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"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." -George S. Patton

I used SPARKPEOPLE from January 2009 - May 2010. I went from being 287lbs to 240lbs. I did it with a lot of work. I was strong with motivation, information(sparkpeople), ...

"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." -George S. Patton

I used SPARKPEOPLE from January 2009 - May 2010. I went from being 287lbs to 240lbs. I did it with a lot of work. I was strong with motivation, information(sparkpeople), inspiration, and dedication. Keeping track of every minute you put in work and every calorie you take in is a GREAT way to check yourself!

Now...After may 2010 I continued to run and I adapted to watching the foods I ate. I of course became more okay with eating cake or BBQ'd ribs, but I controlled how much I ate.

I went to College in August 2010 and all of my classes were a mile away from the dorms and uphill. I lived on the fourth floor of the dorms (we didn't have an elevator). I ate chicken, tuna, salmon, and tilapia meats. I filled my plate with veggies. I also got the choices to try healthier Mediterranean grains. I worked out with all of my friends. It was really great. I tried on a pair of jeans that I bought when I had lost the first 20lbs. I fit them!! Like I could actually sit down with them buttoned!! I was so happy!! (the weird part was that I was still 240lbs! I did lose around 12 inches off of my body though.

The following year I moved into an apartment with my friend. I was able to purchase my own groceries. I had so many workout partners and I did yoga and plank crawls every night. I found out that reading, writing, and playing video games (my friend was a huge gamer) actually helped me not give into cravings or make them a HUGE part of my thoughts. Then I decided to step on the scale once again.....I lost another 4 pounds! I was ecstatic to be 236!!! I hadn't been that weight since before my junior year.

See...the thing is...I've NEVER been 'skinny'. Not even when I was 7 or 8 years old. My mother and Grandmother experienced very extreme cases of poverty. By the time I was born they had both escaped that background. They were so scared when I was a baby that I would starve! They both fed me whenever I cried. It taught me a very bad habit at a very young age. Even as a child I heard ''eat all of your food! Have more! Don't waste! Eat until you're full!" ---These are taught habits that I'm STILL struggling with. When I look at my plate and it still has food on it, I eat it because I ''don't want to waste''. I eat until I'm FULL. I'm trying to train myself into learning that it's okay to leave food on the plate, it's okay to eat until you don't feel hungry anymore...just satisfied.

I wouldn't say that I'm an emotional eater. I'm a 'visual eater' If I see something---I want it. If you put comfort food or sweets in front of me---I'm going to demolish them!! So I'm learning self control. That's what it's about--CONTROL. No one can take that control from you...unless you let them, unless you never learn you have it in the first place.

My family eats for EVERY occasion possible! I have a big family and we like to get together as mush as we can. Which is fine...I love it. Recently I've been trying to rig what we eat. Grilling lean meats with garlic, rosemary, and olive oil. Making a chopped fruit salad WITHOUT the whip cream, making large bowls of green salad. And surprisingly we've noticed that the chips, potato 'salad', and macaroni 'salad' aren't the favorites anymore. I like that.

So I moved back home January 2012. It is now May 26th. I now weigh 258lbs. I gained 20 lbs back since I've been home. I've been working out like CRAZY since I've been home, but I've also been eating like CRAZY since I've been home. My friend told me, ''it's 80% what you eat and 20% exercise''. I believe her. My muscles and toning are UNREAL right now! BUT I GAINED 20 POUNDS!!! So as of MAY 25, 2012 I'm going to focus on what I'm eating. I want to track every calorie. I'm holding myself accountable--I'm the one with the control, right?

Reasons to be motivated: 1)Self-love. I want to love myself completely---I cannot do that when I don't approve of my current health. 2) I want to motivate my friends and family. I think it's time we all check ourselves. I want to be that drop in the water--that rippling effect. 3) To strengthen a current relationship. We're both awesome and he's already lost all the weight he wants to--I think me doing the same would build on what we have. 4) For my love of fashion and adventure!! I am going to take a roadtrip in a month to visit some old and great friends. In August I'm going to Hawaii to stay with a friend for 10 days!!! I want to move to Portland next year! I love jeans!! But I want to love them more!! haha.

STAY TUNED FOLKS.

+UPDATE* 01/05/2013: Move to Hawaii at the beginning of August of 2012. Did hikes, had a personal trainer, went shopping, ate good food. Dropped 22 inches off of my body. Went from 270-244lbs. Now I'm back home to save up for my next adventure. Really need to put in more work this time around. REALLY NEED TO FOCUS.
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Member Since: 12/10/2008

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My Goals:
240: Yay! back on track!
235:what?? you go girl!
230: Are you a freshman?
225: Sexxxxy!!!
220: Nice booty!
215: SPIKE!!!
210: so much energy!!
205: ALMOST THERE!!!
200: YAY!!! AWESOME!!
195: Doesn't this feel good
190: Look at your arms!!
180: DAMNNNN!!!!!
175: Work it! work it!
160: You sexy fly thang!
155: Look at you! amazing
150: What does this feel like???
145: Do the BEYONCE!! WORK IT! FLASHING LIGHTS!!! YOU DID IT!!!

My Program:
ALMOND MILK. RAW VEGGIES. RAW FRUITS. OATMEAL. FLAX CEREAL. ALOE JUICE. OLIVE OIL. BROWN RICE. SAUCES.

LOTS OF WATER!
DRINK HOT TEA!

WORKOUT HARD!!
1-2 HOURS A DAY!

SUNDAY IS THE DAY OF REST. BUT MONDAY MEANS BACK TO BUSINESS. SO DOES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY..PUT IN WORK.

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I'M 5'6'' AND WEIGH 244 LBS. I was this weight when I was a Sophomore in High School.



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TINAJANE76
6/22/2012 12:47:38 AM

Hi and thanks for the friend add--I've added you back! Please feel free to stop by my page any time!



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DETERMINEDLOSER
5/5/2012 7:29:41 PM

Welcome back! Wishing you the very best on your journey!



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VABCHLOSER
12/31/2009 10:17:46 AM

Hi there and thanks for adding me as a friend!

Being that it is December 31st, I wanted to give everyone some advice. Make a New Year’s Resolution. Not a resolution like, "I want to lose XX lbs," but one that embodies the soul of your journey like, "I want to be healthier than last year.”

My favorite thing is to set goals each MONTH, so my Jan 1st goals are always for the month of January. Now, I don’t always reach them, but if I don’t, I can start again Feb 1st instead of waiting until 2011!!

So, make some general New Year's Resolutions, but save those specific ones for the first of every month.

Good luck to you and remember, you cannot fail if you do not quit!
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Chele



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ADRIENNE29
12/13/2009 10:58:17 PM

Thanks for adding me as a friend! I hope you have a great holiday season and I hope I can help inspire you to reach your goals! You have hit it right on the head....this is all about loving yourself enough to do the best you can for yourself. Fueling right, indulging correctly, taking care of you. Good job! I'll check in once in a while and see how its going....



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AMBERLY_ROSE
6/15/2009 4:02:01 AM

Great job on ur weight loss!!! how have you been doing it??

My name is Amberly and I live in Alaska..

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