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Hi, I'm Amber!

Back in March 2008 I decided to lose 85 pounds (230 to 145). I'm still working on it... with life, there have been highs and lows, losses and gains. I've so far managed to lose 65 of the 85 pounds and keep it off for 5 years. The last 35 have been a real struggle though! I've been between 170-185 for about 2 years now. I'd really love to actually make it down to my goal weight before trying to start a family.

I've struggled with weight my whole life, ...
Hi, I'm Amber!

Back in March 2008 I decided to lose 85 pounds (230 to 145). I'm still working on it... with life, there have been highs and lows, losses and gains. I've so far managed to lose 65 of the 85 pounds and keep it off for 5 years. The last 35 have been a real struggle though! I've been between 170-185 for about 2 years now. I'd really love to actually make it down to my goal weight before trying to start a family.

I've struggled with weight my whole life, and while I'd like to say it's gotten easier, it pretty much stays the same. I get discouraged sometimes... but I'll get there in the end!

I'm 30 now, and working in schools in London. Pubs are a big thing here, and fish n chips! My job is really stressful and there is nothing I'd rather do at the end of the day than have a pint of beer and a big basket of chips! So that's my daily challenge- to find non-food ways to de-stress

My 10% Goals:

I subscribe to the 10% philosophy. Thinking in terms of "85 pounds to lose" is dizzyingly overwhelming! Research shows that losing 10% body weight (for overweight and obese people) has significant health benefits. AND, mentally it's a lot easier to see the finish line, and stick with it. What I do is shoot for 10% loss, and when I reach it, I reevaluate and start on the next 10%.

I've currently (as of September 2013) lost 10% of my body weight 3 times (for a total of 27% lost).


10% of 230 is 23 pounds. Goal weight of 207. ACHIEVED

10% of 207 is 21 pounds. Goal weight of 186. ACHIEVED

10% of 186 is 19 pounds. Goal weight of 167. ACHIEVED

10% of 167 is 17 pounds. Goal weight of 150.

2013 Goals:

170 by Independence Day ACHIEVED

165 by August MISSED... (4 pounds over!)

145 by Christmas


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Member Since: 3/31/2008

SparkPoints: 8,693

Fitness Minutes: 8,068

My Goals:
I would like to lose 85 pounds and 4 dress sizes.

I am going to run the Chicago Half Marathon! ACHIEVED


I WILL graduate from Grad school and become an awesome SLP!
ACHIEVED

I will have a healthy BMI for my wedding!

My Program:
low calorie plus exercise.

running program, tailored to mini-marathon training

Personal Information:
Well, my name is Amber. I'm 30 year old speech therapist. I work in schools, which is what I've always wanted to do. I've moved to London to be with my English hubby!

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ESSIE1421
4/19/2008 2:01:03 AM

Amber, you are unique, no matter how you define it.
I loved reading about all your interests. You liven up the "Determined" team by your comments. I also think that the photos of you on your Spark Page look great.

Best wishes on your studies. It certainly is a worthy (though difficult) field.





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BLINDBETH
4/18/2008 9:43:52 PM

Hey! Thanks for the comment on my blog. You asked if I had a supportive administrator... and I would have to say Yes!... Oh, well, I am the administrator at the school... Sometimes I wish I could defer some of the issues to some else and then go run hide.
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MEANJEAN11
4/18/2008 7:00:45 PM

Hello, Fabulous Lady!

THIS IS A TOAST ... TO US :

FOR THE MEN WHO HAVE US, THE LOSERS WHO HAD US, AND THE LUCKY PEOPLE WHO WILL MEET US!!


You have been hit. You have been considered one of the 10 most fabulous ladies on my friends list. Once you have been hit, you have to hit 10 fabulous ladies. If you get hit again you know you're really fabulous. . So hit 10 fab ladies on your friends list and let them know they are truly fabulous.

SEND THIS TO 10 AM AMAZING LADIES .



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GALAXYDREAMS
4/12/2008 9:49:23 PM

hi there. I just joined this team and saw that you said you play WoW. I am so hooked on that game haha... if only they have a virtual version where you had to run to get your toon to run! lol well... if they did they i probably wouldnt play as much as i do LOL :)

Good luck with everything!



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TFROGHUNTER
4/9/2008 5:50:33 PM

hi, i just joined this team today in hopes to get & keep a good mind set so i can get the weight off, & keep it off ! i was 320pds got to 198 then i allowed my life to get crazy, got off track, i hope we all can insp.&incourage &motav. eachother! verry nice to meet you!good luck!



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