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A more recent photo.

Photo from bike ride on July 3, 2010 - my longest to date at 22 miles.

Stopped to take a photo during the hike. Definitely want my life to have more of these experiences.


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Hello anyone who reads this. Here's a little bit of info about me.

I was overweight my whole life and ended up at 303 lbs when I was 21. At that age, due to a very rare genetic disorder, hyperoxaluria, I had to start dialysis and had to completely change my diet to "the dialysis diet." I decided that if I was going to start cutting foods out I should also focus on having a healthier diet and ended up losing 80 lbs over the next 2 years. I got stuck at that point and was around 220 lbs for about 4 years. I then received a kidney transplant as well as a liver transplant that I needed to cure the genetic disorder. The liver worked great but I required a second kidney transplant. I received the kidney from my awesome husband in 2008. With each transplant and the medications I have put on more weight even though I have the same lifestyle and I'm sure getting older isn't helping. I know what I really need to focus on to turn this around is regular, consistent exercise. Something that I have been struggling with for a long time now. I'm taking another shot at regularly exercising and will be using SparkPeople to record my progress.

Member Since: 1/24/2008

Fitness Minutes: 56,255

My Goals:
To feel stronger and physically fit. To be able to run without hurting my knees.

My Program:
I do a strength circuit training sort of workout 2x a week for an hour each. I do 2 hour long yoga classes each week. I also take an hour long ilovekickboxing class once a week. I try to mix in riding my bike, swimming, and Zumba classes as time permits.

Personal Information:
My name is Crystal. I currently work as a Database and Middleware Administrator in Upstate New York. I love trying and doing new things. My biggest motivation to losing weight and getting more fit is to be able to do all of the really active things that look like so much fun to me. I don't want to look back one day and say there were things I didn't do just because I was overweight.

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Favorite Quotes:
What's insidious about the fear of what others will say, is that you rarely hear them say it.
Jeff Jarvis
Go back a little to leap further.
John Clarke
I ride my bike to lose weight, I lose weight to ride my bike.

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  • v L*I*T*A*

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    Happy Memorial Day Holiday to You {{}}
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    blessings and hugs........lita

    1854 days ago
  • v L*I*T*A*
    just dropping by to say welcome to the knees team and wish you well with you lifestyle changes,as we journey together.............we are here for you............if you need any help don't hesitate to ask..............looking forward to getting to know you better...............blessings and hugs..................lita

    2276 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/29/2012 10:43:29 PM
  • v SURRIA
    I know this is a few days late but... Happy Crusher of the Day! I hope today is better for you than your celebratory day was!
    2883 days ago
    Sorry I am a day late but emoticon Crusher of the Day (yesterday)!!
    2884 days ago
  • v ALBICK7
    Hi Crusher of the Day!! I read your page and I wish the best on your journey to weight loss and a healthier you! By the way, I am from upstate NY. I was born in Watertown, NY. All my relatives live in that anywhere near you? I live in KC now. Have a great week!!!!

    2886 days ago
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