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I'm really excited...I've said it before, but it's really time to get serious and make some lifestyle changes to become healthier!

I'm 24, from Michigan and desperately trying to start a new life for myself. The transition time after college is painfully difficult and it is even more difficult when dealing with weight problems.

I have been facing problems with my weight for about 5 years now. I grew up in an active family (I was ALWAYS playing outside when I was younger and my best friend was a boy, so it was the rough and tough, climb a tree kinda play). My gramma was a WONDERFUL cook and I was often encouraged to take seconds ...and it didn't matter because I was burning off 10X as much as I was taking in. I earned names like "Daddy long legs" and didn't have a worry in sight (regarding my health). I maintained my weight in high school through being on the swim team...it kept me in pretty good shape. After high school, I went off to college and ate the typical crappy diet in the dorms. I did alright but after my first semester, my mom got sick and passed away from cancer (I also lost my "good cooK" gramma a month following, whom i was very close to). I immediately turned my feelings toward food...and ate my feelings away. I gained 40-50 lbs. and have been unable to drop any (for good). I am down about 15 lbs. from my heaviest but ideally would like to be about 155-160 lbs. again. It'd be really nice to be able to FINALLY do this and gain control of my life once and for all!

To me, numbers are just a small indicator of what I'd like to have happen regarding becoming healthier. I don't so much care how much I weight but more how my clothes fit (and being a size 10 would be great again) and how healthy my body is. My blood pressure is good but I do need to get my cholesterol checked again. Down the road those are two things that are a major influence on your quality of life.

I am going to wear a new, hot Victoria's Secret bathing suit this summer. I am, I am, I am! It's been 7 years since a bikini and it's TIME for a change. :)

Good luck to everyone who is working towards their goals. You can take control of your life and be happy with yourself :)

Member Since: 1/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,590

My Goals:
I have a LOT of goals for this year including ones regarding my health, happiness, career and outlook on life...

I've been struggling to lose weight that I gained after high school and after losing my mom to cancer. Of course it was hard, but I know that my mom would want me to make changes to be a better me :)

I'd like to finally lose 30 lbs. this year. I'd like to be wearing all of my beautiful, old "skinnY" jeans by summer. I'd like to wear a bikini this summer after 7 summers not wearing one. I'd like to become confident and believe that I am invincible. Overall, I'd like to make my heart healthy, my body stronger and my mind happier :)

My Program:
I'm really going to make some overall lifestyle changes because nothing is easy when it comes to improving your overall self.

There is no mystery to losing weight. It is a pure science. I am going to get to the gym as much as possible and change my workouts as my body adjusts to them. It never hurts to try new things. I am going to really focus on my eating habits (this is where the main problem is). I am going to try to drink more water and less sugary juice and soda. I have given up fast food and am going to try to stay away from the daily binges between meals. I am going to focus more on my emotions when I feel the need to binge.

I am so excited for my lifestyle changes and I can't wait to see results not only on my waist but in my overall attitude towards life!

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If you'd like a buddy to talk to, I am free to chat and share ideas and dreams! You can contact me through my sparks page. Happy sparking :)

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"This above all: To thine own self be true"

"Be the change that you want to see in the world"

It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise." Henry David Thoreau"

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    i was just going through my friends list and seen you and just thought i would tell you that i miss you and you need to get on soon :) lost touch with you :(
    3596 days ago
    Hey hey! I know the feeling of needing to "just do it." I've been super slacking with working out and stuff since Florida. I've been doing it, but just half-heartedly. Running will totally get you going though! I haven't been able to get into it, but we got a stationary bike w/ our tax refund a couple years ago, and even though it took me a year to use it regularly, it is really the main reason I've lost so much. You can do it!!

    Have you started your nursing job yet, or later in the month? Good luck with that! And yeah, I think I friended you on fb...hopefully it's you lol! I'm on twitter but I never use it...i just don't get it!! It makes me feel so OLD because it took me forever to get what the # meant and @ meant, and RT (retweet).....and I still don't quite get it. We're getting old, man. Ooooold. lol.

    Hope you're having a good Monday! Sometimes it just takes a bit of time to get back into things - if you have time, track a bit of food and throw in a workout here and there (I'm loving the Biggest Loser workouts on Comcast OnDemand, and recently got two of their DVDs from the library - kick BUTT!), and slowly you might feel like you're getting back into it. You can do it!

    emoticon Just don't think about that Thanksgiving dinner...LOL.
    4180 days ago
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    Girl - I can honestly say that running and riding a bike are the fastest ways I've ever noticed a difference in my thighs. I would imagine rollerblading would work too. Hope you're well!
    4199 days ago
    That's so exciting about your nursing job!! You must be so relieved to be "moving on" to bigger and better things. Congrats! I'm not really on AIM anymore, just primarily on twitter (mrsburnett, and awomansconcern - i tweet for the pregnancy center where I work lol) and facebook (idk if I'm searchable, I think I can change that?), though. Are you on either of those? All these social networking things! lol.

    Disney was great. Somehow..SOMEHOW..I didn't gain more than a pound while I was there. Granted, I've hovered around the same weight since 8/18, but still, with all that food, i'm surprised! I'll have to upload pictures - i wish spark did albums like facebook does, it'd be so much easier. We did have a great time, but I'm glad to be home, too. I'll have to tell you more about that, but I'm at work so I should probably stop here for now! hehe. :) talk soon!
    4213 days ago
    Thanks!! I feel like I'd been on the loooongest plateau, but I think I busted through it a couple weeks ago. I'm finally averaging about 2 lbs a week, which I hadn't been before. I'm hoping for like 20-25 more lbs before Disney! Sept IS the cheapest time to go, get some friends together and make it a girls trip! lol.

    I totally agree about sharing stuff like that, because you don't get far without encouragement!!!

    4311 days ago
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