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11/25/07 12:25 A

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Well... here is my story. :)

I used to be the small kid - in grade school I was in the front row of all the class pictures. My nickname in 8th grade was "bird legs" because my volleyball kneepads were a size xs. I always thought I would be small, and have no problems...

Then, as a sophomore, it happened. I shot up several inches and gained weight. Not a lot, but I was no longer "bird legs."

As I got older, I always thought I didn't look so bad. It wasn't until I started buying clothes that didn't fit because I refused to buy "that size" that I thought I might have a problem. And, then I saw some pictures of myself...

Then, last year, my doctor told me that I had high blood pressure. I ignored her... I did get a lot of headaches, and the heat and sun gave me pounding headaches, climbing stairs gave me headaches... yeah, I had a problem but I was 20-something and thought it was nothing. Then this year, she told me again and tried to put me on medication - told me I could have a stroke at any minute - and that finally scared me. I didn't want to be on medication... or have a stroke.

I stopped in my tracks and re-evaluated what I was doing to myself. Now, having lost 20 lbs, and being very aware of my sodium intake, and my intake of other nutrients, I've been able to lower my numbers from an average 160/100 to 130/80. I almost never get headaches anymore. And I did it WITHOUT medication.

I am still trying to get down to my goal weight... it's been rough lately but I am still trying. I recently started a group on Spark for people at work to also join - I love sharing what I have learned with anyone that wants to talk about it. :)

Good luck to all of you and I am looking forward to getting back into it. :)

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11/5/07 3:22 P

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Wow, Tammy, what an inspiring, motivating story. Another one that has moved me to tears.

Well done, my friend, well done.

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L. (Lynn)

PS: Thank you for having the strength to share that deeply about yourself. That took guts.

Edited by: LABRYANT at: 11/5/2007 (15:23)
"Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things." -Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Univ. Professor

"Do or do not. There is not try." - Yoda, Jedi Master

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has a genius in it!" - Goethe


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11/5/07 3:07 P

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I've been overweight since I was about 5 years old. I was always the heaviest in my class. The weight issues run in my family on both sides, along with various health conditions that I'm now trying to avoid.

I was never really taught to eat right or take care of my body (how could my parents teach me something they'd never learned themselves?). By the time I was in the 1st grade my mom had taught me how to suck in my belly to make me look thinner. To this day I still suck it in! Even when I was pregnant I asked if it was ok for me to still do it because it was such a habit.

When I reached age 12, I was already at 220 pounds. I was teased non-stop by the other kids. Once I got to be a teenager I pretty much became a recluse, hiding in my room so the rest of the world wouldn't see me. I got to the point where I was severely depressed and actually tried to commit suicide both when I was 15 and 16 years old. I'm so glad that my plans fell through!

I finally made some friends who accepted me the way I was and began spending time with them. My weight quickly went down because I was hardly eating anything and was walking several miles a day. After a few years we'd all grown up a bit and went on our own paths through life... and the weight came back.

So I got a job and started to lose weight again from all of the standing and walking I was doing. At age 19 I met the man who is now my husband. We got engaged and the next thing I knew we were planning for our first child. I was so happy at my first appointment because the scale said 173 (the smallest I ever remember being)...LOL Then I realized that I was going to be gaining weight again.

My son was born in 1995 and somehow the weight came right off... then began to creep back up on me again. We moved and I planned to have another baby. This time it was a girl. It was 1999 and my pregnancy brought me back to 219 pounds. The same day that my daughter was born, my brother's house caught fire and my 6 year old nephew was killed. I fell into another deep depression. My doctor put me on Prozac and I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder along with post traumatic stress disorder. My marriage began to fall apart, my husband was laid off from work, we were evicted from our house... There I was stuffing my face trying to tell myself it would all be ok.

My husband and I split up for 6 months after that. I was falling apart and I knew things had to change. We got back together, and in 2005 I found myself on the bathroom floor, unable to move in unbearable pain... I was taken to the emergency room and diagnosed with IBS. I was 208 pounds, and had just spent the day eating nothing but greasy, disgusting junk. My body was telling me to knock it off or live the rest of my life in misery.

So, the next day I bought myself healthier food and began tracking my saturated fats online. I had been told calories didn't make a difference, it was the fat that mattered. I was eating less than 900 calories a day. I quickly went down to 176 pounds and was so happy! I would wiggle my butt in the mirror and think it looked good...LOL

The next thing I knew, it was June 2007. I had gained back 12 pounds and was up to 188. I stopped wiggling my butt in the mirror... I knew I didn't want to get to over 200 pounds again. I also knew I didn't want to be depressed again.

