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Ok so I changed my name, I was previously known as md197119, but that was I guess hiding the real me? Alot of the times, my SP family did not know what to call me so I am now Maricarment38! My name is Maria. I joined SP in December of 2008, and I have not regreted it one second. I never imagined that I would feel so comfortable in expressing my feelings and talking to people I have never met in my life! SP has been a real family to me, I have received the motivation I need to strive harder each day. I am inspired and reminded daily the true reason, I am here. I have always been on the heavy side, and it has always bothered me. At one time, just so that I wouldn't feel bad I would make jokes about my weight. I lived up to my nickname that my cousins had for me, "Gorda" or in english "fatty" (to be nice). When I was 13 I reached 125, I managed to loose that but I was still thick. As I became older I tried every diet I could think of, but of course it would either drain me, emotionaly and financially. I would join the gym I would go jogging but it would just last for about a month. My children have always been very active, they play every kind of sport you can think of. I would feel bad because I could not ride a bike, I could not practice soccer, or basketball, because I would be out of breath. Then I started to notice that my kids were embarrassed to be around me, when they were with their friends. In addition I was always tired, my migraines got worst and I got depressed more often, I became more insecure and was just not comfortable with my body. As you can see my husband is thin and fit, so I felt odd around him. I had told him I wanted to have surgery last year, but he said that I didn't need it. He said that if I wasn't happy with my body to exercise and I would be fine. So here I am and it has worked! I have slowly but surely lost 12 lbs since December 30th. It might not be much, but it is the most I have ever lost! so to me it is a milestone! I have learned to make goals and to stick to them and in addition I am holding myself repsonsible for any goal I don't meet, I have learned that it is in me to make a change. So I have committed to lossing at least 2 lbs a week, orloose 1 inch a week. I am drinking more water and walking everywhere I can! I even walk the long way to the restroom at work and walk to the last stall at the end,to make my steps count! I make sure I walk my 10,000 steps daily, even if I have to walk around the room until I meet my goal, my husband is sometimes in bed cheering me on!! But I am determined and I can see he is proud of me!. I am determined to meet my goal by August the 1st, when my daughter turns 15 ! I want to be able to wear the most georgous gown, for her celebration and have her and my other kids proud of me. I want to make this healthy lifestyle long term, I am slowly incorporating healthy eating at home ! I know that without SP I would have not come this far! Watch out August the 1st here I come the new me! SLIM AND TRIM!

03/02/09: 150
03/09/09: 153 Ykes! not sure what happened!
03/16/09: 150..back on track!!! another 3 for next week!!!
03/23/09: 148!..Yea!!! Goal Met!!
03/30/09: 150 Goodness :o(
04/06/09: 150
04/13/09: 149.8
04/20/09: 145...Yea!!

Member Since: 12/30/2008

Fitness Minutes: 8,205

My Goals:
My long term goal is to loose 30 lbs by 08/01/09.
My short term goal is to loose 2lbs a week or loose 1 inch.
In addition my goal is to work 10, 000 steps daily and do at least 10 minutes of excercise every day.

My Program:
I am walking more. I am drinking my water and excersicing more as well.

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I was born in Mexico, but have been living in Houston for the past 28 yrs. I am a mother of 3 beutiful children they are 14, 13 and 10. Two girls and a boy! I am a step mom to 2 wonderful kids. They are 15 and 8. I have been married for 3 years now. I have a full time job and working on creating my own business and loving it!

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