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Once upon a time on the east coast I was a depressed middle school kid. victim of my own hand, I used food as comfort during a lonely pre-adolesence. I gained 50 pounds in 6 months. that's a lot of food, and started a pattern of eating for comfort. Not unlike many kids growing up, I was very self conscious about my weight/appearance. In high school I got into swimming, skiing, softball and soccer, but kept the bad habits of eating processed junk food, in gargantuan proportions. In college I ...
Once upon a time on the east coast I was a depressed middle school kid. victim of my own hand, I used food as comfort during a lonely pre-adolesence. I gained 50 pounds in 6 months. that's a lot of food, and started a pattern of eating for comfort. Not unlike many kids growing up, I was very self conscious about my weight/appearance. In high school I got into swimming, skiing, softball and soccer, but kept the bad habits of eating processed junk food, in gargantuan proportions. In college I decided to ditch the depression and start to love myself exactly as I was. That confidence translated into making many friends, having boyfriends, but the one thing I subconsciously avoided was changing what I put into my body, and my sport of choice became the college party scene. Ah, youth....

As an adult I have now come to realize that I avoided advice from my mother, nutritionists, swim coaches and even a resident theatre professor who told me if I juuuuust lost a little weight I would be up for the lead female roles. I cast them all away, "I'm FINE just the way I am" I'd say. People need to accept me for who I am!

Problem was, I didn't accept myself, I just avoided that part I didn't like. To quote Roseanne Barr from the 80's: " I wake up in the morning and go, ' well my head looks good, nice hair and makeup, i'm not going to think about the rest.' Along that same vein, I continued, as a creature of habit. Fast food sometimes 3 times a day, super size, gastrointestinal issues, acne, stretch marks.....but none were on my head, so I ignored it.

Fast forward to May 2013......I'm 39 this year, tobacco free and have been on and off spark for the last 4 years. what I love about this site is the WEALTH of knowledge you can obtain to learn how to live better. what i HATE about this site is that it's reminder that i have to keep up with it. Just like long distance friends, you wont be very good friends if you don't check in every once in a while. And I've been a bad friend, away from spark for 15+ months!

My weight and exercise schedule are out of whack, big time. 25 pounds gained, a thyroid condition and medication can only be partially to blame, but quite honestly I know what happened. Jan 2013 i was put on voiuntary overtime. Times are tough financially for us, so of course I work as much overtime as possible. But that meant no more after work pilates/yoga classes. that meant naps at lunchtime, and a fourth meal of snack foods at 11pm. I did that to me.

It was my husband; my slim half Asian husband who has a very pronounced belly I had never noticed until he said "whoa, I'm gaining some weight". and I had to come to terms with it. Yeah, me too.

So, this is my time to check myself. be accountable. no shaming over here, just....I can do this. I've done it before. Track that food, drink that water. go to bed ON TIME. Blog instead of eat. Cardio box instead of couch surf. Here we go, again!




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My Goals:
Weight loss and toned body before my husband gets his MFA in 1 year.

My Program:
WATER!!!! Drink, it, swim in it, love it.
FOOD!!!! Fuel, that can be tasty, but beware, too much of a good thing, can drive you crazy.
MOVE!!!!!! Yoga, pilates, walking, roller blading, swimming, 5 days a week, doing something. I've found that keeping a routine is great until that dreaded plateau kicks in, so I'mtrying to focus on keeping hte same intensity every day and week, but changing the activity to strengthen different muscles, keep the body guessing.

Personal Information:
I am hilarious. I am optomistic. If I'm not physically active, the inherited depression streak takes over, so I'm all about keeping it happy and moving!

Other Information:
movies to watch to realllllly make you think about not only what goes IN your body, but how you can CHANGE the world we live in:
Food INC.
Killer at Large: Obesity
Fast food nation (the book is EXCELLENT)


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CARTONIFIED
7/20/2011 5:30:10 PM

Thanks for the blog comment!

I agree, the blog I wrote caused more of a reaction than I had expected. Some people disagreed completely, feeling attacked, some agreed on some points, and some agreed completely. It's just my opinion, so I don't expect anyone/everyone to agree.

So thanks for your comment acknowledging exactly what I had meant this blog to be. " I think it's important to point out that you're coming to these realizations (of how defeating 'curvy'fluffy'thick adjectives can be), and you wish others would to, so we all stop living the lie that's it's ok to be overweight."

That's exactly why I wrote it.

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SARAB1989
7/8/2011 2:25:35 PM

emoticon for the comment on my blog! It means a lot to me! emoticon



emoticon on the weight loss! I believe in you and know you will succeed in everything that comes your way! emoticon

You absolutely rock!! emoticon

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HIP-MOM
6/13/2011 10:36:09 AM

HI! I'm back. Did your dad join spark yet? How have you been? I've been working a lot and got away from spark for a while, but after gaining a little back I realized I HAVE to make the time to come back and log food and keep motivated with my friends here in sparkland. Hope you're doing well!
take care,
maureen



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WILDLOTUS16
5/12/2011 11:52:31 AM

Hi! Thanks for the comment on my blog! You are so right!!!



Kathy



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