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Hi, I'm Cristen and I'm finally ready to get serious about weight loss. I weigh 209lbs and know I need all the motivation I can get from the wonderful spark people in this community.

I was a skinny kid and thin adult until after my 4th (30) child. After each pregnancy the weigh just seemed to melt off. In my younger days I had never been interested in food unless I was pregnant and I had never dieted. I did a lot of dancing and Jane Fonda workout tapes though and really enjoyed them. I just assumed the weight would come off as usual.

Shortly before my 4th pregnancy my husband an I moved across the country away from both of our families. It was at this time that I became a stay at home wife and began learning to cook. Suddenly I was enjoying food that I never would have eaten before and didn't even realize how much I'd gained until I had to buy bigger clothes post pregnancy. I really didn't worry much and thought the weight would come off eventually.

After two more children, 6 moves and a diabetes diagnosis( I had gestational with my last two) I knew I was overweight but didn't realize how much until I saw my photo. I started on a treadmill and instantly I was overcome with pain and couldn't move the next day. I had had these events happen each time we moved, after the birth of a child and when I had done more activity than normal but this time it was excruciating and I became bedridden. We didn't know what was wrong and I continued to gain weight.

My husband was able to get me to a doctor who finally diagnosed me with Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease. It took a long road of experimenting with meds but I am finally able to exercise moderately without having a flare. Along this journey my liver began to have a hard time working. I had a liver biopsy and was diagnosed with NASH (Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis) with my liver being 60% fat and 40% scar tissue. I don't want to lose my liver and the only way to do that is to lose the weight and eat a healthy diet.

I feel terrible that I let myself down, but confident I can beat this disease. My #1 goal now is to lose as much weight as I am safely able to before I have another RA flare. Little by little I can do this!!!

Member Since: 4/18/2013

Fitness Minutes: 1,165

My Goals:
199- 7/8/13
Back up to 205 so restarted 8/16/2013
203- 8/31/2013

Walk every day.
Add more veggies to my diet.

My Program:
My Beginning:

Tracking food on SP

Walking 3x a week and strength training every other day.

Reading motivational weight-loss stories.

Participating in team challenges.

Personal Information:
I grew up in Utah, spent 5 years in Virgina, 3 in Colorado and finally settled in MA. I am a married, stay at home mom and have 6 children ranging in age from 24 to 6 with 3 still at home.

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    Many thanks for adding me as a friend. I've added you as a friend as well. I hope you are feeling better and are up and about. Take care.
    2911 days ago
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    Welcome to Partnership Accountability to the finish line. I hope you feel better soon!!! emoticon emoticon
    2912 days ago
    You absolutely CAN do this if you want it bad enough. emoticon
    2913 days ago
    Welcome to SparkPeople! I absolutely love this site. It is definitely the main reason for my success. Please let me know if I can help you in anyway!
    2915 days ago
    Thanks for the friend add!!

    You are off to a GREAT start if you are here at Spark People!

    You can do this!!

    My advice:

    Keep collecting Spark Friends like candy!! It is calorie free and they always give you something to "chew on"!!

    You can just "friend" need to ask. We are friendly and don't bite!

    You can find motivation and inspiration from everyone here, even those that are struggling (because you know how they feel!!) Welcome new people, Join teams, blog, join challenges, blog, be excited, blog. And did I mention: blog? The future fabulous you will want to look back at your journey and will want to encourage others!! When the excitement wanes (it WILL!!) put down your pom poms and lurk in the background, (but don't leave and don't do too much damage) and wait for the tide to turn...pick up your oars and keep rowing.

    “Change takes time. It takes time for the seeds to begin growing within, time to understand the process, time for the growth to mature, and time for the old self to die and fall away.” -Bryant McGill

    Make sure you give yourself time for change and give yourself credit for it as it comes!!

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    .´*.¸.•´♥ We can do it one day at a time!!

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    `*♥☆ Keep Spreading the Spark!!!

    2918 days ago
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