I feel like I have been dealing with being overweight my entire life. In reality, I was probably doing better than I thought, but had a bad body image. I mean, don't get me wrong, I wasn't skinny, but I wasn't as heavy as I thought I was either. Bigger sizes and skinny friends will do a number on your ego. After college, I let reality catch up with my mental image and at my heaviest, I was almost 260 lbs. I got down to around 220 or so doing Atkins. I somehow lost weight eating grilled ham & cheese 'sandwiches' with no bread and onion rings with ranch dressing.
I stayed there for a few years... then I lost down to right above 200 (didn't cross the line into ONEderland) doing shakes and stayed there for another few years. At this point, I was a size 16 and that was pretty okay by me, but I was still the 'fat girl'.
The last phase started a few years ago. I lost 50+ pounds on WeightWatchers and was smaller than I ever thought I could be. I had dreamed about being a size 10 and thought that was an unobtainable goal, and I actually ended up as a size 6! That's an amazing feeling to someone that was sizes 14-24 her entire adult life... I actually had people tell me 'don't lose any more weight - you're too skinny'. After a lifetime of being overweight, that's pretty euphoric...
But eventually, I started straying from all the good lessons I learned on WW and my bad eating habits started coming back and I have gained more of that back than I like admitting. I had to get back out the size 10 pants that would have been so prized when I was at my heaviest, but now I know I can do better... So I put myself back on the wagon!
The thing that worked for me so well with WW was the accountability of points and keeping my food diary. This website has been an amazing motivation to me and I really feel like I am on the right track. One of the biggest changes that I am making this time is to really incorporate exercise as part of the lifestyle change, not just change my diet. After four weeks, I feel stronger and I feel better about myself. I appreciate all the support I've gotten from my Spark Friends (and my DONE Girls!) I really like the team challenges and streaks.
* Do some kind of exercise every day.
* Keep my food journal up to date.
* Feel good about what I am doing.
My goal is to to eat 'healthy' - high fiber, lots of fruit and veggies, easy on the sugar and refined carbs. My challenges are that I eat out every day for lunch, I have a tendancy to snack mindlessly at the house...and I love mexican food!
My name is Jennifer, and I live in south Texas with my husband and three mastiffs.
I love book and movies, don't like exercising. I love to scuba dive, but don't get to go as often as I would like.
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Wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy New Year! I'm finally back (it's been soooo long!) and just wanted to let you know that I've missed you and that I look forward to reconnecting. Hope you are doing well and that 2014 will be your best year yet!
1175 days ago
I just wanted to say hi and tell you that even though I've been away from SP for the past several months (bogged down with work and stress) I am looking forward to ending the mighty-year-of-challenges that has plagued me this past year and start fresh soon... I may be still a bit scarce around here for the next little while but I did want to let you know that I've been thinking of you and hope you are doing well in life, in happiness, and in your journey.
1516 days ago
Thank you so much for the comment on my page. I am so proud to be Co-leader of such an AWESOME group!
1671 days ago
Thank a million for the DGOTD congratulations!! I love the supportive and welcome atmosphere this team creates and can't wait to share the Done experience with you!!
You've gone through so much to get to this point and know that you'll just keep on rockin' it until you reach your goal! So congratulations to you too!!
I also love all the pictures on your page, you're absolutely gorgeous and don't forget it!!
1699 days ago
Today you have the choice to be amazing. Today you can do more than just try. You can succeed. You can be victorious. Today, you can rock your world. You can look yourself in the eye and smile... because you know that you are fighting for an amazing cause: YOU. And YOU are absolutely worth fighting for.
You can also do the same thing tomorrow.
"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." - Vince Lombardi
In honour of the upcoming Summer Olympic Games this Saturday in London, I give to you the Olympic Creed which is as true for the games as it is for achieving our own goals and dreams each and every day:
"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
Today, you are a superhero, a survivor, a warrior, and a beacon to others for honouring yourself, your mind and your body; for making the choices that will make you an even better person tomorrow.
Today you are one step closer, because you decided to be. Fight strong, fight well, fight fair.
"Never, never, never, never give up." - Winston Churchill
1702 days ago