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5/5/12 10:04 P

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You will love all the farmers markets and fresh produce this time of year. I have been on spark People four years and just started playing with their recipes. Best wishes on your successful journey back to good health.

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5/3/12 7:00 P

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Hi!! You can do it!!! Spark People is such a great place to be--- I've gotten so much help, encouragement, and inspiration!!!

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5/2/12 6:34 P

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Welcome friend. I wish you only the best on your journey.

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5/1/12 1:36 P

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My name is Sara. I am 28, 5' 5', and I weight 240 pounds (that was hard to type). I currently wear a size 18W. My goal is to be comfortable in a regular woman's (not plus size) size 14.

I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. White rice was a staple of our diet, and we pretty much ate it every single day. My dad is a fisherman, but although fresh fish is usually a great healthy thing to eat, we tended to fry it and eat it with tartar sauce. We lived 2 hours away from the nearest large grocery store and lived on food stamps. Fresh veggies and local produce were all but non-existent in our household. The closest thing to healthy we got was a bag of frozen peas.

I have always been big. I don't feel like it was a noticeable slow slide into obesity. It is all I have ever known. I was actually a very happy and active child. My weight never bothered me much, even when I was teased. When I hit puberty, everything changed. All of my friends began to date and suddenly the teasing depressed me. I had a falling out with my closest friend because, unlike me, she was able to lose the weight and left me behind (this is how I saw it anyway). Suddenly I would spend nights eating and crying myself to sleep and I finally figured out that I was in real trouble here, trapped in this ugly body.

Throughout high school I made a few failed attempts to lose weight. I hated myself, and never was able to enter the dating scene. Everyone kept telling me that things would change when I went to college. They didn't. After college, I moved to Oregon. I was at my highest weight, 265 pounds.

A few years after moving here, I started to have some alarming symptoms of blurry vision and headaches. I went to the doctor and she told me I had extreme high blood pressure. This was FINALLY the wake-up call that I needed. I had always hated being big, but for the first time in my life I was afraid to die. I broke down and poured my heart out to the doctor, who quickly put me on a low cal and exercise regiment. In one year I lost 50 pounds and was at a normal blood pressure range. I also met a wonderful man *tee-hee* and moved in with him.

Normally, this is where the story would end, all happy and shiny. Life, however, is no fairy tale. Over the last year and a half I have gained back 30 of the 50 pounds lost.

I am here on SparksPeople to regain control of my weight loss journey. I tried a low-carb diet for 70 days, and was able to lose 10 pounds, however I decided that it was not going to work for a long term life change. I am going to switch to a low-cal diet (1500-1600 calories a day), and commit to working out at least 4 days a week for 1 hour.

Wish me luck. emoticon

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