I found Spark People on August 3, 2007 and joined immediately. I knew it was right for me. I never believed in trying diet pills (after seeing my mom try and fail so many times), and was told I wasn't heavy enough for surgery. Spark just made sense to me. It had the tools I needed to make myself healthy, and that is what I wanted. After reading a few articles I found out why I had gained back those 12 pounds. I had put my body into starvation mode, so my body began to store the fat.

Here I am, 3 months later, 21 pounds lighter. No depression. I'm optimistic for the first time in my life! I feel good about myself. I'm proud of myself for the steps I have taken so far, and for the steps I'll be taking in the future. I never in my life thought I'd ever be happy with myself. Now I'm learning that I have the ability and strength and determination to do so much! I've found so much motivation here, and I believe I'm now finding what I've always been searching for... the me that was inside all along.

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Hi! My name is Tammy, and I'm a weigh-a-holic...
"Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better."
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10/23/07 11:22 P

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sinestra, your story is more on your web page than in your post here. do you think it's time to change the picture?

keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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9/25/07 11:14 A

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We have so many new members, I'd love to see more Spark Journey's here...!!! Let us get to know you better!

:)

L.

"Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things." -Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Univ. Professor

"Do or do not. There is not try." - Yoda, Jedi Master

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has a genius in it!" - Goethe


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9/8/07 7:55 A

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You may not think your journey is an 'incredible success', Linda, but I am so inspired by reading it. You've come so far!

I've enjoying reading everyone's journeys. Thank you SO much for the having the courage to post them.

Hugs x2,
L.

"Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things." -Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Univ. Professor

"Do or do not. There is not try." - Yoda, Jedi Master

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has a genius in it!" - Goethe


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9/8/07 7:46 A

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I have to say I am impressed with the journeys that you have all taken and on your incredible successes you have had so far. My story isn't as impressive, but here it is.

I was never what one today would consider an overweight child, but I was the heavier of the kids in my family. I have to admit, though, I did eat to comfort myself and I'm surprised that I didn't get even heavier. Anyway, when I went to college and met my husband, I joined a gym and was very consistent with the exercise, but never believed in dieting, so I ate whatever and whenever I wanted. Back then it didn't matter, I was in pretty good shape, but never hit my ideal weight.

After we got married and I had my two children, I put on quite a bit of weight (for me) and never really thought about it much - I no longer focused on me - I had these two kids to focus on.

When my youngest started school, I made a decision to start focusing on me. But at that time, I still didn't really consider my weight (or health) to be an issue, even though I had been having a lot of stomach problems (IBS, Heartburn, etc). My focus was to go back to college and finally earn my degree. That summer we received an invitation to a wedding in Greece. I thought, aha, I can make it a goal to get into shape in time for the vacation to Greece. And I did. I joined weightwatchers online program because I knew so many people who were successful with it.

I did lose some weight and looked pretty good when we went. But the weight started to come back when I turned 40. I was eating healthy and didn't think I was eating a tremendous amount of food and i was pretty active. I was told it was because of my age and that it was normal. I decided that the weight gaining was going to end! I figured I would just keep a journal of foods because I didn't want to dole out the $100 bucks for a 3 month membership to the WW Online. I was searching online for calorie counters and found SP.

After joining SP, I made a goal of not only losing weight, but to get healthy. I no longer needed to take Pepcid AC on a daily basis and have not had an episode of IBS in months! I'm also only 1 pound to my goal weight (which is lower than I was when I was a teenager) I'm going to be 41 in a couple of weeks and I look and feel better than ever. Thanks to SP.

Edited by: MOMOF2NJ at: 9/8/2007 (07:46)
Linda

" Be the change you want to see in the world"~Ghandi

“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”






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8/29/07 1:13 P

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I found SparkPeople after seeing a short segment on Fox News about a husband and wife's journey. The part that interested me was FREE! I had casually browsed a few different diet sites online, all required a month fee to 'join'. At the time, I wasn't yet 'committed' to lose weight, just interested in losing weight and really didn't want to commit my cash to something my heart and mind weren't backing.

I got here and started playing with the nutrition tracker. It was fun and a real eye opener. At the time, all the other stuff on here was clutter to me. I wasn't into groups or message boards or articles or *gasp* exercise. But the tracker was fun. The more I played with the nutrition tracker, the more I realized that something needed to be done. I took the leap and started Fast Break to see what that was about.

The thing that most impressed me about SparkPeople, was that I could do this MY way. I could use as much or as little of the site as I wished. I could look at their recommended recipes, but then tailor them to my lifestyle. I could concentrate on one thing at a time and move along when I was ready.

There were no gimmicks, no hidden costs, no pressure, no foods I HAD to eat, no timeline I had to follow. The more comfortable I got with what I was doing, the more useful that other 'clutter' on the page became.

