed to go out in public because I didn't fit the societal norm. Being thin simply wasn't an option.

I knew how it felt to be ashamed of my body. I knew what people thought when they looked at me. People had long ago stopped saying "You have such a pretty face." But none of these things sparked me into motion.

Some co-workers held a biggest loser competition and invited everyone in my department except me. Humiliated, but mostly angry, I decided to try one last time... But this time I had a bigger goal in mind than simply losing weight. I wanted to learn how to be disciplined.

I am a follower of Jesus and in most respects felt like I was a complete failure in the realm of taking care of my body. I wanted to learn what it meant to truly be disciplined and have the courage to say no to food even when I didn't want to. I was tired of serving my desire for food and feeding an addiction that was killing me. I made a difficult decision: Learn to be disciplined in all areas of my life.

Member Since: 1/22/2011

Fitness Minutes: 25,101

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To lose enough weight to feel healthy and have a positive self image. Even if I don't reach my goal, I hope to be happy with the way I look and my energy levels.

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I am trying to find the fun in exercise. I enjoy walking, jogging and cycling. Also, I'm loving jumping rope and aerobics. When I get bored of one thing, I find something else. I am trying to live a healthier lifestyle in general, not just doing another diet.

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    Thanks for stopping by my page with a friendly note. I'm really looking forward to spring. Wishing you a fantastic day! emoticon
    2236 days ago
    I tried. I really did figure it was someone from work and then I made sure we took the back way to the other side of the store because I didn't want to hear a rogue voice saying "is this your wife?" I couldn't do more than muster a very fake smile at that point. I'm certain his lack of verbal skills was utter 1) shock at seeing her after 20 years given he grew up 2 hours away and 2) he knows based on rep alone I don't like her and didn't want to end up on the news.
    2240 days ago
    Thank you for the advice. I went and got a makeover today and talked to a woman at a plus size store who helped me find a few clothes I can wear so I don't feel so self conscious. I'll just make sure the lights are off before it comes off lol

    2253 days ago
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    Hey awesome! Thank you for your comment my blog - The Baby Boy I Left Behind. Your support is much appreciated.

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    2273 days ago
    You are welcome. We can never give up. It's worth it to be healthy.
    2280 days ago
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