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January 1st, 2011::

I completed my weight loss and fitness journey, but fell off the wagon hard for eight months. I would join back for a week, eat well, feel good, then spiral back into the loving arms of the Big Mac all over again.

Last week, my husband and I decided that enough was enough. With pounds back on the both of us, we did a detox program and have returned to healthier eating habits and exercise. To compound the efforts, I've rejoined SparkPeople's Bootcamp program - which I came within ONE day of completing last year!

I'm very excited for 2011. Can't wait to see where it takes us!


In January of 09, I stepped on the scale at one of my best friend's house and was appalled by what I saw. Even though I'd noticed myself expanding in the mirror and had wandered into a size 12 pant (which looks voluptuous and stunning on some women, but looked Grinch-like and unfeminine on me, a woman notorious for being flat-chested and bird-limbed), it took the numbers on that LED panel to let me know I'd taken a wrong turn somewhere.

It wasn't hard to guess. My husband and I were eating fast food two meals a day, then I'd make something indulgent for dinner at night, as I'd only recently discovered my love of cooking. Partner that with his desk job and my work from home job and you've got a nasty combination. Sadly, my waist-to-hip ratio is still paying the price!

Today, January 2010, my husband has lost 34 pounds, I've lost 26. I was almost to my end goal of 30 even.

Over the holiday, I gained 4 back, and am eager to see them off again - my philosophy refuses the idea of dieting over holidays. I'd rather work 4 pounds away than look back when I'm 80 on the things I didn't allow myself to enjoy!

That having been said, my -fitness- journey is only just beginning. I'm dipping my toe into Pilates and Yoga, and started visiting the gym about two months ago. After 6 years spent at the computer, my progress is very slow - sometimes laughably so. I wish I could properly convey to people what I mean by "6 years at the computer." I lived in an isolated spot with no friends in that city, had a car that didn't work, and a husband who was often deployed. I woke up, sat down at the computer, then eventually went to bed. Period. My muscles are in a very bad way, as are my lungs. This part of my goal has been so, so hard for me, harder than dieting, harder than weight loss, harder than giving up Big Macs (for the most part)!

Member Since: 1/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 2,062

My Goals:
Jan 30th 2010 - Slice off the Final 5. I will be finished losing weight after a 1 year journey.

Jan 1st 2011 - Undo the damage of my formerly sedentary lifestyle. Rebuild my muscles, repair lung function, take my now thin but very weak, unfirm body and make it tighter, toned and HEALTHY.

Ongoing - Eat more produce, consume less fat in general, and continue taking multivitamin!

My Program:
Right now, I'm throwing myself mind, body and soul into SparkPeople's Spark Your Body 2010 Bootcamp. That's it.

I'm focusing on ONE program at a time, and proving to myself that I can finish something I start!

Personal Information:
I live in Northeast Georgia with my husband and three kitties. We're Childfree by choice for life, non-religious, and both dedicated to getting back the healthy bodies of our youth!

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    emoticon to our team! We are glad you decided to join our group! We are here to emoticon you in any way we can! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon
    3491 days ago
  • v no profile image AEKIRKBRIDE
    congrats on reaching your goal weight and your new writing gig!!! :) good luck!!! emoticon
    3529 days ago
    Way back at the end of December I responded to your Failure after Success post, and then forgot to follow up on it! I saw you responded, and while I'm sorry you have struggled, I'm also glad to know that we are not alone! I love that you are doing the 28 day bootcamp challenge...I am in it as well :) Sounds like you have made a great turn around...congrats and continued success to you!!!
    3536 days ago
  • v ~DIDI~
    Hi there..I know I'm a little late but I wanted to thank you for commenting on my 'My Favourite Recipes' blog...I loved the idea you gave me also...Love your page...Wishing you all the best on your healthy living and weight loss journey...!
    3537 days ago
  • v JEANUT
    Thanks for the comments on my blog, you are so right and y'all are the best at helping me find inspiration. BTW I live on the opposite side of Georgia than you do. (SW Georgia)
    3540 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/15/2011 7:48:51 PM
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