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********Update January 3, 2010*******
Hi there - Having just read my previous updates from below, from almost a year ago it makes me feel a little sad to be so far from that place I was. Starting in April 2009, I began to have foot problems, which lasted well into the summer. All in all, I had to cut back on my workouts and I cut back so much that I haven't been doing any exercise in a good four months and I'm now back into the high 150s and it doesn't feel good. My energy is low, my confidence is shot, and I'm generally feeling quite blue these days. BUt that is all about to change. I've recommitted myself to the process and tapping into all the wonderful benefits SP has to offer, including all the wonderful support from fellow SPers. So here's to an even healthier and more successful weight loss journey for 2010. Good luck to each and every one of us!

It's February of '08 and I've decided that I'm sick of being overweight and unhealthy. I started 2008 at my highest weight ever -- 192lbs. As a vegetarian, it's hard for me to believe that I could actually weigh that amount, but I seem to be lured in by those pesky, unhealthy kind of carbs and the much-too-big portion sizes.

It seems I've been struggling with my weight since my college years, which was over 10 years ago. I never had an issue with weight as a child, and always felt fit and lean. It wasn't until I hit 18 that things changed drastically. I would love to blame it on a decreased metabolism, but honestly, the double portion sizes and excessive snacking I used to indulge in are the more likely culprits.

I have a big event coming up in May of 2008 and would love to be at least 30 pounds lighter. It seems a daunting task, but I am committed to eating healthy and exercising at least 5 days a week. It always seems to take ages for me to lose weight, but I'm hoping with the tools on this site, I'll be able to manage a 2-3lbs loss each week.

Good luck to everyone on their journey to becoming healthy and fit!

*******UPDATE - July 28th, 2008********
Well, May has come and gone and I didn't reach my weight-loss goal of 30 pounds. After a three-month hiatus (May, June and most of July) from working out, tracking my food, and visiting sparkpeople, I am back to give it a go again. I feel more determined than ever. At 173 pounds, I'm 20 pounds lighter than I was when I started in Feb. '08, but no where near where I would like to be. I have upped my cardio to at least 60 minutes a day and have committed myself to tracking my food everyday. No excuses anymore! Here's to the second half of 2008 being more successful than the first half - 40 pounds to go!

********UPDATE October 28, 2008**********
I'm 19 pounds down from 3 months ago, when I recommitted myself to this process, with a total weight-loss of 36 pounds since February!!! I'm finally starting to notice a difference in how my clothes feel and how my body is changing, and friends and family have started to notice as well, which is really nice to hear and a huge encouragement. With my commitment to running at least 4 days a week, and the strength training I've incorporated, I'm hopeful to be at my goal weight of 138 by the end of December. I've got another 16 pounds to drop in 9.5 weeks and it seems attainable, although these 150s seem hard to break. I know I need to really focus on logging my food and getting in at least 60 mins of cardio six days a week -- If i stick with that, I should be back here in two months with an update of success. Here's to starting 2009 at the weight I've been longing to be at for the last 10 years!

******UPDATE: February 9, 2009******
Well, it's been just over a year since I joined sparkpeople and I can proudly say that I've lost 52 pounds since then. I've yet to reach my goal weight of 130, but it is by no means a result of me not giving it my all - sometimes weight-loss takes a little longer than you'd hope, but I know I'm going to get there eventually. Having cracked the 130s, now at 139lbs, I'm thrilled and excited that I'm actually there. It's been well over 8 years since I've seen that number on the scale and it feels great, though I must admit that being able to fit into my jeans feels even better. My energy levels have sky-rocketed and my confidence and self-esteem have returned. I'm ready to get out there again and start living. I think I should give myself until the end of March to get to my goal weight of 130 - it's a more realistic goal and doesn't put so much pressure on me to worry about the numbers on the scale. I'd rather celebrate how great I feel than worry about what my scale is telling me. So with 7 weeks to go until March 30th, I think a weight-loss of 9 pounds is totally achievable.

Member Since: 2/2/2008

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My Goals:
-Run a 5K charity race this spring 2009.

-Reach 130lbs by the end of March 2009

-I ran my first seven miles on October 26th, 2008 and I felt so proud I was able to complete it without stopping and with a time of 74 minutes -- not bad for a rookie runner.

-Upcoming Weight-loss Goals for the end of 2008:

10/28: 154lbs (Met on 10/27)
11/24: 146lbs (Met on 12/08/08)
12/31: 138lbs (Not there yet)
3/30/09: 130lbs - GOAL WEIGHT!!!!

New Goals for 2010

1)Start moving again!

2)Lose 15 pounds by the end of February - tough goal, but I'd love to reach it!

3)Fit back into my size 4 jeans that I bought last year around this time.

4)Train for a half-marathon and actually run in one.

5)Participate in a triatholon this 2010 summer!

6) Reach out more to this great community here on Spark.

My Program:
I run at least 4 days a week, with two days of cross-training usually on the elliptical. I struggle with the strength training, but I do like to get in at least 2 sessions a week. Lots of water and lots of tracking my food, otherwise I'd just eat without thinking and accumulate huge calories by the end of the day.

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I live in the Hudson Valley area of New York at the moment, but I'm thinking about moving back to NYC, where I had lived for many years.

I love music, cooking, and dancing, any and all kinds of dancing. I spend most of my free time dancing wherever I am, it doesn't matter, if there's music playing, I'll be dancing. You'd think I'd be a lot thinner with all this dancing I claim to do, but unfortunately, I must have done even more eating and that's how I ended up here on sparkpeople.

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    Kudos to you for joining us here on the Raw Foodies Team. This will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. Sparkers come here and join this great team for a multitude of reasons. They may be curious about the health benefits of Raw Food and join to learn all about eating Raw. Many join for the weight loss. Many join the Team for a Detox. There are a great many people who do the Raw Food Diet as a Detox but then they realize how alive they feel and how the pounds melted away so effortlessly they decide to continue to eat this way. There are others who will join this Team for the health benefits of a Raw Food Diet. A diet based on raw food can reverse diabetes, arthritis (I personally have experienced this. I went off all of my arthritis meds after only a few weeks), heart disease, cancer (that is how I became involved with the Raw Food Diet when my sister was diagnosed with Lymphoma), eliminates migraines, the list goes on and on.

    So join us and learn how to make the transition from SAD (Standard American Diet) to a healthy Raw Food Diet. You will be happy you did!
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    2532 days ago
    Wow, you have really gotten it done! Congratulations! You commented on my page last year... And I only spend about 2 months on SparkPeople last year. I basically started all over... But your success is really motivating. Way to be!
    3413 days ago
    Thank you SO much for adding me as a friend! I'm honored :-)
    3424 days ago
    Wow, congrats on all the changes, and I wish you all the best in reaching your goals in 2009!

    Take care,
    3455 days ago
    Thank you for visiting and commenting so nicely on my page! emoticon

    To answer your question, Garmin is a GPS device that records your outdoors run or walk or biking sessions. It gives you the distance covered, your pace and you heart rate if you care about wearing the heart rate monitor strap on your chest. I love my Forerunner 305 and I cannot go out without it! ;-)

    Good luck with your running! I look forward to hear more about your training!
    3526 days ago
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