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Down 80 lbs and counting! I'm doing it for real-sies this time! :D

Hello everyone, my name is Stephanie... I'm 28, and after years and years of going round and round on the weight loss carousel, I am ready to get off the ride and get this done! :D

11/1/14 - I have grown so much and learned so much throughout this year. I have kept 80 pounds off... but I have yo yoed the same 10ish pounds more times than I'd like to admit! But I have learned so much about perspective... just keeping the weight off in itself is such an awesome accomplishment. I have ...
Hello everyone, my name is Stephanie... I'm 28, and after years and years of going round and round on the weight loss carousel, I am ready to get off the ride and get this done! :D

11/1/14 - I have grown so much and learned so much throughout this year. I have kept 80 pounds off... but I have yo yoed the same 10ish pounds more times than I'd like to admit! But I have learned so much about perspective... just keeping the weight off in itself is such an awesome accomplishment. I have gained so much confidence and self acceptance! I have gone out of my comfort zone and spent the year doing awesome things that I wouldn't have dreamt of doing 2 years ago! I have had so much fun, gotten more active, and truly been incredibly happy, especially these last few months! I have big plans to keep on going and get to my goal weight! I have also made the decision to have a tummy tuck at the end of this to remove my excess skin. It's a decision I made for me, and it wasn't one I made quickly. I thought long and hard about it and am confident in my choice. I feel like I've had good practice at maintenance, and I am ready for this final push to get the rest of this weight off. :)

1/4/14 - Since it is a shiny new year I thought I would take a minute to update this just a little. My goal for 2014 is to get to my goal weight of 160 pounds and shift into maintenance. I plan to do that the same way I have lost the rest of this weight, by remaining active and tracking everything! I have hit a huge slump from Halloween til now, but I am more than ready to turn it around. The most important thing on this journey is to never give up and to always keep trying. This journey is so hard but it is so worth it and I hope to be celebrating 100 pounds lost and eventually my goal weight with all my wonderful Spark Friends this year. :)

7/23/13 - This is the day I saw Onederland for the first time in over 9 years! I feel great and like I'm really doing this. Over 70 pounds down, in a good place both mentally and physically and ready to get to 170ville. That is my goal weight at this time, but my goal weight is an "I'll know it when I see it" kind of thing! :D

5/13/13 - I had hit 212 in Halloween of 2012, and was super excited for Onederland. However a nasty plateau really defeated my motivation. Through the holidays I maintained within a 5 pound range. Come January 1st I really thought I was going to be able to push to Onederland. But between January and April I didn't really lose much weight. In fact, I struggled so much for 4 weeks that I put back on 10 pounds. The important thing is that I never gave up, and I never left Spark people. I started gaining a little momentum the end of April and now that it is May I have my Spark back and I am pushing full force to Onederland and the rest of my goals. I have since lost the 10 pounds I gained and a smidge more, and I plan to take this all the way this time! :D

8/12/12 - I can now say through the support of my amazing Spark Friends, I actually feel like I am doing this! I envision myself getting to Onederland for the first time in at least 8 years! I could never SEE it happening, but this time I'm in it until the end! :D

Edit: 6/1/12
Just wanted to update this and give a little history on myself...

I was overweight as a child, and it just got worse as the years progressed. Food was definitely a comfort for me, and not just any food but really greasy unhealthy food at that.

I remember being 205 pounds at 18 years old. At 19 I was the same weight, but had a very active job working for Vons.com 6 days a week, so I ate whatever I wanted and never gained a pound. In hindsight, I realize now if I would have gotten my eating under control back then, I would have done amazing. I was literally eating Taco Bell or whatever for lunch and going out to dinner with my friend most of those days. The fact that I never gained a pound eating that much garbage showed me now that it would have been the best time for me to really get my butt into gear. But that's life.

At age 21 I started working at the Animal Shelter full time, while keeping the Vons.com job on the side 2 days a week. I didn't need to, but I really enjoyed that job. The issue was the Animal Shelter job was 10 hours of nothing but sitting, 4 days a week. Continuing to eat like I was and not having the physical activity quickly got me up to 240 or 250. Mind you, throw in a Weight Watchers attempt and Jenny Craig attempt somewhere in there.

What is the only thing worse than sitting for 10 hours you ask? Getting a new job, my current job as a dispatcher on night shift, sitting for 12 hours. I eventually found my way up to 272. I was 250 for so long (and am currently around there), that it no longer phased me. Sure, I knew I was fat, and I knew I needed to lose weight, but I got so used to it, it really didn't have the impact it should have. But when I saw that number jump from 250 to 272 I was terrified. I think it was knowing how dangerously close to 300 I was that got me.

