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7/7/12, 61 pounds from my goal. My new starting point, no more looking backwards.





December 2008: Me at approximately 260 pounds.



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Hi, all. I'm a 42 year-old preschool teacher who has struggled with weight for most of my adult life. I've never been able to stay committed to losing weight and in 2004, was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, (PCOS.) One of the side effects of PCOS is difficulty losing weight, yay. Three years later I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and put on prescription medication. Some people will say I'm crazy for putting this information online, but I needed to be completely honest ...
Hi, all. I'm a 42 year-old preschool teacher who has struggled with weight for most of my adult life. I've never been able to stay committed to losing weight and in 2004, was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, (PCOS.) One of the side effects of PCOS is difficulty losing weight, yay. Three years later I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and put on prescription medication. Some people will say I'm crazy for putting this information online, but I needed to be completely honest and face up to what I've been hiding. Being blunt was the best way I saw to do that.

On January 1st 2009, I decided to make a commitment and stick with it after reaching my heaviest weight ever! I was 257 pounds and completely unhappy with almost every aspect of myself. It hasn't been easy, but I am still working out and eating healthier. I set small goals of 10 pound increments and my ultimate goal is to reach 155 pounds and maintain my weight in the 155-160 pound range. Though there are days I just feel like giving up, I'm not going to sabotage myself or deny myself the satisfaction of reaching my goals!

Update: I've regained quite a bit of weight, (see my blog for more details,) and I decided I've spent too much time look backwards at my past success, (and subsequent failure,) and maybe it's contributing to my "I give up" attitude. My weight: 226. My goal: 165.

Update to my update: I've regained almost all the weight I'd lost and I'm now at 241. In the past months, I've had a radical weight gain my doctor and I are attributing to something medical. We are still in the process of ruling things out and searching for answers. I started a new medication that caused the weight to pile on, but the gain has been much more rapid and significant than can be attributed to the medication's typical side effect gain. I am in nearly constant pain... muscle and joint aches, a general feeling uf unhealthiness and recently, a sharp, electric shock type feeling in the thigh of my left leg that goes on daily at random intervals. My goal now is to just stop gaining and go from there.
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Member Since: 6/16/2009

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My Goals:
1. Consistently make better food choices.
2. Drink 8 glasses of water daily.
3. Make healthy food and portion size choices.
4. Get a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night.
5. Work out six days a week.
6. Achieve small weight loss goals in 10 pound increments.
7. Discontinue need for blood pressure medication. *GOAL MET*
8. BMI less than 25.
9. Goal weight of 155.
10. Maintain weight within 155-160 pound range.


My Program:
Daily:
1. Drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water
2. Plan meals to stay within target nutrition levels.
3. Positive affirmations and visualizations.
4. Allow the occasional treat without negative feelings or guilt.

Mon Through Fri:
~Rotating combination of elliptical training, circuit training, and cycling from 30 to 60 minutes five days a week.

Sat & Sun:
Rest

Personal Information:
I live in Southern Indiana and married my second husband in March of 2000. I have three kids...a grown son and two teenage daughters. I'm an aunt to two adorable boys and one lovely girl.

Other Information:
I like horror movies, romantic comedies and some action movies. A few of my favorite authors are Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I also enjoy reading historical romances.

I love baking...cupcakes and muffins in particular, and I'm starting a bake shoppe I've named DaisyCakes after my niece whom I call Daisy.

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DEB2448
6/4/2010 11:59:44 PM

Welcome to the Love To Bake team. Good luck with your goals.



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SAMODER
5/10/2010 10:47:49 PM

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I saw your huddle. Congratulations on your progress.
Sam - Teachers Learning to Lose team




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MELISSAJOY1234
5/9/2010 9:18:58 PM

Thanks for your encouragement on my blog!

Wow! You are doing so great! You've lost a tremendous amount of weight, and with having PCOS, that is an greater accomplishment than most people! Congrats! You should be so proud of yourself!

What kind of diet and exercise regimen do you follow? I've read a lot recently about PCOS and diet, and it seems like low carb, high protein diets are what is most often recommended. I'm really trying hard to do this type of lifestyle, but for me it's very difficult, as carbs are my life! :-) I'm getting my glucose tested on Thursday, May 20th, and if it comes back that I have the insulin resistance that is common in PCOS, I will probably have to FOR SURE go on the low carb diet lifestyle. But if it comes back that my sugars are normal, I will probably do low calorie, as it seems to be the easiest for me.

When I first joined spark people in June 2006, I lost 30 pounds by calorie counting and exercising, so I know I can do it that way. I was just curious what plan you are following and if you have any advice where this is concerned!

Thanks for adding me as a spark friend, too!



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BTRX71
5/3/2010 12:29:21 PM

71 lbs?!!! WooHoo! Way to go. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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4/12/2010 2:42:09 PM

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70lbs is amazing!!!!! Way to Go!!



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