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Whatever the goal we're pursuing
No matter how rugged the climb
We're certain to get there by trying our best
And taking one day at a time

"Forever" is hard to imagine
"The future" may seem far away
But every new dawn brings a wonderful chance
To do what we can on that day

-Emily Matthews

Hi! My name is Mel and I am 26 years old. I am tired of letting my weight decide what i do with my life. I'm embarrassed to even admit how many things my weight has kept me from doing. Last year I was at my heaviest weight- 204 pounds. When they finally weighed me at the dr.s office I was so humiliated.

My Dr. said, "Melanie, when they take your blood pressure, from now on tell them that they have to use a size large cuff."

I had avoided scales b/c I was in denial. They put me on a liquid weight loss plan that I paid for out-of-pocket. It was very expensive. I was on a tight budget but I paid for it anyway.. in cash. $145 a week.

I lost a total of 4 pounds in 30 days. Not worth it. Especially since they had told me all these stories about how they themselves had lost 14 pounds in 2 weeks. I quit the program. I decided I could do the same plan on my own.. and much cheaper.

Something I learned from the liquid diet was how much food is always in our faces. When you can not eat ANYTHING other than the pre-mixed shakes your doctor gives you, you see exactly how much food is tempting us every day. I realized you can buy food almost everywhere, on every corner. No wonder weight loss is so hard for us.

I love spark people and I love connecting with people who understand just how important it is to get healthy. Feel free to add me as a friend!

Member Since: 3/22/2011

Fitness Minutes: 1,606

My Goals:
I want to go back to school.. Still not sure what I want to do yet though. Other than losing weight I'd also like to work on being a healthier person overall.

Ultimate Super Dream Goals:
~Wear a 2 piece bikini
~Fit into a size 6
~Have a healthy blood pressure reading every time I get it checked

My Program:
I'm eating about 1200-1400 calories a day. I use Jillian Michaels 30 day shred 5 days a week. Sometimes I do levels 1 & 2 back to back.
I am not cutting out any specific food groups yet.

Personal Information:
I very recently quit smoking. I smoked at least a pack a day since I was 20. I used the patch for 2 weeks and I haven't smoked since.
Non-Smoker since 1/1/11

Other Information:
I have a million hobbies & interests. so I prob like something that you like.. and if not I'd love to learn about it!

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