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Hey!! I am a respiratory therapist, happily enagaged, and looking to lose this weight I have put on in the past few years!

I have struggled with my weight all my life. I have been overweight/obese more years than not. My high weight was probably around 310. I can't be sure because I stopped weighing myself. In my early twenties, I began a weight loss journey in which I used ephedra and a starvation diet. I walked three miles everyday. It was a common thing for me to "see stars" and feel like I was going to black out daily. Over a two year period of on and off dieting this way, I managed to get down to 170. I may have continued, but I began having panic attacks.

I stayed around this weight for maybe a year and a half and then slowly crept up, I got in a serious relationship and went back to school and ballooned up to 270. When I graduated in Feb 2007, I decided that this was it, I was losing the weight the right way. I joined Curves, and did my own diet. I used a lot of packaged foods then, and the weight slowly came off. I stopped going to curves and started taking kickboxing last year and gained a new self appreciation for my body.

As it stands now, I have lost nearly 70 pounds. Sometimes, its easy . . . it's just my life. I eat healthy and try not to beat myself up about it. Other times, it's a struggle . . . and the emotional eating rears its ugly head.

Some things I have learned:

1) Yes Viginia, water really DOES help you lose more weight!

2) Stop kidding yourself about your activity level, you have to
work out and work out HARD. At least 3 days a week.

3) Strength training/resistance training is awesome for your
body, but if you don't do the cardio you aren't going to lose the
fat sitting on top of your newly toned abs/arms/butt.

4) Stop blaming your thyroid. It probably isn't that.

5) Take fish oil. If for no other reason than it is good for you.

6) Wean yourself off of the packaged/processed food. The salt
alone is reason enough. Packaged meals can be really helpful
in a pinch, and especially in the early stages of dieting.

7) Educate yourself! Subscribe to a fitness magazine, they can
be motivational as well. Read food labels!

2009 Goals

Ultimate: Be proud of the way I look in my wedding dress and photos, and be healthy to try to concieve!

Rewards and Mini Goals

195: parafin pedicure, and new nailpolish
190: easytone by reebok shoes
185: new jeans
180: new swimsuit
175: hot stone massage

Basically I would like to be 175 or less for my wedding day, lowest I have ever been is between 165 and 170. Pretty comfortable with my self in that area. I have a picture of myself at that weight posted in my photos.

Member Since: 1/16/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,681

My Goals:
I want to try to eat healthy, whole foods! Avoid fast food! Drink LOTS of water! Exercise because it feels good, not because I have to!

My Program:
Trying to get back into a fitness routine!

Personal Information:
I am from southwestern PA, and am currently employed as a respiratory therapist.

Other Information:
Getting married October 10, 2009!!! Countdown has begun!!

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    Welcome to Getting Fit Before Baby!
    3238 days ago
  • v ANNIELEE1987
    Hey there!
    Just thought i would drop in and say "hey" and tell you to not give up! I'm currently on a "plateau" and girl, it sucks! just pushing through it! slowly but surely! lol anywho..feel free to write anytime-id love to hear about your progress! Have a GREAT day!
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    3238 days ago
  • v SAUCY_21
    Hello new friend! I added you because you are engaged too and you are my inspiration right now. Way to go :) Love the wedding dress, I can't wait to go shopping in the spring for mine. Wedding isn't until may 2010 though. Good luck with reaching your goal!
    3362 days ago
  • v FIT4LOVE
    Great wedding date, that's mine as well! And great work, keep it up!
    3368 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my 'blog. The whole eating out thing is hard--but it's part of life, I suppose. "Wedding Dress Workouts" is on my favourites list too! When's your wedding?
    3443 days ago
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