How I took one step at a time can be found on my SparkPage and in my blogs. How all this clutter became informational and motivational tools for me can also be found in my 'looking back' blogs.

It's been an amazing journey for me. One of accomplishment and a sense of well-being.

I am proud of:
*Losing 90 pounds
*Increasing my steps from 2,000/day to 12,000/day
*Eating the right foods in the right proportions
*Going from no exercise to exercising 7 days a week.


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7/29/07 9:24 A

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I spent the majority of my life thin. I was a cheerleader and a dancer for many years and have an amazing metabolism because I was so active. It wasn't until I met my now hubby that I started to gain weight. Over the 9 years we've been married, I have put on over 100 pounds. I had finally given in to the fact that I was going to be fat the rest of my life.

One day I looked at myself and thought, "Gee, Kim, you are only 29, why give up now?" SO I decided I would find a way to lose the weight. I knew that I had NO "will power" so I was starting to research gastric bypass. Then one day as I was reading some posts in my online mom's group, I saw several people mention SP so I thought, what the heck. I logged on and was immediately interested. I dove right in and got started. Now, 18 weeks later, I am down 40 pounds and feel great. I know that I still have a long way to go. But know I think about what I will do WHEN I am thin again, not IF.
Just yesterday, I bought an outfit in the Ann Taylor outlet store. I actually bought clothes in a REGULAR store. It was a great feeling. I mean, of course, it was the LARGEST size that they carried, but it fit.

I love the fact that my family, friends, and co-workers are noticing the changes in me. Not only physically, but mentally as well. I care about how I look and carry myself.

I have to thank SP for my ongoing transformation, but most of all, I have to thank myself (something I would have never done in the past)

I also want to that all of the great SParkers out these who inspire and motivate me everyday.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
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7/16/07 2:47 P

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Sometimes it just takes one to share, so I'll start.

Seems I never could get up the gumption or the committment I needed to start to lose the weight. You see, I never have been overweight. I was so skinny as a kid, pre-teen, teenager and even up into my 20's that I had trouble finding clothes small enough. Imagine!

I could eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted and did so daily. I never gave it a second through. Sure, I was active but not enough to use up all the calories I was eating. I worked out for a period of several years and felt great.

When I turned 30 I guess my metabolism slowed. When 35 more, well, you get the picture. All of a sudden I found I was a person that needed to lose weight. A couple years ago I joined SP & became committed to losing though I didn't do the right way. I never signed up on the boards, I just logged calories and I did that with the goal of eating as few as possible. I didn't care about points or articles. I lost 17 pounds by starving myself basically.

I didn't have the skills to lose weight properly and I didn't have the time (my attitude) to figure out how to do it properly. I just wanted the shortest distance between two places...from chubby to thin. I made it down to 135 pounds, was 'ok' with that, and quit. I even dropped off SP.

One guess what happened over the next 1.5 years. LOL I not only gained back the 17 pounds I'd lost, but I put on 17 more. Now I needed help going from FAT to thin. I was pushing 170 pounds and my frame is really small. I'm built for 130 and that's max.

What to do, what to do? I was ugly (an expression we use in the south to mean 'bad attitude') to everyone. I loathed going into the closet. I was in size 14, pushing 16's and I hated myself. The dialogue that went on in my head! I wouldn't talk to my own sister the way I talked to myself in my own head. I felt worse and worse.

I wanted to be the person I used to be. The one that worked out, that felt good, that had an active lifestyle not just an active mind. I would drive pass gyms on my way to shop and see the people walking in there. I wanted to be the outdoor girl I once had been. For months I waited around for the committment to just fall on me, I guess. I just couldn't make myself starve again.

Yet, after I saw some pictures of myself, I committed to getting back on SP and took a deep breathe for the starvation diet again. I was going to be relentless. Oh, how little I had learned the first time! I thought SP had changed but it was me! I jumped on with the committment I still have, but I went about it differently. I even started this team of Mini-Challenges to challenge myself and keep me interested.

I have lost weight, but I did it the right way. Some people say it seems fast to them. It didn't to me. Seemed like it took forever in some respects but I'm here. I'm back. I AM the person I wanted to be and yes, it took work, but it did NOT take starvation.

Wow....how far I've come! Plan on being here a while. LOL ;)

Hugs ya'll,

L.

"Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things." -Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Univ. Professor

"Do or do not. There is not try." - Yoda, Jedi Master

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has a genius in it!" - Goethe


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7/10/07 9:23 A

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Share your weight loss (or maintenance) testimony here and let your teammates get to know you better.

Inspire or be inspired by others. What's your story?

L.

"Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things." -Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Univ. Professor

"Do or do not. There is not try." - Yoda, Jedi Master

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has a genius in it!" - Goethe


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