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February 2010
My thought for C25K training: My body will quit only when my mind tells it to. I must be headstrong!

November 2009
Trying to get off 10 more pounds before 2009 comes to an end. Working out with Jillian Michaels and The 30 Day Shred!

June 2009
I have been working out with the trainer (once a week) for 6 weeks now. We did the eval and I have lost 1 1/2 % body fat in 6 weeks. He says that is great! I guess any fat loss is great! I am staying off the scale. I really don't weigh myself much at all anymore. I base my weight loss to how my clothes feel and now at my evaluations every month to 6 weeks. Yesterday I put on a pair of 16 pants, zipped and buttoned. I was so happy and excited. Keep going, size 14 will be here soon!

May 2009
Never ever give up. Thats why I have chosen my theme song for this Journey, no pun intended. I just need to hold on to this feeling of excitement and of being DONE with this fat forever. So what does that mean? It means I have to live my life this way forever. I will always have to find time for exercise. Exercise is something fit people do to stay fit. Yes, its true, I don't have to be an athelete to workout after weight loss, I have to do exercise to keep that weight off forever. There will be no more up and down for me. Sometimes we may have to lose some weight we have already lost but that is okay as long as we never give up hope.

I have hired a trainer. I met with him early this week and I started a new eating plan of no sugar, bread, starches. I am eating mostly organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains and meats. I can't remember ever eating this healthy. Its actually kind of fun right now, something new for me. I am excited that this type of eating should help me no longer have major sugar and carb cravings. The food has been my biggest hold up. Infact I was scared to death to even try this "diet" he was giving me. I thought I was scared of binging and starting that old cycle from my past again but I think the real reason I was scared of it was because I am afraid of failing yet again. This weight loss journey is so full of mental issues that need to be figured out and resolved. Once I was able to cry over being afraid of failing, I jumped in with both feet and said to myself, I will defeat this. Now I have my trainer to believe in me and hold me accountable as well. Another fear I have is the pain I am going to feel after working out with Stephen (my trainer). I know I will be pushed to my limits, yet I am so excited to see the girl on the other side of all of this. She is so ready to show the world what she can do!


Oct 2008
I am a part time voice and piano teacher and a stay at home mom to 3 boys ages 15, 7, and 4! They keep me very busy! I would like to get healthy here. I was tired of being tired, I was depressed, fat, and fatigued all of the time before I started this journey. My all time highest weight was 272# So back in Febuary 2007 I became a member of Spark. I lost 27 lbs then I don't know what happened. I started feeling a little bit better and self doubt kicked in so I stopped and maintained around 250 give or take about 5 lbs. I am back as of October 1st 2008. I want this and I want it bad! I will not be defeated. I need to do this so I can be a better mom and wife and influence on those around me. Of course I want to look and feel better too.

Three Questions asked by the Done Being a Fat Girl Team

Why am I overweight?

I think it is #1 in my genes but the real reason is because I went through a couple of years of depression. I had my thyroid out 4 years ago and I blame it on that as well. I tend to be an emotional eater. I believe that I have dieted so many times and have such a negative self image that I caused myself to become a binge eater and the only way that I knew to quit binging was to quit caring about what I looked like. So I did, I quit dieting, exercising and caring and I gained up to my highest weight of 272. I don't binge anymore but get nervous that if I "Diet" it could come back. I just have to not get obsessive about it. I know that I am not dieting I am just getting healthy!

Why do I want to lose weight?

Because I am fat! No really, I know that I am fat, and I cannot do all the things I want to do. I want my kids to look at me and be proud of what they see, I want my husband to look at me and think I am pretty and sexy. I want to look at myself and like what I see in the mirror. I want to shop in normal stores. Due to my size I now have sleep apnea, acid reflux, and back and hip pain. I want to be healthy. I am scared that I am only 35 (now 36) and I am already falling apart and its because I am not healthy. My mother is type II and I do NOT want to be a diabetic so this weight must go!!

Why haven't I been able to maintain in the past?

Cause I give up. Deep down inside I don't know that I believe I am really worth it. Sad, huh! Oh, and I like food! I like to eat!

Member Since: 2/18/2007

Fitness Minutes: 10,417

My Goals:
To get rid of health problems due to my weight. To feel good, and look good. Have more energy.

Original Start Weight: 272
10/01/08 - 250 lbs

My Program:
45 min of cardio 4-5 times a week
Strength training 2-3 times a week

Healthy eating:
organic fruits, veggies, whole grains, and meats.
Very Low to No Sugar, no starches.

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