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171 pounds, October 3, 2012. 78 pounds lost! I will get back here again!

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"Before" at 249 pounds, April 16, 2008

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October 2001 weighing 150 pounds. This is my motivational picture.

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I fell off the wagon in December. That, plus screwed up hormones, caused me to re-gain some of my weight. I met with my endo and she contributes my gain to several things, not just the fact that I haven't been behaving.

Here I am again, back and ready to tackle this weight. I feel frustrated but am going to get back on track and back to the weight I was last fall.

Member Since: 2/19/2007

Fitness Minutes: 4,663

My Goals:
My goal weight is 135-145 pounds. That is 104-114 pounds to lose and a major lifestyle change to make. I will make this happen!

I want to be able to keep up with my children, not be the mother that sits on the sidelines with no energy. I have noticed a huge change in my energy levels with the weight I've lost so far!

I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. Now my lifestyle change has to really be that, a change, and it has to be permanent. I also battled thyroid cancer. I'm hoping with the lifestyle changes I'm making that I'll be able to get off of some of my meds.

I want to look good in whatever I choose to wear and have fun shopping for new, cute, smaller clothes!

My Program:
I've cut back on overall calories, and am watching my carbs.

We have an elliptical machine. I need to make friends with it again. Last fall I was successful with Jillian Michaels DVDs but they tore up my knees. I may try her Banish Fat Boost Metabolism workout again, that seemed easier on the knees.

Personal Information:
I am a sahm of 5 great kids. I live in northern Illinois.

Other Information:
I love photography, esp taking pictures of my kids.

I enjoy watching the kids play softball, baseball, and swim.

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    Wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy New Year! I'm finally back (it's been soooo long!) and just wanted to let you know that I've missed you and that I look forward to reconnecting. Hope you are doing well and that 2014 will be your best year yet!
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    3008 days ago
    Just stopping by to wish you a FANTASTIC weekend!!

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