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January 1st, 2011::

I completed my weight loss and fitness journey, but fell off the wagon hard for eight months. I would join back for a week, eat well, feel good, then spiral back into the loving arms of the Big Mac all over again.

Last week, my husband and I decided that enough was enough. With pounds back on the both of us, we did a detox program and have returned to healthier eating habits and exercise. To compound the efforts, I've rejoined SparkPeople's Bootcamp program - which I came within ONE day of completing last year!

I'm very excited for 2011. Can't wait to see where it takes us!


In January of 09, I stepped on the scale at one of my best friend's house and was appalled by what I saw. Even though I'd noticed myself expanding in the mirror and had wandered into a size 12 pant (which looks voluptuous and stunning on some women, but looked Grinch-like and unfeminine on me, a woman notorious for being flat-chested and bird-limbed), it took the numbers on that LED panel to let me know I'd taken a wrong turn somewhere.

It wasn't hard to guess. My husband and I were eating fast food two meals a day, then I'd make something indulgent for dinner at night, as I'd only recently discovered my love of cooking. Partner that with his desk job and my work from home job and you've got a nasty combination. Sadly, my waist-to-hip ratio is still paying the price!

Today, January 2010, my husband has lost 34 pounds, I've lost 26. I was almost to my end goal of 30 even.

Over the holiday, I gained 4 back, and am eager to see them off again - my philosophy refuses the idea of dieting over holidays. I'd rather work 4 pounds away than look back when I'm 80 on the things I didn't allow myself to enjoy!

That having been said, my -fitness- journey is only just beginning. I'm dipping my toe into Pilates and Yoga, and started visiting the gym about two months ago. After 6 years spent at the computer, my progress is very slow - sometimes laughably so. I wish I could properly convey to people what I mean by "6 years at the computer." I lived in an isolated spot with no friends in that city, had a car that didn't work, and a husband who was often deployed. I woke up, sat down at the computer, then eventually went to bed. Period. My muscles are in a very bad way, as are my lungs. This part of my goal has been so, so hard for me, harder than dieting, harder than weight loss, harder than giving up Big Macs (for the most part)!

Member Since: 1/1/2010

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My Goals:
Jan 30th 2010 - Slice off the Final 5. I will be finished losing weight after a 1 year journey.

Jan 1st 2011 - Undo the damage of my formerly sedentary lifestyle. Rebuild my muscles, repair lung function, take my now thin but very weak, unfirm body and make it tighter, toned and HEALTHY.

Ongoing - Eat more produce, consume less fat in general, and continue taking multivitamin!

My Program:
Right now, I'm throwing myself mind, body and soul into SparkPeople's Spark Your Body 2010 Bootcamp. That's it.

I'm focusing on ONE program at a time, and proving to myself that I can finish something I start!

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I live in Northeast Georgia with my husband and three kitties. We're Childfree by choice for life, non-religious, and both dedicated to getting back the healthy bodies of our youth!

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  • v AURORA1423
    Yay on resisting those cinnamon rolls! (and thanks for visiting my blog. Now I know I'm not alone with craving those nasty things.) emoticon
    2109 days ago
  • v KJLAU2002
    Thanks for the encouragement on my blog! Good luck in BootCamp! emoticon
    2117 days ago
    Hey girl! Thanks so much for the message and invite to belly dancing! It sounds like fun! What time are the classes?
    2117 days ago
    Hi! Your message board post popped up on my start page, and it sounded a bit like me, so I went and read it...I realized you actually sounded a lot like me!!! I did the same thing, stepped on the scale at someone else's house one day and couldn't believe the number I saw, so I set out to change my ways! I lost 30 pounds as well, and loved myself! I then got into a new relationship and we started going out to dinner often, then i changed jobs and started eating lunch out as well, and here I am half-way back to where I started:( It's been so frustrating because I keep "starting" to "try" to lose the weight and then I just lose track! And while my boyfriend really needs to be doing this with me, he hasn't quite got to the point to do it...and it's so hard to do it alone! Anyway, I know you have your husbands support, but I would love to be a support buddy on here with you and maybe we can help keep each other on track!:) anyway, best of luck to you in this new year!
    2122 days ago
    Keeping ya in my thoughts... wishing you a great week! Take care, Martha
    2226 days ago
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