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Second Goal Weight

Monday, February 19, 2007

I never thought I'd reach my goal of 130, but I did in January. Since then I have adjusted my goal to 125 and have faith that I will reach it. Probably not for another month or so, but that's okay. SparkPeople has taught me to live healthier.

Believe it or not, my next challenge will be once I get to 125. I will have to learn how to adjust my diet to maintain without losing more. I have a slight guilty complex when I exceed 1550 calories in a day. I'm not sure how that will impact me once I know I need to maintain. And to be honest, the last few days I haven't met the 1200 minimum. I haven't been hungry. Perhaps I have a cold or something that has kept the hunger to a minimum, I don't know. We'll see in a week. I know I have to eat, but nothing sounds good. I used to eat anything in sight, now I don't want what's in front of me! Hmm...


Success Story

Friday, January 26, 2007

My highest weight was about 155 pounds in 2003. I had no idea how to diet and exercise. I had never really needed to. Before my daughter, I had weighed 118 without even trying. After having her, I weighed 136 and from that point on, I fluctuated from 125 all the way up to 155. At that point, I knew I needed to take drastic measures. I had tried weight loss pills - with ephedra - and now I have heart problems because of it.

Someone had brought the Weight Watchers at Work program to our office so I joined up. It gave me some really good building blocks. My goal at that time was 10% of my weight, or approximately 15 pounds. By the end of the 12 weeks, I met my goal. I counted my points and exercised almost every night. That was when I fell in love with TaeBo. Shortly thereafter, my now ex-husband left me. I dropped about 7 more pounds a little too quickly from the stress. Things settled down for me and then Jason came into my life. My weight dipped briefly to 130 before I started taking "the pill". When I started the pill, I went up to 134, then my doctor changed me from generic to a brand name and my weight jumped to 146 - which was my starting weight for SparkPeople.

I tried to do WW without the assistance of the program but it wasn't working. I looked at different websites for weight loss and they weren't working. I couldn't figure out why nothing was working and began resorting back to diet pills.

Then I was watching the local news one morning and they mentioned the SparkPeople website so I wrote it down to check it out. Talk about spreading the Spark! Good job Channel 13!

My biggest motivator is the ladies on "Slowly Losing It" and my dear husband. Another huge contributor is logging everything I eat. Everything. Even 1 M&M. And never give up. I stumble but I pick myself up and start again, but Iím able to do that because of the support I have found here!

A "4-in-4 Challenge" (4 pounds in 4 weeks) jump started my weight loss. I picked up in the middle of it and did very well. I think what I was missing the most when I tried to do WW alone was the accountability. I wasn't holding myself accountable and it was too easy to give up. When I found you and learned to hold myself more accountable, it worked.

I tell everyone I know about SP and the great friends I have made on here. I know people get tired of listening to me, but I keep telling them, hoping to get through to one. But they give up as easily as I did before I found you.

You are my friends, my family, my support group. I wouldn't have made it here without you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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2TUBBY 1/26/2007 11:25AM

    Thanks for the hope. I have also tried pill and all the quick methods, but now I am ready to make life changes. Good job for you.

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I Did It!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Wow, I met - and slightly exceeded - my goal this morning! I'm so proud of myself, I never thought I could do it! I definitely could not have done it without the help of SP or all of the great friends I have made on here. A great big THANK YOU to the "Slowly Losing It" group!!

Of course, a big "thank you" to my sweet husband. He has been very patient with my crazy eating habits at times.

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HEYYOUKIDD 1/10/2007 11:02PM

    I am proud of you baby. I never thought you needed to lose weight, but I knew it was important to you and thanks to your girls and some of me, you have done a great job. I love you and I am proud of you for getting to your goal and helping others as well. You and all of your girls should be proud of yourselves. If not for meeting your goals, atleast for helping each other to get over the rough spots and to keep going when it seemed that you couldn't.

Now, can I please watch the game on Sunday, ot starts at 1PM. Thanks honey, your the greatest.

Love you.

"The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the Earth."

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I tried...but not so good day.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

I started out good today. I even ate light for lunch (tomato sandwich on wheat) because I put dinner in the slow cooker and knew it was going to be bad...pork ribs with cole slaw on the side. I got a new slow cooker for Christmas and wanted to use it.

But once dinner was over, my daughter's ice cream was calling me. Usually, I don't get in to that craving but tonight it was a little overwhelming. Fortunately, I didn't eat the whole pint, only about a 1/2 cup. But it happens to be very high in calories.

Anyway, back to work tomorrow. I'll make better choices then.

Good luck with your goals everyone.


Healthy Reflections

Monday, December 18, 2006

The power of having a dream and a vision.

I've decided to finally go back to school. I started college in 2004 - just in time for my now ex-husband to leave. I finished my class but didn't go back because of the change in lifestyle.

I think it's time to return. Between being on SparkPeople and chatting with the numerous wonderful people on here, I've decided to check out the nutrition field. I'll let you know how it goes!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 1/11/2007 11:19AM

    I think the nutrition field might be out the window. While it is a noble profession and I would highly enjoy it, I am afraid it would not allow me to increase my income. When I return, I might pursue a degree in Human Resources, as that is what I've been doing for the last 9 years anyway. I know the field and might as well further my education so I can further my career.

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