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Me on the happiest day of my life (my wedding) feeling like "Toby with the Ice Blue Eyes"





top to bottom: Toby, Kalen, Jean, and Sprite = My beautiful family (minus the cats, who don't pose well)





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There are 2 ways I think of myself physically speaking: as the girl with the beautiful ice blue eyes, or as that obese 44 year old woman she turned into who's depressed and eating junk food in front of the TV. If I remember that underneath the extra pounds I'm still that beautiful girl, then I believe I deserve to look like and feel like her again.

Weigh ins 2007:
prior to joining SparkPeople I'd bounced from 227 down to 200 and back up to 217 over the first half of 2007 ...
There are 2 ways I think of myself physically speaking: as the girl with the beautiful ice blue eyes, or as that obese 44 year old woman she turned into who's depressed and eating junk food in front of the TV. If I remember that underneath the extra pounds I'm still that beautiful girl, then I believe I deserve to look like and feel like her again.

Weigh ins 2007:
prior to joining SparkPeople I'd bounced from 227 down to 200 and back up to 217 over the first half of 2007
217 - 6/29/2007; 204 - 8/18/2007
215 - 7/4/2007; 202 - 8/28/2007
214 - 7/8/2007; 200 - 9/6/2007
212 - 7/14/2007; 202 - 9/21/2007
211 - 7/22/2007; 198 - 10/7/2007
210 - 7/31/2007; 196 - 10/20/2007
208 - 8/3/2007; 196 - 11/14/2007 (Woo hoo! I'm not gaining!)
206 - 8/13/2007; 192 - 12/6/2007 (Losing again!)
205 - 8/15/2007;

Weigh ins 2008:
190 - 1/14/2008
188 - 1/18/2008
186 - 1/23/2008
185 - 2/23/2008
185 - 4/9/2008 (Woo hoo! I'm not gaining!)
184 - 4/11/2008 (Losing again!)
185 - 7/2/2008 (been gone awhile, back on SP)
199 - 11/10/2008 (Day 1, back on SP)

Weigh ins 2009:
210 - 3/8/2009 (Step 1, "admitted powerless over food")
220 - 5/19/2009 (Today Ice cream, Tomorrow Day 1)
222 - 11/16/2009 (Day One, again... don't give up!)

Met these goals, got rewards:
215 lbs = See Harry Potter 5
210 lbs = order Angel Season IV
205 lbs = Get Hot tub Fixed
200 lbs = New Laptop
195 lbs = Buy Harry Potter Book 7
190 lbs = order Angel Season V
185 lbs = Get a Haircut

Rewards planned:
180 lbs = Go Camping/RVing
175 lbs = Buy a Bathing Suit
170 lbs = Take a Day All for Myself
165 lbs = Go Clothes Shopping!!!
160 lbs = Buy a new Book
155 lbs = See a Movie at the Theater
150 lbs = GO TO HAWAII !!!

My favorite SparkPeople quote:
"This IS NOT a diet, this is YOUR LIFE!!!!!"

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily." - Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker

"I'm still trying to find new homes for the material shards of my past that no longer inform my present." - from TV show "Numbers"

"My fear of financial insecurity has absolutely nothing to do with the state of my bank account, and everything to do with the state of my relationship with my higher power" - Toby, at an AA meeting, 1/15/08




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Member Since: 6/29/2007

SparkPoints: 24,191

Fitness Minutes: 6,205

My Goals:
get down to my goal weight and stay there by changing my lifestyle for good. improve my health. adopt a second child. finish law school. overturn federal DOMA and win marriage equality for all.

My Program:
drink water all the time, enjoy walking and getting active daily, cut back on tv, eat and enjoy healthy foods and snacks, enjoy getting enough sleep, enjoy life.

Personal Information:
Age 45, Married, 9 year old daughter, Law Student at McGeorge, living in NorCal

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quote: "Yes, I have bipolar disorder; but bipolar disorder does not have me."

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TWINKIEQUEEN
9/7/2010 2:54:02 PM

congrats on being the student of the week!!!



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LMB-ESQ
9/1/2010 1:58:31 PM

LOL.... I see the weight loss as putting down a big bag of dog food!

Thanks for the goodie... hey, as long as I don't have to drop a couple hundred bucks on it, I'll take it! "Virtual law school study-buddy" I like that!

I'm finding much the same thing with the reading. The issues and the rules seem to jump out now and I don't have to spend as much time briefing. And the dicta, I can skim through and not worry about if I'm missing something. So far, they haven't gotten more interesting, but they are definitely going faster. I hated contracts, but ironically, it's the class I got my best grades in. Go figure.

I spoke to the Academic Success director this morning (kind of the law school equivalent of a HS guidance counselor) and she helped me put together a very rough schedule of what to take the rest of my law school career. She also pointed out the "don't miss" classes that are always tested on the bar exam here (I'm in Ohio) She also advised me on what classes are okay to take at the same time and which ones will be harder. We have to have our bar admission application in by November 15 and she advised me to get moving on it by mid September because of the sheer volume of info required for it. So I'm feeling okay about it, at least like I've got a plan.

Now the problem is, my tendency when I have more time on my hands is I tend to fool around more and actually get less done! So I must force myself back to studying, and lay off some of the administrative crap. It isn't going anywhere, and I need to prep for classes!



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TOBYICEBLUEEYES
9/1/2010 2:05:18 AM

38 lbs is like putting down a toddler (a BIG one) that I'd been carrying around day and night!
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GRACEC29
8/29/2010 9:36:24 AM

Woo Hoo on that weight loss. I like to visualize each pound that I've lost as a pound of hamburger lined up on the counter. 38 lbs is a lot of hamburger!
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LMB-ESQ
8/29/2010 8:05:25 AM

Hey Toby... congrats on that weight loss! That's really great! Keep up the good work!

I started classes on the 23rd. I'm also taking Evidence, along with Civ Pro and Con Law. I debated trying to write on to Law Review, but I decided to let it pass. I was totally uninterested in the topic, and I heard some other people talking about the sheer volume of work involved, and decided I would be better off spending my time elsewhere. Like finding a job!

The lay off is really scary. But it's also my opportunity to jump into my law career feet first. I want to start making contacts and getting real world experience, and I couldn't do any of that while I was working full time. I'm looking at a bunch of different volunteer opportunities, and there's a public interest fellowship I can apply for once I have something in place. I can manage the bills for one semester on unemployment and maybe a little extra in student loans. Hopefully I'll have something else that pays in place by spring semester. (Fingers crossed)

Here's a question for you. Did you find Civ Pro and Con Law to be fairly easy? I hope I'm not missing something, but these classes seem a LOT easier than the ones from last year. I can read it once and get it, and there doesn't seem to be as many complex notes to take. Most of it is theory rather than case law, at least so far. Even the assignments themselves are shorter and less complicated. Is that what you found?

Can I ask you a favor? Can you leave messages on my page rather than your own? I don't get any email notifications when you leave a message for me on your own page, so I have no way to know it's there. I just happened to stumble across your message dated the 16th because I hadn't seen you for awhile and I wanted to check on how you were doing.

It sounds like you're doing great! I'm sorry about Law Review, but you're probably right. Between 4 classes and your family obligations, it would be an awful lot to take on. Can you do it next year? I have that option, if I choose to take it, as long as I keep or raise my GPA.

Again... congrats on that weight loss! emoticon And I'm looking forward to sharing this year's experiences with you!



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