See this image larger

See this image larger
Getting ready to run my first 5k!

See this image larger


Interact with COPPERHEAD71
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment Recent Message
Board Posts

Here I will chronicle not just my weight loss journey, but my new, healthier lifestyle that is allowing me to finally shed the pounds. Inspired by my journey, I have also started a web-based cooking show so that I can show everyone how to eat healthy and lose weight without compromising on taste. No pills, no fad diets, no frozen meal plans, no surgery - just healthy, delicious food and regular exercise! Come follow me on Facebook, just "like" me at

Member Since: 1/25/2010

Fitness Minutes: 33,084

My Goals:
I love to travel and so my first goal was to be able to fly without having to use a seat belt extender. I have now met and exceeded that goal! The goal I am working on now is to have the medical diagnosis of Obese removed from chart. At my height, I have just 8 pounds to go!

My Program:
I am measuring my portions, counting calories, and logging all of my food. It's been eye opening to discover what true portion sizes are! I also get 45-60 minutes of cardio exercise six days a week, plus 20-30 minutes of strength exercises 3x/week. I started small at just a few minutes a couple days a week and as my endurance has improved and my enthusiasm has grown I have increased my time.

Personal Information:
I live in Vancouver, WA. I have some baggage from my childhood and got married when I was 18, had my daughter at 19, then had my son and was divorced at 22. I've been a single mom since, but I've triumphed by putting myself through college and supporting my children entirely by myself. Now that my daughter is in college and my son is 17, I'm working on improving my health and my life.

Other Information:
I am a serious foodie and have my own cooking video blog where I am trying to show others how easy it is to eat healthy and lose weight. Come find me on Facebook under Colleen's Kitchen!

Read More About COPPERHEAD71 - Profile Information moved here. (Updated June 5)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"

(Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
My Ticker:
 Pounds lost: 108.0 
Login to Leave Comment
    Wow congrats on all of your weight loss. Truly inspiring!
    I saw in someone's "I want to be a runner" thread that you're running your first 5k this week - good luck! I'm running my first one on Saturday!
    3687 days ago
    emoticon so much for your encouragement on my "100 pounds" message board post!! (Sorry for not responding until now. I hope you didn’t think I’m ungrateful…I just haven’t had Internet access for most of the past week.)

    Congratulations on your own weight loss success as well!
    3713 days ago
    wow! i am really inspired by your weight loss. you've done what i hope to do. keep up the good work!
    3751 days ago
  • v GOIN4GR8
    Saw your comment on the "how to deal with junk food at work" post and had to come visit your page. Wow--you look WONDERFUL already, at 53 lbs off--what a difference!! Good for you; you must feel as good as you look. :-)

    I see from your blog that you have been through a LOT. I can identify with some of it--there's lots of alcoholism & drug use in our family as well. It's an added stress, for sure. I commend you for all you're doing to take care of both your family AND yourself, and I wish you much success in your journey.

    4001 days ago