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Me in 2006... two years before I found spark people.

80lbs of loss..My "sporty" look for our makeovers.

Just before I crossed the finish line for my third half marathon in San Diego, PR 2:15:22


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I've been over weight my entire life since early childhood. I don't ever remember a day when I was "skinny". My brother and sister were bean poles growing up and still are. I was the unlucky one. I was tipping the scales by the time I graduated high school close to 300 pounds. (5'9").

When I went to college my weight dropped a bit because my diet changed and being away from the large meals and junk food at my parents house helped. I transferred and went to a college in a large city and didn't have a car. So all that walking to get here and there brought my weight down even more. I think my smallest in college was 225.

Unfortunately, after I graduated I couldn't stay in that environment of constant walking and moved back into my parents house (in a suburb) to find a job and help get my feet back on the ground. I didn't even realize what I did to cause this, but in two years my weight jumped back up to 275lbs. None of my old "cool" jeans fit, and neither did my favorite shirt. I started buying knits that I could stretch out. I even said (out loud to a friend) at one point that I could never be skinny, I didn't think it was possible so I would just have to learn to be happy how I was. Looking back I have no Idea why I was so self-defeating with out even trying, but I'm realizing now that negativity was just a very large part of my life and I hope to almost eliminate those feelings bit by bit.

I visited my doctor in April 2008 and shared my concerns about my weight and also my concerns for the future. If I didn't lose weight now what was going to happen to me? Would I always be like this? I was constantly reading articles about future health risks to myself if I remained the way I was. We'd talked about my weight and diet for years but that year she told me about sparkpeople and it's made a huge difference! After browsing through the site, I finally had found the guidance I needed to set me on the right track.

So how does soccer play into this.... I did not grow up playing soccer. I grew up in the city and went to catholic schools with out teams (or fields to play on just parking lots). My first real experience with soccer was watching the women's world cup in 1999. I remember jumping up screaming at the tv screen. The sport was exciting, It motivated me and I wanted to play! In 2000 away at college meeting new people I started on an intramural team unfortunately I was the only one who took it seriously. I took a break for several years as I transferred schools and moved around....Until the world cup in 06. Watching those games made me want to get out there and play again! The next summer I joined a women's league (despite my weight -- but looking back it was another small step towards success) and have been playing ever since.

(old text...I'm almost at the finish line now)
So I'm still in the middle of this crazy journey but I feel like I've made many steps to far. I feel better, healthier. I still doubt myself sometimes, but I will only look forward from now on. I won't ever revert back to how I used to be. My first goal was to lose 85 pounds and see how I look at that point and decide if I need more work. I've decided now after 62lbs of loss I can shoot for 100lbs total. Wish me luck! I also want to live a healthier, natural and more active lifestyle. (i'm shooting for 110lbs now)

p.s. I fit in my "cool" college jeans (which are too ratty to wear in public now anyway) and favorite shirt again!

update summer 08 - down 25 lbs.

update sept 08 - down 35lbs.

update Nov 08 - I was able to buy a size 14 coat and size 16W pants for the first time ever.

update Jan 09 - I've officially lost over 50lbs. I am 4 pounds smaller than my dr. has ever recorded me weighing.

Here's to Hope and (more) Change in 2009!

Update March 09 - Almost at my one year spark anniversary! Down 62lbs! I can shop for pants at the gap now!

Update July 09 - 70lbs of loss!!!!

Update April 2011 - 100LBS OF LOSS!!!

Update Oct 2011 - PR in the Baltimore half 2:22;11

Update Feb 2012 - 105lb of Loss and STILL WORKING for that flat stomach.

Update June 2012 - PR in the San Diego Half 2:15:22

Update March 2013 - The scale is up a little but I'm way more toned then I was a year ago. (It's not all about the number on the scale) I credit this to starting Boxing about 6 months ago. BEST WORK OUT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Update November 2013 - I've been working at going back to school part time since 2011 towards becoming a registered dietitian. I am actually one semester away from transferring into a four year program. My biggest struggles right now are trying to find time to balance, work, school, working out and eating right. Thank god for spark people being here when I need to "check in"and get back on track. My weight is still lower than it was in March 2013, but I have to be very diligent over the holidays to not let it creep back up. Just one more testament that losing/maintaining is a life style change and is going to always have to be something that I monitor, but very much worth the effort.

Member Since: 4/8/2008

Fitness Minutes: 35,887

My Goals:
Weight train and core strength twice a week.

Lose 70 pounds total by my one year spark anniversary

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I switched up my routine to keep things fresh. I go to fitness bootcamp minimum 3x a week at 5:30 in the morning. It's an amazing full body work out.

I play soccer once a week (maybe 2x a week this fall)

I work out on the track running then practicing my soccer skills 1-2x a week.

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    You are doing fantastic! emoticon
    You are in the top five for team fitness minutes this week. emoticon
    The holidays are upon us. emoticon
    Temptations are all around. emoticon

    You have to push yourself, no one is going to do it for you! Keep up the determination!!!!

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    18 hours ago

    “Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.”

    ― Roy T. Bennett,

    You can do this! You ARE doing this! congratulations on being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week! Believe in YOURSELF!!!! emoticon

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    14 days ago
    The holiday season is upon us. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon We need to stay strong and stay positive.

    Work hard for what you want because it won't come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive. Leah LaBelle

    You are already working hard - being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week. emoticon

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    21 days ago
    emoticon WOOHOO! you are in the top five for team fitness minutes this week!

    You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can. Jimmy Carter

    You are doing it! Keep on choosing to be healthy!

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    28 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week.

    Commitment is an act, not a word. Jean-Paul Sartre

    You are definitely showing your commitment to your goals by your (fitness) actions! Keep on moving! emoticon

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    35 days ago
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