-BEFORE PICTURE-226 pounds 11/04/2013
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I only have ONE life.. I don't want to waste it on the couch!
Hi everyone! My name is Renee. I am 29 years old, happily married and a mother of two. I don't have a very interesting story to tell.. I can't blame my weight gain on an injury or tragedy... I've just been lazy. Very lazy! I've eaten the wrong foods, I've drunk sodas, fancy 400 calorie coffees, and the sweet treat of the southern wiregrass.. Sweet tea (which is mostly sugar). I tend to be an emotional eater and by that I mean.. I eat during every emotion. Happy? Pizza! Sad? Chocolate! Mellow? ...
Hi everyone! My name is Renee. I am 29 years old, happily married and a mother of two. I don't have a very interesting story to tell.. I can't blame my weight gain on an injury or tragedy... I've just been lazy. Very lazy! I've eaten the wrong foods, I've drunk sodas, fancy 400 calorie coffees, and the sweet treat of the southern wiregrass.. Sweet tea (which is mostly sugar). I tend to be an emotional eater and by that I mean.. I eat during every emotion. Happy? Pizza! Sad? Chocolate! Mellow? Donuts!
I don't have an Ah-Ha moment either. A lot of people say a doctor pointed a finger at them or they couldn't fit on a ride anymore like they use to (both of which would have been true for me given the opportunity but I probably wouldn't have cared). I got comfortable being 200+ pounds... I made jokes and accepted it. I knew I could lose the weight if I really wanted (I'd done it before) but I just wasn't wanting it.
Then, I was scrolling through Facebook and checked out Candace Cameron Bure's page. She looks amazing, right? That's DJ Tanner? She never had a problem with her weight in my opinion but she wrote a book about reshaping it all. I haven't read the book yet.. but I will. I remember her on a daily show segment last year talking about turning to the Bible instead of a bag of potato chips.
That's what I needed to do! A light bulb went off and a fog lifted. Here I was craving a pizza and surfing Facebook and all of a sudden I did a 180. Literally! I got up that moment and put my sneakers on and worked out. I did 18 minutes... then I logged back on my Spark People... then I called, wrote and texted just about everyone I knew, to tell them I'm going to lose 46 pounds by April 30, 2014. I was overwhelmed with encouragement and cheers.
And, here I am... I've been staying in my 1200-1500 calorie range, working out at least 30 minutes a day and drinking 10 cups of water a day. I also made a huge leap into becoming Vegan. I know it's a long road and I might not get to all of my goals till this time next year... but I'm in it for the long haul. I'm DONE with being lazy. I'm DONE with being fatigue all the time. I'm DONE with filling my body with chemicals and processed foods.
*I'm making a new me, one better choice at a time!*
~~Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. - Robert Louis Stevenson ~~
"When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."
November 4th, 2013 weigh-in - 226 pounds .•*Starting Weight*•.
November 11th, 2013 weigh-in - 224 pounds (-2 pound loss)
November 18th, 2013 weigh-in - 216 pounds (-8 pound loss)
November 25th, 2013 weigh-in - 215 pounds (-1 pound loss)
November 30th, 2013 weigh-in - 214.8 pounds (-0.2 pound loss)
¸.•*´¨) Total pounds lost for November - 11.2 pound loss ¸.•*´¨)
December 2nd, 2013 weigh-in - 213.8 pounds (-1 pound loss)
December 9th, 2013 weigh-in - 210.2 pounds (-3.6 pound loss)
December 16th , 2013 weigh-in - 208 pounds (-2.2 pound loss)
December 23rd, 2013 weigh-in - 205.8 pounds (-2.2 pound loss)
December 31st, 2013 weigh-in - 202 pounds (-3.8 pound loss)
¸.•*´¨) Total pounds lost for December - 12.8 pound loss ¸.•*´¨)
January 6th, 2014 weigh-in - 204 pounds (+2 pound gain) *Stress Week*
January 13th, 2014 weigh-in - 199.8 pounds (-4.2 pound loss)
January 20th, 2014 weigh-in - 199.2 pounds (-0.6 pound loss)
¸.•*¨) Total pounds lost for January - 2.8 pound loss ¸.•*´¨)
**** NOTE: On January 26th I made a change to how I monitor my success. I chose to focus on healthy eating and fitness and not a number on a scale. I also made a declaration that I will not step on another scale until 03-26-2014. Check back then to see my ticker move! ****
| current weight: 195.6
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Member Since: 2/9/2008
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I'd like to get to about 140 pounds but that's the long term goal.
Short Goal is 46 pounds down by April 30th, 2014. (180 pounds)
15 pounds down (211 pounds) by Christmas: DONE! 12/9/13
30 pounds down (196 pounds) by Valentine's Day: DONE! 02/02/14
45 pounds down (181 pounds) by Easter:
60 pounds down (166 pounds) by Father's Day:
70 pounds down (156 pounds) by July 15th Vegas Trip:
86 pounds down (140 pounds) by Labor Day:
More importantly than weight though is overall health and nutrition. I know I can lose the weight and look healthy but I want to be healthy! I would like to run marathons and eat to live instead of live to eat. Spark People has been amazing in giving me all the tips I need to do this thing right!
I've been spreading the Spark and made my weight loss known to everyone around me.
I have no shortage of accountability and I made sure of that! ;)
I'm a tracker! I'm tracking everything I eat or drink. Aiming for 10 cups of water a day because I can do better than 8. Haha :)
I'm working out daily at least 30 mins and you guessed it.. I'm tracking that too!
I'm married to my best friend and High School sweetheart, Derek. Just celebrated 11 years of marriage and we have two insanely smart little girls named, Elizabeth and Naomi.