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Not quite at my heaviest-- I was 10lbs more! February, 2009



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November 28, 2012: I haven't been on Sparkpeople all summer. It's good to be back! In May, we had a wonderful family vacation for all ten of us at Disney where we celebrated our twins' 5th birthday. While in Florida, our kitchen remodel began so that we could avoid much of the demolition. We returned home to supervise the last couple of weeks of the install when the unthinkable happened: on June 13, our house caught on fire. The fire started in the wall between the master bath and closet. We lost all of the contents upstairs. We spent 2 weeks in a hotel, 3 months in a rental house, then another 4 weeks in a hotel until our home was restored. Also during these 4 1/2 months, we had 4 weddings (twins were flower girls at one), a funeral, and 3 of our children had birthdays. Obviously, life got in the way of me taking care of me this summer. That, and eating every meal out for 6 weeks, consoling myself with carbs, has put some pounds back on. I'm not discouraged, though. I'm here, re-sparked, and I realize that it's all part of the journey!

I joined Spark People on January 27, 2010 and reclaimed my life! I have lost 116 pounds by faithfully using the nutrition tracker and exercising. Including my loss through tracking Weight Watchers points on my own before joining Spark, I'm 147 pounds less and in a size 6 in some brands, 8 in others. My skirts and dresses are size 4, mostly 6 and a few 8's. I had been wearing 3x, size 22/ 24. I had no idea that I could be this small after spending 20 years well over 200 pounds! And here I thought I was big boned! LOL

I have learned so much through Spark-- including the importance of goals, the power of choice, and how to fuel my body with a balanced diet of great nutrition (real food) and plenty of protein (I ate so carb-heavy on Weight Watchers) I also learned that exercise is key. I also never gave much credence to the "mind-body connection" prior to this journey. I had no idea that I was missing out on so much during the years that I was resigned to being overweight and depressed!

From January 1010:
I'm Laura-- and I am really good at losing and gaining weight. Lose forty pounds, gain thirty, have another baby, gain fifteen preg. pounds, lose twenty... and so the cycle continued until I turned forty and realized that I need to snap out of the lose/gain cycle NOW. I know that God has not created me to be like this, and I am so DONE putting myself last on my list. It is not at all selfish to want to live to go to ALL of my children's 40th birthday parties :)

My husband and I are in our 21st year of wedded bliss. We have eight children. What blessings!

Member Since: 1/27/2010

Fitness Minutes: 10,154

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Nov. 2012: working on getting back into my maintenance range and feeling great again

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I use the nutrition tracker every day, typically using the app in my iPhone. I usually remember to use the fitness tracker.

I eat 1200 calories, sometimes a hundred more, making sure I get enough protein. I drink lots of water. Every few weeks, I have a day when I bump up my cals. by a few hundred.

I love my Zumba class and get there as often as I can. I also cross train-- And this year, I will run.

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I am a lot of things, but what you might like to know is that I'm 43 years old, I have eight children ages 22, 15, 12, 10, 5, 5, 4, and 4 (twins). I married my fabulous man 23 years ago, and I'm thankful that he's loved me through thick and thin(ner)!

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    Congratulation on your weight loss. You are such an inspiration to me. Reading your post and seen what all you have had to deal with and still you seem so all together person and you take care of yourself as well as your family. You have me believing I can do this journey too. Thank you for sharing your weight loss journey. God Bless you!!!
    995 days ago
    Wow u r an inspiration all the way around! I have 3 kids and I thought that I had my hands full! Hats off to you! You have a beautiful family! I am so inspired by your weight loss! I am going to do as well as you! I'm sorry to hear about the fire. I hope everything is okay now! God bless you & your family!

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    1019 days ago
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    Sorry so late with my wishes
    Congratulations on being a motivator and an inspiration
    Best wishes as you continue one day at a time
    Beautiful family
    1109 days ago
    Congratulations and continued success on your journey to healthy living!
    1111 days ago
    Wow-ee, that many kids are only 43. And I came her after getting the community page. You look amazing! I'm sure you feel even better than you feel. It's certainly a bonus, to keep up with the kids.

    I also read your husband's letter. My sis has lost almost 100 lbs. She has two adult sons and a nine yr. old daughter.

    I see your in " Made to Crave group" . I'm a believer too. it helps to have the Lord to coach you ad help us not give up. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1113 days ago
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