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I have struggled with my weight since my early 20's. There were times when I was incredibly fit, working out 7 days a week and dancing for hours on the weekend, and times where I spent all night in front of the TV and weekends relaxing. However, my weight was never really that much of a problem to me until after I had my kids.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had late-onset gestational diabetes and gained almost 60 lbs. After she was born, I managed to squeak into my pre-pregnancy jeans after about 6 weeks, and figured the weight was going to come off on it's own. It didn't.

7 months later, I was pregnant with my second child. Again, late-onset gestation diabetes, 60 lbs. This time, the weight didn't come off.

I focused on my children and being a SAHM, didn't really pay attention to my weight. Over the next 5 years, it just kind of crept up. And up. And up. Without me paying attention, I got within spitting distance of my pregnancy weight. Even then, I still didn't really try to lose weight. Oh sure, I did a little bit, but not seriously. I'd lose 5 or 10 lbs and then get distracted.

In early January this year, I got some shocking news - I was having some strange symptoms with my eyesight. I had an appointment with an opthamologist, and he told me that my optical nerves were being squeeze by intra-cranial pressure, which was likely caused by my weight making it hard for my spinal fluid to drain.

If I didn't lose weight, the next step would be a spinal tap, and eventually permanently losing my eyesight was a real possibility.

That, as they say, was my wake up call. No more excuses, no more losing interest, no more "I don't have time". Lose weight or go blind.

Member Since: 11/29/2007

Fitness Minutes: 6,732

My Goals:
- Complete the Couch-to-5k program-- Done! Ran 8k race Oct 7th - 1:07:11.
- Learn hoopdance!
- Attend a Zumba class

- Workout 5 days/week for ~45 mins
- Achieve my goal weight of 170
- Maintain my focus and ACHIEVE my goals

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My plan is focused on two parts - better eating habits and increased activity.

Eating - balanced eating throughout the day, within the sparkpeople recommendations, no special plan or type of eating.

Activity - workout 5 days a week, a mix of cardio and weights, via videos at home. I have no specific rotation or plan, I do what I feel like doing that day so I don't resent my workout time.

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    Hi Lovey! Thank you for the goodie and for your note. You hit the nail right on the head! Everyone's problems are proportionate to their own experience. I am feeling better already this week. My sparkfriends make it all worth while!
    I hope you have a spectacular week! HUGS!
    2098 days ago
    Hey Girl! I just wanted to drop by and thank you for your supportive comments on my blog the other day. Recognizing the issue has really helped me deal with it in a healthier manner. But now I need to figure out how to add balance to it all, lol.

    I hope you are doing well! Have a wonderful week! HUGS!
    2113 days ago
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    Thank you so much for your very kind words! emoticon
    2118 days ago
    I'm Canadian. :) I live on the West Coast in an area that is very proud of it's British heritage, but is also right on the border of the US, so I'm a bit of a mixture!
    2119 days ago
    I am just curious, I am swedish and english is not mynative tongue but I get the impression that you are not american, but english... than I see you have a team of "calling all canadians" so are youcanadian? There is something in your written english that makes me think you are more british than american but I am foreign so I donĀ“t really know...
    2119 days ago
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