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Okay, so I still rock, because I'm always worth loving myself. But it is interesting to lose all the weight you want and then turn around, lose a little focus on what got you to your goal in the first place, and then have to come back and try again.

The good news: Trying again, getting back on your feet after you fall - that's all healthy and normal. Giving up or giving in isn't an option. And really, it's only about five pounds. I'm NOT right back where I started from. Not even close. Sure, my clothes are a little tighter and I don't like the way that feels, but I KNOW what to do about it and it's just a matter of doing it.

I jumped back onto the Spark People site, which I realize I never should have jumped off. It's true - it has to be a lifestyle change or it's just not going to be a long-term success. I really don't want to have to go up and down the scale (and up and down emotionally) every few months. It's not healthy and I'm worth more than that.

What got me to my goal was relatively simple: log my food, eat honestly, stay connected to the support of my Spark friends and my own family, and exercise (even when I'd rather sit in front of the tv and eat something sweet).

Most importantly, I'm not looking at this as a step backwards. If you count all the years I spent doing seriously unhealthy things to gain and to lose weight, then this is really just a learning process and nothing more. I'm not a failure - far from it. I'm human. I'm a learning, thinking, ever-changing person who is never going to get it all right - not even close! However, if I don't give up and I don't give in (which, remember, I said was NOT an option), then I'll come out the other end of whatever I need to learn a stronger, healthier, happier me.

Did I mention I was worth that???

Member Since: 1/13/2009

Fitness Minutes: 26,762

My Goals:
Exercise, eat right, fit into the clothes, and get healthy!!!

My Program:
Tae Bo at least three times per week, strength training a couple times per week, and logging my food every day.

Personal Information:
I'm from Southern California in the Temescal Valley area of Riverside County. I've got a great husband, two healthy kids, and a home I love.

Other Information:
If I don't laugh often on a daily basis, I feel like I'm not truly living. Have you made someone laugh today??? What about yourself???

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    Hello! Hope you don't mind, I checked out your page after reading one of your message board posts. Read your intro and was inspired by your positive attitude and acknowledgment of your own self worth. It made me want to value myself just a little bit more. You made my day! Thanks a billion.

    2845 days ago
    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"

    3040 days ago
    Here's wishing you a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for your friendship in 2010. Let's rock the scale together in 2011! emoticon Christine
    3071 days ago
    Thank you for commenting on my blog!...And can I just say...you are a total babe! Great job on your weight loss! You are doing it! emoticon
    3106 days ago
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    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. Your encouragement is much appreciated!
    3109 days ago
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