I am so excited to have the privilege of getting to know all of you, and help you get started on your journey w/ Sparkpeople! My name is Sonja, and I hit the "big 4-0" a couple years ago. Rather than being upset about this milestone as so many are, I'm actually excited... because I am healthier & happier now than I have ever been in my life before!
I have fought my weight since high school. I graduated from HS a size 16-18, was married a year later as a plus size 18, and was pregnant within a couple months @ the age of 20. At my first pre-natal appt., I weighed in at 201 lbs., and spent the next 17 yrs. fighting a never-ending "battle of the bulge". I've lost the same 50 lbs. at least 5 times over my lifetime, and each time I not only regained the weight, but also seemed to find a few extra lbs. to pack on with it!
In Sept. 2007, I weighed in at my heaviest: 272 lbs. (I probably actually weighed more than that, as I have a pic of myself on my Sparkpage just a month before this, and I have no idea how much I weighed at that point!) I decided to finally take control of my life, once and for all. The first part of my "journey" started w/ Nutrisystem. I used it for 9 months to help myself get control of my eating (which was seriously outta whack)... and in the process lost about 70 lbs. Due to some health issues, I stopped it and tried to maintain my weight over the next 6 months. While I didn't put all the weight back on I had lost, I did regain about 30 of them.
That's when I saw an ad for Sparkpeople in a health magazine... and this site has been the key for me! It hasn't been a perfect journey... I've had my up's & down's... but SP has kept me going, gotten me through the plateaus (and bad decisions), and gotten me back to "ONE"derland... for the first time in 20 years!!!
I know how much SP has changed and improved my life... and I am sure it can do the same for all of you as well... and I look forward to being a part of that!
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