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March 13, 2012








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Start slow ( taking a pound at a time ), that is what I am doing, I have set a very long term goal and that is to reach my ideal weight by my birthday in 2015 (Nov 25). But What I am actually doing is working my way down pound by pound (even if it is oz by oz). I do weight myself everyday, and just to see the number go down in anyway is my goal.

I have been a member of SparkPeople for a long time. My first year I did really ...
Hi! Welcome to my spark page!!


Start slow ( taking a pound at a time ), that is what I am doing, I have set a very long term goal and that is to reach my ideal weight by my birthday in 2015 (Nov 25). But What I am actually doing is working my way down pound by pound (even if it is oz by oz). I do weight myself everyday, and just to see the number go down in anyway is my goal.

I have been a member of SparkPeople for a long time. My first year I did really good, didnt reach my goal but had a loss of 50 pounds which at the time put me at 160 (I am 5'3"). Then I got myself addicted to an online game and sat infront of a computer and gain it all back! It is now 2014 (6 years later), I have gotten myself back to my orgional starting weight 210 plus some. I starting looking into obese centers near where I live to find help. But before I go on let me tell you about myself.

I am an American Expat living in Italy. I have been here almost 11 years. The reason I came to Italy was for love, my husband is italian. Living an expat life is not easy, expecially when you are raising children in a way that you were raised which sometimes can be different when living in a different culture. I have changed alot, I dont always like who I have become, I find myself questioning myself alot or doubting myself regarding decisions I make in mothering my children. Yes I am quite aware that all mothers sometime or another question themselves, but I dont have my family here to support me and I only return to the states about every year and half. Besides that I am actually living a better live than alot of my family members back in the states.

Anyway, when I went to my appointment for the obese center she thought it would be better for me to start talking to a psycologist before starting the diet. When I moved to Italy I did not speak any Italian, nor did I understand anything. I have learned alot over the years that I have lived here. So since my italian is not perfect I get really nervous and anxious when I go to speak to the doctors. The day I had my appointment with the psycologist it went well, I understood why it was important to do this so I could understand why I have gotten myself where I am. Well the last few sessions I was not doing very well, I was feeling very down, discouraged about who I was, about how heavy I was and not being able to get myself under control. So she decided I should start taking some medicne. They gave me a perscription for Prozac.

Since I have been on the medicne I have noticed some changes. I have much more control of myself in many ways. Before taking Prozac I would not be able to resist eating. I would become so nervous, so anxious. My heart would literaly start beating harder. If I went more than 3 hours without eating I would start to feel like my body would start to get week, like I would faint. Now it does not bother me at all. I am able to walk away from the things I couldnt before. It does not bother me to have a yogurt for breakfast. Sure I do start feeling hungry before lunch but I am able to resist.


Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting by Mike Kramer

Do create a plan

My plan is to be consistant. Get into the gym 4 days a week, when choosing meals make sure that protien is the first choice. Majorly limit the amount of carbs I take in and eat lots of fruits and veggies.

Do start small

I am not over working or pushing myself. I do as much as I can until I am able to push myself harder.

Do write it down

This is my page, my notebook where I am writing all my goals and plans down. I also have a note book that have started writing little notes on through out the day on the front page then on the back I sum it up everything for that day.

Do be specific

I will work on becoming a runner, that is my main goal. So I focus more using the treadmill at the gym but I do cross train. I also use the elliptical, stationary bike and the wave. Two days a week I do strength training.
My meals will mainly consist of protien and veggies. The mornings is were I will have buiscuts ( 3 ) for my carbs. For my snacks I usually eat an Apple, protien bar or protien shake.

Do leave room for failure

I expect to have difficult days, I may hurt myself while exercising but I will allow it to heal then get right back up and go again... I expect to have days where I will find it hard to choose the healthiest meal but on those day I will limit the amount that I eat and get right back as soon as I can with the healthy meals.

Do track your progress

Everyday I exercise I keep track of everything, my HR, calories burned, total time exercise. I write down my feelings, thoughts about what is going on and how I am doing. How I did with my runs and work to make them stronger and faster.

Do reward your success

I will reward myself when I succeed, my rewards will be in the form of something that I can use to keep me going such as new music or new tools that will help me stay motivated.

Do find a support system

I have a great friend that I keep in daily contact with in some way or other wether it be by blog or chat room. She really helps to keep me going!

Do make a commitment

I am making a commitment to myself! I am working on a new me! I may not ever be or have the perfect measurments or be that top model but I will be happy and try to enjoy everyday of my life.


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My name is Susan, I am an American living in Italy now, been here for 8 years.

I am married to a wounderful man and have two beautiful children ages 7 and 5.

I dont work but have started giving some english lessons at home.

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I have been a member of SparkPeople for a few years. I had great success then my attention was taken else where, where I lost track of me.

My main motivation for getting healthy is my children. I need to take care of my self so that I will have the energy that these kids need. If I am not happy with myself then the depression sets in and I am not able to be the mother that my kids need.

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RHILL4455
3/6/2012 1:32:04 PM

You still with me girl!! Hope this week is going better than last week!! Keep on truckin!!



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FUNNINFIT
3/2/2012 6:28:07 PM

Hi Susan-this 'side of the world' is hanging in there-I've had my 'ups & downs' with consistency, but on an 'up' side right now...
So, what kind of work are you looking for? Sounds interesting...my daughter actually does better when she has to schedule things in-I do, too, I guess

cold here again-tornadoes have wreaked havoc on the midwest again, but other than hail, we've been OK in STL

Glad you're fitting in the gym time-keep me posted!!! emoticon



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FUNNINFIT
2/11/2012 10:07:01 AM

Susan, distract yourself & lose the 'fat girl'...see the inner you and keep positive...

I'm off to the gym for cardio burst workout-then grading papers/housework-ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon



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FITFABJENN
2/9/2012 8:42:10 PM

Thanks so much for stopping by my blogs!



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LA_SIRENA
1/28/2012 9:52:44 AM

Hey girl...wanted to stop by and see how you were doing. How is the C25K program coming along? It's been a rough couple of weeks for me in terms of fitting in fitness. I am hoping to reevaluate my schedule this weekend and try a different routine (maybe exercising in the morning). I hope all is going well with you.

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