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My name is Melissa, and I am a 25 year-old graduate student. I just recently renewed my commitment to a healthier lifestyle. As cliche as it sounds, I made a New Year's Resolution to become a healthier person. In December, I realized that I had gained over 20 lbs in a year and that I felt lethargic and unhealthy all the time. I spent most of my time sitting on the couch reading or writing papers for school, drinking too much alcohol, and eating one or two large meals a day, which were ...
My name is Melissa, and I am a 25 year-old graduate student. I just recently renewed my commitment to a healthier lifestyle. As cliche as it sounds, I made a New Year's Resolution to become a healthier person. In December, I realized that I had gained over 20 lbs in a year and that I felt lethargic and unhealthy all the time. I spent most of my time sitting on the couch reading or writing papers for school, drinking too much alcohol, and eating one or two large meals a day, which were always high calorie as I never had time to prepare anything healthy. I was constantly insecure about my weight, and hated the way I looked. I decided that I was done feeling that way and that it was time for a change. My resolution was to get healthier and to lose weight in the process.

The first step for me was the biggest of all: I had to quit smoking. I only started in May 2007, so it wasn't as challenging as it could have been, but it was still one of the hardest things I've ever done. I knew I had to quit, but I couldn't work on diet and exercise while quitting. One person can only have so much willpower, and though I knew I would gain some additional weight quitting, I had to tackle this problem first. January 1, I started cutting down how much I smoked to break my smoking habits before I stopped having a nicotine fix. January 10, I smoked my last cigarette, and I haven't looked back. Now, I feel as though I never smoked at all, and I could not be happier about my decision. My breathing capacity has increased drastically, and my resting heart rate has dropped significantly; both are health issues that played a big factor in my decision to get healthy.

In February, I felt secure enough as a non-smoker to start a diet and exercise program. I used SparkPeople in the past, and I knew it was a helpful resource that would provide me with tools like the food tracker as well as people for support. On February 8, I weighed in at 185, the most I'd weighed since 2004, and only 5 lbs shy of my all-time highest weight. I started tracking my calories, and by Valentine's Day, I had lost 5 lbs.

B y late February, I began to incorporate more exercise into my plan. I've always hated workout out, so I dreaded this more than anything, even quitting smoking! After experimenting with a few things, I found a few workouts that I didn't hate. I also realized that if I pushed myself when I worked out, I felt fantastic afterward. By focusing on the "high" I got from working out instead of thinking about the exercise itself, I went from loathing the process to not minding it terribly to finally finding a place where I looked forward to my workouts, and where I would work out longer and longer without counting the seconds until I could get off the treadmill. I now work out 4-5 days a week, every week, and before I even officially lost a pound from working out, I could see a huge difference in the way my body looked.

My journey has only just begun in many ways, but I have already fulfilled my New Year's Resolution. My friends are shocked at what a "healthy person" I have become in such a short amount of time, and my boyfriend loves the way I look. What makes me feel happy, though, is that I no longer feel lethargic and unhealthy. I have lots of energy, I'm stronger, my skin looks better, my heart and lungs feel healthier, and I am happy knowing that what I'm doing is the right thing for my body--finally!

Progress:

SW: 185 (2/8)

3/1: 176

4/1: 173.6
Waist: 33.5
Hips: 39
Thigh: 25.5
Arm: 13
Neck: 12.5

5/1: 166
Waist: 32
Hips: 38
Thigh: 24
Arm: 12.75
Neck: 12.25

6/1: 165.2
Waist: 32
Hips: 37.5
Thigh: 23
Arm: 12
Neck: 12

7/9: 165.8
Waist: 32
Hips: 37.5
Thigh: 24
Arm: 12.5
Neck: 12.5




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Member Since: 8/10/2008

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My Goals:
My goal is to get healthier this year. Losing weight is one part of that goal, but only one.

Mini goals:
180 by Valentine's Day (Met!)
174 (BMI under 30) (Met 3/15)
170 (met 4/27)
167 - 10% goal (met 5/1)
165 - 20 lbs gone (met 6/1)
160 - Halfway Mark! Reward: Pedicure!
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Reward: Book
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145 (No longer overweight)
Reward: Book
135 Goal Weight
Reward: Trip to New Orleans and shopping spree

My Program:
I strive to stay in my calorie range most days--some days, it just isn't possible. For foods, I focus on eating lots of fruits and veggies. My main food focus right now is getting lots of protein and fiber in my diet.

I try to do cardio 5 days a week, with two to rest. At least two of my five cardio days, I go to the gym, but the others, I work out at home.

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MOLS626
8/17/2009 12:06:23 PM

Hey there! Just checking in to see how you are doing?!? Have a great week!



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8/17/2009 12:27:12 AM

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8/16/2009 10:07:26 PM

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8/16/2009 6:32:05 PM

Happy Birthday!!!

Wishing you all the best in the year to come.
May your days be filled with sunshine and beautiful colors.
And may your nights be filled with comforting dreams and wishes to come.

Here’s to a very happy and healthy up-coming year!!

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8/16/2009 1:36:13 PM

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