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Introduction - first blog

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hi everybody!
Technically, this is not my first blog on SP.
I've been a member of SP since last year under a different name.
But it's a new day, and I am happy for a clean start.

I have struggled with weight and body isses for a while now.

After spending years of slowly gaining weight and being unhappy, I finally started to question WHY I am geared to have a propensity for weight-gain and subsequent depression:
I was taught, to a mild extent, about nutrition and body image in school.
But, I never really understood the tools involved in making healthy decisions.

I grew up, like many others, in a hypocritical society that pushes fast food with one hand and "beautiful bones" with the other.

Maybe you weren't affected, but I was sensitive and very susceptable to such mixed messages.

Anyway, this is why I have joined sparkpeople!
I am moved by this community's real life challenges, fantastic daily successes, and tips to help eachother.
THIS is the real education that I was missing!
Most importantly, I feel motivated here.

There are serious problems with my body - ranging from premature joint pains to constant injuries.
The weight needs to come off, and I need strengthen my body, pronto!

So... my goals:
1) more than ANYTHING: create a healthy lifestyle for myself.
2) strengthen my muscles, to take the pain off of my joints.
3) Limit my yo-yo weight loss pattern, and just lose the weight.

At my heaviest, I was over 158 pounds. Although I suspect I weighed more than that, because I did not weigh myself until I was certain that I had lost a few pounds first.

I really want to get down to the 130s. Right now, though, I look forward to get into the 140s!
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