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It finally hit me last year on my annual Sisters' Vacation that my weight is really keeping me from doing all the things I want to do. I refused to go kayaking with them because I was afraid I'd get stuck in the boat hole (heh), I wouldn't do the 5K Walk/Run because I didn't think I'd make it without having to rest, and I wouldn't go on the carnival ferris wheel because I was afraid it couldn't hold my weight and we'd all die in a tragic bucket crash! Pitiful!

However, this year will be different! I'm ready! I'm committed! I simply refuse to let another vacation come and go with no photos of me having a good time (instead of hiding behind the nearest tree). I absolutely WILL NOT make my sisters change their plans to accomodate my weight issues anymore! It's unfair and it's un-sisterly. And I really want to stop obsessing over the fact that I could drop dead of an infarction just climbing the stairs!

In a nutshell, I am simply too fat to live the way I want to live. I've made excuses for years and given myself way too many free passes. I even went the "Fat Acceptance" route, thinking that as long as I felt good about being fat, everything would be OK. It wasn't.

But now I'm ready to commit to the work and the goal. I'm hoping my enrollment in SparkPeople will give me the incentive, the inspiration and the power I need to reach my goals.

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Member Since: 1/23/2012

Fitness Minutes: 8,462

My Goals:
Overall: To live in a way that furthers my weight loss and fitness goals without making everyone around me crazy.

Fitness: To make fitness a regular part of my life.

Weight Loss: As a short-term goal, I'd like to lose 45-50 pounds before mid-August when I take my Sisters' Vacay. But in the long-term, I'd like to get down to 140 and get into a normal BMI.

My Program:
I've finally come up with a program that works for me and gives me maximum benefits. I take yoga 2x/week, a strength training class 3x/week, swim 2-3x/week and do 30-45 min. on the elliptical 4-5x/week.

I recently became a vegetarian and have had no trouble sticking to my new lifestyle. I track my food EVERY day and keep a close eye on sodium and protein.

Personal Information:
I'm Cheryl. I'm 45, married with 2 semi-adult children, 2 dogs, 3 cats and an unknown number of fish.

I'm a freelance writer/editor with a degree in Graphic Design (that's never actually been put to use), self-proclaimed music connoisseur, mega huge art freak and a pretty damn good friend. I love to laugh and make others laugh.

My ideal day is a day spent on or near water somewhere. Bobbing about on the waves is like therapy to me. Nothing is stressful, nothing is irritating. Though at my current weight, getting into a swimsuit is more torturous than therapeutic. ;)

Other Information:
I have always felt much younger than my chronological age. Even with this extra weight, I still feel somewhat kid-like in the way I live. I love music more than life itself, love my friends (both old and new) and love trying new things. Hopefully, by this time next year I'll have the bod to match the mind. ;)

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