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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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1DERLAND14
3/7/2013 4:30:32 AM

emoticon for the friend add :) I added you back and look forward to following your journey!



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DDOORN
3/5/2013 8:57:18 PM

Welcome to the Binghamton Area Losers!

So pleased you've joined our local SparkTeam!

Taking care of ourselves ROCKS!

Looking forward to having you share your SPARK with us! Last May a number of us joined in the Binghamton Bridge Run. We had a lovely meet 'n greet at at Dorchester Park in the past...kayaking, walking, passing a dish and great conversation as we got to know each other and put "faces" to our names! Last Feb. we got together at the Whole In The Wall and shared some conversation yet again! During the summers we sometimes enjoy a potluck picnic meet 'n greet. We are always open to suggestions & ideas for gatherings!

Don, Co-Leader of Binghamton Area Losers



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JEMLOVA29
3/5/2013 2:39:25 PM

Hey! Thanks for getting back to me :)

I've never heard of this "Dead Files" but you can bet tonight I'm going to look it up and see what it's all about. I will let you know! Oh man, I do have some eerie stories to tell lol, looking forward to chatting with you.

I've been the same way about weight loss in the past - not reaching out for help and also not holding myself accountable. This time I'm trying so hard to track everything I eat and I've been better about it than I was last time around. We will see what happens I guess! Truth be told, I'm ready to quit already haha, but I won't! My sister got a gastric bypass done last year - I told her she was taking the easy way out but I can see why she went that way. I'm trying to prove to my family that the weight loss can be done without surgery. I hope it works!

Hope you have a wonderful day, and I hope we both stay on track! emoticon



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LIAMAY3
3/5/2013 12:46:16 PM

Hi Melissa,

My name is Lianne. I just wanted to say that the introduction you wrote on your page is so honest and brave. Its never easy to tell ourselves and others what truly haunts us and what is holding us back. I hope this is the start of something amazing for you! If you ever need a friend or support feel free to reach out. emoticon



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WILLOW49
3/5/2013 10:59:05 AM

Welcome to the BAL team :) If you haven't already done so, be sure to stop by the team page and introduce yourself. Let's get going!
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