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I am a work in progress.

I was overweight and feeling badly about myself for a very long time--through high school, college, and right into my late twenties as a matter of fact. Even though I had a boyfriend who loved me as I was and eventually married me because he loved who I was, I didn't love me. Nothing positive he could say would be enough because I didn't believe it about myself.

Finally I said enough is enough and I joined a weight loss program that I thought would truly work for me. After two years of diligence bordering on obsession and hard work, I got down to 170, a reasonable weight for my 5'10" frame. I was so proud of myself and as I was losing the weight I gained more confidence and I was finally able to feel exactly what my husband had been saying about me all along.

Not too long after I lost the weight I got pregnant with my daughter. It was the best thing in the world. But I, like many other mothers, hoped to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight within a few months of giving birth. I lost half of the pregnancy weight, but I was finding it hard to get rid of the last half, especially with the stress of work and being a first-time mother. My weight started creeping up and up until I was ten pounds shy of what I weighed during the last trimester of my pregnancy. I vowed to lose the weight. I went back to the weight loss program, but I wasn't motivated enough to keep up with it. But, I continued to promise myself that I would lose the weight. Eventually a few months became a year, which then became two years, and nothing changed except the seasons.

I finally said enough is enough when my size 16 pants started feeling too tight. I could not spend money on more clothing when I could be using it for more important things, like saving for myself and my family.

It's not hard for me to get motivated, but it's hard for me to stay motivated sometimes. All I have to do though, is think about the my little chick and how much I want to be active for her and not feel embarassed about carrying all this extra weight around. I want to be back to my prepregnancy weight, especially since it took me so long to get there in the first place.

And damn it, I want to be the hot mom.

Member Since: 7/21/2008

Fitness Minutes: 140,131

My Goals:
Get down to a healthy, managable weight

Be more confident in myself and my appearance.

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Exercise was never an issue, but eating healthy was a challange. I'm balancing my portions better, choosing healthier options, and adding healthy snacks as well so I'm not ravishing by the time meal time rolls around. I'm also trying to cut down on the big-time noshing on my favorite snacks--anything covered with powdered cheese (cheez-its, cheese curl, doritos, etc).

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Based in Bronx New York

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