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Goal: 100 pounds released by age 40

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This is me. Starting over AGAIN. On January 1, 2017, I joined Weight Watchers and am successfully tracking and losing weight. So far, I'm more than 20 pounds down. I'm working hard at strengthening my mind and not just my body - my negative self talk, depression, triggers from sexual abuse, challenges at work, challenges at home are all working against me. But this time, I'm willing to address that these struggles exist and that it's not just about eating less and moving more. I'm dedicated. I want to be healthy. So here's to losing 100 pounds by the time I turn 40 in May 2018.
Greetings! I'm a 33 year old wife and mother of a wonderful five year old girl and a one year old boy. I've been a part of other e-diets (ediet, specifically...fail), faux weight loss groups (you know, the ones where you and your girlfriends sit around and bemoan your individual body issues while nibbling cookies...fail) and the pull yourself up by you bootstraps and just use some self restraint diet (um...fail). Weight has always been an issue for me and I don't want it to be an issue for my daughter so my motivation springs from the hope that in working towards a healthy body weight and a healthy self image I won't pass this particular hell on to her.

I look forward to using this site and setting myself up for success and I'd love to meet new people along the way. My home support network is pretty weak so I suspect that I'll need to lean on the community if I start to slip or doubt.

I used Sparkpeople to lose 40 pounds two years ago and maintained until I got pregnant with number 2....with whom I gained all of that weight plus a little more back! Boo! So hears to starting over - I CAN DO THIS (again)!

Member Since: 2/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 30,429

My Goals:
*I want to get to and learn to maintain a healthy body weight. For me, that range is between 150 & 155.
*I want to silence the inner demons - reprogram this mental conversation that I've been having since I was about 11. It goes like this.
"you're fat" "you'll always be fat" "I can't believe how fat and disgusting you are" "hey, fatty, you gonna eat that?" and on and on and on. Even when I wasn't fat. How messed up is that?
*I want to beat my 55 year old dad to the top of the hill at the family reunion hike this year.
*I want my mom to stop buying me moo-moos and embroidered holiday sweaters from the plus size dept.

My Program:
*Paying attention to my food choices and journaling, journaling, journaling
*10,000 + steps per day

Personal Information:
I'm 5'8". It's interesting to see how I've changed in the past 5 years. Now I am a Business Manager using my accounting knowledge at a non-profit that helps kids. I have two amazing kids but I haven't picked up knitting needles in ages. I still love to read and recommend books but I no longer sell them. Everything is still better outdoors. I'm not as peppy as I was five years ago. I've become more community oriented and politically informed/engaged. I have discovered that it's okay, even in the deep, deep south, to admit that I am agnostic,spiritual but not religious. I care less about the way someone looks, or how someone votes, or what they believe in, or how they pray and I care more about the content of their character. Bottom line - don't be an asshole.

Other Information:
I love to read, knit and contra dance. Everything is better outside. I work in a childrens' bookstore and I'm good at what I do. I prefer sitting on the floor. Pancakes bring me joy. I am totally tone deaf but I sing anyway.

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