My Grandson and I swinging on the swings (July 2012)

My first 5K walk 10/28/12, Breast Cancer Walk. 3.1 miles in 67 minutes.

11/2/2012 - crossed the "lost 20 pounds" mark!


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Hi there! In August I turned 39 and since then I've had these moments of "awareness" and these little "wake up calls"....I'm not getting any younger!
A few years ago I got very sick and in less than one year I gained almost 100 pounds. For the last six years that has been what I always said if I ever spoke about weight. It wasn't fair. I used to be an athletic, healthy skinny, curvy size 12/14. (I'm almost 6 foot tall)
I realize now that I have spent the last six years living an excuse. An excuse for why I couldn't exercise, an excuse for why I couldn't eat right, an excuse for why I was physically no longer the person I used to be. I'm done with the excuse. I'm not going to speak the phrase "If only I hadn't gotten sick...." ever again. Ever.
Hopefully in my first few weeks I'll find new phrases to focus on, positive ones. I am sure I will have my ups and downs but I really need to do this and I need to start doing this now.

Member Since: 9/18/2012

Fitness Minutes: 1,997

My Goals:
Eat healthier.
Exercise and move more.
Prevent Diabetes.

Look better!
Feel better!

My Program:
Starting with the basics:

Eating within my given calorie range.
Exercising at least 4 days a week.
Moving more.
Drinking my water.
Tracking food intake.

Personal Information:
My name is Amanda.

I have a wonderful husband, named Rob.
Nine beautiful children (some biological, some adopted) ages 12-21.
A gorgeous grandson who will be one year old in December!

We have 3 dogs (Rottweiler, Lab/Mastiff, and a Pomeranian-all rescues) and 1 cat (also a rescue).

Other Information:
Started: 9/17/12
starting weight: 290.0

Bye 290's 10/5/2012
Bye 280's: 10/5/2012
Bye 270's: 11/9/2012

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    I miss hearing from you. I hope you are continuing to make progress toward better health.
    1900 days ago
    Congratulations on your weight loss this week!! I hope you have a good weekend!
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    Good morning! Thank you so much for your encouragement on my squat/push-up challenge. I know it was the sounds of my friends cheering me on that got me through all those squats and push-ups. I honestly wasn't sure I could do it, but I surprised myself; it was a good lesson: Never underestimate yourself!
    2019 days ago
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    Thank you for coming by my Friday Fitspiration blog. I am so happy that today's message has been so well received and seems to be something that so many can relate to. Remember...You ARE BEAUTIFUL!

    Have a Sparktacular weekend!
    2024 days ago
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    Thanks for visiting my November goals and Recipe of the week blogs! Thanks for all your support and kind words. You'll have to let me know if you try the brownie and what you think of it.
    2026 days ago
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