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My family & in-laws in New Mexico - I'm cleverly hiding my weight behind my youngest (ha!) Oct '07

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30 lbs down - One fewer chins! :) April '08

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My husband's family is coming to Iowa over Labor Day 2009 for a family reunion. The first picture to the left was taken at the last family reunion, which was about 40 lbs ago. I am highly motivated to be at my target weight by the time this next family reunion rolls around! Not that they really care, but I DO! And, with the help of my SparkPeople friends, my trainer & keeping my butt at the gym while eating healthy, I know I can do it!

I joined Spark People about a year ago, and got off to a great start! Then, I allowed life to get in the way. While I've been able to maintain my 40lb weight loss, I haven't lost more. I quit working out, and allowed myself to fall back into old routines. So, time to refocus. Here's to feeling fine in 2009!


Why am I doing this? Because I am tired. I will be 40 this year, and I am tired of being overweight. I am tired of seeing pictures of myself and thinking, "Do I really look like THAT?" Just a bad camera angle, of course. Not me! I am tired of trying to go shopping just to find that none of the close fit right. It's the style, right? Not me! I am tired of excuses.

I have three beautiful daughters. One eye opener was when my 13-year old started saying she was fat. This child is in 8th grade, same height as me, and weighs 84 lbs soaking wet. She wears pants that are a size 00! And she thinks she's fat?!? It was easy to blame society at first. You've all seen the ads, & super thin models. Then I started to realize how many times I had said I was fat. How many times I complained about my jeans not fitting correctly, or a shirt being too short, or the dread of swimsuit shopping. I am doing this because I am tired of setting a bad example for my girls. We no longer talk about being fat or thin. We talk about being healthy. Healthy eating. Healthy exercise. Healthy thinking. That is why I am doing this. That is why I will succeed.

Member Since: 4/18/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,890

My Goals:
My first goal was "40 by 40." I wanted to lose 40 lbs by my 40th birthday.

As of 40th b-day in May, '08, lost 37 lbs (close!)

40-lb goal reached: 6/27/08

Add'l Goals:

Lose additional...

5 lbs by Feb 28, 2009 - done!

5 lbs by March 31, 2009

10 lbs by May 18, 2009 (my 41st birthday)

Target weight - a total of 75 lbs - lost by Labor Day, 2009!!!

My Program:
I just added a "work out buddy" to my fitness program. I realized that I need someone to hold me more accountable for my workouts, and if someone is meeting me, I'll be less likely to find an excuse to NOT exercise.

Funny thing is, I LOVE to work out! I love the time alone, and the knowledge I'm doing something FOR ME! I've been allowing other things (kids, activities, spouse, other family) to get in the way. NO MORE!

Personal Information:
Name; Christine
Home: Iowa
Kids: Yup. 3 girlie girls.
Pets: Two cats, brother & sister, and a naughty mixed-breed pup

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