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Hello! I think it's time I updated this! I joined spark people 3 1/2 years ago. I joined because I was turning 30 and wanted to get pregnant within 6 months. The first time I successfully lost (and than gained back) 40 pounds, had a beautiful baby girl (on halloween 2010). I felt like I failed myself. I lost 40 pounds only to gain it back. The weight I gained back ws not pregnancy weight. I lost 20- 25 pounds with in 5 days of giving birth. I than gained 30 pounds. 15 months ago I said I lacked the motivation to lose weight. Well that has changed. Since late last June I have lost 75 pounds. It has been slower than before but steady. I did not realize how unhappy I was in my skin. Now I look at myself and sometimes don't recongize the person I have become. I have been told that I glow. I now LOVE having my picture. I have muscle definition. I have taught my children how to be active. My 4 1/2 now asks to walk to the park instead of drive. That to me is one of my boggest accomplishments. It's not the number on the scale. It is that I have tuaght my children that exercise is fun not work. I have led by example. I am trying to healthy role model to my children. I do not want them to have body issues and I realized that I needed to get over my body issues. I am happy with the way the look. I would like a smaller number on the scale and a smaller clothes size, but if I do not lose any more pounds I will be satisfied with who I have become and I know that I have the tools to stay this weight and size. I know I will gain and I know I will lose it again. I am not a modle I am just a better healthier version of my old self. If I can do it so can anyone else!

Member Since: 6/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 84,809

My Goals:
Staarting weight: 220.4 07/01/2011
-1-2 pounds a week
-Eat more vegtables
- eat 3 meals and 2 healthy snacks everyday
-Be more active (walk 3-4 times a week, play outside more with the kids)
-Not diet but make healthy food and lifestyle choices
- When I near my goal talk to a dietician on how to ease back into "normal healthy eating" to maintain the weight loss
-Become a Zumba fitness instructor
-Inspire some one to make healthy life chages

My Program:
-I am trying to eat around 1200 -1500 calories a day.
-To walk or do cardio for atleast 30 minutes 3-4 days a week.
-Track my food daily
- Drink atleast 64 ozs of water every day.

Personal Information:
-Weekly Weigh-In-
Starting weight 220.4
July: -3.4
Aug 2: -5
Sept: -.3.4
Oct -5.2
Nov -6.4
Dec: -.4
Jan -6.4
Feb -4
March -6.8
April -7.4
May -3.8
June -6.6
July -3
August -5.8
Sept .6
Oct +.4
Nov +5 Totally icky!
Dec +3
Jan -6.8
Jan 28 150.6 (-.6)
08/01 169.6
08/19 173.2

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    Hi Spark Friend!
    Anything you need, feel free to hollar!
    Good luck on your journey, WE CAN DO THIS!
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    681 days ago
    Thanks for the encouragement! I don't feel very persistent right now. emoticon

    That's awesome that you have found a way to try to address the nibbling! Is it still working?
    1242 days ago
    Thanks for checking in! I'm not doing well this month! I've really been struggling with starting back in the 8-5 work world and have been really down. I'm working on finding a routine that works and we have been trying different things but still haven't hit on something that seems to work. I'm working at it still and haven't given up on it yet! What has made this month particularly hard for you?
    1246 days ago
    OH NO!! Hope you foot gets better soon!
    1273 days ago
    Thanks for the idea! I really do need to just make the time. I plan all my food ahead of time but I don't put it into the tracker. It would be good to do so. I read yesterday something that talked about just checking the items off the list so that you stay focused on what you are supposed to be eating instead of adding things to the list.

    Tomorrow I have another weigh-in but I'm feeling so yucky right now that I'm not sure that I want to see the number on that scale!
    1285 days ago
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