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I actually lost weight in 2014! I lost a bit more than 15 pounds and that is giving me the motivation to keep going. Weight watchers is working for me. Using my Fitbit Flex is working for me. I need to continue to tweak some things, but it's working. I can't remember the last time I weighed this "little"! I am happy to start the New Year with goals that really feel achievable!

Below is what I wrote to start 2014. It is now June 1 and I am on summer break. It's the perfect time to start over and TRULY make some progress. Maybe this time I can get some kind of routine started that withstands the demands of school when I go back in mid-August! I am the heaviest that I have ever been. Now that we are empty-nesters, I need to do this for me, for my husband and our marriage and for the future grandchildren I will hopefully have! NO EXCUSES!!

I know, everyone says it at the start of the new year. I've done it myself most of my life. I don't know why I think this year will be different, but I do.

When I look at myself in the mirror, I STRONGLY dislike what I see. I wonder how long before my husband decides he can't stand how I look. I'm afraid my kids are embarrassed when I am with them in public. I'm afraid the doctor will soon tell me I have a life-threatening problem brought on by my weight and lack of physical activity.

I also want to look better in all the photos that will be taken in May when my son graduates from high school. I don't want to look at those pictures and focus on how fat I am. I want to see a bright future for both ME and my son! (Well, THAT didn't happen!)

In addition, my husband and I will celebrate our 25th anniversary in November and I will attend my 30th high school reunion in August.

Thanks in advance for any kind words, SparkGoodies or other things you may do to encourage me. I will try to reciprocate however I can!

Member Since: 12/27/2005

Fitness Minutes: 91,179

My Goals:
First Goal: "Onederland"

Ultimate Goal: 150 pounds

My Program:
I'm aiming for 10000+ pedometer steps a day and at least 20 minutes of formal fitness each day

I'm working on portion control and eliminating pop (I did it before and I can do it again!).

I will also work on reading the health books I've purchased. Maybe I can actually LEARN something that will help me lose weight!?!

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Michele L

Eastern Iowa

Married, mother of 2

High School Spanish teacher

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    I'm so glad you are back on the Iowa team!! emoticon Let the fun begin!
    1057 days ago

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  • v KRYS210
    Welcome to the Teachers Learning to Lose (TLL) team! Nice to see you here. Spark research has shown that people who use the threads and posts tend to lose more weight on average than those who do not. So what are you waiting for? Start posting and get your weight loss going!

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    1057 days ago
  • v CANICE
    I would like to invite you to join the Spring Biggest Loser Challenge!
    If you're interested, go to this page: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_

    It is to the BLC All Team page. The Spring sign up thread is the second thread in the General Discussion Forum. Just add your name to the list

    I'm on the Turquoise Titans Team!
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    I hope to see you there!

    1156 days ago
  • v LOPEYP

    Hope to see you on SP in 2014!!

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    1211 days ago
    emoticon I am "mingling" with my Leslie Walkers this week at my virtual celebration party. With so many folks on the team I don't get by as often as I like. Each team member is unique and special. I want to let you know I appreciate you being part of the team.

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    PS. I encourage you to do some "mingling" too. It's fun!
    1342 days ago
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