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memorial day 2008-247lbs here-i forgot how huge my arms/boobs/face/neck/belly/EVERYTHING was!!!!!!!!

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My name is Erin...and recently a couple people have told me i should put some more info on my page about the story of my whole weight loss journey! so where do i begin....i'll start with the fact that i have been over weight my entire adult life until now (and i am 25 years old) i am married to a great guy who is very supportive of my new lifestyle, and is even nice enough to eat and enjoy all the healthy low calorie dinners i make for our family! i also have a little boy who is 2 1/2 years old who is my biggest inspiration for being healthy and losing weight-i have to live a long life for him!

so when i was in highschool and started working at fast food places, and got a car, i stopped being active and i started a bad habit of eating fast food all the time...i started gaining some weight when i was probably about 15 years old and finally topped the scales at 247 lbs by the time i was 24 years old...i was a food addict (hello, my name is erin and im a recovering food addict...sober for 10 m0nths ;) ) i would eat all the time, when i was bored, happy, sad, depressed, didn't matter-i just loved to eat, it didn't even matter if the food tastes good-i'd eat it anyways, nothing could stop me! but then, on SEPT. 8 2008, something changed...i dont know why, but something seriously clicked for me, and i realized that i didnt need all that food. i didn't need the junk and i didn't need the mass quantities of food...i had been on diets a million times before, but this time was different, and i have truly changed my life for the better! i realized that i want to set a good example for my son, and have more energy to play with him, and live a long and healthy life and be alive to see my grand i wanted to feel better about myself...i didn't even recognize myself when i would look in the mirror when i got so big...and i didn't even realize how unhappy i was at the time, but i realize now that i am happier now in life than i ever have been! diabetes and heart disease run in both sides of my family (and other weight related issues) my dad had a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery when he was only 39 years old and has diabetes as well, i do NOT want that for myself, and i dont want to teach my son bad eating habits--i know how hard it is emotionally and physically to be fat... so now i have lost over 100 lbs, and i am so proud of myself!


i had to break the habit of compulsive eating, i started working out (at the gym, walking outside, running outside) i do cardio and some weight training, and i eat waaaaaay less, and way healthier! basically, my shopping cart at the grocery store now is mostly all produce and lean meat and fish--i have cut back on sodium and i count my calories. it has only taken me 10 months to lose 100 lbs...which i know is fast...(and results may vary lol) but hard work and dedication to yourself pays off...but i also realize that once i reach my goal, that this will not be over, this is not just a diet-i have come to accept the fact that i have to eat like this and exercise like this for the REST OF MY LIFE!! or i WILL get overweight again, and i do not want that! i am prepared to stick with this for the long haul because i love how i feel now, and i have even come to love healthy food! who would have thought that would ever happen???? i still think i want to lose another 10 or 15 lbs-it goes much slower now since i have lost so much, but i think i can do it!


-do not get discouraged if your weight loss is going slow--keep on working on it, and don't give up, it WILL come off, just be PERSISTANT

-have a great support system I LOVE SPARK PEOPLE!! find yourself lots of friends on here, and a few really close ones--i have made such great friends on spark that have helped me through so much ( becki!!-my spark bff! emmab12-check out her page!)

-i have "free days" to eat WHATEVER the heck i want...but only on major holidays (christmas, easter, thanksgiving, new years) and that gives me a chance to eat whatever sometimes, and it isn't very often, and i dont feel deprived on holidays...but NO LEFTOVERS the following day-one day is all i get!

- dieting alone is a very very slow way to lose weight...exercise will speed it up for sure plus you will look better with less flab and more tone when you do lose the weight!

-if you mess up, DO NOT GIVE UP OR GIVE IN-realize what happened, don't beat yourself up, and get yourself back on track!

-i always have a pair of motivation jeans in my closet hanging in the front- a size smaller than what im currently wearing so i have a goal to work towards-once i get into that pair, i buy a new smaller pair and hang it up (although right now, i dont have that smaller pair-i need to go buy one soon!)

-take on a new lifestyle and commit to living it forever-it should be forever, not just a temporary diet!

1-6-2009 im new to this whole site, so bare with me...i basically want to lose weight to be healthy and of couse to look better!

my name is erin, im 24 years old, married for almost 3 years and i have a 2 year old little boy who is the best thing that ever happened to me! before i joined spark people i had already lost about 60 lbs - its hard to believe for me that i let myself get so heavy that now i have to lose a total of over 100 lbs! but i'm almost there and i will NEVER go back! i honestly feel like i have made a change for the rest of my life, i owe it to myself and my family to be the happiest, and healthiest person i can possibly be-and i have worked so hard to get here-there is no way im ever letting myself go again!

good luck to everyone out there that are in the same shoes as me! im so thankful for my spark friends!

Member Since: 1/6/2009

Fitness Minutes: 988

My Goals:
my goals are to be :
1. healthy
2. a good example for my son
3. a size 10 or less!
4. 142 lbs
5. confident about the way i look!
6.once i reach 100 lbs lost-i will reward myself-a night out with my husband-probably for sushi and a movie!

My Program:
i eat alot less and i exercise about 4-5 times a week-usually an hour on the eliptical machine for cardio and then about twice a week i do about 30 minutes of weight training (i HATE weight training lol)

Personal Information:
my name is erin, im 24 years old, married for almost 3 years and i have a 2 year old little boy who is the best thing that ever happened to me! so far in my weight loss journey i have lost 60 lbs, i want to lose about 45 more! its hard to believe for me that i let myself get so heavy that now i have to lose a total of over 100 lbs! but im over half way there and i will NEVER go back!

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