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Me, quite a few lbs ago. Thought I was huge then. Would love for my face to be this thin now.

Duke, my only baby still at home.


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I've been using SparkPeople since January 2010. I had four or five really good months and met my first 50 pound goal by my birthday. Now my progress and motivation have slowed down, and I'm fighting a different kind of fight. I've still got over 100 pounds to lose, but thinking about my goal in those terms is just too discouraging. I'm working on my next 20 now.

I didn't start out with weight problems, but I think I've always had food problems. I ate terribly but stayed skinny by outrunning the weight. Then I had two kids in 18 months, my activity level stalled and the weight just piled on. Even with the extra weight my health was good and I had little trouble carrying on my daily activities. That ended in 2009. In a four month period, I developed a stress fracture in one foot and plantar fasciitis in the other and gained 20 more pounds from being in the cast and not being able to move as much as normal. That led to low back pain when I stood longer than 15 minutes, which kept me even more immobile. The scariest thing was that my blood pressure was out of control and I was seeing signs that it was doing permanent damage. Even with all that, I still couldn't find the spark of motivation that would get me started on another round of dieting.

I found the spark after another scary episode with my blood pressure. Coming home from the clinic, I couldn't believe how close I was to weighing 300 pounds. I was not prepared to think of myself in those terms and was not willing to be that heavy any longer. All I had to do was figure out what I was going to do to lose weight. I found SparkPeople because I was searching on-line for an iPhone diet app. That lead me to SP, and I've been wading around up to my neck in all the good stuff here ever since.

My foot and back pain are gone now, I'm sleeping well, have lots of energy, and can fit in an airplane seat without using a seat belt extender. I love to travel, so my progress rewards have been mini vacations that would not have been physically possible when I was heavier. I've got to keep going now because I have even more fantastic things planned as I continue to get back to being my skinny self.

Member Since: 1/9/2010

Fitness Minutes: 1,886

My Goals:
Move back to a more active life.

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I track my food every day and stay between 1400 & 1750 calories.

I concentrate on eating healthy whole foods wherever possible.

My goal is to exercise at least 30 minutes a day in some low impact activity.

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My husband and I love living in western Arkansas.

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    Hello! I wanted to stop by and let you know I'm thinking of you. I hope you're having a great week! Best of luck to you as you get through the remainder of this week!
    2609 days ago
    Hi Amanda.
    Just stopping by to say hello. I've been pretty absent on SP lately, even though I do log in daily.
    I think of you often, and hope to see some activity in your page soon.
    Take care, and hopefully we can get it back on plan soon, huh?
    I'm working on it, but haven't gotten there yet.
    But it's my goal....
    So that's something -- right?
    Take care Sweetie -- talk to you soon.
    2713 days ago
    Hey there! Just wanted to stop by and say hi. I hope you're doing well and still hanging in there! Hope you're having a great fall.
    2727 days ago
    Well, looking back on my last comment -- it turned out to be a big fat lie. But I'll try it again soon (not today, cause I already blew it with donuts).
    Hope you're doing well, and that you are on plan.
    Take care, and know that I'm thinking of you.
    2746 days ago
    Stopping by to say that as of today, I'm back on my plan. (said as of 11:30..... hopefully I can say the same thing tonight at 10:00)
    Taking it one day at a time, and hopefully build on those successes and get back into a rhythm of healthy living.
    But for today -- I'm just concentrating on doing well TODAY.

    Hope you're doing well, and I hope you join me in getting back on track. Come on --- I'm good company! (LOL) You could do worse for a buddy in this pursuit.....

    Love you Amanda, and hope you're doing well.

    2762 days ago
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