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Hello, I'm Clarissa and from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

I know that I was always the happiest when I was around a size 8-10 and weighed around 135-140. I know the numbers seem a little high, but I felt great about myself. About 5 years ago is when I began to struggle with my weight. I had several issues in my marriage and slowly the weight came on, I was still exercising and watching what I ate, but I think the stress took over me. After we got divorced, the weight started coming back off. I was feeling good about myself and living life to the fullest. I was involved in another relationship and after about a year of dating, the honeymoon was over. I was emotionally abused and even weighing 125 pounds was told that I was fat. I started putting on weight again and after putting on 40 pounds, I realized that I needed to change. Of course, he did something he shouldn't and I left him. It took me a good year to take the weight off and be back at 135, but I felt good. Then in 2006, I met my now husband. He treated me the way a man should treat a lady. He would pick me up at the house, we were always going somewhere to eat. When we got married, I weighed in at around 150, but was okay with it, since we had a miscarriage and I was on bedrest for so long. Well, I guess you can say that I felt comfortable enough in the marriage and the pounds started coming back. Instead of spending a lot of my evenings exercising, we usually lounged watching movies on the couch. It was more romantic to cuddle on the couch than to go to the fitness center in our condo community. Now I feel the other way, I would rather be at the fitness center than on the couch.

I felt like I was on a teeter-totter from one month to the next. I tried so many diets and stuck with them, shoveling out excess amounts of money with no response. I had been working on changing my eating habits and watching what I was eating and having a difficult time tracking my calorie intake, and then I was introduced to SP. It has been a wonderful welcome in my life with the forums, encouragement from others who I have met and I have felt much better about myself when I know that I can help make a difference in someone else's life.

So here I am now, trying to help encourage those who live around me to take the steps to make a difference in their life.

I believe that it is easier for me to set smaller goals to accomplish than to set one main goal. When I reach the smaller goals, I feel like I have accomplished something and I continue to strive for the next goal.

I started in September 2008 weighing at 173 pounds:
Goal 1 - November 27 (Thanksgivin) 160 pounds:
Goal 2 - December 29 (30th B-Day) 150 pounds:
Goal 3 - February 14 (V-Day) 140 pounds:
Goal 4 - April 2009 (Spring) 130 pounds:
Goal 5 - June 2009 (Summer) Fit for bikini:

Member Since: 9/22/2008

Fitness Minutes: 11,638

My Goals:
* First goal is to lose 13 pounds by Thanksgiving 2008 to be at weight 160

* Second Goal to lose another 5-10 pounds by Christmas 2008 to be at weight 150-155

* Third goal is to lose another 10-15 pounds by Valentines Day 2009 to be at weight of 135-145 pounds

* Fourth goal is to be at 130 pounds to maintain the weight and be back to where I was when I met my husband

*Fifth goal is by June 2009 be able to wear a bikini and look great. Can't wait

My Program:
My program is that I am watching what I am eating, trying to cut back on my calorie and fat intake. I am making sure that I am drinking my eight glasses of water a day if not more. I am trading out the junk food I eat for healthier snacks such as fruit (not that I eat much junk food as is, not a big munchie person).

I am increasing and trying to get back to a physical fitness routine.

Personal Information:
I am now a 30 year old female from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Other Information:
I love photography. Because of my weight I would rather be behind the camera and do everything possible to stay away from being in front of the camera. When I do get in front of the camera I try to watch where I am placed so that I try to look as thin as possible.

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    I am ciclamino, I post my food on spark people, I live in Tulsa in the Shadowridge subdivision. I would like to know if there is ever a meeting of Sp, or if there are some of us getting together for walks.thank you for your answer
    2265 days ago
  • v no profile image TYANDJACKSMOM
    So you are the Tulsa leader? Is that right? Anyway I was wondering if there are ever "spark" events in Tulsa? I would love to meet some of these Tulsa people face to face for some kind of health boosting activity. A walk or something we can all gain from. Any thoughts?
    3990 days ago
    I just joined today and was finding my way around the site when I came across your page. That's a great idea to break down my ultimate goal into small ones along the way! I think I will try it...
    Thanks for posting!
    4002 days ago
  • v MONAKIN314
    Stopping by to see how you are doing?


    "Keeping Up Hope" Team Leader
    4032 days ago
  • v no profile image CRITTERMAMA912
    emoticon Just coming by to check on you and see how you are. We miss you on the Tulsa team, you are an awesome leader and encourager. Hope all is well and that we can talk soon. Happy Spring!
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    4206 days ago
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