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baby picture, 1961, I'm the youngest

2009 Seattle RNR - first half (I'm on the left)

April 2006 - probably my all-time highest weight. I think I must have weighed at least 250 (5'1")


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If I can do this, you can! I've struggled with my weight all my life and this is the first time I've believed that I can keep it off. I will admit that there are days when I'm not 100% certain, but that's why I come to SP every day. We don't have to do this alone!

I reached my highest weight while I was in grad school. Since I was in denial for a long time and didn't own a scale, I can only guess what that was. In July 2007, I weighed 224, and I'd already dropped at least one size at that point. The rest of it is all part of the journey. I've gained a few pounds back and have work to do on my relationship with food, and all the same struggles. No matter how frustrated I get, I WILL remember that I'm not that person anymore. There's a lot of ground between perfection and having lost weight to get to 224 lbs. Its okay not to be perfect, but its not okay to surrender control of my life and my health.

I think I can live in that space. Want to hang out there with me?

Member Since: 3/17/2008

Fitness Minutes: 135,632

My Goals:
I have a family history of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. I hope that by eating healthy, being active, and losing weight I can avoid both.

My Program:
I started with the Weight Watchers Core plan. Now I am concentrating on just eating a healthy balanced diet and eating clean (closest to how foods occur in nature), though I'm not aiming for 100%.

Personal Information:
I'm single and I live in Fredericksburg, VA.

Other Information:
I lost about 80 lbs between 2007 and 2009, but I slowly started to inch back up. Early in 2010 I lost my job, and as I continued to be unemployed, the weight gain accelerated a little the first year and a lot the second year. I'm back to tracking and I'm headed in a better direction.

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  • v HOBBESIS49
    It has been a long while since I've checked in with you..

    Hope life is treating you well..

    I'm kind of down with a bug of some sort right now but I'm planning on getting out-of-doors a bit later (when it warms up a bit *it's now only 19 degrees here which is Cold for where I live in Oregon).

    I've just recently dropped all of my Spark teams except for one because I'm going back to Graduate School in the Fall and feel that it's important to establish a routine of sorts that will get me through and is doable (not something that is so over-whelming that I'll have to drop out of it later).

    emoticon We are almost there! HAPPY NEW YEAR... 2014

    Your Old Spark Friend,

    749 days ago
  • v ECOAGE
    Believe me, I can understand that some days are more difficult than other days. We can be most critical of ourselves and tend to appreciate ourselves the least. You have put out an amazing amount of effort ... many do less WITHOUT your challenges. You are NOT alone.
    911 days ago
    D ecide on an action plan.
    E very thing is possible if you believe and work at it.
    C onsider your choices carefully.
    I nvite others to join you on your quest to become healthy.
    S avor the feeling of each victory, big or small.
    I nvaluable lessons sometimes hurt, but are necessary for growth.
    O ptimism over pessimism.
    N ever quit trying or you will fail.
    S ay to yourself every day, "I AM WORTH IT!" because you are!
    1051 days ago
  • v L*I*T*A*

    ♥♥¸.•*´¨`*•. • .♥♥¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥♥.•. •*´¨`*•.¸♥♥
    ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨* Thanks for the supportive comments on my page....
    ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨* Hope all is well with you!
    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ * Have a successful weekend ahead...stay strong!
    ♥♥¸.•*´¨`*•. • .♥♥¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥♥.•. •*´¨`*•.¸♥♥
    blessings and hugs.............lita

    1054 days ago
    We are not given a good life or a bad life.
    We are given a life.
    It is up to us to make it good or bad.
    1068 days ago
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