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My name is Melissa and I have a lot to accomplish in my life, starting with getting healthy!

As cliche and repetitive as it sounds, I've never really been a skinny girl, but I actually used to be somewhat healthy in high school. I've just recently found why I've gained so much weight in the past 8 years, and it took a while to realize why it was happening to me. Like a lot of people, things like parents getting a divorce, loved ones moving, the economy, college and other things ...
My name is Melissa and I have a lot to accomplish in my life, starting with getting healthy!

As cliche and repetitive as it sounds, I've never really been a skinny girl, but I actually used to be somewhat healthy in high school. I've just recently found why I've gained so much weight in the past 8 years, and it took a while to realize why it was happening to me. Like a lot of people, things like parents getting a divorce, loved ones moving, the economy, college and other things are all factors for why I've fallen. Instead of these things keeping me depressed, I looked for food and other comforts like trying to be the cool friend in college who buys everyone drinks and makes everyone else happy but herself. I got into financial debt because of this which made my depression even worse. I finished college because I had to and I didn't have any career goals and wasn't confident enough to find a real job.

I spent years working in different fields, trying to make a living with or without my degree...the economy made it worse. I gained over 80 pounds in a year after college and then some since. Off and on, I've tried to get back on track with diet and exercise, but something would hit me financially and put me right back to the beginning.

This past year was a turning point for me. I made the hardest decision of my life and started going back to school to become a Registered Nurse. I'm getting straight A's which is helping boost my confidence and I've been able to keep my finances under control. As a future nurse, I feel it's even more important to get healthy and fit and be a role model for others.

I'm so excited for this journey and I'm really hopeful that I will be able to find friends in the Spark community who can support me and who I can also support. God knows we all need it!




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Member Since: 6/4/2012

SparkPoints: 1,420

Fitness Minutes: 1,305

My Goals:
Small goals:
1. Run a 5k -- 5.4.13!
2. Drink 32 oz of H2O a day
3. Do cardio 5 to 6 days a week.
4. Sleep 8 to 9 hours a night.
5. Prepare meals a week in advance.

Large Goals:
1. Run a marathon.
2. Lose 140 pounds.
3. Be completely healthy (mind, body, soul)

4......LOOK SMOKIN' HOT by age 30!

My Program:
EXERCISE
Monday AM: HIIT cardio
Monday PM: Arms/shoulders strength training

Tuesday AM: HIIT cardio
Tuesday PM: Legs/abs strength training

Wednesday AM: 5k training

Thursday AM: HIIT cardio
Thursday PM: Arms/shoulders strength

Friday AM: HIIT cardio
Friday PM: Legs/abs strength

Saturday AM: 5k training

NUTRITION
*Eat clean
*Juice at least once a day
*50% of diet should be raw food (fruits and veggies)

Personal Information:
I'm from Western New York State (yes, there is life outside the city! ) and lived close to Amish communities. Although I grew up in church, I went through college studying science and philosophy, so I question things a lot more. I feel guilty asking for help and support as I'd rather be the one to give, but I'm hoping to start asking more because I really need it! I love discussing topics about all religions and the afterlife as well as holistic/alternative healing.

Other Information:
Things that make me happy:

*aromatherapy
*Halloween
*rescuing animals
*crafts (my shop: www.etsy.com/shop/carnivaloftheanimals )
*sewing, knitting
*soccer
*music (I love bluegrass, classical, Indie, Bollywood, and reggaeton to get me going)
*Christmas
*thrifty shopping
*antique hunts
*genealogy

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Member Comments:
JEMLOVA29
3/18/2013 4:05:38 PM

Hey girl!

lol I have NOT lost 20 lbs (yet) - my ticker is stuck on kilograms for everyone and I'm not sure why it won't update! I am down nearly 10 lbs though so that is just amazing - I've only been doing this for 3-4 weeks so hey, I will take those 10 lbs as a huge win!

Man I am so disappointed I don't get Dead Files! I don't have tv at the moment - I am kind of in the process of sacrificing stuff that I don't actually NEED to survive. I guess it's a part of me moving towards the whole sustainable lifestyle - I know I am way way way far away from getting to the point I'd like to be, but sacrificing TV was a HUGE deal for me. I live for tv! So that stinks - I do still have Netflix but I checked on there and it seems Dead Files isn't on Netflix :( I have no idea how to watch tv on the internet (lol I can't even believe I have to admit that - I am so not good with techy things, no matter how simple they are) but I might try and scope that out this week because I feel like I'm really missing out! It sounds like such a great show! I will let you know if I can find it, or if you have any ideas please share!

You will get better with your tracking if you just force yourself! I try to do it on my lunch break every day at work - the weekend is when I usually fail. Or you can set an alarm on your phone that goes off when you normally eat telling you to get your butt to your tracker and start making notes. Easier said than done of course, as most things are...but even just set a goal maybe to track even just once a day - as in, if you're like me and you find the hardest time to eat right in the evenings, try and track just your evening food for the first week. Then once you're in a habit of tracking the worst stuff that enters your mouth, maybe you won't mind or will remember more to track your daily stuff. I don't know, I'm still just learning what works for me too! Ah, busted by the ol' boss, I gotta run. I hope you're off to a great start this week too. Let's make is an awesome one for both of us!

How is your running going? Talk to you soon!



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JEMLOVA29
3/14/2013 2:32:47 PM

And I think you and I could be the longest winded people on the internet haha - I love it!



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JEMLOVA29
3/14/2013 2:32:18 PM

Hey! I did see your response and I do appreciate every word you shared with me. I haven't had much of a chance to reply yet but I will tell you this - I have been really trying hard to eat enough throughout the day - I love food and eating so much, but it's what I like to eat that's the issue. You've inspired me and I have been filling up on a lot more greens than normal and I'm seeing such a difference. I'm not sure how many inches, if any, that I've lost but I'm down 8lbs and I think this is a cause to celebrate it.

Thank you for being such a supportive and lovely friend. You've encouraged, motivated and inspired me and I do appreciate you! You and me could be 2 peas in a pod!

I hope you're Thursday is going perfectly!



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TIGERESTJEN
3/14/2013 1:13:55 PM

Hi Mel and Welcome

It's exciting to work towards a goal and see the progress along the way. I know you will do well in this challenge. Best wishes

jenny emoticon



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ANDYINBC
3/13/2013 11:08:21 PM

Welcome to the Spring challenge! Hope you have great success in meeting your health and fitness goals?

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