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I'm a mom of 4. Last year I successly lost 75 pounds and need to get the last 10 pounds off.

I thought I would add a little more info to my page.

I have been fat for years. I come from a long line of fluffly women ( whom I love and adore). So I thought that being fluffy myself was just the natural progression of things. In 2005, I started working at a middle school that is really not all that big, but has some killer stairs.
The first two years I was here, I trudged up the stairs to deliver the notes and grades etc. for the teachers. A few times I even had to take the elevator because I thought I might die if I had to take those stairs one more time. Chocolate, Diet Coke and I were best friends. I was also friends with cookies, cake and ice cream. The 2nd year I was here some of the teachers started a Biggest Loser competition. I only worked part time then and so it was "NOT CONVENIENT" for me to participate. During the summer of 2006, I was privelaged to be able to go on a 3 day, 35+ mile pioneer trek. I gathered my big fat body and went. I had been walking for about a year and thought I would have no problem "walking" a trail. Yeah, right. I. WANTED. TO. DIE. It was the hardest and most enlightening thing I have ever done. After the trek was over we all got together to watch video and see pictures and there I was, ALL 228 POUNDS OF JUST ME. Yep, that's right I was alone in those pictures, there was no one sharing that poineer outfit with me. UGH!!!!

The good news that year was that I had been hired on at the school as full time doing the same job (which I love). So as the school year started my goal was to lose some weight because quite frankly, I didn't want those stairs to kick my trash any more. I was also experiencing weight related health issues that I saw my sweet mother experiencing. I really didn't want to go down that road.
I think from September 2006 through December 2006 I lost 2 pounds...but I put on too many more to make a difference. I was getting lower and lower when I started to realize I needed another new wardrobe to fit my expanding butt and supersized belly. That was just not going to happen.

As luck would have it one of the teachers at school started the Biggest Loser Contest on January 4, 2007. I joined. In case anyone is interested, we had to pay an entrance fee of $10.00 and fill out a log sheet. It had boxes for everyday of the week labeled with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks for you to fill in with what you ate. It had another box that had listed Fruit, Veggie and Water. The Fruit and Veggie was listed twice, the water was listed eight times. For every one of the items you ate or drank in that box you crossed through it. There was another box for exercise. The rules were that you had to fill in the boxes everyday and turn in your sheet to the facilatator every weigh in day. We had one person weigh us in and record our progress and then just like Biggest Loser when everyone had weighed, the percentage of weight loss was posted. Fines were assessed if you didn't turn in your menu, or boxes unfilled or gained weight you had to pay. At the end of the contest the money was divided amongest the winners. Well like I said I joined.

I put down the chocolate and diet coke and pick up the fruits and veggies. At first I didn't buy anything or bring anything into the house that was tempting and or what I considered a land mine that might make me fall off this wagon. I quit the diet coke cold turkey (headache) and replaced the high fat and high sugar food with healthy food choices. I also starting working out on my elliptical that had become a lovely coat and towel rack in the year I owned it. I could only do about 10 or 15 minutes on that elliptical at a time and I moved so slowly I am sure it hurt my skinny family to watch the sweat pour off of me at such a slow rpm. I would get on the beast 3 or 4 times a day and every time I got on I would try do a higher rpm or 2 or 3 minutes longer. But I did it and I didn't give up. The first week I lost 2 pounds.

I was kind of disappointed and thoughts of "I can't do this" or " I will be fat forever" crossed my mind. I remember going home that day and wanting cry me a river of self pity. But I didn't. I picked myself up by my rolls and got on that elliptical and didn't stop until I had been on that thing for at least 30 minutes or 200 calories burned, whichever came first. And you know what? I did it. I beat the beast that day and it became my new best friend. Every time I got on the elliptical I gave myself a new goal and then I completed it. On weekends I got on it twice a day. I was starting to feel good. I was sleeping at night. Some of the aches and pains were going away and maybe best of all I could bend at the waist while wearing clothes and still breathe.

I remember laying in bed the night before the 2nd weigh in and actually feeling that my stomach was smaller. It was unbelievable to me that I could feel that weight loss. I thought I would lose another 2 pounds. But the next day at weigh in I lost....7 pounds! Yes you heard me SEVEN POUNDS. In two weeks I had lost a total of 9 pounds. No wonder I could feel that weight loss.

As you might have guessed I was super motivated then. I continued to lose 3 to 4 pounds a week. I never felt hungry or deprived. Soon I was running, yes running up the stairs at work and I could still breathe and talk.

During the Biggest Loser contest at school, I lost 35 pounds. It lasted 2 1/2 months. I was the big winner. I lost more than all of the men combined and more that all of the women except 3 combined. I love being called a big loser. It is a compliment to me now. After the contest was over I continued to lose 40 more pounds.

Oh by the way, that new wardrobe I needed? I got it. In a smaller size. I am happier and more fun to be around. Show me a volleyball, soccer or football game and I'm there. No not watching, playing and playing hard.

Some of the strategies I used to lose:
1. Put a bowl of fruit in the refrigerator on a shelf that is eye level.
2. Eat a green salad with lunch and dinner first. You'll feel fuller.
3. Eat smaller meals more often. (6 times a day).
4. Pack your on lunch. I pack at least four fruits and 2 veggies as well as my lunch time salad and a 1/2 turkey sandwich or some cottage cheese or a hardboiled egg.
5. On the days that I might feel hungrier, I make sure I have extra fruits and veggies to snack on.
6. Try new foods.
7. Read labels. You need to know what you are getting.
8. I never deprived myself of the yummies, like birthday cake or mashed potatoes, I just made sure that i ate all of my fruits and veggies first and usually I either wasn't hungry or I had one bite and was done.
9. Listen to your stomach. If it is full, it's full. Don't cram more in there. That's when you feel miserable or GUILTY.
10. Love yourself. You have to learn this one if you've been hating yourself because of your weight.
11. Find ways to exercise. Take the lonnnnngggggg way to the bathroom. Istarted delivering notes and information to the teachers in every conceivable long way I could find. Take the lonnnnnngggggg way back again.

We did the Biggest Loser at work this past Jan- March. Everyone asked me to facilatate it. We had some great success stories. The two winners each lost 25 pounds (women) and one of the men lost 23 pounds. All three are still losing and have developed good eating and exercise habits. I am planning to begin another Biggest Loser round in the fall when school begins again. I love to see how losing weight can bring a person out of themselves. I am also planning to start a fitness group for those of us who are maintaining and still motivation.

I hope that this inspires someone to get healthy. losing weight is not easy and maintaining is even less easy. But it can be done. Believe in yourself.

Member Since: 2/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 4,902

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My Program:
Just started again. My goal is to be consistant with exercise an dto get stress eating under control'

Personal Information:
My name is Cyndi. I have 4 children whose ages are 27,21,19& 14. I am the mother-in-law and soon two. Grandma to 1 grandson with another grandchild coming in February. I work full time in the Human Resource Department at a School District.

Other Information:
I love to read, knit, sew, quilt and try new recipes.

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