MILES2GOAL   26,471
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The Messy Middle of the Journey

I'm a 5'3, 36-year-old woman who re-joined SparkPeople after two weeks of dieting on my own in September 2009 because I knew this community was full of encouragement and activity. I lost weight at a pretty good clip until March 2010, when I got sidetracked by intensely negative emotions and life in general. All spring and for the first half of that summer, I re-gained weight.

I finally got started again in July 2010, only 10 lbs down from my highest weight of 203. January 2011 was ...
I'm a 5'3, 36-year-old woman who re-joined SparkPeople after two weeks of dieting on my own in September 2009 because I knew this community was full of encouragement and activity. I lost weight at a pretty good clip until March 2010, when I got sidetracked by intensely negative emotions and life in general. All spring and for the first half of that summer, I re-gained weight.

I finally got started again in July 2010, only 10 lbs down from my highest weight of 203. January 2011 was a month of dealing with depressed feelings and a slight regain, but I managed to get things under control more quickly than I did in 2010, and by the end of 2011 I was down to about 132 lbs.

However, 2012 ended up being a year of holding steady/slight regain, and 2013 brought extremely stressful personal circumstance. I regained a lot of weight. At the dawn of 2014, I started following Medifast's Take Shape for Life plan with the help of a health coach. I plan to gradually transition away from prepackaged foods to a paleo/primal food template. As of 2/1/14, I have 40 lbs left before I reach my goal weight.
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Member Since: 9/30/2009

SparkPoints: 26,471

Fitness Minutes: 14,807

My Goals:
To lose 80 lbs and get down to around a size 6 . . .

To be able to jog 3 miles straight again . . .

To fit into clothes that don't look like someone attacked them with a bedazzler . . .

To be a healthy partner to my long-term boyfriend . . .

To be an active "mom" to my little rescue dog . . .

My Program:
Calorie maximum of 1730/day. I am NOT afraid to eat near the top of my range. In fact, I usually do!

Currently have worked up to doing 30 minutes of cardio in the gym 6 days per week. I do the elliptical at a moderately challenging resistance level, and walk/jog intervals incorporating a steep incline on the treadmill.

Finding and giving support here in the SP community.

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Inspiring thought from SP member SPOTLIGHTANGEL:

"You aren't here, on Sparkpeople, because you're NOT good enough and want to lose weight to become "good enough"...you are really here because YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO REALIZE THAT THE OUTSIDE SHOULD FINALLY MEET ALL THE WONDERFUL GOODNESS ON THE INSIDE."

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ZEALIA
2/1/2013 10:03:11 AM

Thank you!! We are getting married in the first week of May! It's coming up so soon - but just like you - my guy and I have been together for years! Just a new beautiful chapter!!!
I hope that you'll see me around spark lots more as I train for that ultimate marathon - the walk down the aisle!
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GIRANIMAL
4/13/2012 2:48:34 PM

Wow, we really DO have a lot in common! And I really do want to thank you sharing with me, because it feels like so few people understand the non-career-chasing, unmarried, child-free, late-bloomer thing we've got going on. Feeling like an alien is EXACTLY the right description! We'll have to talk more at length about this, if you're willing. I'm so curious to know how you arrived at such circumstances. (Some of mine have been intentional choices, but others have been life's unexpected turns.)



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GIRANIMAL
3/15/2012 3:47:55 PM

Hey! You have my support and cheers as well. We can sooooo do this! emoticon

Have I mentioned lately that you look amazing? (I know I have, but you really, really do!) emoticon

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GIRANIMAL
2/22/2012 5:01:50 PM

Hey, sweetie, thanks for the amazing vote of confidence! I will get back there for sure. (Honestly, I think some of it is my new digestion problems wreaking havoc anyway.) I am indeed OK after my bike accident. Still some sore spots, nearly a month later I think (sheesh!) but no broken anything except my pesky pride. emoticon

Hope you're well! Your last pictures look absolutely fantastic. emoticon



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TINARENA2
12/12/2011 8:15:19 AM

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. emoticon



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