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My hubby and me, Feb 2010

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Feb 2010, 162 lbs


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12-16-10 update: Saw 139 on the scale this morning. Holy crap, I never thought I would make it this far. When I took my measurements, it was crazy to see that my chest measurements now are the same as what my waist measured when I first started this journey. 38lbs lost, 6" off my bust, waist and thighs, and 7.5" off my hips. I thought that I was going to plateau in the low 140s and have to be satisfied with that, but now I know I can reach my goal of the low 130s. I think I might have my mom pull my wedding dress out of the closet when I go home for Christmas to see how it fits. Or maybe not, it's not like I'm gonna wear it again, and it might make me regret not being this size back then. I know that getting this far has taken longer than most, but now I really feel that I have changed my life and I'm not going back. I can wear every pair of my old jeans and that feels absolutely amazing.

8-17-10 update: Was so shocked last week when I stepped on the scale and saw 147. Thought maybe it was a fluke, but every morning the scale said the same. Wow, can't believe I have lost thirty pounds total. It has taken 5 months to lose these last 13 lbs, so I guess cuz they came off slowly it added to the shock factor. My lower body inches haven't changed, although I have lost another 1.5 inches off my bust. And I can see a big difference in my face and arms (just saw a pic from last August, before I lost any weight, and wow, what a difference!) Thanks to everyone who has motivated me and has helped me reach this point. I still am working towards a healthier weight and lifestyle, but now I can say that the bad habits are gone and the good ones are in their place. Oh, I almost forgot - I actually wore a two-piece bathing suit, on a PUBLIC BEACH, while on vacation with my family!!! Haven't had the confidence to wear a bathing suit, even by myself in Mom's pool, since the summer of 2008.

3-11-10 update: Officially lost 17lbs, 5" from my waist, hips and thighs and 3" from my bust so far! And I am now comfortably wearing a size 12, it's been almost 18 months since I could say that!

I am now 27 years old and have just hit my 1 year anniversary with SparkPeople. I have learned so much in the past year and feel like I finally started and kept some good habits. Even though it took me all year to lose 13 lbs, those are 13lbs that are gone for good! And I have finally developed healthy eating habits and stayed within the proper ranges almost every week, even through summer parties and holiday buffets! This is the longest period that I have ever stuck with a lifestyle change. I feel really great about that. I am now in the Bootcamp for January; I'm really trying to incorporate more exercise into my week and hopefully it will translate into even more healthy habits. Thanks to my sis for turning me on to this page, I am now focusing on my diet without dieting!

When you have two choices think not about what you want to do now, but which one you will regret later.
-Borrowed from a successful Sparker, Sara_M

Member Since: 12/22/2008

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My Goals:
I am working towards losing 35lbs by July 2013. I've done it before so I know I can do it again.

I have more to do with my life than to be constantly weighed down by negative thoughts regarding my body. I am going to lose this weight and move forward.

My Program:
I know I can do this as long as I eat smart and get off my butt. I need to get back to my 1200 calorie a day diet, which I was perfectly content with for almost 3 years. Logging my food is the first step, and I believe it is the most important. It gives a very clear picture and makes denial impossible.

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I'm 31 and live in Virginia. My husband and I had our first daughter last year. I previously lost over 40 lbs with Sparkpeople in 2010 and successfully kept it off til my pregnancy in 2013. Unfortunately, I have gained more weight (35lbs) in the 6 months since her birth than I did while I was pregnant. Here's to being back to my happy weight by her 1st birthday!

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My whole life has changed since the birth of my daughter. Instead of being on the road 15 hrs a day I now work from home. Somehow, I still manage to be a workaholic, even though my daughter takes precedence. Add in denying my nicotine cravings and it's a recipe for weight gain.

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