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I've battled weight my entire life, but now in my late thirties I've given up on vanity and just hope to get to a healthy and comfortable weight that I can maintain for the rest of my life. I begged my mom to help me lose weight when I was nine and thus the yo-yo began. She found a fruit cleanse diet and I lost 20 pounds every time we did it. Of course it totally screwed up my growing system and I continued battling my weight into college. My slimmest adult weight was 145 (I'm 5'4). At age 21 I got engaged and started packing the pounds on unbelievably fast. Despite using my apt gym (stairmaster and weight machines) and taking dance and aerobics classes at college I continued packing the pounds on very fast. 20 lbs the first year, 40 the next and so on until I hovered around 240. Three different Dr.'s told me I was getting older and to follow the food pyramid. I knew something was wrong but no one would listen. After failing to get pregnant I asked the ob/gyn if it could be connected to my weight gain and he found that I have PCOS (simply put - hormone imbalance and insulin resistance). It was extrememly difficult to lose weight. Then I ballooned all the way up to the 280s (my all time highest) because I was so depressed, I just gave up. I didn't care that I ate candy and ice cream every day. I didn't want to be seen in public so I was totally inactive and I wore cheap XXX t-shirts. I started to care again when I went for an adoption physical. I had heard about a drug that helped with PCOS (metformin) and when I asked he said we could try it. I'm not sure if it was all the metformin or part life change (we quickly got a newborn and I already had a daughter with disabilities so life was crazy!) but I lost 20 pounds in about 6 months. I started walking, started dressing better and caring about my appearance. I had hope. That was five years ago and I've been just yo-yo-ing that same part of the scale. Rejected the docs suggestions to try more drugs and rush into surgery. I'm here to really give it an honest effort, to own up to what I am doing, and stop feeling like a victim.

Member Since: 1/19/2011

Fitness Minutes: 5,334

My Goals:
Feel comfortable in my own skin, be proud of my body, and enjoy life to the fullest.

I need to lose over 100 lbs. Still trying to decide on small goals and rewards. I spent too many years denying myself anything fun, pretty or expensive because I didn't feel I deserved it. I don't want to reward myself with things that I should be allowing myself to enjoy anyway.

My Program:
Aerobic workout 5 days/week, minimum 30 minutes, shooting for 60
Yoga 2 days/week
Strength Training 3 days/week

Personal Information:
Start: (Height 5'4")
BMI - 48
Fat % - 48
Weight 280

20 lbs off - November '11

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I love all kinds of music - fave bands include Soundgarden and Coldplay, but workouts HAVE to be done to hip-hop or rap!!! I love dancing with my girlfriends, reading when I can, a handful of tv shows. Was a freelance photographer in another life. Now I have two high-needs girls that keep me very busy.

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