I signed up for Spark in August of 2009, but didn't really get going til November 2009 and went from 272 to 250 almost effortlessly. With just tracking and some exercise. When I hit the major plateau of 250 and couldn't break it in the beginning of 2010, I pretty much gave up. Before I knew it I was back in the 260's. I then proceeded to bounce from 250-260 well into 2011.

April of 2011 I fell down the stairs in my home (can we say clumsy much? ;), which resulted in a broken ankle and leg. I now have two screws in my ankle and a plate in my leg. My awesome xray is in my photo gallery if you are curious ha ha. ;) Before I fell I was doing Nutrisystem and doing okay, so I continued to eat that while I was laid up with the broken leg, mainly because it was less of a burden on my mom to have to feed me. I got down to 230, and while I know some of that was losing muscle from not being able to be active, I know some of it was fat loss as well.

So you'd think I'd take that ball and run with it right? Well not so much. March of this year I managed to gain all that weight I lost, and show up again around 265.

So here I am, recommitted to losing this weight, still around that number that always seems to haunt me (250) but I'm finally deciding that number needs to be a distant memory. :)
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Member Since: 8/21/2009

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My Goals:
Goal is somewhere in the realm of 160. It's one of those "I'll know it when I get there" kind of things. :)

Highest Weight: 272
SW 3/20/12: 262
Goal Weight: 170
Mini Goals:
252 (20 down): 5/2/12
242 (30 down): 6/15/12
232 (40 down): 8/10/12
222 (50 down): 9/26/12
212 (60 down): 12/6/12
202 (70 down): 7/10/13
199.6 (Onederland): 7/23/13
192 (80 down): 9/4/13
182 (90 down): 7/29/14
172 (100 down) ???
170 (102 pounds down): ???
160 (112 pounds down/goal): ???

My Program:
I am 23 months into this journey, 80ish pounds down and while I have tried many things, the basic things that have worked for me are as follows:

*Tracking and measuring all food.

*Walking everyday.

*Getting in all my water.

*Working on the emotional part of this journey on almost a daily basis.


Personal Information:
After losing over 90 pounds by counting calories, being more active and sparking, I signed up for Weight Watchers on October 16, 2014. I am not sure how long I will incorporate their plan on my weight loss journey, but I am looking for a way to shake things up and lose the last 35ish pounds that I have left to lose!

Weigh In's Since Joining WW:
SW 10/16/14: 193
10/23/14: 188 (-5)
10/30/14: 184 (-4)

Other Information:
Goodbye 270's!
Goodbye 260's!
Goodbye 250's!
Goodbye 240's!
Goodbye 230's!
Goodbye 220's!
Goodbye 210's!
Goodbye 200's!
Goodbye 190's!
Working on the 180's!
Excited about 170's!
Can't wait to see the 160's! :D

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MELLO63
12/22/2014 8:10:44 PM

You can do it Steph... All things are possible with God! I'll say some prayers for you. Blessings! emoticon



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SUEARNOLD1
12/22/2014 1:37:56 PM

Hi Steph,

Thanks for adding me as a friend!

Keep rocking!



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FELINEBETTER
12/22/2014 12:53:13 PM

If anyone is lacking motivation -- all they have to do is look at your pics, Steph! Your beautiful smile speaks volumes! The difference in your before & after pics is much more than weight loss - it's the attitude change that is even more outstanding! I cannot look at any of your pics without grinning like a Cheschire Cat -- and that my dear, spells success to me!! YOU GO GIRL!! emoticon emoticon

You are truly a gift to me and to Sparkville!! emoticon

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12/22/2014 1:49:06 AM

I'm going to LOL right here and then I'll explain why.
Pork Chop was my runt of a puppy given to my father to pay back a loan. Since I'm the animal lover, provider, and really love having him and nursing him back to health (Pork Chop) became my nipple buddy and when I ate he ate. LOL! I was 166 when I got him. I think half the time I would eat just to sneak him something and then it became a habit. My husband and my kids get on to me because I go into the kitchen just to fix me and Pork Chop a snack "really" Pork Chop. LOL. Pork Chop does not know hunger, and I found that Pork Chop hates chewing "he got that from me" too, but he doesn't understand I stop eating things because it hurts. He doesn't understand. I think he thinks I hate chewing. I just know after chewing for a long time it hurts my jaws and that's another reason why I lost a lot of my weight because of my TMJ. I have jaw locking issues. It hurts for a long time and the aches can last for days. My kids notice him not eating something hard one day and said. MOM he does what you do. He tries to chew it around and then he spits it out. Pork chop is my dog all the way. And he's one fat puppy. Now he's going to be depressed when I go on a diet. I'm the only one giving him snacks.



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