Me with my fur baby at Lake Pymatuning!

Me after a six pound weight loss during Christmas!

My first time shooting my Mission Menance bow!


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My name's Melissa. I'm 26 years old, and I'm a second degree student. My first degree is in psychology, and my second degree will be in nursing. I'm hoping to go into psychiatric nursing when I graduate this August. My life--- school, husband, puppy--- keeps me pretty busy, so finding the time to work out and to eat right can be difficult!

I've never been overweight. I've always been within the "normal" or "average" weight range. However, being only 5 feet tall means that those 10 "vanity pounds" can really pack a whallop. So my goal is to lose a few pounds so that I can feel healthy, happy, and--- yes--- sexy!

I started my real weight loss journey at the beginning of December, weighing in at 117 pounds. Its now towards the end of December, and I'm currently weighing in at 111 pounds. So I've lost 6 pounds already, and I've got 6 more pounds to go to get to my goal weight--- 105 pounds.

My overall goal isn't really to "lose weight." Yes, losing those vanity pounds is part of it, but my real goal is to embrace life. I want to live more, love more, and be happy. I'm going into the New Year determined to try new things, meet new people, and have more fun!

Anyway that is all I can think of to say about myself. If there's anything else you'd like to know, then don't hesitate to ask me!

Member Since: 5/24/2011

My Goals:
My weight loss goal is to reach 105 pounds. My personal goal is to be happy! I am yearning to try new things--- such as rock climbing, snowboarding, and more. I'm already in the process of learning archery, and I'm having a blast with it! I'd also love to do a 5k run and/or a mudder!

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I'm tracking my food intake daily. It helps me to plan my food intake the day before, that way I can stick to it more easily. My exercise includes mostly cardio, such as walking, running, zumba, or step aerobics. I also lift weights, as well as do archery, which requires a great deal of upper body strength! I try to do my cardio activities for an hour 3-5x/week, and I try to do my weight lifting 2-3x/week as needed.

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I'm from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Home of the Steelers and the Penguins (well, if we were having a hockey season at all this year...)!

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    emoticon Greetings and emoticon - I'm really glad you've joined us!! Right now is a great time to get active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support- it's also lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together.
    Sometimes the best way to start is to just pick a small goal such as drinking 8 glasses of water a day or eating 5 fruits and veggies plus a small exercise goal such as increasing whatever you've been doing by 10%. There's a great article explaining how one or two changes can lead to long-term success - you can read the article at http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?p
    ost=one_healthy_change_leads_to_another . I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized here instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' and another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!
    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site and great FAQs for many topics. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site. I wish you the best on your journey!!!

    1903 days ago
  • v LUVS2BIKE101
    Congratulations on the weight loss! By joining SP you made the first step on your journey to better health!
    emoticon Tracking your nutrition and exercise/activities on the "my Nutrition" and "myFitiness" trackers is key to success. Familiarize yourself with it and use it daily. Also, get active! Join a SparkPeople team of your interest for great challenges to get you started. There is a team for everyone, no matter how much we weigh or what our physical abilities are. Team members offer an abundance of support, encouragement, and advice. I invite you to visit my SparkPage. I'm confident you will succeed in reaching your goals!
    1904 days ago