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Hi, I have been struggling with my weight and my body image since adolescence. I am determined to be the weight I want to be and more importantly, I want to look at myself in the mirror and be truly happy with what I see.....

I started my journey in April 2011. I had been commuting 3 hours a day for a year and was constantly exhausted and ate without even thinking about it and had gained about 35lbs in that time. I weighed 186 and I was so unhappy with myself. The difference in my ...
Hi, I have been struggling with my weight and my body image since adolescence. I am determined to be the weight I want to be and more importantly, I want to look at myself in the mirror and be truly happy with what I see.....

I started my journey in April 2011. I had been commuting 3 hours a day for a year and was constantly exhausted and ate without even thinking about it and had gained about 35lbs in that time. I weighed 186 and I was so unhappy with myself. The difference in my self-confidence from the previous April when I had just returned from 6 months of travelling and was tanned and happy was almost unrecognisable. I decided it was time to change my life for good because I couldn't continue to get fatter and fatter and more and more miserable. If I hadn't made a major change, continued weight gain was almost inevitable.

On 26 April 2011 I moved to London and cut my commute by more than half. I immediately felt like I had my energy back again! I also had control of the food in my fridge again. I have no will power - if there is food in the house I'll eat it - so it's really important I control what is available!!

I didn't immediately join the gym. I think I was embarrassed that I had let myself get to the weight I was and wanted to be thinner before I subjected myself to other peoples opinion at the gym. In hindsight this was silly - who cares what other people think!

By October 2011 I was ready to get serious about exercise and food tracking and joined sparkpeople and weighed in at 161. I am so glad I did, because although I have plateaued recently it is so important to record and recognise your achievements. It is so much harder to slip backwards when you can look at how far you've come and how much you don't want to end up back there.

From October 2011 to February 2012 I built up my exercise routine and stamina and carried on being careful to track what I ate. By the beginning of March I was at 149 and much happier.

I started dating again after not feeling like I could put myself out there previously (I hated my body, how could I expect someone else to love it or me?). I met someone and got wrapped up in him and stopped tracking what I ate.... I regret that, but my exercise has never suffered, I'm proud that that is something that I have continued with without fail. Even when my relationship ended recently and I was sad, I kept on turning up at the gym 3-5 times a week.

I'm certain that this continued exercise is responsible for me not gaining weight despite being fairly blasť about what I ate for about 6 months. I think I would've been distraught if I had taken steps backwards in my fight against flab.

So here we go again - still 149 - I'm going to push myself again and get off this plateau. I'm going to reach my goal weight and get toned so that I don't have to worry about the angle that a picture is being taken from when I'm out with my friends and stuff like that. Basically I just want to be completely comfortable in my own skin!!!


26 Apr 11 ~ 186 - Starting weight
11 Oct 11 ~ 161 - Joined SP
3 Mar 12 ~ 149
1 Jan 13 ~ 149 starting again!
12 Jan 13 ~ 147
19 Jan 13 ~ 146

Update: 12 Oct 2013
So, here I am again. I fell off the wagon massively. I started dating again, had a few short relationships over the last 10 months and once again other things seemed more important than looking after my body. Only unlike last time I wasn't as consistent with my exercise and so I think I've crept up with the weight again. I haven't weighed myself yet - working up the nerve. But it starts again here and now. I'm going to get myself back on track.

20 Oct 2013 ~ 159
27 Oct 2013 ~ 155

whoops! Christmas and the party season got in the way! Once again didn't track what I ate. But I've been making really good choices with my food and exercising well since the new year. I have a goal in place and the motivation to get there! Here we go again!

18 Jan 2014 ~ 152
26 Jan 2014 ~ 151
1 Feb 2014 ~ 149
9 Feb 2014 ~ 148
16 Feb 2014 ~ 147
30 Apr 2014 ~ 146
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Member Since: 10/11/2011

SparkPoints: 9,500

Fitness Minutes: 10,739

My Goals:
Weigh in at 125lbs by my next birthday

1000 fitness minutes every month

Perfect attendance in February

Run 5k in under 30 mins by mid Feb 2014

The Bupa 1o,000 - 25 May 2014

The London Moonwalk -walking marathon on 10 May 2014

Swim 1 mile in 35 mins by 1 March 2014

26 Apr 11 ~ 186
11 Oct 11 ~ 161 - Joined SP
3 Mar 12 ~ 149
1 Jan 13 ~ 149 starting again!
12 Jan 13 ~147
19 Jan 13 ~ 146
20 Oct 13 ~ 159 starting again (again!)
27 Oct 13 ~ 155
18 Jan 14 ~ 152 starting again (and again!)
26 Jan 14 ~ 151
1 Feb 14 ~ 149
9 Feb 14 ~ 148
16 Feb 14 ~ 147
27 April ~ 146



My Program:
1000 January 2014 minutes ~ completed
1500 February 2014 minutes ~ completed

Perfect Attendance in February ~ completed

5K completed in 28.5 minutes on 10 Feb
27.5 on 14 Feb
7K in 40 mins on 18 Feb
10K in 58 mins on 10 April
10K in 55 mins on 30 April

15 April ~ outside running for the first time

1 mile swim completed in 33 minutes on 12 Feb

The London Moonwalk completed 10 May 2014

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Member Comments:
SHADOWCHIC12
1/26/2014 7:15:59 PM

Thanks for stopping by my page, and congrats on the "little things!" Each little thing combines toward the big goal!

Have a great week,
Sarah



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